Women are choosing to accept their natural gray hair color at younger ages than ever and the silver hair movement has taken-wing like never before. In this post, I’m sharing a few inspiring young women who have chosen this silver path to self-acceptance a bit earlier than the rest of us and they can inspire you to do the same.
“We don’t go natural, we return. Natural is where we began.”Mindy Gale
We all Have Individual Reasons for Returning to Natural Gray Hair
The reasons for their decision to grow out their gray hair are as varied as the tones of gray, silver, steel, & white they’re rocking. But each woman has found freedom in letting go of societal beauty standards that tell us youth and beauty aren’t in our natural hair color.
While I wasn’t as young as any of these beautiful women I’m featuring here today, 2½ years ago I just felt like I was ready. And that’s the point, there’s no one age or one right time for every woman to return to their natural hair color. You’re definitely never too young to embrace your natural, God-given beauty.
So no matter what your age, if you’re on the fence about ditching the dye and need some inspiration from women younger than my 55-year-old self, check out these lovelies and their “why’s”.
I’ve also included my current favorite hair care products at the end of this post.
Natural Gray Haired Beauties
Karen – Grateful & Gray
Karen decided to let her natural gray hair take center stage 2 years ago at the age of 44 and really focus on her health. Here, let her explain it:
I used to repeatedly go into attempting to “get healthy” focused on short-term, quick results goals. I was focused on things like the size of my jeans or a number on the scale as if these things reflected true health.
I dyed my hair for extrinsic reasons as well. To look the way society expected me to at my age. Because it was what I was “supposed” to do. When I started to really evaluate my “why” for getting healthy, I realized I had placed my focus on all the wrong things.
I shifted my focus to my long-term health, how I felt, and getting stronger in mind, body, and spirit. I ditched the dye in favor of eliminating chemicals I wasn’t comfortable with and learning to love and accept myself.
When my why’s became personal and intrinsic, it became so much easier to figure out a way to stick with whatever path I was on. My why’s became something to cling to on the tough days because they were deeply personal and important to me.
Erika – Grace-Filled Beauty
I started my journey in September 2018. I was coloring my hair every two weeks at that time and I was over it. So when I made the decision to embrace my silver, of course, like everything else nowadays, I wanted it immediately.
I mean you can get something from Amazon on the same day you order so why can’t I just have my natural color the same day too…. nope! (Sigh). Anyway, the process was long but 6 bleaching highlight treatments, hundreds of dollars, a hair cut or two, and about 8 months later, I finally made progress.
I turned 48 in August and this is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I feel young, vibrant, and empowered. I hope to inspire other women to be brave and go for it, it’s so worth it in the end. Silver is the new blonde, you know. People stop me all the time telling me how much they love my color and ask me what the color is… I call it “God’s special gift number 7”.
Tristi – Young and Gray Momma
photos used with permission by Tristi
I saw these pictures of Tristi when she shared them on Going Gray Beauty Guide’s, Facebook group. I was blown away by her natural, youthful glow, and beauty. She proves that gray is just a color of hair and not an indictment of old age. So I reached out to her for her story.
I am 44 years old. I was 41 when I stopped coloring (my hair). I wanted to embrace my authentic self and was pregnant with my son (now 2), so I thought it was the perfect time to go for it. I really want to be a good role model for my daughter. I removed my breast implants 1.5 years ago as well. Growing old is not easy, but accepting and loving yourself throughout the process is an empowering and dignified act of self-love.
I’m Inspired & Excited to Have My Natural Gray Hair –
Friends, are you as inspired as I am right now? I’m not just talking about hair color either.
Words like healthy, empowering, dignified, vibrant, and stronger are a testimony to the power something as simple as reclaiming your natural hair color can do for a person. It’s saying, I’m willing to be ME, no mask, no cover, no faking it. Take me or leave me.
So yes, I’ll have what they’re having!
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My Current Favorite Natural Gray Hair Products
I try to avoid products with any kind of “icone” in it, like silicone, dimethicone, etc. as they can build up in gray hair and cause yellowing. And, I also use this Quick Silver Hair Clay & Oil periodically to help combat yellowing.