It is thought that gray hair used to be associated with wisdom and knowledge. In many places, it still is, for men at least. But our society still seems to have a collective issue with the natural aging process of the female human being, so reaching for the dye as soon as the first silvery sprouts appear is de rigueur for the vast majority of women under the age of 60.
These women have all ditched the dye and look simply stunning, and their stories only inspire more to have the courage to do the same, if they so choose.
“..I have had gray hair since I was in high school. It keeps changing the color more through the years. I had to dye my hair almost every month. Four years ago, I decided to let my gray hair grow out and embrace my natural color. Despite some mean comments from neighbors, I didn’t care and went on with my daily life…”
“I was 12 years old when the boy I had a crush on pointed out my first grey hair. He meant no harm, but I was mortified. Since then there were years of plucked hair and boxed dye. It has now been 4 years of growing out the roots and fully embracing the grey…”
“My first gray hair memory was when I was 7 years old. I remember being at school, I had long hair, and it caught my attention… I have been dye free for 6 years now; I love me and my hair. I get compliments ALL the time. As a matter of fact, people in general think I’m in my 30’s; I’m 48. …and because of my hair, I model for stock photos! I feel more vibrant and beautiful today more than I ever did than when I dyed it. …”
“Now that my transition is complete and with the winter light my hair seems more white than grey…. I love all the shades though! It looks different every day!”
“Deciding to let my white hair grow in was a moment of acceptance of who I am. My hair color does not define my youth! I feel young, healthy, & beautiful…”
“Born with grey and black hair. First female in 7 generations! I was teased incessantly because kids are jerks so I started dying it when I was 14. When I had my first son at 29 I noticed the gray become white in the front…About year and a half ago my stylist told me that all my gray was now white so we went for it. I feel like I found hardwood under the carpet! I’ll never go back.”
“I’ve been greying since the age of 13 and I’ve never dyed my hair. Furthermore, I’ve been growing it since 12 and I have entirely forfeited cutting it five years ago. I’m profoundly happy with the way it looks. The colour and the length combined are one of my favourite attributes…”
“Celebrating TWO years of being grey! It’s easy to get caught up in the everyday bumps and bruises, and losing sight of the scope of your progress is all too easy to do. Be encouraged!”
“Hope everyone had a Happy Mother’s Day! I get it from my momma!”
“I have dyed my hair since I was 18, now at 42 I can not wait to see my gray curls. Gray is freedom”
“I’m not letting my hair go. I’m letting myself be. – I am not giving up on myself. I am getting to know myself. – I am not evading old age. I am growing in grace. – Gray is beautiful. I am beautiful.”
“Going grey was a huge game changer for me… It was like learning who I was all over again… same me in a different frame (of mind).”
With that goddess body who cares about the hair colour?
“I had been coloring my hair for fun and dramatic effect since I was 16. About 5 years ago, I decided to go gray. All on it’s own, my hair became what I’d been trying to achieve for years through dyes — dynamic, unique, and vibrant. It feels so good to just be myself.”
“One of my many motivations to stop dying my hair was the fact that my husband would be referred to as a ‘silver fox’ while women with grey hair are simply seen as ‘old’.”
“Almost got upset today when someone asked me if I was my niece’s grandma, but then I got home and my husband said that I look like the best version of me.”
“End of Summer, 2018, 2 1/2 years into the gray hair adventure!”
“I didn’t always love my grey. If I’m honest, some days Sheba (my mane’s name) and I have a love/hate relationship. There are times that I wake up, and I’m over it. I want to dye it away, but I know that I never could. It’s mine; kind of like my trademark.”
“I believe confidence and self-acceptance are what truly make a woman beautiful…at any age! Rock your silver crown sisters and sparkle on!”
“…As a dear friend says, ‘I am connecting to what feels true inside over what society has given as the rule book.’ To everything, there is a season.”
“I started noticing grey at the age of 11. Now i am 30. Havent colored my hair in 4 years. My mom, sister and me have the same haircolor”
“When I got my hair back from cancer 5 years ago, it came back gray. I felt that my youth was taken from initially and dyed my hair every two weeks in an effort to forget. Now I embrace the grey as a sign of surviving and thriving. I love my hair.”
“I receive positive compliments every day- most people ask who my colorist is. Their look of surprise when I tell them it is my own natural color is worth every penny I have saved by going natural!”
“10 years ago is when I ditched the dye & began my transition journey!”
“I have had patches of grey in my hair since I was 13. I have dyed my hair over 50 times since then (8 years ago!) and now I just embrace it, pretend I’m Rogue from X-Men and have a grand old time!”
“I stopped dyeing my hair at 33 and I have never entertained the thought of going back. My skin tone has changed; dyeing my hair just wouldn’t look right now. It means that people rarely forget you and I’m quite comfortable with that.”
“My mom, my aunt, cousins, myself…anyone with my grandmother’s lineage has had early grays and I finally stopped dying. It has been the best decision of my life.”
“After 2,5 years I can say my transition is completed! I am now proud owner of a grey kinda wavy/wild mane! Loving it!”
“Now that I am in my mid thirties, people are always asking me where I get my hair coloured – which is amazing, because I don’t do anything to it! When I tell them it’s all natural, many folks don’t believe me – and that makes me feel kind of lucky.”
“I come from a family of people with white hair, so I wasn’t suprised when I started graying in my late teens… but as I neared forty, I wanted something different. I have had the undercut pixie for over a year now, and I LOVE it!”
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