In James Fenimore Coopers classic novel Last of the Mohicans, the native villan, Magua nicknames The English General “Grey Hair.” Well, I’ve been called worse. And it just so happens I started going salt & pepper around 26. One grandmother wasnt even a true salt till she reached her 70’s but the other was COMPLETELY white haired by 45. ( A side effect of meningitis in her 30’s we were told.)
Here is the recipe I’m using to go true grey.
- Age Beautiful Creme Lightner for aging hair x 3 with 40 volume developer. I have long hair, So I’ve had to double product. I COULD have gotten ALMOST AS LIGHT AS NECESSARY for a true to swatch color deposit but didn’t have double product the second time. I was left with a red tone in the undermost layers and a yellow cast on top. So tomorrow in fact, the third time should be the charm.
- Ion color brilliance permanent color in Chrome. I had purchased Splat Silver Mist but decided to hold off for the first test.
- Paul Mitchell Blue Violet color toner.
- Foil One & Only Argan Oil Ash 8A.
Did I mention I’ve never gone to Cosmetology school and don’t do hair professionally? True.
See the gold in my most current decent photo? That it’s a DL photo is a hoot! It’s yellow as a proverbial canary and is more flattering than I normally expect when I step in front of a camera. The gold has to go! Lightening again tomorrow.
I think and emphasize THINK is approximately the way my crown would look if I allowed it to emerge naturally.
The photo above is the grey base color I plan to create. I’ve wrestled between this and the following photo as a base for months. If I end up going back to a professional for this the application process will be reversed. My preference is actually the photo below for a base but my lack of training forces me into minimalist simplicity of application found above.
The effect below strikes me as a nod to Helena Bonham Carter’s portrayal of Bellatrix Le Strange and Angelina Jolie’s Maleficient but all who look outward for such signs and symbols can’t forget Morticia Adams either!
This is a shut up and cry boys photo. This striking is a goal. Approachability optional.
I should be able to post the results in two weeks!