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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

My motivation

My raw thoughts about my why?

By Maree Chavez - April 5, 2018

Well my journey is in motion and it started as my little experiment that nobody really had to know about.
My new little follicle friends were just barely seeing the light of day:)....just beginning to 'sprout'.   Now it's clear to me that my undercover idea is slowly becoming more obvious

It's been a few weeks and the white hair is just starting to frame my entire hairline and  paving a nice snowy road down my part. It's shocking to see when I look in the mirror in the morning but I am slowly programming myself to see beyond my CURRENT color chaos.

I either calmly wear my hair down to the gym or pull it back and pull out my trusted can of STYLE EDIT (a temporary hair color spray) and just spray those grays away.

To be really raw and honest...everyday I find myself having a new conversation with myself...second guessing, and reassessing. I truly feel that I am transitioning ...transforming....unleashing a huge part of my self identity that I can't quite grasp.

I do know that it's powerful and it's pulling me...guiding me. As I write this...I think..."C'mon Maree! It's just hair...get over's no big deal...just color it or don't!!" I am fully aware of the magnitude that I'm making of it......and this is the intriguing part to me....FOR ME it's more than just the "HAIR" portion of this journey. It's my identity on so many levels. Personally, professionally and soulfully.

I'm experiencing an unleashing of some sort and I'm writing as I go...I am motivated by the newness, the unknowingness, the vulnerability of my SELF and what this path holds...I'm curious, and for now, I choose to continue to look beyond.........

My gray area;)

By Maree Chavez - March 22, 2018

My gray journey and journal will be me  just sharing thoughts and emotions, as I feel like this is equally an emotional journey as much as it is a physical one.

I know that this is not for everyone. In fact, a month and a half ago it was not even on my radar. It literally came to me overnight.

I COMPLETELY understand if it's something you wouldn't consider--I SO get that.

I just want to be open and available to those that want to just start the conversation. It's kinda fun just toying with the idea...that's where I pinky toe is in.

Just wanted to put this thought into words.