Grey is Beautiful … or is it?

I know why this is considered beautiful all over the world…. I feel the same way, hands down!   -Gorgeous, attractive, interesting, magnetic, enigmatic, … and so many positive adjectives more.

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Aiden Shaw
And who could argue about this man’s beauty and sex appeal?!   Nobody, I know.  Not me.  I really feel like I am dreaming looking at him…. ok, not really, but you get the point.  (Model: Aiden Shaw)
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This man probably never had to considered a nose job to feel attractive, captivating, gorgeous and confident. He never had to fight to attain an impossible stereotype of what beauty is or should be.  His wrinkles only added to his natural rugged beauty, his nose gave him character, made him more interesting.  All his irregularities made him even better, manly, unattainable, unique.  Absolutely. I agree.   (In the picture: Andrew Lucchesi.)
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We loved them even more when they started wearing pink!   -How daring, masculine, confident, awesome they looked… – It takes a real man to wear pink! That is what we all said…
Lauren Hutton:
But….. What happens when it comes to WOMEN?   Why is there such a difference between men and women regarding age and beauty?    To me is all a matter of habit and perception.  A very bad habit due to the crap we have been fed forever.  We are so used to have men portrayed as handsome and interesting regardless of their age, grey hair or wrinkles. What I call, natural wear and tear, and that is fine, the way it should be. We are what we are inside, it reflects on the outside.  A leather sofa or jacket for instance, they become more beautiful and valuable with time, when they start looking aged and weathered. It gives them character like it happens with men.
Yasmina Rossi
Yasmina Rossi

Women, on the other hand, we have always been portrayed as beautiful only when we are really, REALLY young and with almost ridiculous standards of beauty, so hard to attain and maintain. We  have a very short expiration date!   We are expected to look like plastic. The less pores and lines we have, the better… Is this a joke?  Really, have we gone insane? I see more and more women going for extreme treatments to make any lines or blemishes disappear. Their faces look like plastic and unreal. Expressionless. All this while, mostly men collect their money for the services they perform on them…

Lauren Hutton at 70 years old. She loves her lines and expressions and so do I.
Lauren Hutton at 70 years old. She loves her expression lines and so do I.

Even worse, the sickness of some designers and most of the media turned teenagers and pre-teens, with an androgenic look, -which is perfectly normal and natural for their age and the changes they are going through-  into an ideal of beauty. They wanted to turn them into sex symbols and objects of desire. They wanted to perpetuate the look forever, they tried to force us to feel guilty for not looking like a malnourished teenager. Women started taking pills, even their kids pills, like adderall – another crazy subject- to stop being hungry.  How sick and disgusting is that?!  And our children bought into that. MEN bought into that.  WOMEN bought into that.  Who is and was so afraid of women, that wanted to perform a media lobotomy on us?!     – In the picture: Model Lauren Hutton, Gorgeous, vibrant, interesting, fascinating, intelligent, challenging.

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It is not that easy to attract the interest and keep the attention of these accomplished, attractive and independent women, a total challenge. It is very hard to control somebody who knows her value and own strengths.  (In the picture: Linda Fargo)

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Who could argue her beauty, even more so with grey hair?   There is nothing more attractive than self confidence and self worth, knowing who you are and of course your talent.   (In the picture: Writer Annika Von Holdt.)
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I think he is extremely attractive and 30 years ago I would had felt the same way.
Elle McPeherson
Elle MacPherson, 51 years old. I know she is a supermodel and stuff but this is what 51 is looking like, more and more, now that we women stopped believing the crap we were fed before!
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Lauren Ezersky. What a gorgeous woman! When you have the power inside, you can wear and do whatever you want, the way you want it. Grey is not only beautiful but awesome, so gorgeous!
Aiden Shaw
Aiden Shaw, I love his style, those shoes are to die for! Love the grey everywhere, people love grey … only not on women’s heads.
Why? ! Many people start going grey even early in their 30's. How can that be perceived as old age when we are suppose to live more than 80 years?!!!! Does it make any sense?
Why? ! Many people start turning grey even early in their 30’s. How can that be perceived as old age when we are suppose to live more than 80 years?!!!! Does it make any sense? It would be like believing High School was the best and most important part of your life!
Gorgeous!
Gorgeous! Come on people!  Could she had looked any better if she had dyed her hair?!  I have nothing against colouring your hair, my two sisters colour their hair, my mother colours her hair, most of my friends colour their hair. They look great.  What I am against is the perception of grey being ugly in women, the perception of grey meaning you are old, done and approaching your grave.   And only for women! What the bloody hell.
Damn he looks amazing! One I met my husband, one of the things that attracted me most was his hair, he had dark hair with grey, almost white above the ears. So elegant and distinguish... do you think he would have felt the same about me if I had the same thing going one? Hahaha! I know the answer to that....
Dang he looks amazing!   -When I met my husband, one of the things I found myself more attracted to,  was his hair, very dark and with some brushes of white and grey above the ears.  So elegant and distinguished … That was my perception! …do you think he would have felt the same way about me if I had the same thing going on!? Hahaha!   We all know too well the answer to that….
Sarah Harris, authenticity and style.
Sarah Harris, authenticity and style.

Sarah Harris

She is really cool.

Elle MAcPherson, the new 50s
Elle MacPherson, the new 50s.  She is fantastic. Perfect is an expression I use probably too often.  But she is. Healthy, strong and confident. I don’t care if she colors her hair or not. That is not the point. The point is that she can do whatever she wants and still look young and sexy, she has the option.  Nothing to do with the models Karl Lagerfeld, a disturbed excuse of a man, uses in his work.   There is something so creepy about him. He gives me the chills, he says he hates ugly people and I am like… Hello! Look in the freaking mirror without your stupid glasses!  I don’t know how he can be Channel’s and Fendi’s head designer…
Criminal in my opinion.
This is criminal in my opinion. Wait, this is plain criminal. Not just in my opinion.  I don’t think for a second Coco Chanel would had agreed with his insanity and sickness. He must hate women. That’s why he wants them to look like that.
How could he ever compete with this ?
How could he ever compete with this? Natural, fresh beauty of Cindy Crawford.
How can we even compare the madness...
With this?!!!   How can we even compare the madness…  Karl Lagerfeld’s girls….
Gianni Versace's Girls.
Gianni Versace’s Girls…. look at the smiles
This is beauty, the world has since gone insane.
This is beauty, the world has since gone insane.
Mario's Girls! Beauty and class.
Mario’s Girls! Beauty and class.

And now, back to Grey!

Sarah Harris started going grey in her early teens and decided to keep her natural colour. It takes personality and guts to dare to go against the current, specially in the world of fashion where she spends her life as the fashion director for Vogue Magazine UK. She is a fashion icon now.
Sarah Harris started going grey in her early teens and decided to keep her natural colour. It takes personality and guts to dare going against the current, specially in the world of fashion where she spends her life as the fashion director for Vogue Magazine UK. She is a fashion icon now.
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Curly, natural, grey hair.  So pretty!
Richard Gere
Richard Gere, he made us dream as an officer and a gentleman and continue to do so now. That hair of his… don’t you want to run your fingers through it? 😉
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Statuesque beauty, her hair makes her look even more gorgeous.
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Sarah Harris is seen wearing a jacket from Lilly e Violetta and jeans from Paige on the Streets of Manhattan on February 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)
Sarah Harris (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images) Personality and style.
The one and only Miranda
The one and only Meryl Streep ! She can make any hair color work, because it is she who is the star, everything else follows.
George
George, famous for being handsome. Pretty much.  I still love him. Again it comes to self confidence, he carries himself with such ease and charm that most of us melt. He looks even more handsome since he turned grey.
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Many women start turning grey at 30, that means they “have” to colour their hair for the next 50 or 60 years.?! … If you want to do so, that is great, but not because we are so used to the images of grey haired women we’ve been fed forever.  Those images of old ladies ready to kick the bucket, retired, bored, sad, waiting for nothing and hopeless. That is a lie. It is not the way it is. This can be and often is, the best time of our lives, when we know who we are, we know what we want and we have the time and the means to do it, to start a new path in life.  Now I am going through a phase.  I can’t wait for my hair to be all grey, white or whatever it is going to be. It doesn’t mean I won’t color it at some point in the future if I feel like it, it means it is what I want NOW.  I find it so attractive and interesting, I feel excited about it  like if I was a teenager again.
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Oh my gosh …. you see, this is my point exactly. They don’t feel old at all. They didn’t stop taking care of themselves and dressing like they were in the prime of their lives because they got grey. I believe they have never felt this confident and attractive in their lives.  And THAT is what I want us WOMEN to understand and to have. Regardless of the hair colour we choose to keep or to get. It goes well beyond that.
Sting!!!
Sting!!! He’s definitely gotten better with age. If that is possible. It is possible, we see the proof over and over again. I’m surprised he allowed the photographer to photoshop him. Where are his awesome expression lines?
Yasmina Rossi
Yasmina Rossi, no comments necessary. Fifty Nine years old.
Yasmina Rossi
This is 59 years old, grandmother and model, Yasmina Rossi. Could she be more stunning?
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Greys are the natural highlights God gave us to look more radiant!
Sir Sean Connery!
Sir Sean Connery! I want to scream at him: Stop it already!  not fair being so good looking for so long! I’ve been needing to give you a hug since I was a little girl….
Yasmina!
Yasmina!
Linda Fargo
Linda Fargo
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Another young and gorgeous woman rocking her silver locks!
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Any length, any age, any type.
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So attractive and grey. The shoes are the perfect touch of colour.
Andie McDowell
Andie McDowell
Carmen Dell'Oriffice
Carmen Dell’Orefice.  Iconic beauty. Too made up to my taste, but who cares?! 😉
Pia Gronning
Pia Gronning, that is the way I would like to look as I get older.
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You are so welcome!

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Aiden Shaw
and so is he!    (Aiden Shaw)
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Wow! Amazing. Lovely hair, gorgeous eyes, perfect outfit.
Pia
Pia Gronning, class act.
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Omg! I’m running out of comments already!  Love the man, love the fashion, thank you God. That’s it.
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Do you see any “old” and “dated” here?  Should she go home and knit?…. I think most people are afraid of women in their prime.  We are a force to be reckon with.
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Danish writer, Annika Von Holdt.
Cindy
Cindy Joseph.
Andy Lucchesi
Andy Lucchesi
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Silver on silver
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She looks classy and sexy at the same time.
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Her freckles look even cuter with silver hair.
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Classy and sexy lady
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Yes please, I’ll take one.
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The right amount of color.
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I’m very happy that in Europe they don’t have people older than 30 doing only viagra or insurance commercials. They are actually the ones who can afford most of the things they advertise and the ones who look best on them.
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Love everything.
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59 year old lawyer Jenny Hirschowitz. Spectacular!
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All these exquisite women exude confidence, intelligence and poise.
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I wish I knew who she is…. flawless beauty and style
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Naturally gorgeous
Jasmina
Jasmina,  what a photography of strength and beauty!
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What can I say in the face of reality?!
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I think I don’t need to argue my point anymore. The pictures talk by themselves.
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Sigrid Rothe
Sigrid Rothe
Richard Gere
Richard Gere
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
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What a cool guy!
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Since I have some Elle Macpherson pictures in this post, I found only fair to include this guy as well!
Aiden Shaw
Aiden Shaw
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Jodee Anello, 51
Jodee Anello, 54
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I love her.
Beautiful Yasmina
Beautiful Yasmina
Helen
Grethe Kaspersen
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Wow! those eyes and that hair!
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Sarah
Sarah
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The beautiful Pia Gronning
The beautiful Pia Gronning
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Mr Clooney.
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Outstanding!
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Grandma Yasmina Rossi.
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Beauty at it’s best.
Jo Skinner
Jo Skinner
Pia Gronning
Pia Gronning
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This is life.
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Carmen Dell’Orefice. Unbelievable!  84 years old….
Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet.
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Love it!

And last, but not least,  last pictures and a question about insanity.

When did this become better ...
You sicko!  Who are you catering to?  Child predators?  Are you trying to make her look like she is a baby and about to be baptised?  How old is she?  Is this legal?   When did this become better …
Than this again?!
Than this again?!  Never.

This long labour day weekend, I hope you have fun, enjoy life and accept yourself the way you are. I am sure you are more than beautiful for many people around you, now be beautiful for yourself!  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Behold your own.

And this would be me, trying to find my own! It's in the process and so far I am the only one who loves it in the family! We will see. xx
And this would be me, trying to find my own!  It’s in the process, it’s going to be a year since I started growing it. The picture is a month and a half old, and so far I am the only one who loves it in the family!    Oh well, we’ll see!  
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71 thoughts on “Grey is Beautiful … or is it?

  1. Muy interesante! Has logrado que cambie un poco mi punto de vista al respecto. Por supuesto que lo que vale es lo interior pero viendo tanta gente linda y atractiva con cabello gris ya estoy considerando dejar de pintarme el pelo…..pero en el día a día será igual?…..

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    1. Es la misma pregunta que yo me hago Caro… Se ve mucho mas pelo blanco aquí en algunas zonas, cuando voy a St Augustine y estoy en alguna tienda bonita, veo mas y mas mujeres REGIAS, con pelo blanco, vestidas lindo y me encantan! No se si me quedará bien o si tendré q pintarme otra ves, pero quiero tratar definitivamente! La ultima foto es de mi cabeza 😉

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  2. So I love these pics, but they still seem unrealistic to me. I wonder how much time they spent with makeup and wardrobe? Where’s the cellulite? Do I ever get a break from having to try so hard? Maybe I’m just jealous. I tried going blond once – I was pale and washed out. I’m pretty sure grey will do the same. As much as I’ll want to look like these amazing examples you gave, I will fall short. Ah well. they are inspiring- as are you with all your fab colour change! And boy do I ever agree with your view on Mr Lagerfeld ! Keep posting! You always make me think.

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    1. I’m absolutely with you on all that, I think and feel the same way, I question myself all the time. Blond washed me off completely. I looked fake and pale. Dark brown or black was even worse! I’m completely aware all these people are models or “jet setters” who can afford all the wardrobe and expert help they can get… Still, I’m so stubborn that I want to give it a try! I keep telling myself, it only takes a morning to color it back… Not an easy journey for sure! I hope it pays off…

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      1. I just turned 34. I have been growing my hair out for almost a year. One side of my head has a lot of grey with one white streak. Co-workers say I look like Rogue from the X men. I cut about 8 inches off my hair to speed up the process of growing out the dyed part. It was really hard at first growing it out, but it’s getting there. My husband thinks it’s beautiful and I think I’ll like it a lot when it’s long again and the dyed hair is gone. I’m ok with it now. I had my first white hair at 17 and just couldn’t go on dying my roots every month. I’m trying to cut out things unnecessary in life that felt like chores and that was one of them.

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      2. I’m sure you look beautiful! What an inspiration for young women! Husbands and boyfriends are starting to like and appreciate the look everywhere. We are doing it! We are changing the perception! would love to see a picture…
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    1. Its not the grey that is the problem – you’ll always look better with the colouring nature intended for you. However, I’ll really cheer when someone manages to put together an article like this showing women who are not only grey but overweight and saggy. Life is way too short to be slim and toned at 50 but we have to start looking at ourselves and still seeing beauty.

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  3. I would love to see an update. I have been dying my hair since i was 21 (due to grey hairs). I used home dye and over the years my hair became very black (which i liked). I am 45 now and having experimented with lightening my hair professionally i have decided i just want to see what i have under all this fake colour. I am going to have some layers cut and then i am going to ride out the storm. My son and husband are not keen but all of these pictures have inspired me to be me 😄

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  4. Stunning photos ! I stopped the dye 10 months ago and love my authentic hair , now to grow the length back , 50 this year , wish I had done this 20 years ago

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  5. More power to you 😊. It took a long time for my mane to reflect the grey wolf inside me. Lots of hair bands, and ignoring of well-intentioned but thoughtless comments later, I am truly happy with my choice. Which came about when my three year old daughter caught me dyeing my hair. She already had a couple greys in her own scalp. I realized I was doing no one any favors by pretending my hair was brown. It grew out too fast, and I would always have grey temples in two days. I had been greying since teens, and hated the dyeing process. Going all natural was one of my best decisions. I just had to ignore the naysayers. At this point I get more compliments than not…..not that I should care.

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    1. Hi Erin! Thank you for the comment, I feel the same way, it’s so liberating to have your natural hair, it’s shinier and softer and saves money and time as well. Everyday day it looks better just the opposite of dyed hair!
      Would you mind telling me how you found my blog? I started getting so many visits to this post since yesterday, at list ten times more and have no idea where they are coming from 😬🌷
      Thanks!!

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      1. Hi. Just chipping in to let you know that I came here via Facebook’s “Going Gray, Looking Great!” who shared photographer Ben Winkler’s link to your article. I’m 58 and have been grey for a number of years. I agree with your comment below about regaining the freedom of teenage years – although I began mucking about with hair colour as a teenager, so for me it’s more like the glorious freedom of childhood again! Best wishes.

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      2. your post cropped up on pinterest boards…that’s how i found you. 🙂 37 and started dyeing my hair in my early 30’s….already so fed up with it, and i think silver hair is positively beautiful, and in my opinion makes the person look younger than if they colored it! it just makes the skin and eyes glow! with long, dark brown hair, though, it’s a scary jump considering i may have to do a chop to cut down on the severity of the switch, but a lot of the photos on here give me some good ideas about what to consider for my hair type, so thank you for the post!

        cheers to all those considering or already completed the silver switch! 🙂

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      3. Thank you! I had the same impression, gray hair is softer and better complements our skin tone, darker hair makes our sun spots pop and wrinkles look harsh and deeper.. Good luck with your journey! Send pictures if you can! Xx

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  6. I wish some of the photos had ages with them. I got my first gray hair at 19, I am now 52 and have never colored my hair!! My hair is now a whitish gray and the only hint of my natural color is in the back which I can’t see. I do perm my hair because I want the curl and it is styled short. Most people can’t see past the gray. My gray/white is not coarse like most gray, mine is soft which is nice. Very nice article.

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    1. Hi Annette, thank you for the great comment! So interesting to learn how most of us have had the same problems, I’m writing another post on the subject and I promise to include ages.
      In the future I would love to write a post about you, the readers, the ones that want to share their story. It would be so cool to have “real” people in here!
      Would you mind telling me where you found me, or this post? Thanks Annette! xx

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  7. This was inspiring but I, too, would love to see stories and images about “real” people who live normal lives without trainers, stylists and pricey wardrobes. I went through a difficult process of deciding to go “cold turkey” grey 18 months ago. But at age 60 I thought it was past time to embrace aging and find the dignity and beauty of growing (and looking) older with grace. There are 12 younger women in my large family — 3 daughters and 9 granddaughters) I wanted to demonstrate to the big and little women coming behind me that age is something to celebrate, not cover up. Even though sometimes I catch myself in a mirror and am a little startled, I am thrilled with my decision. I want my daughters, daughters-in-law and granddaughters to learn (earlier than I did hopefully) that beauty comes primarily from within and is not defined by our youth-driven culture. Thanks for the reminder that I’m on the right track!

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    1. That sounds awesome Sheree, keep doing what you are doing, I’m 58 and it was hard too. I’m not done yet but it is well on its way!
      You have no idea how hard it was to find pictures of regular women, all shapes and sizes, different ages, looking fabulous and enjoying their beauty. Gray hair shouldn’t be a reason to let go and stop trying, hopefully I’ll be able to find more people like us. Thank you for the feed back 🌷💖

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  8. I stopped dyeing my hair at around 36, when a student had the audacity to ask me out on a date. I had to point out my grey roots to him. Who needs the hassle of younger men?! I have not looked back. Other women express their disgust that I have let myself go. I have more important things to do with my time than spend 3-4 hours at the hairdresser every 6 weeks. Rather than let myself go, I still look after what is a great asset to me. Hair says so much about who you are. It may seem trite but I am a textile artist & my long grey curly hair is part of my brand. ☺

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    1. You must look absolutely gorgeous! There is a woman in the article, with curly hair and she looks like an artist too. I feel like we are regaining the freshness and the natural carefree look of our teenage years!

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  9. I lost my hair to chemo in 2009. It grew back in nearly completely grey (it was dark brown before chemo)!! I decided then to just go with the natural color and leave it grey even after my stylist of many years said to keep from looking so old I would have to do something about that horrible grey!! I have never regretted the decision to keep the grey!! So many people ask about the color thinking I pay to have it colored this way!!! And you know, it is truly freeing to just be who I am!! Grey hair and slightly pudgy at 51 is perfectly ok!! I am who I am and damn proud of it!!

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    1. I’m so happy for you and proud of women of character and substance like yourself. We are the ones who are going to change the perception of gray being ugly or old, when it is NONE. Now there has been a “plus size” woman on the cover of “Sports Illustrated” about time! She looks more beautiful than the others, for sure. You go girl 👏🏻👏🏻💖

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  10. No more dye for me. I stopped in 2009 when I suddenly reacted to a new dye I was trying. I am 60 now. My hair is white. People ask if I dye it that color. I used to color every 2 weeks to keep up with the roots. I was dyeing dark brown,my original color,and had white roots. The freedom from that is amazing. I thought that once I went natural people would see me as old. The funniest thing is that over and over again people much younger than me think I’m younger. I have very fair skin,hazel eyes,and my eyebrows and eyelashes are still dark brown. Thought I’d look washed out. Nope.

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  11. Hi Maria, thank you for a fantastic article. Your article found its way to Sweden through Facebook’s Going Gray, Looking Great! And Ben Winkler who shared it. What an inspirational read. I am soon to be 42 and starting going gray in my early 20’s and have coloured my hare since. I have for several years been tiared of dying my hair. I have tried 4 times to stop and begun growing out the gray, but then the doubt grow and I dyied my hair agin. Last summer I finally went through with it, now I am totally gray and in addition to this cut my hair short. A major change. I still have bad days, and it’s then articals like this help me think positive and not want to colour my hair agin. I have also shared your article, and hope more people reads it and shares. I don’t know anybody else (besides my mother) who made the decision to go gray, so no help or support from close friends. And I miss that, it can at times be hard to be the only one who is gray. I wish you good luck with your journey ant thank you again for getting my spirits up.

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    1. Hi Jeanette, thank you so much for such a fantastic comment and for taking the time to write! It’s incredible the reach this things can have with the Internet. You are so young! If you have a stylish haircut and dress with things you love, there is no way your friends could look prettier than you! If you had long hair before, there is no need to cut it, you should show that magnificent hair of yours, silkier and shinier, original like no other!

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  12. I am 56 and in the process of letting my hair grow out. I think these ladies and gents are fabulous looking, except I notice that not one of them looks like they have sagging jaws and necks. I am hoping they are, but they shouldn’t be. I think that helps they all look much younger than perhaps they would in real life. I would love to see them without the airbrushing! I am very conscious of my neck and chin line, and haven’t gone gray before now because I felt like gray + old chin/neck =older looking. I would love to see proof that I am wrong, but either way I am committed to this process….Great article!

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    1. Hi Sherry, thanks for a great comment, I’m 58 and feel the same way, what happens is that these are all the pictures available, and in general, people publish their best photos and use models, actors and famous people to advertise anything. I’m working on another post on the subject and trying to find “regular” people, not airbrushed, whose pictures I could use. I’m very aware of my sagging jaw line and really bothers me, but sadly, color won’t change that…
      Thank you again!

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  13. Thank you for posting this! I’m in the process of going my natural grey. Since having my twins, now 2 and half dying has become such a burden every 4 weeks and was only ever happy with it for about 2 weeks! At 35 and greying since 16 I thought I’d take control back. It feels the right time for me and family are being amazingly supportive, which helps me through my doubts and fears, I’m sure it will the the best thing to do in the end and reading others comments only solidifies this. I’m with you all the way on this grey revolution, images have got to change.

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    1. That is wonderful Vicky! I’m so happy this helped. One of the women in the pictures, a Danish writer Annika, is very young too and told me she started to go gray in her early twenties, finally she stopped coloring and never looked back. I think I’m going to interview her, specially because of comments like yours. You’ll look beautiful. Xx

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  14. I had grey hair by 8’th grade! Thanks, Miss Adcock, for announcing my secret grays to the entire class. Eventually, that gray became a cool streak which started at my left temple. I was a young, attractive, single flight attendant who got away with the crazy gray streak for quite some time. Eventually I married, had some kids, and finally caved in to the strong opinions of my spouse and his family to cover that aging gray. Though I really liked my gray I loved bucking tradition more. Even so, I guess I needed a change so I started dying my hair. It was OK for a time, though the biggest problem was that the color faded gold. As silver is my color sweet spot, I finally came to my senses and stopped the every 3 week visit to the hairdresser to erase my gray. What sweet freedom! I bet my youngest (11) might have preferred having a mom who looked more like his friends’ moms. Nonetheless, I never looked back. I enjoyed being the oddball with the old lady hair color. Isn’t it wonderful that times have changed and this trend has exploded as more and more women embrace their silver.

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  15. I loved the article as well as the pictures, but I think that some of them look unrealistic. I have been dye free for over two years and I love everything about it. My hair is healthier and I feel free from having to dye every two weeks. However, most women my age I know (I am 55) color it, and they tell me how brave I am to go natural. I don´t think I´m brave, I just don´t want to be chained to a conventional ritual any more. I don´t think I look older actually, my hair was a mess when I colored it, now it has a natural shine and glow, and the most important part is that I feel confident about it. .

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  16. I have loved reading the article and all the comments on here. At 58 I decided a year or so ago to stop colouring my hair and let my grey grow through. It is a long process as my hair is waist length and so at the moment it is multi-coloured, and still looks a little strange, but I am prepared to keep going and just have an inch cut off the length every couple of months. My husband thankfully supports my decision as he has been grey since his early thirties. It helps to read such positive remarks.

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  17. I so enjoyed your article and pictures (which I discovered through Pinterest). As a dark brunette, I started greying in my early thirties, and have been coloring up until 1 year and 4 months ago. It took a couple of years of deliberation, and I decided to stop coloring when I retired (I am now 63). I have long (past shoulder-length) curly hair, and have about 3 inches to go before it is completely grown out. I am so anxious to have those highlighted ends cut off, and be completely natural! It is so liberating, and such a sense of freedom not having to worry about touching up those dreaded roots. I receive many more compliments on my hair now than I did when it was dark. I think the curls are much more noticeable with it being silver-grey. I have also noticed a new layer of hair coming in at the nape. I’ve always tried to live a healthy lifestyle and putting those chemicals on my head every 4 weeks just didn’t fit in anymore. It truly is a liberating feeling!!

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  18. “Women, on the other hand, we have always been portrayed as beautiful only when we are really, REALLY young and with almost ridiculous standards of beauty, so hard to attain and maintain.”

    You say this and then post an photo of Elle McPherson looking perfect in a bikini at 50 with a caption saying that this is more and more what 50 looks like. Maybe if you are rich and have a personal trainer. Even if she hasn’t had plastic surgery, she has to have regular beauty treatments. Genetics and diet may be a factor but skin loses elasticity as you age. I’m 41 & my skin hasn’t looked like that since my 20s/early 30s. I just feel like examples like this are still “ridiculous standards of beauty.” This is something I will never be able to attain(much less maintain) unless I win the lottery or find a Sugar Daddy.
    I do appreciate that some of the women in the photos at least have wrinkles. My skin is uneven and splotchy from sun damage so all of these women who are a good 10 years or more older than me still look way better than I ever will. Elle McPherson has always sported a tan so I can’t help but wonder why she doesn’t have sun damage aside from cute freckles.
    Anyway, I’m not trying to slam the article. You make a lot of good points and the photos you chose are all beautiful. It would be nice to see some real women. Or even a celebrity like Bridget Bardot who, despite having earned her fame off of being a sex symbol, has aged naturally and looks like a normal woman. I’m happy to see older women with gray hair being celebrated but it doesn’t feel any different for me than when I was in my 20s seeing models in fashion magazines. This standard is not attainable for every woman.

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  19. I love this article! I’m looking forward to my 65th birthday in January, and I decided a few months ago that I would greet it with my natural gray hair growing out. For the past year or so I’ve been using a semi-permanent hair color and will it all washed out by the end of the year. I was just recently complimented on my “sparkles” that have grown out, and surprisingly enough, I don’t have that much gray. Like many others, I’m tired of the hair-coloring ritual!

    As far as the models/people being an unrealistic display of what graying hair is – I have to disagree. I was looking at the hair and only occasionally the person who was rocking it. I will probably always be a little on the chubby side, but as I get older, I’m finding more freedom. My grown-out gray hair will be a symbol of that freedom!

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    1. That was an awesome comment! Thank you for that @vegasrenie2
      I absolutely agree with you, we use people in the spotlight for inspiration, like we use pictures in a magazine or in pinterest, we know they have all the money and help in the world but still, they inspire us in different ways. I spot more and more regular women, looking fabulous and confident with their white or gray hair everyday, any moment I will start asking permission to take a snap! 😉 In the mean time, you Rock on!

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  20. Having grey hair takes courage. Growing it out, even more. Most of the photos you have shown are models/actors. Perhaps with a little nip and tuck. All gorgeous. Grey is elegant when done properly. You will have to adjust your makeup, clothing and jewelry, but you will be gorgeous .

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  21. Great article – love all these photos and the way you have presented it all. It’s an inspiration. I’m thinking of letting the grey come through myself. I just have one little niggle. After one of the photos there’s the comment ‘Do you see any “old” and “dated” here? Should she go home and knit?…’ I’m sure it was just a throwaway comment, but as a knitter I bristled. I think knitting suffers from the same stereotype as going grey!! I’m happily sitting at home knitting, and I don;t feel ‘old’ and ‘dated’….

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    1. Thank you, you made me smile! Yes, it was just a comment using the old stereotype of a grey haired grandma, with her hair in a bun, wearing dark clothes, sitting in a rocker knitting! Many women and men have turned nowadays to knitting as a way of relaxing and to do something cool. So yes, you were right, it was just that. The use of an old stereotype… that only exists combined with all those elements Dolcce and Gabbana used in their 2015 campaign!

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  22. You’re own gray is very pretty – silvery, shiny, classy. Thanks for the article and photos. Some very nice looking ladies in gray. Men get to wear high neck shirts and sometimes ties that hide their wrinkly necks. The sockless guy, he gives me the creeps! lol

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