I found my first gray hair when I was 17. The next 5 years I could manage it by obsessively pulling them out but eventually there were so many I had to start coloring my hair (I'm naturally a brunette)... I wasn't ready at 22 years old to embrace the gray. About 4 years ago the gray became so thick that coloring my roots wasn't working anymore, a month or so after coloring I was faced with a gray stripe down my head from the grow out which made me feel my older than I am! So I decided to start the process of going gray and, as it happened, gray hair was very popular at the time, lucky me!
My first trip to the salon I told her I wanted to transition to gray and brought photo examples. Unfortunately platinum/blonde/gray was not her specialty and she (for some strange reason) died my roots VERY dark and the rest of my hair a reddish brown. I knew transitioning to gray was going to take a few steps because my hair was brown but this was all wrong... I didn't think to take a picture of the before but imagine it was just med brown.... This is the after below.
That experience was a lesson learned. It is so important to find someone who specializes in blonde/gray hair. So, I did my research and found Zabic Stylehouse (in Portland OR). They transitioned my hair to a blonder color with subtle pieces going up to my roots so as the gray grew out it would be less noticeable. They also color with Olaplex which is much healthier for blonde coloring. I used the Olaplex conditioner frequently to maintain my hair.
After photo below..
My next trip in I went even more gray blonde with a touch of purple and colored closer to the roots.
My hair has grown out now for about 10 months since coloring and the transition is much easier with no harsh grow out lines. This process will work if you are at least 40% gray, the grow out will blend your natural hair and the dyed hair... The next time I go in to color (if I ever do) I may have some subtle highlights or balayage added.
I've recently discovered Kristen Ess products. Her purple shampoo and conditioner is AMAZING (it's linked there but can also be bought at target) You may have seen on my instagram when I was talking about how my hair was turning green. I tried all the home remedies and so many different purple shampoos. This was the ONLY product that worked to remove the green and brass colors. I just tried her pink tint on the tips of my hair as well and love it!
So, I encourage anyone going gray to go for it! Find a great colorist who specializes in platinum/gray and use good products to maintain!