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Is Gray the New Blonde? Women in Record Numbers are Choosing to Live Dye-Free

Have you ever noticed when men turn gray they are considered "distinguished" yet women are seen as "matronly." Well times are changing. Women everywhere are choosing to live dye-free and let their hair go gray. Some women have been embracing their graceful transition to gray for years, while others started experimenting since COVID-19 required salons to close. Don’t be fooled into thinking gray is synonymous with old. It is not the color of your hair, but rather how you live your life that makes you look youthful (or not so much). 

Choosing to go gray can project to others confidence, and even independence, especially when you own your look. Whether you decide to color your hair or go natural, we hope you will be inspired by these 7 Silver Sisters who made the decision to go natural with grace and confidence.

Here is what these fabulous women have to say about going gray. You can also check out their instagram accounts for more inspiration.

JoAnna: (@ichoosegray): JoAnna shared her thoughts about transitioning to gray hair: “'Bloom beautifully, dangerously, loudly, bloom softly, however you need just bloom.' Rupi Kaur.  I’m JoAnna and turning 59 in a few months. I decided to embrace my natural self 29 months ago. My goal was to be dye free and living my best life by 60. It’s been a journey to embrace.” 

Katrina: (@glamorousaging): “My hope for anyone starting their silver journey is that the talk of 'premature gray' doesn’t make you feel like you are succumbing to some horrible condition. Instead, let’s name it 'overdue fabulousness' because it’s a wonderful ride of self discovery and you don’t have to be 'mature' to do it!" 

Natasja: (@ladytransitioning): Natasja started transitioning to gray in March of 2019. She says “It’s not always easy to listen to your soul, body and mind (and also your curls🤪) It is necessary to grow, for yourself and others! Consider your thoughts and actions every now and then. It is worth becoming a better version of yourself. Be kind to yourself and others, feel with your heart.”

Erika Marie: (@erikamarie72): When I started this journey, I had no idea what to expect. I had no idea what kind of silver was underneath all that dark brown hair. See, the thing was that I had been coloring my hair since I was 16. As a matter of fact, if you asked me what my 'natural' hair color was, I couldn’t have told you. So, I made the decision not knowing what I was going to get. I told myself that If i didn’t like it, I could always color it again. Well, I’m here to tell you that I have never looked back! There has never been a single day that I wished I had my dark hair again.

My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.”

Luisa: (@thesilverlining_1970): Here is what Luisa has to say about her choice to go gray: “I’ll be honest and say I’ve never had a moment of doubt since I began this transition to embrace my natural silvers and that it has been one of the best decisions I’ve made just 'for me' in a long time. I guess you could say I was truly ready for a change.” Luisa continues by saying:”Giving up complete control over one aspect of my appearance that has been a big part of my identity for years was/is challenging but also empowering.”

Kat: (@1katgarza): Kat says that she is often stopped on the street because someone wants to talk about her hair.  They tell her that “they would do that if they knew it would be her color.”  She also explains: "Even after 10 years of gray, her hair is constantly changing.  There are many shades and you will never know unless you try it!" 

Therese: (@theresegoesgrey): Therese shared: “Going gray is like a box of chocolates you never know what you’re going to get.” She also added: “Growing out my gray hair has been the best thing I’ve done for myself in years.” We can see why Therese feels that way!

Thank you to all of these amazing women who have decided to not only take a walk on the gray side, BUT ALSO share their inspirational thoughts with us. Whether you choose to join the Silver Sister club or not, own your look with confidence and be yourself!

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