I am sure if you are on this page, you are on your way to go gray or have been thinking of the same. May be some of you have already provoked the journey as quarantine life offers us a lot of alone time and try things that we wouldn’t have done before. Away from all the judgement of looking in a certain way as we’re not really seeing anyone.
The first question you will caught up by will be definitely, “How am I gonna look after transition?” I was not fortunate enough to get the inspiration to start the journey but today there is a huge support system of women sharing their gray hair experiences on every social media platform. I thank all of these women who came forward with their before and after pictures as an inspiration for YOU.
“Since giving up the dye I have gone through a metamorphosis that started internally and eventually became external for all to see. It started with feeling very vulnerable and working my “why I’m not dying my hair” confessional/justification in to a lot of conversations. I had many many more of those with myself, strongly diverting from the more negative thoughts. It’s been a long and bumpy journey that’s required patience and perseverance. It hasn’t been easy but it’s been so worth it. Who knew that something as small as hair color could rob or fuel confidence because of a different perspective. Today I feel immense freedom and gratitude with where I’m at. I truly don’t know it I’d been able to stick with it if it weren’t for this beautiful community of sisters.”
– April @broadenedbeauty
“Hi I’m Claudia, I am 45 years old and live in Melbourne, Australia. I’m originally from Uruguay. I started my grey hair transition close to three years ago. It has been a journey of self discovery to say the least.
I’ve gone from stressing about hiding my grey roots to embracing and loving my natural hair.
Happiness, freedom and self love describe how I feel about myself now.”
– Claudia @claudia_v_feathersone
“I’m Diana Andri, a 38-year old graying activist from Budapest, Hungary (Central-Eastern Europe). I started spotting the first gray hair at the age of 24 and therefore I dyed my hair for 14 years – it never really occurred to me that there were other alternatives, I only learnt to cover any silver hair as soon as they appear – just as many women do in my country, where gray movement has only just started to be more visible.
What I’m most grateful about is the shift in my approach: what I considered a fault in the past and I did everything to cover up, now I regard my silver-brown hair as one of my unique characteristics. By cutting my hair really short and growing it out in its natural graying colour, I truly pushed myself out of my comfort zone that also positively affected my life. In the past one year, I was also able to make bold and brave decisions regarding my career and standing up for my needs.”
– Diana @merj.oszulni
“I found my first gray when I was thirteen years old. I decided to no longer dye my hair when I was twenty-seven and now 5 years later I have no regrets; in fact, I positively love my gray hair. Wearing my hair it’s natural color, long and wavy, I feel comfortable and fully myself. The regular compliments I receive definitely encourage me, but I’ve gone gray for myself and find plenty of confidence in simply enjoying my decision. Many women have expressed to me their own desires to go gray; I’m happy to encourage them toward whatever they believe will be best for them. I love my hair and am happy I didn’t continue to color simply because others figure a young woman should have no gray hair.”
– Elizabeth @locksofgray
“I am Ildikó Ujvári, 51-year old, the initiator of the “Silverwoman” movement in Hungary and a year ago I created “Silverwoman” community and closed group which provides a support and inspiration to those women who also started their graying journey. I decided to stop dying my hair in May 2017. I have always had a strong resistance against chemicals, I believe in natural way of life and try to live up to it as much as possible. I try to prove through my own example and experience that graying women can be still attractive and stylistic above the age of 50.”
– Ildikó @ezustno
“Embracing your true self can be very difficult. I cannot say that I feel uncomfortable now with silver hair, but when they first started coming in my knee jerk response was “I’m too young for this! I have to dye my hair!”. And so I did. For several years. I was burdened by my own misunderstanding of myself. I’m happy now to be free of that burden and to be a part of such a lovely, motivational, and uplifting group of folks. The journey to silver hair has been an eye opening one, but the impact really hit hardest after I found the silver sister community online. I had not realized that there were so many other folks that were embracing their silvers/whites/greys. I’m elated to be a part of this silver revolution!”
– Jackie @silver.hair.and.long.lashes
“My name is Kathryn and I live in British Columbia, Canada. Throughout my thirties I had to dye my hair more frequently.
When the root touch up wouldn’t last even 3 weeks I decided that enough was enough. I was sick of wasting my time and money on dying my hair, on trying to hide the white roots, sick of using the root cover up spray. My last root touch up was Nov 1, 2019. I grew out my roots for about 5 weeks, then got a cute curly bob with an undercut, the style really highlighted my gorgeous white streak in the front. After about 3 months dye free, I cut my hair into a short pixie cut.
Ditching the dye has been so liberating, I feel lighter, I am done hiding my white roots. My pixie cut takes maybe three minutes to style in the mornings and I get so many compliments on my cut and my colour!”
– Kathryn @becoming_a_silver_kat
“I want to be part of the movement that changes the attitude- grey hair is natural, sexy and beautiful.
Aging should not be feared; it should be embraced and appreciated. If we start thinking differently and do not care much about what others will say, we will be happier and more comfortable in our own skin.
Love your grey… they are part of who you are. I love mine; they are part of what makes me unique.”
Hi.. I am Lori from Canada.
“Going gray gave me an unshakable confidence. I hope that I am setting an example for my daughter, so that she grows up knowing that authenticity is what truly makes a person beautiful. “
– Lori @lori_dawnolyn
“My name is Niru, I am 33 and I live in England. I stopped colouring my hair about 2 years ago. Giving up dying my hair has been such a relief. I don’t stress about my roots creeping up every two weeks and not to forget all the mess. I am less self-conscious and more confident now. Its liberating and also feel like an act of rebelling in accepting and being comfortable in your skin or hair ❤”
– Niru @quaintpiquant
“Since I don’t dye my hair I feel free!
My hair feels healthy, voluminous and hydrated, last time that I felt my hair that healthy was in my teens, before I started dying my hair.
I feel more confident about myself, because I have nothing to hide.”
– Noris – 35- US @canicienta_
“I’m Anna Singh and I just turned 50! I’m originally from Patna, Bihar and my family frowns upon grey hair. I was sick and tired of coloring my hair weekly and keeping up with the maintenance. Not to mention it was time consuming and expensive. Today, I feel liberated from being chained to a box of color. It’s given me the freedom to focus on more important things in my life. Even my Mom stopped coloring her hair to support me. I will never go back to dye again.”
“I gave up dying my hair in Oct 2018. I had been considering it for a while and even had my hairdresser put in a white extension to see how it would felt (it’s not the same thing at all) and finally I decided it was time. After going gray, I now have confidence in me. I feel good. I feel I look good. I even got a compliment last night when I was out with my girlfriends. It’s funny what you find when you weren’t expecting it. I wasn’t expecting to find confidence when I went gray – a new hairstyle yes but not what I have now. I also wasn’t expecting this new community I have online now of my #silversisters. It’s a great feeling and something I would wish upon everyone.”
– Poonam @poonammk
Hi.. I am Renuka from Singapore.
“It’s been a year and a half since I stopped colouring my hair and coming to peace with my greys!!!
I’ve recently continuously pondered as to why I feel the need to convince society. I have finally risen above all this frivolity and have accepted this beautiful natural process.
I am experiencing a major boost in self-confidence, morale and happiness now!
– Renuka @6yardsof_art
“There was no plan except that I would never use any synthetic products. So when henna couldn’t hide my greys anymore leaving a miserable orange tint I decided to let go.So here I am and I love it!”
– Ruby @rubychatterjeecreations
“Setting my natural color free was such a no-brainer for this woman whose hair grows at lightening speed! That stinking silver was just “dyeing” to get out! HA! From being the topic of conversation to making new friends all over the world, being a Silver Sister has been one of the most gratifying life changes ever. I love every single aspect that comes with being my most authentic self. I’ll be 50 this year and if I think back to when I was coloring (it’s been 2 years w/o color now) I never thought at 50 I’d be gray all the way. It’s kind of like being a teenager all over again, but excited to be having people guess your age by your hair color instead of your grade! It throws people off! It’s just too much fun not to go with the natural progression of life.”
– Windi @silversparklesbright
“You never know if you’ll like it until you try it. It is scary at first. There is absolute uncertainty in the beginning. Give yourself some time to weigh your options until you’ve found the way that you think will work best for you. And then stick with it. You have nothing to lose, but absolute freedom from dye to gain. Most importantly, do whatever makes YOU happy. Whether that be to ditch the dye or to continue dying your hair. Your happiness is above all else!”
– Amber @celebratethegrey
Read: Amber’s Going Gray Story
“As long as you are alive, you are aging. Everyone is getting older. And if you’re lucky, you will too! Going gray is a choice, a preference, its not for everyone. For me, the choice to go gray was relieving myself of a social expectation that I no longer felt obliged to meet.”
– Tina @tinacclark687
Read: Tina’s Going Gray Story
“Listen to your inner nudge and know your why? My why was for my health. I didn’t want the constant chemicals on my head. Lumps in my breast woke me up, and even though they turned out to be cysts, it still scared me. Enough was enough, I was going to do what it took to feel awesome from the inside out.”
– Nicole @own_your_sparkle
There are different ways of going gray. Go for the best way that suits your personality and preferences. I opted to go with a pixie cut after three months grow-out as I didn’t had the guts to carry the skunk line for months. There are several other reasons why pixie is trending now a days. Women find it easier to get the dyed hair cut and start over with their natural hair, giving themselves a drastic change too. Some women also bleach and tone their hair silver at home to get rid of the skunk line. In the midst of the growing out your gray hair you may be succumbing to add a pop of colour to your dyed ends, this post may help you.
Do you have any online or real life gray hair inspiration? Let me know in the comment box..