On the surface, whether you dye your hair or not just isn’t that important. After all, what does it matter if you decide to go grey gracefully or dye your hair blond. But, for many women over 60, the decision to go grey is surprisingly important. Do you think that grey hair can be beautiful and sexy? Are you going grey gracefully or do you prefer to dye your hair? Why did you make this decision? Join the conversation at http://sixtyandme.com/going-grey-or-color-away-how-hair-color-shades-our-thinking-about-aging

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  1. Nelda Johnson

    June 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    I am thinking of going blonde I am just afraid to have to bleach it first, The problem of going grey is what if your husband is younger than you, I don't want to look like his mother.. Did you have to bleach the grey first before going blonde? I was told you have to bleach the grey first which doesn't make sense because it's already light.

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  2. Nelda Johnson

    June 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    My hair is naturally brown but I'm getting grey, My question is how did you dye it blonde did you have to bleach your grey first to go blonde, Some women look beautiful with grey or white.

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  3. Nunya Me

    June 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    I'm 49 and was blond most my life. Now the underside is grey brown cause it dont take color. And I been lazy. And well..now I want slate grey color. So then it can all grow in and i wont have to maintain. But everyone is like u just need low lights and alittle maybe deeper blond. I dont know why i feel so strongly to change to grey..and now! Guess I'm a late bloomer and strange. No professional has ever dyed my hair so..would be the first time.

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  4. Paula Adams

    June 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    I always been in the blond family but now 67 I have been going lighter and lighter but I don't like the yellow tones so I going to go more ash/ silver with baby lights a bayalage. And hopefully it with just grow out!

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  5. Dildar Kassam

    June 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    double minded about it

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  6. betty kuykendall

    June 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    I've decided to let my hair do what it wants to. I am natural blonde with gray and some black. My hairdresser daughter says people spend a lot of money to have their hair color like mine. Just let your hair be what it wants to – Just keep it clean and styled.

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  7. Cathy Slaton

    June 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    I am 59 and can’t make up my mind I have been many colors ,but my natural is medium brown .I have stopped dying my hair and letting it grown out I had decided to go grey I have watched a lot of videos on the process have looked at many pic ,but when I looked at the pic cover up the grey hair with my fingers about 80% of women look so much older than they are with there grey hair .Sorry but true ,but not every time .
    So I am back to what will I do ?

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  8. Janice Jones

    June 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    I’m 63 first started to go grey back in my mid 20’s then it seem to stop but my brown auburn hair turned really dark brown nearly black, did,nt dye it until 45 but I wanted brown auburn hair again, I tried blond but it never suited me, I have olive skin and brown eyes so still tr Yong different colours, as now my hair has turned white.Thankyou for sharing your experience, I will keep looking for video’s.I don’t think of grey hair as old just don’t like the colour but my hair is white now, so I need a colour to go with that as dark colours too harsh.

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  9. Jennifer Bruce

    June 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    My hair was blonde now it is mostly gray. I tried coloring it for a while but it damaged the hair too much. So I just live with my fine wispy gray hair that is finally healthy again now that all the damaged hair has been cut off. No one has ever said my gray hair looks bad, or good but I do get told my eyebrows are invisible and I need to put on brow color.

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  10. Anita Tate

    June 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Margaret, I love your shade of blonde, do you mine telling me what it is? I am presently growing out my brown colored hair and it is in that awful stage. In about a month, I'll get the brown trimmed off, and I thought about going blonde. I have brown eyes too, so I need a color that goes good with that. Thank you for all you do for this over 60 community! Happy New Year!

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  11. Herro Hawj

    June 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    old age will only be growing gray/white hair but can young age force it hair to be gray/white with out dye?

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  12. Christine Newhouse

    June 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    When I see older ladies(60 and 70) dyeing there hair brown, blonde,black to me it doesnt match there face(face looks old)…just let it go gray…looks natural and matches there face…

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  13. Valerie a

    June 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    I'm thinking about dying my hair

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  14. Louise Olivera

    June 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    For me, when I look in the mirror and see silver hair, I find it depressing. I have gone blonde again and just feel better about my appearance. I also love the colors that go well with blonde hair and my light complexion.

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  15. Leda Cunningham

    June 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Love my silver streaked hair…..I also like that I am wearing it longer. I think the style is even more important than color. I have blue eyes and cool light skin the silver is complimentary. I do not miss checking roots . I love the dimension of light and darker colors. Mother nature painted my hair better than I did with my one dimension dyed yellow hair. I do not miss the chemicals but I do appreciate that everyone has the right to design their own look!

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  16. wildflowerr1

    June 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Its frustrating and there is not enough information about this subject. Highlights are $300. a pop and up. I may have to do my own video soon.

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  17. wildflowerr1

    June 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    thank you for the video, I want to get rid of the grey and find a way to dim do it myself. i did think of blonde because I did not the racing stripe down the center. Also I thought blonde would be easier to keep up. I also think I might want to try on some wigs and check the colors that way first.

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  18. Lorri Hinkle

    June 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    I decided to stop highlighting my hair 3 years ago I had hair weaves for 25 yrs my hair is in much better condition now and much fuller I am 59 I get so many compliments on my hair my natural color is light brown so it looks like I have a natural weave I will never go back to coloring my hair …..

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  19. EuphemiaGrubb

    June 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    I started to go grey at 18yrs, I'm natural dark brown (was!) Been dying it since then and I'm 63 now. I lightened it to red/strawberry blonde but it faded so quickly that I had to dye it x 2wks. I felt the lack of colour aged me and being very pale made it worse so I panicked the other day and dyed it back to light ash brown! It makes me feel better. I can't help feeling that here in Scotland women become invisible when they are grey.

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  20. Dona101

    June 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Many dyes are tested on animals…yes there are a couple of others you have to seek out but do not last the distance, so salt and pepper is fine…I just do not like the coarse ones coming through.

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  21. Nancie Blackburn

    June 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    I am a blonde and want to remain one! I color my hair to cover my grays!

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  22. Millie Knockit

    June 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Oh, and btw, I was the lightest gold blond until I hit 16, and then it darkened to a medium neutral blonde.  I dyed it, bleached it, and experimented with it, and so I know what looks good on me.  I've even had almost black hair (albeit accidentally).

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  23. Millie Knockit

    June 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    I know that it is a long time since you made this video, but I'll still respond.  When I was 30, I started going WHITE,…Yeek!  It happened to be a genetic trait.  At least three of my grandparents had this happen.  Well, I wasn't at all worried about my hair going white, because silver/platinum was all the rage.  The only problem was that I look deathly ill with anything silver (not jewelry or clothes, and especially not my hair).  My hair was gorgeous naturally…not coarse at all, but after highlighting and lowlighting and generally spending a fortune to make myself look well enough so that people would NOT come up and say "Are you all right?", I finally decided to color it.  Now that I'm in my sixties, however, I'm going to go with a cooler shade of blonde.  I'm neutral, and everyone thinks that you can do anything with that skin tone.  Well, I can't, so I'm working my way into light cool blondes (no ash), but I can never go gray.  Toning my hair that bluish or steel or any of those colors would really get me hospitalized lol, and I don't think the decision should be about expressing your independence.  I think it's about what looks good on you, and what you're comfortable with. I am quite independent…Independent enough to know that gray hair looks like SH**T on me.  There was one time when I was the most gorgeous Strawberry blonde, but I want that sophisticated Swedish blonde now.  If you look good in gray hair (no matter what the shade), good for you.  I look lousy with it, and I know it.

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  24. Europa 17

    June 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    I'm in my 60's and going to go grey now, just starting the process. At the breast clinic (right one removed) they said that all the products women use, including hair dyes, could contribute to breast cancer. So that reason, along with the cost, is why, after 30 years I am going to go grey.

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