A 40-year-old woman who has been dyeing her gray hair out of “ shyness ” for two decades has revealed how embracing her natural silver locks helped her gain Instagram fame – while also saving her thousands of dollars in salon fees.
Whitney Lichty, from California, first started dyeing her hair for fun in high school, but when she was in her early twenties, seeing silver locks in her dyed dark brown locks for the first time, she felt the pressure to brush her hair. dye to hide the strands.
To keep her colored hair, Whitney went to the salon for a touch-up every three weeks – Whitney’s parents run a hair salon, so luckily she never had to pay for a hair appointment, but they usually charge around $ 80 per color appointment.
All Natural: Whitney Lichty, 40, has earned Instagram fame by sharing images of her natural gray locks – which she covered in dye for two decades out of ’embarrassment’
Show it! The California native started turning gray in her early 20s, saying she felt tremendous ‘pressure’ to hide her silver locks (pictured while dyed) – which she did for 20 years
Break Free: In 2019, Whitney started seeing other women sharing images of their natural gray hair online, and decided she shouldn’t be ashamed of her own silver locks
Whitney always felt that her gray hair was something that needed to be covered up, but after talking to a close friend, she realized that her feelings of shame and shame around her natural hair color were not hers, but came from societal expectations .
While Whitney considered throwing out the hair dye, she came across a community of women who shared their travels to gray hair on Instagram and decided to stop using the hair dye once and for all in October 2019.
Since then, Whitney has grown her dyed hair and is delighted to discover the beautiful ‘salt and pepper’ shades that lay beneath her dyed dark brown hair. She can’t wait to rock a full head of silver hair once the length of the brown has grown out. If Whitney had to pay for her hair appointments, she would have saved about $ 1,360 since ditching the dye.
Whitney shares her journey with her Instagramwhere she shares beautiful photos of her various hairstyles and has 38,000 followers flooding her every day with messages of love and support.
“When I was in my early twenties, I saw my silver shoot through and I immediately felt the pressure to dye my hair,” Whitney said.
‘I started dyeing my hair in high school and went for touch-ups every three weeks.
Early Stages: She stopped dyeing her hair altogether in October 2019 and started embracing her silver roots – as she documented the process on Instagram
Feedback: Whitney was stunned by the positive response to her ‘salt and pepper’ hair, and says her husband was mostly supportive
Boom: Since she started showcasing her silver locks, Whitney has built a following of over 38,000 users
Helping Hand: ‘I found so much support in this online community and I wanted to be able to provide that same support to anyone who decides to stop dyeing their hair,’ she said
Many years ago I had a conversation with a close friend that made me realize that any emotion and thought that I ever had gray hair was never my own.
Over time, I decided that this thought deserved more of my attention, and I began to feel resentment because I felt that something as natural as my own hair color was something to be ashamed of or to cover up.
While thinking about the idea of stopping dyeing my hair, I came across a woman on Instagram who shared her growing process.
After I found her, I realized that there was a huge and incredibly supportive community of people who shared their own travels with gray hair. I decided that not only did I want to document my growth, but that I wanted to be part of that community and share not only the joys but the struggles of this journey with others.
‘I found and still find so much support in this online community and I wanted to be able to offer that same support to anyone who decided to stop dyeing their hair.
‘I always thought my hair was stark white under my hair dye, or at least that’s how it seemed every few weeks when my roots started to reappear and contrast with my dyed hair.
‘I was surprised that I was much more of a mix of salt and pepper. It didn’t take as long as I thought to get comfortable with the growing color and I absolutely love it and eagerly look forward to a full gray head.
Budget: Before she stopped dyeing her hair, Whitney visited the salon every three weeks to get her roots touched up
Woah! Since she stopped dyeing her hair in October 2019, Whitney has saved more than $ 1,300
Deal with your gut: Whitney says she wants every woman to make decisions based on their own happiness – not what society dictates is ‘more attractive’
The response to my gray hair has always been overwhelmingly positive. That said, everyone has an opinion, and the choice of ditching the dye isn’t for everyone.
“Comments and opinions, whether they are good or bad, are just comments and opinions and they never have and will never affect my self-esteem or the decisions I make for myself.”
Whitney has had the support of her family throughout her gray-haired journey, sharing her words of advice with others.
“My husband has always been my number one supporter,” she said.
He even started encouraging me to stop dyeing my hair long before I even thought about it.
He has encouraged me every step of the way and has been a big part of why I was able to continue this journey, even through the tougher months.
‘I think he is very proud of me and has noticed a greater shift in self-love and acceptance that has blossomed during this journey.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. You may not be ready to dump the dye after a few months of starting the trip.
You may find that you feel more comfortable having your hair colored. Either way, it’s okay. It’s your hair and your decision.
‘It’s more important that we love ourselves and be patient with ourselves. That we feel comfortable in our own skin and understand that one person’s journey is not always ours.
Do what makes you happy and don’t worry about what other people think. Believe me, I know it’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it. ‘