Just Charlie G

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When I had Chloe, 8 and a half years ago, my hair started to turn grey. I don’t know if the two things are connected – make of it what you will. I’ve been loads of different hair colours over the years, from dark golden blonde, through reds, to bold streaks on dark hair, then light again, heading back once again to my beloved dark brown, but in recent months I’d taken to mixing in a red to get a red tone to the dark brown. I was using box dyes and I have to admit I really struggled to do my roots myself (although I should be clear my hairdresser would have been more than happy to do my roots for me if I’d have asked). But that’s just it, when your hair is this dark, the roots come through thick and they come through fast, and grey/white hairs stand out a mile.


Thing is I love my hair dark, it’s my most favourite on me, the darker the better (stopping just shy of black is about perfect for me), but other people preferred my hair lighter.

With the maintenance being needed within a fortnight of doing my hair and my inability to do my roots myself (I can’t afford a hair dress fortnightly or dyes that often!) it was time to address a more long term solution.

I talked to a friend who is a hairdresser, and she suggested going lighter, so the greys are less obvious, with some warm tones added through it to add dimension.

The last few times I dyed my hair I only did my roots but I have to confess, that in the past I have just dyed the lot, so theres a fair amount of colour build up (despite using semi permanent colours), and it was always going to be a long job and one that wasn’t going to be done in one sitting.

Anyway, I rocked up to True Colours in Exeter for my appointment with Laura and aside from a lot of catching up, there was a huge amount of foil applied and two shades. To say I have a lot of hair is an understatement. I have a very fine hair, but copious amounts of it. My head weighed a tonne with all that foil on it!


Over three hours later I left the salon looking like this!

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I couldn’t be happier. Despite having a shock every time I look in the mirror, I’m loving it, and I’ve had lots of compliments which is always nice. So that was the bulk of the job done, but from now on, each time Laura does my roots for me, she’ll add a few more blonde streaks in, gradually lightening it a bit more, and adding more tones and colours.

Hopefully, from this point on the greys won’t stand out so obviously and going lighter as I go greyer will be a much easier process, although hopefully it’ll be a very long time before I’m so grey that light blonde is my only option!

Tell me your tips for hiding the grey!

3 responses to “My Hair Transformation at True Colours Exeter”

  1. Lyn says:

    Absolutely gorgeous, Charlie, so much nicer than very dark, makes you look so much younger

    No tips for hiding the grey because I didn’t. At 74 just started to have highlights as got hairdresser I trust

    Love the scarf

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