I know. Weird, right? Or maybe not, as it seems there’s definitely a movement — a silver hair movement of sorts — in which women are embracing their natural, unpigmented hair. A quick hashtag search (#silversisters, #silverhair, and #grayhairdontcare, to name a few) on Instagram shows millions of photos of women, young and old, digging their gray.
I am here to tell you that I’m 100% here for it. I practically cyberstalk women such as Sarah Harris to ogle over that silver mane while manifesting a quicker silver transition for myself (I’m only about 15% at this point).
Why is this? What sparked this movement? As women, we’ve been bombarded with messaging that gray hair equates to “letting yourself go” for decades, hell…eras. And now, some of the most stylish and creative women are simply not having it. This act is less about trends and more about embracing what is a natural occurrence in all women — the loss of pigment in the hair while concomitantly celebrating self-expression.
For me? Gray hair or not, I have no intentions of “letting myself go” any time in the near future. I love that gray is different and a bit unexpected at my age. At 44, I have a fairly youthful face, and I love the tension the addition of a little gray peppered throughout my bangs creates for my overall look. Being a super dark brunette, I’ve always envied highlights of lighter-haired women, and now I feel like I’m finally experiencing my own. However, the very best part of rocking the grays are the comments I’ve received from women. I love when I’m chatting with a woman and she remarks that she loves my grays. Good stuff.
Now, what about the women who hide their grays? Those who don’t want to deal with wiry gray hairs or like the way they look? Should they buck up and go au naturale? HELL NO. This isn’t about picking a side. It’s about doing what makes you feel beautiful. I always go back to this quote in Mind Body Green a few months back by Dr. Sarah Villafranco: “Aging naturally, without so many interventions, should be treated as an equal and respectable option rather than being seen as a person who has ‘let herself go.'” If you are someone who chooses Botox and cosmetic surgery, do it because it’s what makes you feel like your true self, and don’t look down on people who choose otherwise. If you are an earth mama with gray streaks and smile lines, don’t condemn those who prefer more invasive methods. Consider your role in how people see and talk about themselves, and think about how to engage in more positive conversations about beauty and aging.” #praisebe
All in all, I’m incredibly hopeful for the direction women are heading in regards to aging on their own terms, hair color or not. It’s encouraging and deserving of synchronized hair flips all around.