The Silver Fox: Stunning Gray Hair Styles

Updated on March 10, 2018
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Once I reached the "over fifty" mark, I knew it was time to embrace the idea of aging gracefully. I like to share beauty and health tips.

I love this cut which shows off the shine of silver hair to perfection.
I love this cut which shows off the shine of silver hair to perfection. | Source

Gray Can Be Gorgeous

More women are discovering that allowing their hair to grow into natural gray is liberating. As one professional model, Maye Musk, put it, "Why didn't I do this 10 years ago?"

No, it isn't for every woman, but the ranks of those who choose freedom from chemical color and the tyranny of monthly touch-ups are growing! A new found confidence can come from those natural silver tones free from hair color chemicals.

More women today embrace their own sense of themselves when they allow their hair to become their natural gray color. Is the Silver Fox look for you?

Glamorous Gray

The whole package, from stylish cut, simply elegant clothing, and attractive well done makeup.
The whole package, from stylish cut, simply elegant clothing, and attractive well done makeup. | Source

Highlight the Silvery Properties of your Gray Hair With Mild Silver Shampoo

This is the top product my readers are buying because it is mild and gentle on the hair while delivering beautiful results. I know I like that it is infused with vitamins.

Get A Great Cut

Short and Easy Care looks great in any weather or occasion. a professional cut makes styling easier and helps make the most of your crowning glory..
Short and Easy Care looks great in any weather or occasion. a professional cut makes styling easier and helps make the most of your crowning glory..

Target the Enemies of Healthy Hair - Especially Those That Dull and Yellow

Get a 3-pack of this hair conditioner, styling creme.
Get a 3-pack of this hair conditioner, styling creme. | Source

VO5 is tried and true and one of my personal favorites for moisturizing, giving sheen, and taming fly-aways. I used to use regular VO5 when I colored my hair, (better than "hair polishes").

Good Bye Yellow

Internally, stress is one of the greatest enemies to your overall health, including your hair's health. Too much sun, vitamin deficiencies, illness are all on the list, but did you know that chemical dyes are too?

  • Shampoos that are harsh will make your hair feel dry, frizzy, and dull.
  • Using a yellowish-tinged shampoo or conditioner rather than a clear one may leave an offcast on your hair.
  • Smoking or sitting in a smoke-filled environment can lead to a yellowish cast also, which is very hard to remove.
  • Water with lots of iron content can stain the hair.
  • Chlorine in water reacts with sunlight to give a yellow tinge.
  • Oil buildup from your scalp can also cause discoloration.

You can counteract these effects by installing a filter on your shower, using hair products formulated for gray hair, and using a clarifying shampoo.

Gray Hair

Who knew it would become high style? And still a trend going strong in 2016, showing no signs of slowing down.

Aging Gracefully: Keeping Vibrancy and Beauty Alive

Salt and Pepper Hair Style
Salt and Pepper Hair Style

Salt and Pepper Smoothie

A great look for slat and pepper mixture is this sleek 'do. Serum will give you that silky smooth look. Very professional for worktime, but easy to keep for casual times. A sparkly barrette is all that is needed for special holiday occasions.
A great look for slat and pepper mixture is this sleek 'do. Serum will give you that silky smooth look. Very professional for worktime, but easy to keep for casual times. A sparkly barrette is all that is needed for special holiday occasions.

Sophisticated Angles

Short cut with long top layers. This is my favorite short hairstyle. The crown hair is kept long and angled toward the chin.
Short cut with long top layers. This is my favorite short hairstyle. The crown hair is kept long and angled toward the chin. | Source

Maye Musk, Beauty Role Model

Maye Musk is a top model who makes aging look great with her silver white hair and sophisticated style.

She is gracious about sharing her secrets, too. Samples of her beauty advice are generously given in an article titled "Looking Great", taken from her book where she shares wardrobe, weight, and beauty tips.

Shampoo Tip

One tip for those who want to use brightening products: I switch out these for clarifying and non-color changing shampoos regularly. One of my favorites for in between is Paul Mitchell's Wild Ginger line. The fragrance and shine are amazing.

Use yellow canceling shampoo products when sun and surf time can stress your hair.
Use yellow canceling shampoo products when sun and surf time can stress your hair. | Source

Shining Curls


My Own Silver

Yes, I have gray hair.
Yes, I have gray hair. | Source

My Transition to Gray Hair Freedom

What is it like to change from covering gray to going natural with silvery strands? I thought I would create a timeline of sorts with the most asked questions from acquaintances. These are things I wondered about myself, before taking the big step.

Going Gray, Hair Color F.A.Q.

  • What was the tipping point in making a decision to go "natural?"

    I felt for a long time that the look of a face and neck of a 50 or 60 something and the hair of a twenty-something is out of sync. I made the decision that when that disconnect seemed to be approaching I would stop coloring my hair.

    Happily, this decision coincided with the appearance of many attractive and influential women in the beauty world who also decided to "go gray." Those women and my own experience inspired this page.I thought, "I am sure there are lots more women who want this look and just need a little encouragement."

  • Was it hard to transition from the colored hair to natural?

    It wasn't hard, I just let the hair grow, and scheduled haircuts to keep the style and shape. A fresh haircut helps avoid that awkward "halfway point".

    I won't lie: there has been a bit of humble pie and some attitude adjustment on my part to growing older.

    I have had both supportive and admiring comments, but then there was the time when a kid behind me in the grocery line phoned his mom that he was "standing behind the old lady."

    A lovely comment from a group of unknown bystanders in another grocery store (do people in grocery stores have more time to people watch?) who thought my hair was "gorgeous" made up for the shock of the other comment, however!

  • What are the best tips for having beautiful gray hair?

    I have included the top tips in this article. The products are those I and my readers have found the best for our silver hair. Information on caring for the qualities of maturing gray locks included under a number of the topics covered: the right shampoos, conditioners, and styling methods.

Thinking About Going Gray? Here is my pep talk

Tips From My Hairstylist

My hair stylist used " Forever Blonde" products to give shine and cancel out effects of yellowing. Loved the effect! And got compliments!

Grow It Long

Long locks are possible, but make sure to keep them healthy and shiny
Long locks are possible, but make sure to keep them healthy and shiny

5 Beauty Tips

  1. Be sure to include plenty of B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids in your diet
  2. Going gray may require a warmer color palette for your makeup. Try a warmer blush or lipstick color.
  3. It can't be said enough: Keep it moisturized and in good condition to keep it great looking.
  4. Occasional color correction with a blue-tinted hair product to cancel yellowing
  5. Give a gloss with smoothing those frizzies:

    Even though you want to go easy on heat appliances, straightening gray hair can add some glitz to your look. Gray hair reflects light, which is highlighted by keeping it smooth.

How Does the Color Turn?

"Hair becomes gray when the cells in our hair follicles known as melanocytes cease to produce pigment, the chief one being melanin. Hairs are composed of an outer layer, known as the cuticle, made of overlapping flat cells and underneath is a thick cortex of protein called keratin. The inside of the hair are softer, rectangular cells. What determines the color of your hair is the concentration of pigment in the cortex." [1]

What Makes Hair Turn Gray? Scientists Have Found the Cause

As part of the body's oxygen cycle, skin cells produce hydrogen peroxide . Hydrogen peroxide serves to kill bacteria, but as we age it builds up in the body. Researchers in UK found that this buildup causes the hair to turn gray. Some races, such as Caucasians, are more prone to the process. -Today's Health

Gerald Weissmann, professor of medicine at New York University predicts that soon products to remove hydrogen peroxide from the hair and the body will be developed.

Classic Meryl

If you doubted that this color could look glamorous, look at this picture of Meryl Streep to have your doubts washed away.
If you doubted that this color could look glamorous, look at this picture of Meryl Streep to have your doubts washed away.

Lee Meriwether: former Miss America

Lee Meriwether: former Miss America
Lee Meriwether: former Miss America

Ellen Burstyn

Another Glam Gray- spritely waves lift her face and give a vivacious feel.
Another Glam Gray- spritely waves lift her face and give a vivacious feel.

Gray-t Examples for the New Year

Women Who Have Gone Gray

Nothing tells the story like a picture can, and the beautiful women whose hair is shiny, gorgeous, and gray are the best illustration for making the point. It isn't necessary to get beauty from a bottle. The best, most attractive quality is healthiness. Chemicals are bound to be damaging, and they aren't necessary!

Some Fabulous Women

...who weren't afraid of the Big Bad Gray:

Yasmina Rossi

Maye Musk

Emmy Lou Harris

Meryl Streep

Dame Judi Dench

Joan Baez

Susan Hersh

Kathleen Sebelius

Ellen Burstyn

Jamie Lee Curtis

Helen Mirren

Trendsetting hairstyles show up on the red carpet and in magazines. Take some tips from these celebrities for hair, makeup, and fashions that will look great with grey.

Fresh Looks To Try

What styles look fresh and new with silver locks?

  • Try a new bob, updated with layering to give it lift.
  • Medium length with fringy bangs.
  • Cute short, flipped up ends.
  • Bangs are in favor for the classic bob.

Long layered bob with deep fringe of bangs looks fresh and polished
Long layered bob with deep fringe of bangs looks fresh and polished

Emmylou Harris

As you can see from the many products on this page, I like to change things up. It isn't that I am always looking for something different, but I find that rotating the shampoo and conditioner lines brings better results. On a trip out west I noticed the need for more conditioning, while in my own home state (where high humidity rules) I have more need for serums to smooth my hair.

I think you have to experiment to see what works best for your own look.

The one perennial rule for all of us with gray and silver is well conditioned, healthy hair. And because of all the environmental yellowing, knowing which products will restore a clear tone to the hair is one secret that will work wonders for your style.

Gray is Gorgeous

Katharine Hepburn was a trendsetter who had her own brand of fashion and style that remained to true to her own self.
Katharine Hepburn was a trendsetter who had her own brand of fashion and style that remained to true to her own self.

Going Shoulder Length

Sleek, smoothest possible, shoulder length
Sleek, smoothest possible, shoulder length
This perfect chignon is one of my favorites
This perfect chignon is one of my favorites
Long layers looks young and stylish
Long layers looks young and stylish
Similar cut, turned under. Very versatile
Similar cut, turned under. Very versatile
Slightly shorter version of layers with ends flipped up
Slightly shorter version of layers with ends flipped up

Taking Care of Your Hair

...Taking care of yourself (and why we go gray)

Some beauty tips are ageless: eat nutritionally valuable foods that have the vitamins, proteins, and the complex carbohydrates you need for good health; use mild and effective products on your skin and hair; and get your circulation going with plenty of exercise.

But there are a few tips that are especially important for gorgeous gray hair. One that is mentioned often is the use of a blue tinted hair product. Another is regular use of an effective hair conditioner- maybe more than one to keep hair soft and shiny. Carefully brushing or combing to prevent split ends and a good haircut doesn't hurt, either. Healthy hair also means going easy on heat applications through hair curling or straightening.

A Good Cut

I've been see-sawing between mid-length hair and trying to grow it out. Like every other color, growing hair longer while trying to keep it looking in shape and stylish is a challenge. I recently cut off the length and had my hair layered. It looks shinier and better groomed, which is important for gray hair.

A beauty secret to take better advantage of is to have a great cut. Not liking to fuss with hair, a medium length has always worked well for me, but no matter the length we choose, keeping the cut sharp and in shape makes the difference in how good gray hair looks.

Try A Different Shampoo

Consider trying a new shampoo made just for white and silver hair to really stand out and make a white hot statement.

A wonderful shampoo with mild ingredients and natural blue flower extract from Centaurea. Klorane is a venerable name in hair products and I have used (happily) their shampoo and conditioners for years. If one wants the tried and true for silver hair, this is a good choice.

Bring out the silver lights

Cute Short Cut with bangs and long top layers
Cute Short Cut with bangs and long top layers

One of the Best Shampoos for Gray Hair Styles

Keep your hair silvery with Phyto Phytargent Whitening Shampoo, Gray and White Hair , and its conditioner. Chamomile azulene brightens, while natural coconut oil conditions and cleanses your scalp.

These two results, moisturized hair and a light bluing tint, will give your gray luxurious shimmer which is all you need to look terrific. Phyto products have been my favorites for their quality and how manageable they leave my thick, wavy locks.

Which Shampoo And Conditioner ?

Besides the addition of a color corrector which is the best product for our hair? The answer will be directly related to your present condition, desired look, and personal preference.

I like the ingredients to be as natural as possible, but I like some luxury and fragrance,too. Those are qualities that influence my recommendations. If you are sensitive to perfumes, there are products for you that might be different.

Two more of the best brands are:

  • Pravana Pure Light Sulfate-free Brightening Shampoo is a silver hair shampoo, both mild and natural. My readers love it; I think the gray enhancing formula makes such a difference with no concerns about Parabens or other harmful additives.
  • Rene Furterer Okara Mild Silver Shampoo with corrective pigments, this product illuminates and revives silvery highlights. It also contains Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E.

The goal is healthy looking hair that has shine and clarity.



Dry hair and skin?

Oils can cause yellowing, so strike a balance between the need to condition hair and overloading it with possible yellow cast. If you use a whitening agent every once in awhile, that will help.

I felt that using coconut oil to condition did not discolor my hair. Argan oil might be slightly yellowing (verdict not in on that, yet), but good for conditioning.

Grey Is Going Places

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Helen Mirren with softly controlled bob, long full bangs. Helen Mirren's free spirit look in a longer length bobThe Ever Gorgeous Silver Fox, Helen Mirren, with deep waves and soft sheen.
Helen Mirren with softly controlled bob, long full bangs. Helen Mirren's free spirit look in a longer length bob
Helen Mirren with softly controlled bob, long full bangs. Helen Mirren's free spirit look in a longer length bob
The Ever Gorgeous Silver Fox, Helen Mirren, with deep waves and soft sheen.
The Ever Gorgeous Silver Fox, Helen Mirren, with deep waves and soft sheen.

Helen Mirren

Smooth Updo
Smooth Updo | Source

Helen Mirren's Style

Always an eye catcher on the Red carpet, her style elicits admiring comments. If you have quandaries on how to make the best of your looks as you age, Helen Mirren is a a role model of continuing to look great.

She changes her style subtly going from soft waves to styles with bangs and sometimes a straight bob, but always with panache.

Mirren always inspires those who wish for stylish gray hair styles ideas.

Helen Mirren lipcolor? Try L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Balm, Pink Satin for a similar look.

Embracing My Grey, Another Woman's Story In Photos

Silver Belles

Holiday Hairstyles

Updos have been a top choice for formal occasions because they instantly create a well groomed and feminine appearance.

While many women choose shorter hairstyles as they mature, the trend has been for longer lengths. Whether a haircut is short or long, sleek and shiny are two characteristics that give holiday hairdos glamorous fashion.

A Few Ideas For Elegant Polish

Classic French twist with a holiday comb.
Sparkly combs and clips dress up any style.

Polished hair slicked back from the face—Silver Fox to the max for holiday sophistication.

The smoothly rolled bun is a classic good look for the holidays, with or without hair ornaments. Either worn high on the crown or as a chignon, this is a beautiful sophisticated look.

Rock The Silver Strands

Bright silver hair with a sleek short cut
Bright silver hair with a sleek short cut | Source

Mike Van Den Abbeel says,

"There are several professions for women that we recommend not get 100% gray coverage. Any woman working in law or dealing with money shouldn't try to cover up all her gray hair. In these cases, a little gray will help give a sense of experience and authority"

Cindy Joseph speaks out:

Shine and be all you can be at any age.

If You Want The Whole Package

There is more to your appearance than just your hair, as important as that is!

As maturity affects skin tone and body shape, some changes must be made, a makeover of wardrobe, colors, and reviving some of the inner glow that is the real source of beauty for any age.

I like the new emphasis on helping older women find their best look.

Beautiful Silver Streaks

Reporter and mystery novelist
Reporter and mystery novelist | Source

Get a Makeup Look to Match Gray Hair - Face Your Age Head On

There are a few changes to make to your makeup palette to best work with gray hair and matured skin tones.

  1. Pick brighter shades
  2. A soft pink or coral blush
  3. Rose, pink or coral lip gloss
  4. Dark brown or black liner

Maturing Skin

A BB cream is fantastic for an aging complexion. Complement your natural hair with some new makeup to brighten your complexion and lift your mood. Hair color is just one facet of the overall picture.

And most of all, I think I've finally gotten the message that beauty emanates from within.

Accept yourself, love your life, celebrate the moments, and you might find that gray hair is more of a silver halo that crowns a life worth living!

Silver Fox Attributes

Good grooming

Healthy habits

A becoming wardrobe

....all work together for the beauty of maturity to shine through.

© 2011 Ilona E

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      Shara Alden 6 days ago

      I love my gray hair. I've been growing it out for the past two and a half years and it looks stunning!

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      liljana matosevic 5 weeks ago

      which color should use on a gray gair low and high lights.

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      Irene Smallwood-Bosma 6 weeks ago

      I love the liberated feeling I get from not having to schedule another hair color appointment! I haven't colored my hair since 2008! Gosh 10 years now and I still feel liberated!

      My reason had to do with the fact that I looked so extremely different then my close in age 3 brothers. My father took a group photo of us and I looked hideous with solid chestnut color when my 3 brothers had this magnificent amount of variety of grays mixed in dark brown hair! Their hair was maybe 1/2"-2" long and I wondered what my hair would look like if I let mine grow out longer so I could actually see the shaft of the various gray hair with my own eyes and not in a mirror. Since my hair was short and in a pixie to begin with, it was easy to transition in to the gray hair within 2-3 months cutting off color at frequent visits till the color was gone. To my surprise, and for many who know me, I received various compliments from 'beautiful color' to 'are you sure you want to do this?' Well, it was a easy decision and I have not looked back. My hair is softer and way more manageable and healthy! I'm a happy silver sister and say go for it! No one is immune~! Embrace it!

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      Tara from Australia 3 months ago

      Im 43 and have been a very gracious grey (undyed) for 2yrs now. I have been growing out a pixie cut into a short bob (naturally curly!) AND now I'm getting married. I keep thinking I'm still chocolate brown up top! And people I haven't seen for ages, first thing they say is 'wow you're grey!' which doesnt help.

      I'm having trouble finding hair accessory ideas so the accessory doesnt blend in. Any hints??

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      Susan from Canada 4 months ago

      Thank you! This was just the push I needed to stop colouring my grey.

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      Milly 5 months ago

      I was diagnosed with cancer in early 2016, and after my first chemo treatment, my hair brown and almost shoulder length, came out in hands full. After chemo and my hair started growing back, it was salt and pepper and curly! Not my normal hair! Now, my hair is still salt and pepper and my friends that color their hair, told me to never color again! I almost want to hurry and loose the pepper.

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      Jade Stone 5 months ago

      Starting to let my grey grow out. I understand the need for taking care of grey hair and use all natural products.

      Now, I'm trying to figure out the right cut, as I have a long, narrow face and my hair is wavy, cury, frizzy, and thick...

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      Pam Seigler 7 months ago

      I love my going grey and white mixture still mixed with a little brown. I have let it grow long and have been taking very good care of. It is all one length and almost to the center of my back. I have gotten more complimentsvon my hair than I ever have. I did this once before and I received an email from a family member to another family member talking about my old ugly long hair and how it just makes me look older. All I can say about that is nobody but you two feel that way. Let it grow and be you and you will love the way it makes you feel when men and women walk up to you just to tell you your has is beautiful or gotgeous and is it natural and I guess to say "Yes it is...thank you for the compliment".

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      Trish 7 months ago

      Add Your Comment. MY hair started going gray when I was 22. I loved the salt and pepper look and embraced my colour until it was mostly white. I then had dark highlights put in my hair which I loved form many years. I am now 71 and

      I was persuaded by my hair stylist to let the highlights grow out. It took a while. My hair is white and I probably won't have the dark highlights again.. however I don't particularly like the white hair which often looks yellow despite using the silver shampoo. I will look at using other products

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      Linda 7 months ago

      Just today I went in for my cut and color and decided while driving there that I cannot continue this every 4 week coloring ritual. For TWENTY-FIVE YEARS I've been doing this! Hairdresser worked some magic over almost 3 hours and now my hair is close enough to gray that growing it out will be less painful. I feel so liberated, being on this trajectory!

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      Jeannie B 8 months ago

      I also was mostly dyed brown with occasional bouts of blonde. My amazing stylist lightened the top/outer layers to blonde so the grow out wouldn't be as noticeable as the brown. (I have thick curly/wavy hair & it was just silly to worry about.all of it - although she did add some highlights underneath in the event I wore it up.) A month later, she used a product to basically strip the color from my hair. I'm sorry I don't know the name of it. My hair is below shoulder length & I didn't want to cut it OR deal with that grow out phase. There is a very subtle hint of the brown in the under layer, and she thinks another treatment will remove the rest. I am very pleased with the outcome & look forward to the final outcome and freedom from root touch-ups! (I'm still surprised when I look in the mirror, but my daughters tell me I look younger, whereas before I LOOKED like I was trying to look younger!)

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      joyce faranda 8 months ago

      I have been thinking of letting my hair go gray for about 6 months now. I have been dying my hair dark brown for some time since I started going gray in my late 30's I am 64 now and people tell me I look like late 40's. My only fear is my hair is very fine and when the roots start to come in my hair appears very thin on the top. I want to let it grow out but am afraid it will look too thin. It is shoulder length right now and I don't look good with short hair so I am thinking on getting gray highlights to prevent the skunk as it grows out. It appears my hair will be white in the front when I look at the roots before I color it. Any suggestions as what to do so I can make the transition as smooth and painless as possible? thanks for listening

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      Edel Codd 9 months ago

      I love my salt and pepper hair! I got it cut very short (like Jamie Lee Curtis), and it's such a different look for me, because I always wore it long (to tie it back), but I love it. Oddly, while I've always been told I look younger than I am, I have been getting a lot of comments suggesting I look 10-15 years younger. I can live with that. :D

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      Esther 12 months ago

      I had my hair grey. I loved it! Then I let someone talk me into coloring. Biggest mistake! I am now letting my hair grow out and will not color again.

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      Norma 13 months ago

      I went back to my natural color in 2015 , and so many compliments about my white hair, and I am loving not having to color.

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      silverJane 14 months ago

      Dont buy expensive shampoos for grey hair just because it contains vitamins...! You need these on the INSIDE of your body not the dead keratin that is dead on your head. LOL. Please stop being fooled by these marketing scams. Get a blue/grey tinted shampoo yes, but there are cheaper ones out there. Also beware most of them condition your hair making it thinner and limp. Why dont these compaies make a body building shampoo that brightens grey????? It is a no brainer money maker

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      Lynn 18 months ago

      Love the beautiful styles and your discussion of being gray. I did it a couple years ago. Cut it really short, watched the color get cut off over a few cuts and voila. A new me. Like others, I wish I'd done it a long time ago. Letting it grow out is frustrating but, hope it becomes a pretty style like one that you're showing.

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      Ilona E 2 years ago from Ohio

      That is a very different way of making the transition, lol! Kudos to your mom. I agree that we see beauty differently as we get used to different looks. Diversity rules..

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      craftybegonia 2 years ago from Southwestern, United States

      Very good article, encouraging women to let their silver grow out and stop hiding what everybody already knows! I was used to seeing my mom as a redhead and then she became a platinum blond on her way to letting her gray grow out, at the beginning it took some getting used to but later it became beautiful to me.

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      Ilona E 2 years ago from Ohio

      yes, go girl :) Embrace your own beauty. That is the best thing - to be free to be yourself.

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      Adele 2 years ago

      All I have to say is, I have lived and earned every strand of my grey/silver hair, AND I am so Tired of covering it up with BOXED Dye Products !!! Thank you for this site, for I have now let myself be free and feel the most Beautiful that I have ever felt in years, seeing how I started getting grey at the young age of 18, hahaha !!! I've done all the coloring's , bleach jobs, etc.... through out my life

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      AyitaSage 3 years ago

      Love beautiful gray hair. In transitioning stages right now but look forward to that great look.

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      Cristen Iris 3 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Ilona, I love this article. My mother has stunning silver hair like yours. I can't wait for mine to go all silver. And I think women with grey hair are some of the most beautiful. I'm glad you demonstrated that beauty is not just for the young.

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      Lisa 3 years ago

      I am 43 and am slowly going grey because I found myself in a situation where I no longer had a choice, as all synthetic hair dyes and natural hair dyes cause my Fibromyalgia to flare up.I decided to embrace the idea of healthier treatments for my scalp so I also started using the No Poo way to wash and condition my hair.I wash my hair with a mixture of Bi Carbonate Soda mixed with some warm water in a cup which I apply all through my hair and massage in then wash out.Then I apply a mixture of Apple Cider Vinegar and warm water as a conditioning treatment and rinse it out.I have been using this method for over a year and I don't feel like my hair is really clean unless I wash and condition it this way now.I keep my hair in a short bob and love how healthy it feels and looks.

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      Sharon Berry 3 years ago from Michigan

      I'm sitting on the fence. Do I cut my long hair or not. I'm going to be 70 soon and my gray hair is all most waist length. Some of these photo's are helping me with this decision. Why is it that we think we need short hair if we are over 60? By the way, I stopped coloring my hair in my late 50's and loved not having to spend all that money in a salon every 6 weeks. Great lens.

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      carabec 3 years ago

      Whatever happened to Clariol Silk and Silver? My Mother used it on gray I used it on blonde. Loved it!

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      symbolix lm 3 years ago

      Great pics. Silver hair can look classy on women.

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      judith-treacy 3 years ago

      For My brave friends who are Au natural........

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      Ilona E 4 years ago from Ohio

      @Heidi Vincent: :)

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      Ilona E 4 years ago from Ohio

      @connie-crites-7: Thanks for you input- I appreciate the added tips, those products are some I've not heard of yet.

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      Ilona E 4 years ago from Ohio

      @cocoloco256: Such a change in our perspectives in the last few years- it can be beautiful!

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      cocoloco256 4 years ago

      Now I'm tempted to have gray hair just for its beauty!

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      connie-crites-7 4 years ago

      I went Gray sometime back. Not sure how long ago. Maybe a year. I first had my hair cut like Jamie Lee Curtis (just love her hair). It took about 2-3 more cuts to be sure it was all my gray color. I'm more salt and pepper right now. I want to get some violet tones in it to get rid of the yellow. I found this product online called Fudge Clean Blonde Violet toning Shampoo and Fudge Dynamite Conditioner. My products have yet to arrive but I can't wait to try them. I funny to me how many young girls are bleaching their hair so they can have it silver. Just goes to show we are some hot Fox Ladies with our gray tresses. I have embraced it. Thanks for all your helpful ideas.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      I will be going naturally grey. I see no need to hide the aging process. One can still look beautiful with grey hair as these courageous and beautiful women have shown. I also think that the look is wonderfully natural as opposed to what was said in the beginning of your lens, "...there is something odd looking when the look of a face or a neck is somewhere within the 5th or 6th decade of life and the hair is attempting to replicate a twenty-something".

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      Ilona E 4 years ago from Ohio

      @anonymous: Thanks :) I like that:"Yay for grey".

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      Ilona E 4 years ago from Ohio

      @AnonymousC831: I've grown to like the look, myself, too.

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      Ilona E 4 years ago from Ohio

      @kkkub313: Our ideas of beauty are definitely a learned thing, and older women's looks, as well as other variations on feminine beauty are subject to those perspectives when we judge what looks good or not. That's ok- I think self acceptance is of greater value than temporary ideals of beauty. And that is why I wrote this lens. Maybe someday in the future you will feel differently?

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      Ilona E 4 years ago from Ohio

      @Marcel W: You are welcome!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I actually put a temporary Grey/Silver rinse in my hair yesterday so I'm in the 'I would' camp.

      Grey is a beautiful colour just like any other hair colour, it's a shame that people always have to divide every characteristic, making some seem desirable and others less so or even abnormal/disadvantageous. I personally don't mind Yellow, it's my favourite in the Blonde spectrum but I've always had it Gold, sometimes mixed with Copper though nowadays I'm more Platinum. Or for those who like to be derisive towards blondes and those who apparently 'can't colour/bleach properly - Orange, Yellow and White. Well I've added Grey/Silver to my spectrum now and I'm quite happy with it.

      Yay for Grey and at any age since I'm youngish.

      Great post and very informative!

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      AnonymousC831 4 years ago from Kentucky

      I think it's beautiful.

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      kkkub313 4 years ago

      I don't thing it looks good in all.

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      Marcel White 4 years ago

      @jiancara: Yes, you got the point!

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      Marcel White 4 years ago

      How refreshing it was to âwalkâ through your lens watching all those beautiful women who have gone gray and incredibly sexy. Thanks for those moments of pure enjoyment.

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      Nothing is more attractive to me than silvery grey hair, however it is styled!

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      Stanley Green 4 years ago from Czech Republic

      There is something special in gray hair styles. I can't say what exactly, but I like silver hair style.

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      JessicaBonn 4 years ago

      I love woman with grey hair, we can see that they have experience and also we feel they are strong enough to assume who they are.

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      jiancara 4 years ago

      though my hair is not yet gray, I am now assured that as my hair turns gray too it can be fashionable and still be the crown of glory

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow reading these articles sure helps with this grey & silver hair process. I'm 52 an have been putting in low lights to my grey & silver due to my self consciousness of looking old. But after getting some tips on shampoos etc I'm going 4ward!

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      Angela Hobbs 4 years ago from The TARDIS

      Have lots of gray myself, but not a fox yet

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love your lens. I've been going gray already, but salt and pepper can be a great look

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      Ilona E 4 years ago from Ohio

      @anonymous: Hang in there- when I think of the time and money I save no longer coloring my hair, the fact that I no longer struggle with the unflattering look of gray roots and hair damaged by dyes, I am always glad the decision was made to go gray.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I needed to read this... I am letting my natural gray hair grow... but it is very tough at times... I am still having a hard time coming to terms that I am getting old... but I have always loved the color silver... why not wear it, right?

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      Ilona E 4 years ago from Ohio

      @Erin Mellor: I hear you on the need for courage. It is a transition from what we have gotten used to and if you color your hair, there is a bit of an ugly growing out process. I came across some pictures of me at that stage. But I encourage you to takes the step- it is so worth it in looks AND time and money.

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      Ilona E 4 years ago from Ohio

      @SBPI Inc: Hey can you write for me? Just kidding, but so well said. that is exactly what I hoped this lens would portray: women happy with who they are and making the most of it. Thanks so much for your comment.

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      Ilona E 4 years ago from Ohio

      @anonymous: I found the same thing. Glad you are comfortable with the beauty of who you are now. I see more and more women who go gray and look healthy and beautiful with their natural hair color.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am already on this is so liberating to not become a slave to the dye gods and the cost of constant upkeep. My hair seems to be healthier also.

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      SBPI Inc 4 years ago

      You have a great lens and many beautiful gray and/or silver haired women. How they obviously feel about themselves shines through and their hair is reflective of the love they have for themselves and others by being who they are. Absolutely gorgeous. I don't normally do not look at hairstyle lenses but yours is an eyeopener and a real pleasure. Thank you.

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      Cyrus Solomons 4 years ago

      Unique ideas so rare to be found. Great lens

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      I'm trying to pluck up the courage to go "silver fox", it would save s much time and money.

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      Birthday Wishes 5 years ago from Here

      My wife just loves gray hair styles! Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful lens!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've been grey for nearly 20 years now and wouldn't trade my grey hair for any amount of color. My hairdresser understands my desire to be natural and together we keep my style updated.

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      janfran_50 5 years ago

      Wow, you've got me thinking! All I have are a few gray streaks but I'm going to ask my hairdresser to play them up at my next appointment.

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      LadyDuck 5 years ago

      I stopped coloring my hairs about 8 years ago. Now I get compliments on my hairs, they are healthy and shine.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have short textured grey hair that I love. It has a lot of body so it holds a look well. I've been thinking about adding light lavender highlights here and there around my face and as under tones. I would love feed back and/or information on this. Thanks

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      johnny-knox 5 years ago

      Grey hair look really amazing,, loved these pictures of ladies embracing the grey!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 5 years ago from Perth UK

      My husband told em to look up this lens because I'm always complaining when it's time to henna my hair! I can't use chemicals because I'm totally allergic. My mum has gone gray now, but she was in her late 70s when she stopped dying her hair! She looks much better with grey. I'll certainly look into some products to see if we can make it look even prettier. My turn soon....I think! What a lovely lens thanks you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am so glad I found this site!! I have been gray for quite a while, after giving birth to my youngest at 37 I was done with coloring my hair!, even now, I get comments to color? it is everyone else's issue, not mine!! I would like to find a shampoo and conditioner. I am turning 50 this year, but my hair has been very dry looking, and a little out of control, very wiry. I love my color! I have tried the "blue`shampoos, but did not the results I would have liked, so now I can check on here and get some beautiful photos of women with grey, silver and white hair!!! Love it!!!!! thank you

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      NathalieM 5 years ago

      I can't wait to have grey hair. I think it looks so cool x

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      Ilona E 5 years ago from Ohio

      @SheilaSchnauzies: I can so understand! I have had very thick hair that with the gray became wiry with some frizziness. It has been mandatory for me to take good care of it and I found that the combo of a good hair serum after washing ( and washing often) along with a good moisturizer like VO5 or Argan oil makes all the difference. I also like to add a hair polish for extra shine. Hair straighteners take some of the wildness out, too. Like everything else it is adjusting to the change and using new methods and products. Don't give up on your natural beauty :)

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      Ilona E 5 years ago from Ohio

      @jenny-archer-9: One reason I wrote this lens is because our ideas of beauty and what is attractive are so influenced by attitude. Sometimes we, or what we see is only as beautiful as we believe it to be. That is more true of this matter of gray hair than many thing, since it reflects how we view the aging process. And you are right- we struggle to be happy with what we have... although I think we can change those attitudes with time and mindfulness :)

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      Ilona E 5 years ago from Ohio

      @rattie lm: You are right- skin does need extra care as we age. Another reason exercise is so important , to get the circulation going and bring more color into our face, as well as revitalize the body's cells.

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      rattie lm 5 years ago

      The trouble with grey hair is it often accompanies grey skin! But, having said that, it's time for all of us to reject chemicals and concentrate on wonderful hair cuts!

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      jenny-archer-9 5 years ago

      All over grey is glorious,the pepper and salt look not so,have not been blessed with elegant grey,just odd strands so have to lighten from a bottle,my husband has lovely grey but hates it...are we ever happy with what comes naturally?

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Back for another visit... still fighting with growing out my silver/white hair! One thing I have found that helps me cope is to use "deposit only" color. My sister, a hairdresser, recommended it to me. It doesn't lift at all, just deposits color. My hair without color is a melange of wildness! I have thought so many times of just whacking it all just beyond the gray line, but I'd have 3" long hair! I've had beyond shoulder length for so long now that I don't think I could deal with that! So... now and then I pop back in here for a dose of encouragement:) Again, a fabulous lens.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      Those women look beautiful with gray hair. I tried it some years ago and just looked old! I might try it again with some your your great tips.

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      Howcanigetagirl 5 years ago

      This is a very motivational lens for all those dye lovers out there..... Grey can be so beautiful!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm on my third and last time to let the silver grow... finally have all the 'other' color cut out and it's just above collar length, ready to grow some more... and loving it, loving the compliments, loving the style... natural.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Helen Mirren and Jamie Lee Curtis are great examples of gray done right. *blessed

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      lbuben 5 years ago

      @sunlightseer: I agree, nice to see the double standard going away....

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      junie12 5 years ago

      Grey hair can look so amazing! The pictures of these lucky ladies look fantastic!

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      sunlightseer 5 years ago

      It's about time!! The double standard of grey haired men looking distinguished and grey haired women looking old is finally evening out. As I get a little greyer I enjoy my grey haired award of long life :-)

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      I stopped highlighting my hair a few years ago and I am pleased with my natural gray highlights. I wouldn't go back to the time and effort it takes for the artificial highlights or coloring.

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      Jessica Barst 5 years ago from Dallas, TX

      So many beautiful silver haired mavens! I look forward to wearing my silver when it takes over :) Thanks for all the tips for enhancing natural grey hair!

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      BossJacob LM 5 years ago

      Lovely lens, women with gray manes are beautiful in their own right

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      Carol Brooks 5 years ago from Florida

      I love this lens. I was silvery-grey for years, and I loved my hair, but then I needed a change, so I went blonde. Wow! I don't know if blondes have more fun, but I feel ten years younger. I still loved my silver though. In another few years will probably go silver again.

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      Ilona E 5 years ago from Ohio

      @fastpass2disney: Thanks- when I went gray I didn't have much of an idea what products were best for me- but have been learning that they make a difference.

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      Ilona E 5 years ago from Ohio

      @EpicFarms: Congrats and best wishes for your continued health and may your locks long grow :)

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      Ilona E 5 years ago from Ohio

      @queenofduvetcover: Yes!

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      Ilona E 5 years ago from Ohio

      @BillyPilgrim LM: Thanks- I think our eye and sensibility gets trained to what looks good... and these women are proof that gray can be attractive.

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      EpicFarms 5 years ago

      I've opted to let my "splendor" show (gray hair, biblically speaking ;o) After chemo I was so proud to have hair that didn't come out of a box, I didn't CARE what color it was. *laugh* I really enjoyed this lens, and sure do love those gorgeous silver haircuts!

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      I've always loved gray hair, which is good because now I have a head full of it! Love these hairstyles. :)

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      I love my grey hair ... I was never able to grow long hair until I stopped coloring to hide the grey. Now I have softer, longer grey hair with lots of natural white highlights in the front.

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      Very informative lens about Stunning Gray Hair Styles! I'm at an age that my hair goes naturally grey. Thank you for suggesting products to keep grey hair looking its best!

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      Ruth Coffee 5 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Love this page. I'm hoping to go gray in the next couple of years. I'm getting quite a bit in front, but currently I color. Once I get more, I swear I'm going gray. I actually think the color will look better for me at this point. (fingers crossed) I'm even trying to adapt my wardrobe for the change. No more browns, tans, etc. Won't look good with gray!

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Hello there, me again! I just have a question that I'd love to see addressed on this already-wonderful lens: How do these women GET there (from covering up gray to these all-silver/gray gorgeous looks? I tried totally bleaching my hair, doing a silver toner, and it looked ok... but continuing the upkeep process was extremely damaging to my hair and I had to knock it off. For the past year or so I've gone back to covering up the gray, this time with a deposit-only color. But seriously - how? Bless it again if I could! -Sheila

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      KittySmith 5 years ago

      I am SO IMPATIENT for my hair to turn completely grey. What a beautiful lens. I am sure women everywhere are saying, "Thank you!"

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      Mary Beth Granger 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Love this lens and after nearly 40 years of coloring my hair, it is great to leave it natural.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I like my gray hair just fine. It's so much easier than dyeing it and really don't see why there is such a stigma about having naturally gray hair.

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      SororPeregrina 5 years ago

      Hairdressers are forever chasing me around with coloring bottles (not to mention scissors to hack off my hair because it's long), and I could retire on a nickel for every 30-year-old who says, "Oh, but you'd look fifteen years younger if you'd just cover up the grey in your hair." Newsflash, kiddies: I love my waist-length silver hair, and I'm keeping it just as it is.

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      Danielle 5 years ago from Australia

      Lovely and informative lens. It must be far more relaxing to embrace your natural shade. I even see girls in their twenties dying their hair grey lately!