This is all about the weather we’ve had in the UK, which apparently is going to change for the better the latter part of this week and the next, which is why I’m posting this now as the clothes here will seem all wrong if posted next week.  Gosh, to be warm!  That will be such a change as it’s been mostly cold and wet through April apart from 3 days of hot weather when I went bare-legged and wore sandals. We all thought summer had come and to celebrate that I put away many of my cold weather boots, shoes and skirts only to get them out rapidly a few days later.

So this is also about the hat I’ve worn a few times in April. Yes, it’s a rain hat, which I’ll be linking up with the wonderful Judith Boyd of Style Crone for her monthly hat share.

Actually, it’s been so cold I wore it with my black winter coat which goes nearly to the ground.

I use the bus a lot in Brighton (it’s free for pensioners in the UK) and there were a couple of days when I really needed that top-to-toe cover! It was bought in a charity shop some two years ago, and I’ll try at some point to get a street shot as the long length flows out behind me as I walk along. Actually in freezing weather I find that this coat isn’t as warm as it looks, because the flowing look is helped by a deep split at the back, which is why I got out my vintage faux fur coat in that very cold snap we had a couple of months back.

Here’s the hat with a lighter and shorter Spring trench coat, bought in a charity shop last year.  But tbh, I haven’t worn the trench yet it’s been so chilly.

But the weather is supposed to get warmer over this weekend. So I won’t need the black coat or even this hat.

Note that my hair is still growing out the dye. I stopped colouring it in October 2016, so it is a long process. If I remember correctly I began because my face had gone pink after dyeing my eyebrows (I have to say I do regret not dyeing the eyebrows) so I said to my hairdresser, let’s leave the dye for a couple of months. After that I realised that actually the white at the front look good and from thereon I became a believer – in going au naturel.  It feels good and right, for me, that is, so listen up, never listen to anyone advising you to go grey. Because you will know when.

I used to have arguments on the blogosphere about exactly this!  At one time I even argued with Alyson Walsh of That’s Not My Age, but both of us seem be at the two-thirds stage now.

Yes, now it’s two thirds grey with a white streak at the front, but the ends are still blonde, which I’m not cutting off as I’m growing my hair. If I ever catch myself looking lank and unkempt I’ll definitely go shorter, but at the moment I’m aiming for a wild and witchy look!  Well, why not, I’m always up for a change of look!

But what a lot of money I’ve saved not going to my hairdresser every six weeks for a colour. Also these days I use fewer products and hardly ever use my hair dryer as I let my hair air dry. I haven’t started using any grey/white hair specific products (see Alyson Walsh’s blog about that) but what I do use is lashings of serum once it’s dry. After a day or two it goes very sleek, and I don’t wash it much more than every 6-7 days. Yes, I leave it that long.

It looks a bit unkempt in the pic above but it just needs a brush and blob of serum! And I like that colouring – it’s naturally streaky, who knew!  Well I didn’t until I let go the dye.

That’s all for now

With love, Penny,  the Frugalfashionshopper

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23 thoughts on “Hatwalk 30 – May 2018

  • 3rd May 2018 at 10:07 am

    Your natural hair colour looks lovely.
    I too started growing out my dyed blonde colour in September 2016, I have short hair, so by April, 2017 the colour had all gone and my natural grey hair was complete. I love my hair colour and have had so many people asking me if this is my natural colour and how they love it. I used to have my hair colour done every five weeks, now I only go for my hair to be cut every six weeks, each time I put away the money I have saved, so I have a nice little money pot.

    • 4th May 2018 at 7:32 am

      Oh, Doris, thank you, and yes, natural hair colour is so much better – I don’t know why I coloured it for so long. And amazing you’ve put the money aside that you saved by not colouring. I wish I’d done that! Think it’s gone on more clothes! l

  • 3rd May 2018 at 12:43 pm

    I’ve stopped dying my hair too…it’s nice to not worry about it or spend the money on that!!
    There’s a great FB group called going grey gracefully that has a ton of inspiration too.
    And I love the hat—I’ve been on a hat kick lately, and have added so many to my collection!!

    • 4th May 2018 at 7:34 am

      Hi Jodie and I hadn’t realised you’d stopped colouring too! It feels good doesn’t it. I don’t know why I dyed it that yellow colour for so long. Will look at the FB page – thanks x

  • 3rd May 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Mm, I am dying my grey hair every five weeks! But I think it is easier when you are blonde then a brunette. I still don’t like my greys!

    • 4th May 2018 at 7:40 am

      It is more difficult with brunette hair. My hair was a strawberry blonde when I was really young, then it went a more auburn colour in my 30s, but by the end of my 40s the back of my hair went quite dark. So actually at the beginning I did dye it quite a lot lighter than its current natural colour. And I really disliked all that go grey, go natural, it’s the best, etc and so on. Only you will know when to move on to lighter hair. Follow your heart and not others including me!

  • 3rd May 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Hi Penny, love the hat, it looks lovely and such fun with all the spots. I too am transitioning to grey, I have dyed my hair a rich auburn for over forty years, so it is a slow process, went from red to golden blonde then low lights with a few highlights and now have my natural colour with a few highlights, it has taken eighteen months to get to this stage, saving a fortune at the hairdresser, as I’ve gone from every three weeks to four times a year!
    Best thing I’ve done, by far is getting my eyebrows tattooed, mine where so sparse, and I couldn’t draw them on so that they looked natural, the tattooing looks amazing and really frames my eyes. I was prompted by Helen Mirren who said she had had hers done. I freaked out the first day, as they looked so dark, I felt like I was playing a part in the Mikado, but they faded after a week, and even my husband who doesn’t notice anything ever, commented on how great they looked. Lots of love from Canada.

    • 4th May 2018 at 7:47 am

      Yes, like you I coloured my hair for years as my hair went from natural strawberry blonde to auburn to dull brown with occasional red bits. Out came the dye in my 40s – so it was nearly 30 years of colouring. And then quite an abrupt stop in late 2016.

      Now interesting your experience with your eyebrows – I’ve been thinking about this tattooing or microblading is it called? Thing is I don’t have sparse eyebrows as they’re quite thick still, but they’re pale, white and at the moment, quite straggly, that’s where the dyeing worked until that is I think I became a bit allergic to the dye. But my beauticians has just hired a microblading expert and I’ll have a session with her to just discuss what I could do. Eyebrows are so important. Thanks for your views on them – very helpful.

  • 3rd May 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Now a days, I see young Asian women have more choices of alternative lovely hair colors that they may choose. Back in the late 60’s, I had my cousin try to “color” my thick, black hair. What a trainwreck! Never did that again.
    Today, my hairstylist is a young Asian man who is not intimidated by my hair. He has me in a short, spiky (lots of product) cut. Fun! My gray shows up in streaks and looks like “highlights” he says. LOL.
    Through the years, I did not spend money on hair dye but in finding a good cut. I use to drive all over Los Angeles trying to find that. Now, in our increasingly multi-cultural setting, my hairstylist is around the corner. Thankful for that!
    Charlene H

    • 4th May 2018 at 8:02 am

      Your hairdresser sounds great! I loved mine, he was fun and a very good cutter and colourist and was sorry not to go to him after many years, and of course, he must have been sorry not to have me coming to him! But it is relief not to have to go every 5-6 weeks and the saving I’m making is phenomenal.

      It’s great also to hear how Los Angles has become multi-cultural – that’s why I love London so. It’s not just the buzz and the exhibitions it is the multitude of languages and peoples I love seeing. It is a great city and the differences are what makes it so amazing. That is, of course, all on the surface, and it’s there to enjoy (or not, as there are some who don’t like London at all) in actuality, there is the elite who rule us, and then there’s us, and then there are areas you’d be careful about. Same everywhere I guess.

  • 3rd May 2018 at 3:56 pm

    In 2001 I tried growing out my hair dye but I got a sort of white ‘blaze’ at the front so I persuaded a hairdresser to strip it out. I was then blondish ans the white gradually took over. I was 48 at the time and had been greying since my early twenties.

    I now have white hair which I have quite short. It’s soft and fine so difficult to get much volume in. I was at least every other day as I find it very messed up – sticking out etc-in the morning. I didn’t get on with White Hot products although they are very popular. I think the L’oreal silver shampoo is the best but I’ve run out – it does last ages though. I don’t use it every time as I need a volumising shampoo.

    I’d be interested if anyone could recommend a really good styling mousse.

    Just bought a new summer hat in Matalan with a big discount. Should last many years!

    • 4th May 2018 at 8:09 am

      It is difficult to style fine hair and I can’t say I have any experience using those kind of mousses. On my thick hair I use a Paul Mitchell Super Sculpt gel and really notice the difference if I run out. In fact I use no products other than the ones produced by Paul Mitchell, which can only be bought from a hair salon. And not all hair salons stock them anyway. If you can find one that does, ask what they have for fine hair. The products are expensive but I love the sheer quality of them. Hope that helps x

  • 3rd May 2018 at 4:37 pm

    I had blond hair when I was very little, which later turned to mouse, which I hated, so since the age of about 15 I have used all sorts of bleaches and tints on my hair. And in between the home colourings I’ve often had blond highlights, but this just got too expensive, so, what to do, because I do not like myself with grey hair, it makes my face look totally grey too!! Then one day I remembered a product I used many years ago called Light and Bright, which did exactly that for my mouse, it lightened and brightened my hair wonderfully. So I went in search (I live in Spain) and yes, I found a similar product for just €7 and it lasts for months!
    I use sulphate free shampoo, and Manuka honey conditioner, and I have had several compliments on how nice it looks. Surprising that at 74 I am happier with my hair than I have been in a long time, I feel I’ve got it right at last!!

    • 4th May 2018 at 8:15 am

      I’m so glad you’ve got the right colour for your hair and life. It is so important to withstand the advice that is so plentiful for us as we age (partly due I think as one way to fill pages of magazines more than anything). We do what is right for our skin colouring, skin texture and indeed our attitude. I’m keen to see what I look like with full on natural grey/white hair, but if I find myself looking drab out will come the dye, pronto. I will try the White Hot Hair products at some point I think.

      Is it getting warm where you are? The forecast is for hot (but not really hot as in Spanish hot) weather for Bank Holiday Monday! Which is great!

      • 4th May 2018 at 3:50 pm

        Well, as often happens in spring, weather is the UK is better than it is where I am, that is 30ks north of Madrid, we are trying desperately to throw off our winter woollies, but as soon as we do, out they come again. 17° max today, and sunny, so not too bad. Our Bank holiday was last Monday, awful weather, do hope you are luckier!!!

  • 4th May 2018 at 3:27 pm

    You know my opinion on going natural but I also believe that the right time for each of use is different. I was ready at 65 but not a month sooner that when I did it. I get more complements now because each of our natural colors are so unique and before I was blond (and I never realized how blond I was until I looked at photos that were only ten years old).
    Our weather is finally turning warm too. I have a feeling that we will be going straight from cool to hot.

    As far as hats, I made a fascinator to be worn to an even this weekend. As soon as I get to wear it, I’m going to link up on “The Hat Attack” too.

    And thank you for joining the slow fashion link.

    • 5th May 2018 at 8:30 am

      I do know your opinion and loved your response (on your blog) to my comment! Yes, we know when we’re ready. I was 70 and now, like you, I look at old photos and think how yellow my hair was – it wasn’t as good as I thought!

      Love your slow fashion link, Terri, thanks for hosting it.

      Weather here is really warm for the UK!

  • 4th May 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Your hair looks gorgeous Penny, trés chic. For a couple of years now I have been thinking about leaving mine to grow out, but I don’t think it will be a nice grey like yours, I think mine will be the horrible salt and pepper. I agree, I think I will know when the time is right.

    • 5th May 2018 at 8:33 am

      Well, I thought my hair would look horrible in its natural state, and didn’t try to find out until I was forced to stop colouring for a bit. And much to my surprise it was OK! But yes, definitely only listen to your good self – you’ll know when it’s time.

  • 4th May 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Your hair looks great. Mine is salt and pepper, but I’m not ready yet to give up the dye. Love your long coat. In New Zealand, where I live, many people don’t actually have proper coats, and I think that it’s because it’s only cold in most places, for a few months. Padded jackets are more our thing.

    • 5th May 2018 at 8:40 am

      I thought mine would be salt and pepper but it wasn’t after all! Anyway, you just follow my advice and do absolutely your own thing!!!

      Interesting that long coats are not worn much in NZ. Here in the UK we think we don’t have cold weather but actually for several months it’s that damp cold which gets into your bones. Also for us city dwellers and also because of the small size of our country we tend to use public transport a lot. I do and the thing about padded jackets is that they stop at your thighs or sometimes even higher – what about the rest of my legs??? They need covering as much as the upper half when you’re standing at a bus stop or even waiting for a train. Long coats are not just a fashion here – they’re a necessity!!!!

  • 8th May 2018 at 9:29 pm

    Love your spotty hat and that long coat looks gorgeous!

    I stopped dyeing my hair in December 2014 and have never regretted it. I wash mine every 4 -5 days.

    Hope you’ve been enjoying the sunshine and the heat.

  • 22nd May 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Rain hats are a must have and yours goes with everything. Your natural hair color is beautiful! You are right, we each will feel the correct time to make this transition. Thank you for sharing your hat and your hair color with Hat Attack!

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