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Hello, how are you doing? Really hope you’re okay and have managed to hold in there! :) I’m guessing by now it will be almost four months? I’m sure it feels like time is dragging, but honestly this will pass before you know it. It sounds like your hair is growing quite fast too so that’s a good thing.

I did contemplate a wig, but dismissed it fairly early on because I thought it would be too obvious that it wasn’t natural…plus the thought of wearing someone else’s hair freaked me out a little. Plus I am a very poor student ;) But if you think you can pull it off and it would make you feel more confident then it might be worth considering? Although I suppose it might create a few difficulties regarding when to remove it? To be honest though, given another six months, no one will even notice because your hair because it will just look like an ombre dye so I wouldn’t bother. (And no-one else is really looking at your hair as much as you think they are anyway!).

Yes I’d say 21/22 months sounds realistic :) But you’ll stop noticing it long long before then…

Don’t worry you’re not crazy – I used to do exactly the same.

I’m sending lots of positive vibes, keep smiling,

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1. The adorable little son of a family friend kissed my hand and told me that one day he would marry me!
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That’s okay, glad you’ve come to a decision you’re happy with! :)


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Hi Sophie! Thanks so much for your comment, it really put a smile on my face. I’m so glad that my story has helped you.

In response to your questions:

1) Definitely! My natural hair is so much softer, stronger and shinier than my dyed ends. (I think perhaps the natural hair that is immediately attached to the dyed parts is a little thinner, but not noticeably so – and I’m not sure whether this is simply due to my paranoia or whether it is really a little less healthy). But no, for the most part, my natural hair has been completely unaffected by the dyed sections.

2) Yes, I think the first ten months were probably the hardest for me (it almost pains me to read through those early posts!). It did get progressively easier, and I think that part of that was me coming to terms with my appearance, and myself in general. I have never been a particularly confident person, and trying to withstand other people encouraging me to dye my hair was what I found to be the most difficult part. Although well-meaning, other people’s comments battered my self-confidence and my determination. I got through the time by realising that I had to be enough for myself. I eventually learnt to accept that yes, I did have bad roots, but that that shouldn’t affect the way I interacted with other people. My biggest temptation was to closet myself away, and as you said – try to avoid any kind of event that I was invited to. But doing so actually just made me more upset because being with other people is what made me happy :) . So:
- Don’t avoid social situations, it’s not worth sacrificing time with people you like because of your hair. Even though it’s really hard, particularly at the beginning, it’s worth pushing through. Other people will get used to your decision and come to respect it, or at least forget about it.
- Make sure you use hair product that smells good. It’s only a little thing but it always lifted my spirits.
- Try not to focus on your hair. From your comments and my own experience I’m guessing that you spend quite a lot of time thinking about growing out your hair, but dwelling on it doesn’t speed up the process. (This is completely hypocritical because I did exactly the same thing. But try and keep yourself busy, and distracted).

3) I never cut all the dye out – hence why I still have a few ginger ends lingering around. I’ve always had quite long hair, and however much I hated my roots I couldn’t bring myself to have it cut shorter. Once you get to about 7 inches you won’t even notice it anymore
though, I promise. Just hold on in there! :)

Lastly, congratulations on your engagement! :) And good luck – I’m always here if you need a chat.
Grace x


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Hi bluepeashooter, sorry it’s taken me a little while to reply but I’ve been in hospital this week. I’m not sure what to advise, as presumably you do like the colour of your hair when it is dyed (more than when it is left natural)? Other than wanting healthy hair, wanting my natural colour back was my other sole motivation for growing out my hairdye. Although in my experience, hair dye definitely did weaken my hair, I would have thought that only colouring once every six months shouldn’t be too much of a problem? Are you bleaching it or dying it darker? Going lighter removes natural colour pigment from your hair so that will make it feel more brittle – whereas dying darker adds pigmentation so it shouldn’t be as harsh on the strength of your hair.

I think it depends on how much you want long hair. And how much you want to keep your current hair colour. You could try investing in getting the hairdresser to dye your hair back to near your natural colour (though this didn’t work in my case!) Or if you decide to keep dying it you could dye it darker which might make it feel healthier and give you a bit more thickness. Dyed hair doesn’t necessarily mean unhealthy hair though, I think how you care for your hair in between dyes that makes some of the difference.

If you do decide to have a go at growing it out, then all I can say is really go for it! The first few months aren’t particularly easy but after that it gets much better and you start to see a difference in the health of your hair fairly quickly. My roots were always softer and stronger than the rest of my hair.

Whatever you decide to do, I really hope it works out for you and you get a result that you’re genuinely pleased with! :)


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