Love Your Gray Hair: Grey is the New Blonde

Carmen Dell'Orefice is currently the world's oldest fashion model... and doesn't she look great with her silver hair?
Carmen Dell'Orefice is currently the world's oldest fashion model... and doesn't she look great with her silver hair? | Source

Embrace Your Silver Hair— It's Unique!

How we resist our natural gray locks. We moan and groan about the silver hairs which peep through the glossy brunette (or red or blond or whatever our natural hair color is) as a sign of encroaching maturity, a reminder that we all, if we're lucky, eventually succumb to old age. Most of us panic and reach for the dye. We go for streaks and tints, anything to disguise those nasty betraying greys.

Never mind all that. You need to know that gray is now THE color to have. Celebrities are even going out of their way to embrace silver. Baby boomers continue to have it all our own way. We are not prepared to fake any longer. We will celebrate middle-age. We will make grey the new blonde. We will make YOU want to be gray.

Note: We Brits spell it 'grey,' and Americans spell it 'gray.' I'm going to use both. Because I can. So there.

Take a look at the gorgeous Yasmina Rossi. How old? She's 54 in this photo.
Take a look at the gorgeous Yasmina Rossi. How old? She's 54 in this photo. | Source

Must Older Women Wear Their Hair Short?

No, I say, no!

When we hit our forties, I remember a good friend of mine said, "There comes a point where a woman must cut her hair short," and "Grey hair doesn't look right worn long." I have to disagree with both those statements.

If you have the courage, why not grow your hair? Let it flow. I'm going to let mine grow again. It was quite long until a couple of years ago when I became so fed up of bleaching it that I let it grow for a while, then had all the blonde cut out. It was like freedom. Never having to color again. I adored it when people ask where I get my hair done and I tell them it is just my local hairdresser who styles it for less than £20.

"It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart." ~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Long Gray Hair is Gorgeous
Long Gray Hair is Gorgeous | Source
Gray bob hairstyle CC.BY.2.0
Gray bob hairstyle CC.BY.2.0 | Source

Scientists Discover Treatment for Gray Hair

Researchers, testing a treatment for the skin lightening condition, vitiligo, discovered a drug that restores hair to its natural color (BBC: Scientists treat grey hair with drug for patchy skin). It seems that grey hair happens because hair follicles manufacture a natural hydrogen peroxide that bleaches the color out.

Would you take a drug to bring your hair back to its former glory? Submit your answer to the poll below.

Would you be prepared to pop a pill to restore hair color?

  • Hell, yes, pass those pills right now!
  • Maybe, but I'd need to know it's safe
  • I'm a little bit tempted, but I probably won't
  • No, never, I'm happy the way my hair looks. Grey is gorgeous!
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My silver hair.
My silver hair. | Source

How to Take Care of Grey Hair

I have noticed that my hair has become thicker and grows faster now that I'm older. In fact, it's now waist-length. Previously, I couldn't grow it much further than just below shoulder-length, as it would break.

Because the texture changes, a good cut is essential, especially if your hair is shorter. If it's long, you can get away with pinning it up. A messy bun looks great with grey hair— you look all bohemian and 'clever.'

For taking care of your hair, it doesn't really matter what you put on it, it's more important what you put into it, i.e. what you eat. The better quality nutrients you take into your body, the better your hair, skin and nails look. So, eat well, be happy, and enjoy your silver tresses!

The Demand for Silver-Haired Models is Growing

The numbers of agencies specializing in 'older' models, both male and female, are increasing all the time. The demand by baby boomers for examples and role models is at an all-time high. We don't want to look at young, immature, skinny women. We want to see succulent, rounded, gorgeous, gray-haired gals... just like us!

I have read a couple of cases here in the UK where ladies started modeling in their 40s, 50s, and even older. Up and at 'em, girls!

Photo of Emmylou Harris taken from magazine cover.
Photo of Emmylou Harris taken from magazine cover.

Gray Gallery - Gorgeous Greys

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Best Conditioner for Gray/White/Silver Hair - Love your gray

Alberto VO5 Conditioning Hairdressing for Gray/White/Silver Blonde Hair, 1.5-Ounce Tubes (Pack of 6)
Alberto VO5 Conditioning Hairdressing for Gray/White/Silver Blonde Hair, 1.5-Ounce Tubes (Pack of 6)

This is love in a tube. A gift for your grey. A salve for your silver. Wow! for your white. Go get some, your hair wants this.

"Soothes split ends. Smooths flyaways. Adds shine. Like no regular conditioner can! VO5 Conditioning Hairdressing - the perfect finish! Control your split ends. Smooths flyaways. Calm frizzies. Add shine. Give your hair great manageability."

Yasmina Rossi (Photo: "Y"/Boulder House)
Yasmina Rossi (Photo: "Y"/Boulder House)

Further Reading

Going Gray Looking Good is a book I discovered while idly musing on a new style for my silver topping. It is a wonderful book which completely embraces and celebrates gray in all its variations. From premature greying to wonderful white, it covers it all.

There are personal stories of how women have 'transitioned' to their natural silver color. Without exception, all are glad that they did so. There are hair care tips and styling suggestions. Lots to explore there.

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Are You Gray? Will You go Grey? 118 comments

ohbother3 2 years ago

@anonymous: Lyn I have the totally same situation let me know what u did, I am 90% gray underneath my waist length highlighted hair, did u find a answer without cutting

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myraggededge 2 years ago Author

@Lynn Klobuchar: Many thanks, LynnKK. I am finding myself drawn to looking at grey haired people more and more - there's nothing nicer when their hair is either well-styled and chic or artfully unruly.

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Lynn Klobuchar 2 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

I am slowly going grey naturally. All the time people think I have my hair streaked professionally but it it is just me! Love this lens.

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sierradawn lm 2 years ago

I am 63 and absolutely LOVE the beautiful silver streaks in my long hair!!!!! I would not ever consider dying away my gorgeous silver and look forward to the day when I have a head of full of long silver locks!!!! Your lens is outstanding!

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myraggededge 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: Good attitude. I agree, life in middle age is much more fun than I expected it to be :)

anonymous 3 years ago

@myraggededge: Ha yes its not the cowards way out at all! I'm 53 so i'm at the age now where honest to God, I don't give a rats arse what people think. Its so liberating to feel this way and if I'd known that getting older felt like this, mentally, I never would have worried so much about it! I cut it very short btw. Just last week. Its about an inch long now and half gray half brown. Blech. Nasty looking. But i just spike it up with some hair putty and forget about it.

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myraggededge 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: I think I'd take the coward's way out and hit the bottle one last time - turn it ash blonde to make the transition a little easier. Well done for being courageous.

anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Yes that's probably because you're blond and the white hair growing in just blends in and makes it a lighter more silvery blond. The same with redheads. Their hair just becomes a lighter softer sandier colour when the white comes in. It's only really noticeable with brunettes as the white comes in it is a striking contrast to the dark hair, creating a very striking silver appearance that is totally different to their original dark. That's what mine is like. Its very striking and silvery white at the front with dark hair here and there to create a silvery look rather than pure white, with some bits being more silvery charcoal and some closer to a brilliant white. I like it and can't wait for it to all grow out so that I can show it off. Also, I'll be quite relieved to ditch the dye for a variety of reasons.

anonymous 3 years ago

@Cynthia Haltom: I've just started to grow out my gray. I'm a natural brunette and probably about 75% gray now. It's very shiny and silvery by the looks of it and a darker ash brown in the back with silver through it. I think it will be very becoming and yes I have a nasty look skunk line now of about one centimetre. I won't lie, it looks pretty bad especially as my dyed hair is an orangey brown so, really not good. However unless I buzz it off I'm pretty much stuck with it until it grows say to 2 inches at which point I'll have it cut into a short jamie lee curtis cut. I'm going to tough it out and seeing this as an opportunity to toughen up a bit and not worry too much about what other people think ie am I letting myself go etc... I mean, they may NOT be thinking anything at all. In fact theres a good chance most of them won't even notice! People have their own stuff to worry about so my hair growing out is most likely neither here nor there to them.

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myraggededge 3 years ago Author

@verymary: Thanks for the suggestion, KarateKatGraphics, I'll see if I can find any CC/PD images of her.

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verymary 3 years ago from Chicago area

Kristen McMenamy, mid-40s, was a very successful model in the '90s and now has very long, straight, silky gray hair. I've seen her lately in ads and editorial fashion spreads -- quite a striking look!

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myraggededge 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: You'll have to send us a pic!

anonymous 3 years ago

I want gray! I am probably 90% under the color but told my stylist yesterday No More! She looked at me like I had gone mad. So I am looking into graceful transitions because I like my long hair and don't want to chop it off. But come next

Year I plan to be a natural gray!

anonymous 3 years ago

I am now gray. And gray is not only the "new blond" but it is the "new black". Thanks for this lens. Funny: heard recently that scientists are working diligently to find a cure for gray. I wonder why now?

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LynetteBell 3 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

Since I let my hair just go grey I've received many compliments on it! I didn't get too many when I was 'mousey'!

It's great to be in for long hair I think it depends on the person's face. Even a young person with naturally coloured hair non grey hair may not suit long hairstyles.

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erbeaz 3 years ago

I used to color my hair, but really didn't like spend the money to keep it looking good and I didn't like the chemicals. My hair has been my natural brown color with grey streaks in it for more than ten years now.

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Cynthia Haltom 3 years ago from Diamondhead

Great lens this is so true, But it is difficult to grow out color without looking like you forgot to do your hair.

anonymous 3 years ago


I am a natural blond. Someone asked me years ago, what are you going to do about your grey? I said what grey. I never saw it. Mine has actually come in quite white, which is all natural streaks. The back of my hair is darker. No hair stylist has ever mentioned that I should color my hair..the comments are you are very lucky. Don't know if people are just being nice. I look around, and at times, I feel I am probably one of the few people that have never colored my hair and that's ok. So anyway, my hair is white and that's the way it will stay. Oh, years ago, a lady said oh you are letting your hair grow in natural...and I said it is natural.

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myraggededge 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: Why not tell them that you're having a trial run? If after three months (or whenever), you don't like it, then color it. Your daughters, however, are right... you are beautiful as you are.

anonymous 3 years ago

I have been coloring / highlighting my hair since I was 13. My sister was in Beauty school, and I was the demo girl. I am now 52, and I want to love my grey hair. It's grown out about 4 inches. It's a mousy brown with silver threads all over. There is a all silver patch on one temple, which I think is pretty.My youngest sister says (nicely) that it makes me look older, and my hair designer sister offered to add some blonde when ever I want, even right now. My huband is trying to be nice, and says it's up to me, but seems to want the blonde too. But I am really wanting to just not bother! I like being me. My daughters tell me I'm beautiful no matter what. I am thinking my daughters know the real me. I am glad I found this site.

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myraggededge 3 years ago Author

@grannysage: I wave my magic wand and .... here they come! I can't take them back, grannysage. No good asking :)

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myraggededge 3 years ago Author

@Nancy Hardin: Yes, spiffy! And cool! And very, very intelligent :D

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Nancy Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

I used to have my hair frosted in my young years....but along about 35 I noticed I didn't have to get it frosted as often! And I realized, heck I'm going grey! I tried coloring for a time, but hated it. Finally I went au natural and have never looked back. I DO have short hair however, because my face looks too long with long hair. But I'm all for the greying generation...I think we look pretty spiffy!!

grannysage 3 years ago

I only have a few grey hairs, and I want more. I think grey hair is beautiful. When I worked in a nursing home there was a woman in her 90's with pure white hair which had never been cut. The staff just loved combing her hair for her. She was absolutely beautiful.

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myraggededge 3 years ago Author

@Grasmere Sue: You are a Good Woman, Sue. Flaunt those silver locks all over the Lake District!

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Grasmere Sue 3 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

Yep- I'm grey/ silver. No dye for me now. People keep telling me how good my hair looks- so that's all good!

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myraggededge 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: And I agree with you!

anonymous 3 years ago

For the last several years I have noticed that as my color was growing out I had more and more grey in my roots. My stylist said she would let me know when it got to 50% but I finally decided to cut my hair short, SHORT, and let the grey grow out. I am 52, part Native American so my hair is coarse yet naturally wavy. I style it with a bit of root lifter and spike the back and have been told that the look is stunning. Needless to say I am happy with it, but I do wonder if I should let it grow longer. I would never look like Emmylou but . . . I say EMBRACE your age!

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takkhisa 3 years ago

No i am not but i have BLACK Hair since i am ASIAN :)

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myraggededge 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: Absolutely! Don't worry about what anyone else says or thinks about you. It's how you feel that's important. Never take advice that goes against your better judgement.

anonymous 3 years ago

Interesting....I am 34. In beauty school to become a stylist, I have about 25% grey. I started noticing grey hair in my early 20's. It never bothered me too much until I started hearing, "Why don't you color your hair, you're starting to look old." I've been coloring my hair since, but usually color it when people mention to me my roots are getting bad. My grey hair has never really bothered me too much, i've always looked younger than I am. People often think I'm 24, not 34 when I color my hair. So today after I did a service at my school, I looked at my grade sheet and saw I was docked points, I asked why, I was told because of my grey roots. I am now into month 4 without coloring them, and I haven't done so because I am trying to get my hairs thickness back. (after coloring my hair for so long, it's become much more finer, and also gets darker and darker towards the ends. I am conflicted on what to do. I am proud of my "strands of wisdom" I earned each and ever one of them. I also feel that as a stylist, they show my true age, which lets people know I am more seasoned in life, therefore my suggestions on beauty, products and tips are taken more seriously even though I am still a student. When I started school, with a fresh retouch, I looked 24. Most of my peers are in that age range. I felt like some of the younger gals gave me jealous looks, being the new one being so confident, and knowing how to deal with people so well. Little did they know I was much older than them, now they can see it with my grey roots. They were in shock when my grey's started peeking out and I told them proudly that "yes I have grey hair, I'm 34." So now, I am trying to figure out a way to jazz up my hair color, without hiding my grey hair so I can be true to myself, and my personality. I have a young spirit, with an old soul. I think grey hair is beautiful, why hide it. Why do people spend their lives striving to look younger, why not strive to be the best you, no mater what your age is, the older we get the wiser we are supposed to get, my wisdom has taught me that to truly live means being present with each moment, in the now not focused on the past, nor on the future. To color my hair month after month, to appear to be in my early twenties will only keep me stuck in my youth. In beauty school, early on I read in one of my text books was this "Healthy hair is the most beautiful hair" Good health comes from good habits, not a tube of color! Now I have to figure out how to be true to myself and my idea of beauty by letting my grey hairs shine, as jazzy as possible!

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myraggededge 3 years ago Author

@magna7: You will like it, I promise.

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magna7 3 years ago

My hair is naturally light mousy brown, but I've spend most of my adult life colouring it dark brown. I use a natural henna/indigo powder mix, so no health risks there, and I love the dark colour. But it is a hassle, and henna doesn't cover grey hair well, so I think I'll be happy to go grey if/when it happens. I'm 39 and haven't noticed any grey roots yet, although I have had a couple of white eyebrow hairs (which I pull out - I don't like it there!). Maybe my hair will eventually go white, which I think I'd like :D

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myraggededge 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: It is quite exciting, Helen. Mine was bleached blonde when I started letting it go grey. After a while, I had it cut into a shorter style and the blonde was gone! It's grown again now, almost waist-length.

anonymous 3 years ago

Hi, I am 47 and with a son about to start uni I have decided to longer have a colour or highlights. I currently have about 1.5" of grey growth and am actually looking forward to seeing how my hair changes over the next 12 months.

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myraggededge 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: Yes! That's exactly how it was. You look at those white/silver roots and for some stupid reason you feel 'less than' or fake in some way. I thought to hell with it, they can take me or leave me as I am. I was so pleasantly surprised.

I will sometimes add a pink, purple or turquoise temporary colour to it, but they never last more than a week and are just for fun. Thanks for stopping by.

anonymous 3 years ago

I let my hair go silver beginning just over a year ago. I love it. For many years I dyed ("wove" several colors into it) and loved how it looked. But when it began to grow out and everything I saw was white, I felt something like shame. Finally I decided to just own it, and see how it'd look if I let it grow out. I haven't looked back! I love how silvery it is, and I wouldn't have known that had I held onto the fear of change. I highly recommend it!

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SusanDeppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

More and more gray every day!

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myraggededge 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: Hi Katie, I'm the opposite; I'm the same age as you and my mother is 74. She still colors her hair, and although it suits her, I find myself rebelling and saying, "Nope, I don't want to look like my mother." I turned my grey purple over Christmas and I might do a turquoise number on it soon. However, it's still grey, if you know what I mean.

anonymous 3 years ago

I'd like to go grey but when I look in the mirror I see my mother looking back at me - I'm not ready for it yet, and i'm 54

john9229 3 years ago

I'm dark hair... I like my current hair style, hence not going for grey...~

MissMalaprop 3 years ago

I turn 30 later this year, and have TONS of greys, but I started getting a few random grey hairs when I was in my teens. It's okay though because I LOVE my grey hair!

anonymous 3 years ago

I am 56, strawberry blonde and I have never dyed my hair. I have a few white hairs as opposed to grey but it blends well with my blonde hair. I have no intention of ever putting chemicals on my locks. I don't use any products other than shampoo and conditioner and my hair is thick and healthy. Give up the chemicals andmgo natural. You save anton of money as well.

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TreasuresBrenda 3 years ago from Canada

I am more gray than not and have no plans to change that fact.

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JennyK2 3 years ago

I am choosing to go gray naturally. My scalp is very sensitive and has been damaged from permanent and hair color treatments in the past, so it's no longer possible to even think about using those products. I have very dark hair, so the white really stands out, but it is starting to grow on me. And I'm defying those old ideas too about cutting your hair short when you start to go gray.

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rawwwwwws lm 3 years ago

I visited long way back, but had to come back to give a blessing!

anonymous 3 years ago

When I was born I had jet black hair, in fact it looked almost blue. I really loved it a lot. Than at the age of 26 yrs. old, my hair turned solid white all over, and it seemed like it happened almost overnight. Why? No one knows why it happened. I know that I went through a period of sickness and had major surgery as in hysterectomy (complete) and I was on a lot of medicines at the time. Was this the cause? I do not know, but I have dyed my hair many different colors and kept my hair cut short most of my life. I am now 62 yrs. old and I quit ding my hair, and I am letting it grow out some now, and I really like it. I have been told to get the color that is natural color on me would cost a lot of money. So I do love the white color and I have a lot of compliments on it. I am happy.... Thanks....

anonymous 3 years ago

At 17 I started to notice that my natural platinum blonde hair was looking a bit more ashy than it used to so I started to color my hair a medium shade of blonde. I am 22 now and my hair is growing out I have 2 inch roots with a dark blonde color mixed with some pretty silver strands. To be honest I love it. I want to let my hair grow out cut off all the color and just let it be. Everyone in my family started going grey between the ages of 16 and 30, and I am wanting to embrace it. My views my change due to my age but right now so many people tell me how beautiful my roots are (strange I know) its been the extra boost that I needed. I say if you love your grey go for it, if you don't color it, its our choice.

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sheilamarie78 3 years ago

I have been gray for years. People say they like my hair. I couldn't stand putting all those chemicals in my hair. I have sensitive skin. I also have very thick hair, so if I were to color it, it would be difficult and expensive to do.

Baah! Who needs the fake color. This is me.

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myraggededge 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: Thanks, Jamileena and everyone for sharing your graying experiences. Much appreciated. Keep 'em coming. We love to hear how people love or detest their grays.

anonymous 3 years ago

I dyed my hair all sorts of fun colors when I was young and stuck with mainly dying it red - it looked pretty natural on me, as my family is of Irish/Scottish descent and have quite a few red headed and auburn haired relatives. At age 25 I started to notice a few sparkles in my roots near my forehead. I kept dying my hair with red and reddish brown colors with the color washing out of the gray hair, leaving it brassy and stained looking. I spend a lot of good money trying out professional coloring to grow into the gray. I finally chopped it off after one stylist put a lot of rosey-blonde colors in to work with the gray and brown and red I naturally had in my hair. Everyone at work called me "Blondie". "I am NOT a blonde" I said to myself and the next cut took off all the color and there I was, 35ish in a gray haired pixie. It was sooo darn cute! Compliment after compliment. "who colors your hair?" was all I ever heard. Ive gone thru a few stylists - you need to find a good one who can work with your gray texture and a cut that shows off the color range on your head. Mine is auburn in back, more light brown and gray and white on top. So if I wear it all one length, it looks white/blonde - all the light brown is sunkissed blonde. My hair girl keeps telling me to use a toner or a mineral shampoo to take out the 'yellow'. She can't get it that its lightened by the sun, not stained from hard water and pollution. When I have layers cut, the colors are really pronounced - its really pretty, Im lucky. I just want to cut off all the blonde/gray and donate it for a wig. There are a lot of wigs for kids and other charities, but they don't take gray hair. I found one that takes gray hair, Wigs of the World. Its got to be 8-10 inches long. I don't think Im ready for another pixie - feeling chubby and want to be 'invisible' these days :( but a little more growing and I can chop it off to a shorter do and sort of 'start over' with my hair, maybe I can loose a couple pounds and feel better about myself. Im 45 and love my gray/white/blonde/auburn rainbow of hair color - I wear it up, down, do side french braids to show off the different colors and just have fun with it. I get a lot of compliments from women, even a few men! But the most important thing, I like it Im not a slave to the box of color and that's all that matters :)

anonymous 3 years ago

I went Grey two years ago because it was just too hard to color anymore every three weeks and I had been doing it for almost 25 years. I did it dramatically by chopping all my hair off. I was lucky cause my face could carry it off. I kept it short for a year and now have let it grow in. I am 60 years old and some people stop me to say how beautiful my shoulder length silver grey hair is. I am single and some men have liked it and some think I should dye it. Those guys, I don't talk to a second time. Love me for who I am... Au natural. We are beautiful from the inside out and how we were made. So if and when you're comfortable to go natural, go for it and enjoy. Until then, try another color and have fun.

anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: What kind/brand of root concealer did you use?


anonymous 4 years ago

I finally went gray about a year ago. I had dark brown dyed hair and I just used a lot of root concealer and at about 2 inches went to a very pricy place for the chop. They left some of the color on at first. I've had nothing but compliments and my hair is so silky soft it's amazing. People say I look younger, they can see my face more and so I am experimenting more with makeup. Now all the dye is off finally and without dying I can afford a very expensive cut plus let it grow and try different cuts. What's wrong with gray anyway? People go gray when they're 30.

anonymous 4 years ago

When I was 23 a coworker said to me: I love yor highlights, where do you have them done? Me: it's gray hair!!

5 years later I decided to put some color, but the one that runs evenly and is off in about 2 months. The hairdresser lied to me because it was regular dye and in my job the hair has to be perfect: no roots.

I can't put up with it any longer! Color every 4 weeks, damaged ends, dry hair and scalp... I've bought a wig for the job and I'm already an inch white. The worst part is cutting it. I'm a long hair woman, but it'd take years to let the white grow long. I hope to be able to cut it white for New Year as a kind of celebration of a new real ME!

anonymous 4 years ago

I'm not completely gray but it is very visible with black hair. After watching my mother going to her hair stylist every six weeks to dye her hair and when she didn't watching the gray roots grow in, I vowed not to dye my hair. I'm 47 the youngest of three and each of my siblings asked me why don't I dye my hair It would take years off me. I just respond if it doesn't bother me, then it shouldn't bother you. Why fight the inevitable, I've embraced it, I'm okay with it, just think of all the money I save. My daughter thinks it looks great and most importantly, my husband says I look sexy.

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Deeann56 4 years ago

I am starting grey at about 20-30 % of my hair - would like to leave it but its the groing out bit that looks horrible

anonymous 4 years ago

I resisted going gray for many years but there came a time when the upkeep was just too much trouble. The gray roots would grow in in 3-4 weeks time so I let it grow out. Then I cut my hair dramatically short so only the gray remained. It was a shock. It was a bright silver gray with underlying dark steel gray. That was about a year ago. Now I wouldn't dream of coloring my hair. The texture is wonderful. It's easy to maintain and I get (surprisingly) many complements about it. I've noticed, too, that there are now about three women at work letting their hair go gray. I'm fifty-six but that doesn't seem to mean much.

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myraggededge 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: Thanks for the tip, Tilly!

anonymous 4 years ago

@HalloweenRecipes: Me too! I get that a lot..people think I went and had it done.

anonymous 4 years ago

I am currently at 6 inches of silver, I love it and will never colour again! I aim to grow it at least 24 inches long, I have had long hair before, and want it again IN SILVER*** I have found using Biotin: 5000 mg. daily will help it's growth, give you super nails, and has even cleared up daughters' acne.

olmpal 4 years ago

My hair is grey and short. I love this look. At first I was hesitant to let it go grey but now the style looks very classy.

anonymous 4 years ago

I have been gray since age 17. My family is 1/2 Cherokee. Was always proud of it...but. I spent 30 years coloring my hair. Finally, at age 51, I decided to let it go. I was pretty shocked at how gray it really was. It was fine while I was still with my husband. He didn't care. When we split up 3 months ago, I found myself in a weird predicament. The gray was making my face look ashen in certain light. I have always been lucky to have good skin because of never wearing makeup or spending a lot of time in the sun. So I found myself with the skin of a 35 yr old and the hair of a 70 yr old. It could've all been my self-esteem from being in an abusive relationship then getting out, but I really felt invisible. So I dyed it. With the promise that it would go right back if I noticed no reaction. The difference was literally overnight. Was it me creating an atmosphere where people suddenly noticed me? Who cares? I got my answer.

anonymous 4 years ago

My father was a tall good looking man who was known for his beautiful premature white hair. I inherited the penchant for the premature silver white hair and finally stopped trying to cover it in my 40's. On a regular basis I get comments on how lovely it is. I am 58 now and maintain a short, edgy haircut. Being very fair it is extra important to wear tasteful enhancing makeup and lip color to give some pop to my face framed by white, but I have never had more fun with silver hoop earrings and fun colorful fashion! It is fun to be different and humorous when a gentleman approached me to say he was impressed by, "that great hair". Thanks, Dad for the "gift" of rocking white hair!

anonymous 4 years ago

I'm going grey, but slowly. I've worn my hair long most of my life, but beyond my shoulder blades, it always needs to be trimmed...too much sun, wind, whatever, but now that I'm greying, it just doesn't match. I want to chop it off, all the damaged, not greying, brown/red, dry, not matching my perfectly beautifully healthy blackish, greyish, hair.

I hate dye & stinky things. I'll never color, but cut???

Hear me family? It's coming off!

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stevel58 4 years ago

I have always heard grey hair makes you look distinguished.

Go flaunt the grey girls.

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HalloweenRecipes 4 years ago

I am very fortunate. I was born a bright and colorful redhead but now my hair has turned a wonderful shade of almost platinum blonde. Many people come up to me and ask where I get my hair done or what color I use...they think it's dyed.

Thanks for visiting conspiracies and theories. I appreciate your comments and wish the best for you and your darling daughter!

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rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

My hair is actually intentionally dyed super white blonde! I love it!

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barberrela 4 years ago

I dye my hair because I am grey in the front and still dark brown at the back. when I am totally grey I will leave well alone and embrace my grey hair.

anonymous 4 years ago

I am LOVING my gray hair, which is further highlighted by silver strands.

which also contrast with my beautiful brown skin. I get many compliments

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flinnie lm 4 years ago from Alabama USA

Hi I would love to let my hair be it natural color but, not now maybe some day. This is a great lens on gray hair, thanks for sharing.

anonymous 4 years ago

I am 44 and totally loving my silky, healthy, silver, gray hair!

moonlitta 4 years ago

I probably will go grey some day, for now I'm brown... still, lovely page! Grey is a symbol of ageing and gaining wisdom, so I have the deepest respect for it...Beautifully done!

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TrialError 4 years ago

I agree, and I'm going to have my wife read this lens

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ItayaLightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

Oh I am so close! May be awhile yet but I am sooooo close to embracing the white gray hair that keeps threatening to take over. Great article! :)

anonymous 4 years ago

I am silver-grey and proud of it. Four months from my 50th birthday, I look damn good ( I think)

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LadyFlashman 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Oh I hate my greys! I have had a one thick grey streak since I was 16, but I dye it out and now I am getting little stray greys too. I am not ready yet to accept my maturity! One day, but not yet. Great lens!

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bikerministry 4 years ago

I stopped coloring my hair when I saw the grey roots a few years ago, have long since trimmed all the bleached blonde out. It hasn't turned grey as quickly as I expected, but it is an ash color. Right now it is longer than it has been in many years. I have a few goals for my next big "over-the-hill" stage of life. I'm loving being able to braid it again, and to pull it all back in the heat. It's much longer than in the profile picture shown here.

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fullofshoes 4 years ago

I'm heading in the direction of grey, fast and furiously. I've never dyed my hair, ever...except I used to throw in some "highlights" and I've even stopped doing that. I love this lens... and I shall continue letting my hair get greyer by the minute!

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lbrummer 4 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

For a short time I dyed my hair, but I hated the look of gray roots that seemed to grow much faster than my hair did. Now I'm happy with my natural blondish gray hair and can spend my money on fake fingernails! Will I ever be just satisfied?

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Rangoon House 4 years ago from Australia

With so many dying before their time, I think grey hair and wrinkles are trophies to be treasured!

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Countryluthier 4 years ago

Do mustaches and side burns and top of head and arms count? Got silver in and on all the above :{)

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paperfacets 4 years ago from La Verne, CA

After reading this last year, I have protected a lock of white hair on the right side of the bangs I have, from hair dye. I now have a lock of white on one side and the front. I get compliments. Thanks for the idea.

anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Go For it!..I stopped dying my hair in august& it is now january & I love my silver streaks!

When people complemented me on my dyed blonde hair, it always felt like it wasn't the real me. I had a radical short cut to remove the blonde & I love it! family & friends have bee very judgmental, but my husband loves it & I don't have to spent 2 hours every month dying the roots & having an itchy scalp. I was never happy with putting chemicals on my hair & it feels softer & looks lovely in the light, unlike dyed hair that always looked false to me. I love being a silver fox!

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myraggededge 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: My natural color, which is growing at the back is really dark. It used to be a mid brown. Thanks for stopping by.

anonymous 4 years ago

I decided about 2 months ago to get off the hair dye roller coaster and can't wait for the grey to come in all the way! I have more than I thought I had, I've been dyeing my hair for over 20 years. Time to go natural!! My husband said he can't call me big red anymore, but he does anyway. So far the grey is nice and silvery, and my natural colour is quite a bit darker than I remember.

anonymous 4 years ago

I plan to let my hair turn grey, dying it all the time just seems like too much of a hassle and i don't want to ruin it, its one of my best features. I'm only 24 but I know I can totally rock those silver locks!

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Retro Loco 4 years ago from USA

"Gray is the new blonde", I love it! I had my gray covered last month. It just wasn't me! Maybe I don't have enough gray hair yet for it to look good. I have blonde, red, brown and gray all mixed in, kind of like a mutt. I actually thought about having it all dyed gray, but I wasn't brave enough to go totally gray. You have a beautiful outlook toward aging and going gray, and you did a beautiful job creating this lens! I used to think "older" women should not have long hair. Who put THAT thought in my head?? I have seen many older women with long hair who look fabulous! Thank you for encouraging women to be themselves!

resabi 4 years ago

I seem to take after my mother who, at nearly 85 still has more dark brown than gray in her long (!) hair. She doesn't do anything to hers. I confess that I put highlights from time to time because some light around my face helps, but if enough gray comes in to do that job then the light will be gray. I like this lens very much and I agree with the sentiments.

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Countryluthier 5 years ago

Absoultely, I earned every silver follicle and have dispensed with the foolishness of coloring them. Thanks for a lens worth its weight in silver!

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Heather426 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

No I can't go gray. Just cannot fathom going from dark brown to gray. But love the lens. And the women here look awesome.

BEDDING-SETS 5 years ago

I'm lucky I've only got a little gray, but wow those women with gray hair look fabulous, darling!

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KarenTBTEN 5 years ago

I had my first gray hairs in childhood, and they had been reached critical mass (become noticeable) by 30 or so. On the one hand, it was probably less startling to me since it started so early and has gone so slowly. On the other hand, I knew that I would color it if it got noticeably gray early. I am also a natural redhead (darkened to auburn with maturity) and occasionally I add red streaks here and there to make the gray less obvious (like at the temples where there's the most).

Emmylou Harris does look gorgeous in gray.

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tandemonimom lm 5 years ago

I can't imagine going short just because I'm graying - although the thicker, wiry silver really stands out in my super-straight dark hair! Not sure if they'll be happy growing as long as I like my hair, since they seem to break off more easily. :-(

happynutritionist 5 years ago

I am slowly working my way toward the "new blond", not sure if I'll ever have a full head of gray...haven't colored or bleached it since my early 20's..have had my hair short for years, decided to grow it long...I'll be 60 in less than 6 months and it's taking getting used to...if I cut it, it will be because it's easier, but I'm giving it a go for a while.

Jack-in-the-Box 5 years ago

No, I won't go grey. I wish I could. You see, I am a natural redhead and we don't grey. We blonde. But not the pretty, everyone wants your hair color, blonde. It's the washed out, not really sure what you color is, blonde. So, sadly, I will continue to dye it back to red.

I loved your lens. I so wish my hair was that pretty.

anonymous 5 years ago

@myraggededge: You're very welcome.

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myraggededge 5 years ago Author

@anonymous: Oops... correction made. Thanks, Mona.

anonymous 5 years ago

Although Cindy Joseph is a gorgeous gray, the picture above to which you have attached her name is actually country music star, Emmylou Harris, another gorgeous gray. Please make this correction.

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javr 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I applaud you and other distinctive ladies who have welcomed natural hair color. Blessed.

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Ilonagarden 5 years ago from Ohio

I made the decision two years ago- very goad that I did. I'm gray!

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GreenfireWiseWo 5 years ago

Thank you for this - I am working through this myself right now. What positive information.

Marelisa 5 years ago

I think gray hair is beautiful, and I agree that you can keep your hair long regardless of your age.

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marckq 5 years ago

I'm 41 and starting to get some grey hair, thanks for the enlightenment

anonymous 5 years ago

Thanks so much for putting such a wonderful lens. I agree with you that it is indeed the new blond. Thanks so much for celebrating the beauty of gray hair. I love it! You've done a superb Job!

anonymous 5 years ago

After coloring my hair for 40 years, I decided to find out what was there. I had no idea what my "natural" color might be. Friends and Family kept telling me to "keep it covered", but on my 62nd birthday, I said "enough". I was always changing colors to find "me", Well I found it, and I have never felt more comfortable in my hair! It has so many colors in it, all my natural highlights!

PS Everyone says they love it too!

I'll never go back to a bottle.......

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CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

I am OK with the gray in my hear, which increases yearly- if not more often. But i do love it short... so much better for water sports!

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paperfacets 5 years ago from La Verne, CA

Yep, yesterday my son said, you need to dye your hair. Nope, I told him I am going gray. Or part gray anyway. I am going to try letting the top grey and the bottom dark brown. I starting with the bangs only and maybe a lock in back toward the side. We will see, my daughter will keep the progress monitored and will let me know how it looks.

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Mayapearl 5 years ago

I am grey under my coloured hair. I have tried to stop colouring [I use natural dye] but the regrowth is so hideous, I am waiting to have the courage to cut it all off. I will need a buzzcut! The winter is a great time to do this as I will be able to wear hats!

I will lensroll your lens to some of mine!

GabrielaFargasch 5 years ago

I have been gray for the past twenty years but I still can't accept it!!! Every 15 days I have to dye my stubborn grays.... Now they are getting worse, much more difficult to manage..... :( I am having a hard time accepting my age..... I have tried all colors of the rainbow for my hair and so far the one that I prefer is medium brown.... You have done a wonderful job here!

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ctavias0ffering1 5 years ago

I have some grey streaks which I'm very hopeful will turn into something a bit distinctive. My hair is long and growing longer, I believe in the natural look and think it's sad that so many women are so uncomfortable with themselves or so insecure that they find the need for hairdyes, cosmetic surgery, etc so overwhelming.

Grey is beautiful, wrinkles are character, they show you have lived and experienced life, they are nothing to be ashamed of.

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WildFacesGallery 6 years ago from Iowa

I'm 43 with loads of gray. I'm the only one of my friends my age who doesn't dye my hair. I spend a lot of time outdoors so I like to think of it as highlights. :D

anonymous 6 years ago

For some reason I still have no grey, genetics I guess. My Mom, brother and sister all have some grey but my Dad never did. I'm a natural kind of girl and hope more ladies (and guys) will find the beauty that you show here of being grey. Roots are the worst!

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jgelien 6 years ago

I am slowly going gray and I don't mind it one bit. It actually gives my hair frosted highlights and looks pretty cool. It drives my youngest crazy and she can't understand why anyone would want gray hair. Considering she has the most glorious natural red hair with gold highlights, and chooses to dye it burgandy, I don't give much credence to her opinion about MY hair!

Love your lens.

anonymous 6 years ago

I quit coloring my hair when my son got brain cancer and I don't miss the expense, mess, and aggravation, but I think people see me as older than I am because of it.

anonymous 6 years ago

I have grey hair, and I am happy with how it looks and feels. To me it is a symbol of freedom and power. Men (mostly) don't fret over their grey hair. Why should women?

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justholidays 6 years ago

Er... like anyone on Earth I'll go grey one day, my dear. For the moment, there are many white/grey areas my personal head but still not entirely grey, it just slowly increase year after year. Still I haven't made a decision on whether let my entire hair become grey or dye my hair. Impossible choice although grey is my nightmare - still some kind of symbol of maturity.

Qualitee 6 years ago

Yes I'm grey, brunnette and dark brown, haha. Which is one (or maybe three) of the reasons why I had my hair cut short a few months back. I want to get all the colour out just to see what my hair really looks like and if it is all grey!

Will I look like Yasmina Rossi then?

Great lens Bev whichever way you spell gray/grey 5*

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