That's pretty much what I did. I stopped coloring when a week after a color job there would be an inch of white at the roots. It wasn't that my hair was growing, just that my hair was resisting the color. I found an awesome stylist who managed to cut my hair so that the silver and white strands looked like highlights among the brown. I am now completely white and silver in the front and on the sides with those same highlights in the back. I get young people all the time asking me where I get my hair highlighted! Some women my age have said they wish they had my "courage". My hair is so much healthier since I stopped coloring.