Since January, I've had a total of 15 inches off my hair, most of my hair dye leaving with it.
Another two inches of growth and I'm back to my natural dark blonde hair and really liking it.
It feels good to have to do nothing with my hair other than clean and style and not a sign of gray yet. I'm making the most of it while I still can!
However, my hair is nowhere near perfect. It's curly and very dry -- even close to the roots. Shampooing my hair (however gentle the product) on a daily basis would ruin it.
Instead I "wash" my hair with conditioner every day and only shampoo and condition twice a week.
I play tennis in the outdoors with the sun beating down on my hair. The natural highlights I get are great but it make my hair even drier. Added to that, I'm in a swimming pool multiple times a week -- sometimes daily.
Chlorine damages hair and can dry it out even more. If I don't take care of my hair, I can expect a stable of horses to mistake my head for lunch!
There are many reasons for dry hair. My mother's hair was dry (so was her skin and so is mine).
Sometimes we can just be unlucky in genetics. Illness can also cause dry hair, as can medications, poor diet and harsh shampoos and styling products.
Hair dryers and flat irons also conspire to cause dry hair. And those with tough weather (like heat) will also be affected.
So take care of it, I do. And I use natural products only -- things from my pantry and fridge, and from trees and groves.
And one of the best things we dry haired women can do is discover the power of oil. I use 100 percent coconut oil for my hair.
It's a stodgy semi-hard white substance in colder temperatures, looking like lard. It's easy to mush in your hands and run through hair and it liquidizes quickly. In warmer temps it's a bit trickier due to the possible mess that oil can make.
But with an old towel and a clothes hanger clip to wrap it around the shoulders, it's a very inexpensive and far more natural alternative than the "cosmetic" coconut oils for hair.