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4 months

So far in this gray trip

By Maree Chavez - August 8, 2018

Whelp. It's been 4 months since I picked up a color bottle.

Hasn't been easy.

It's been interesting seeing people's reactions.

I stand in seeing the 'light' at the end of the tunnel.

Very mindful of the colors I wear (bright colors next to my face helps with feeling 'washed out'.

Haven't worn my hair down in about a month.

Slowly moving away from the colored sprays and exposing the white more and more.

I have a long way to go.


Inspiration along the way

meeting silver sisters along the way

By Maree Chavez - June 1, 2018

I recently attended an advanced curly cutting class in NYC.
It was the first day of class and SHE walked in....a confident, funky, South African hair artist whose presence TOOK MY BREATH AWAY.

I couldn't take my eyes off of her. To me, she was 'ageless'...What I 'saw' was just a being who let go and let it shine! I had several conversations with her, but the thing that I found most unexpected was she decided to go silver AFTER having gone through a divorce. In my experience it's been just the opposite. I just thought that was a cool move on her part. Her beauty and radiance  started within and showed up in the way she 'owned' her decision.
 It's inspiring to meet a silver sister who's been it through the physical and emotional changes of growing out her gray-- who has been through a true transformation and has clearly embraced the magnificent  outcome.....her light said it all.

It  encourages me to keep going.

The photo depicts the confidence she gave me the next day to go out into the world 'spray free'.

After 2nd set of highlites

Slowly breaking up the gray

By Maree Chavez - May 3, 2018

Recent picture after Shellie Highlited my hair for the 2nd time. We used a violet pearl toner to cut out some of the warmth that goes along with lightning  ( and colored for YEARS) dark hair.
The coolness around my hairline is my natural silver hair.

Tinsel Tousled

By Maree Chavez - May 3, 2018

I am an early riser. My routine has been- get up before my family, get dressed in the dark, throw my hair up in a top knot and go to the gym.

Now it's a little trickier--when I pull my hair back and tie it up that WHITE hair is NOT subtle and is quite shocking. So now my mornings require actually looking in the mirror;) and strategically putting my hair up...I pull a little fringe down to cover the drastic hair line and then I pull out my handy dandy SWEATPROOF style edit temporary color spray and spray a little throughout to blend.

My goal is to make life a little easier by not coloring, and yes, for the time being, this process requires a little planning and tricky technique...BUT, for me, there is a little 'silver lining' that motivates me to do a little extra temporary work. 


A head full of foils to begin the blend

By Maree Chavez - April 20, 2018

In my case, my hair is very silvery white around the hairline and into the side panels --- seems to be a bit more salt and black pepper on top.

As it's growing out we decided to add a bunch of highlites and get them as COOL as possible.
By doing this it will create dimension (lighter) in the areas of distinction.
The good news is that NOW IN THIS INDUSTRY we DO have GRAY and PEARL and SILVERY 'toners' in our tool kit.....when I started in this business there was no such thing other than Fanciful 'rinses' for little blue haired older ladies.

I need to do another 2 or 3 more rounds of HIGHLITES but this did break up the color a bit.

+++++NOTE ----for me, this process is brutal on my hair and without OLAPLEX bonding system in the lightner---my hair would be toast! A new haircare regime is in order. minimal heat, heat protecting sprays when I do blowdry, protein treatments, a WET BRUSH and high quality shampoos and conditioners