Kristen: So probably two years before, I made the decision I wanted to stop dyeing my hair. I was a working mom with two kids under the age of 3, and I was just tired of spending what felt like my only free time in the salon once a month for two hours just to dye my roots brown.
My hairdresser talked me out of it for two years. She told me that she wouldn't let me go gray because I was too young and I needed to wait until I was at least 40. So I started researching young women with gray hair on the internet because I didn't know any in person. And I found women on Pinterest and on Instagram who looked my age but just had silver hair, and they looked beautiful. And so I started screenshotting those pictures and taking them to my husband and to my friends to try to buy in, like, "Look at this. This person has great hair, and she looks great."
Ultimately, I went to my stylist. She still kind of gave me pushbacks. So in November of 2019, it was the last time that I dyed my hair. I went to her. She kind of refused to help me transition. And so I just never went back to her, and I went to a color correctionist because I thought that I was going to need to transition with help, meaning to highlight my hair, to blend my gray, grow out. And unfortunately, nine hours and $700 later, I ended up with dark brown hair, with orange streaks. It was a very big mistake. I regret it. But I did that in January of 2020, when I tried to chemically transition into gray hair.