An incredible trend with a silver lining is emerging where ladies of all ages are ditching the dye and choosing to celebrate their grey hair once and for all. In an era of healthy and vibrant aging beauties, more women have decided to celebrate their grey, revealing all the colorful character that time has given them. A woman’s greying strands represent wisdom, experience, knowledge, grace, and beauty. It can be so empowering that the trend includes the young and the brave who also choose to color their hair for a full head of glorious grey.
But this is nothing new. The sporting of grey hairstyles was all the craze in France in the 1700s, and it showed up again on the runways of New York, London, Paris, and Milan in 2010. Famous American designers had cast 47-year-old model Elle Macpherson and other grey-haired beauties to strut the stage. In turn, others have followed in silvery suit, including actresses such as Meryl Streep and Jamie Lee Curtis, entrepreneurs, authors, celebrities – and the list goes on.
Currently, about 65 percent of women dye their hair, according to Proctor & Gamble, so the decision to let the grey grow naturally is a bold and powerful choice. You don’t have to be a famous celebrity to own it. But regardless of which way you get it – naturally or through coloring – it’s a choice that is here to stay. Young women have turned to grey as a fashion statement, while others want to take control of their premature grey. Today, high schoolers and adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s have chosen to color their hair grey. And it’s not solely women; some young men are also joining the age of grey.
Just remember, in every silvery strand, there is a story. Within each brush of hair, a phrase, a memory, or an experience are quietly tucked away. And each one is uniquely yours. Locked in those memories lie secrets that only you understand, whether you are young, in midlife, or approaching a time of gracious refinement.
Whatever you decide to do with your locks – color or celebrate natural grey – never mind being trendy: just be you. Celebrate the freedom. Own your new look on life. Let others see your confidence. Hold your head and mane high, and enjoy the respect and dignity you deserve.
Abella Carroll is a freelance writer