These 16 Celebs Are Embracing Their Grey Hair

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Similar to a first kiss, first car or first home, getting your first grey hair is a memorable moment, whether it happens to you at age 50 or in JLo’s case, at age 23. 

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Men have long been graced with the flattering term of ‘silver fox’, however, as women, we haven’t always had the pressure-free ability to age gracefully. 

While some of us aren’t ready to embrace our hair au naturale just yet, others are letting their greys grow out. The decision varies from person to person (and each is a-ok), and the same goes for some of our fave celebs. 

Here’s what some of them have had to say about going grey…


Lily Allen

In a complete pivot to what other celebs have been getting up to in quarantine (pink dye jobs and DIY fringes). Lily posted a makeup free selfie letting her grey streaks grow out through her usually jet black hair. Captioning it with a granny emoji, we think it’s Lily’s best look yet.

 

Cynthia Nixon and Sarah Jessica Parker

Just when we thought we couldn’t be much more excited for the return of Sex and the City, Sarah Jessica Parker posted this pic of her and Cynthia Nixon (AKA our beloved Carrie and Miranda) rocking their greys at their first reboot read-through. Cynthia was embracing all-over icy silver, while Sarah Jessica was letting her greys peep through with pride. Kristin may still be showing off Charlotte’s signature brunette, but hey, we’re in full support of doing whatever makes you feel your best. We will say, however, that we hope the greys stay strong for the show!

Jennifer Lopez

Finding her first greys in her early 20s,  J-Lo isn’t convinced on letting them grow out just yet.

Speaking to People Magazine, she admitted that she has thought about it though, “I’m kind of tempted one day to let it go. It’d be kind of exciting! Maybe someday we’ll go really far away for like two months and I’m just going to see what it looks like.”

 

Salma Hayek

Salma is no stranger to embracing her grey hairs.

At the 2018 Academy Awards, Salma wore her hair in a loose bun with her white hairs shining through.

Last year, she displayed them once again in a stunning bare-faced selfie which she captioned #proudofmywhitehair.

Tracee Ellis-Ross

Tracee’s grey hair content has been one of the best things to come out of iso.

The actress, producer and beauty entrepreneur said back in 2017 that she wasn’t ready to embrace the silver strands just yet.

Fast forward three years and it seems Tracee has changed her mind. 

 

Hilarie Burton

For any One Tree Hill  fans, you would know Hilarie as her role in the hit show as Peyton, the blonde curly-haired cheerleader.

Dedicating her new hair to front line workers, Hilarie said “the ‘silver lining’ is literally growing out of my skull. For all of our frontline and essential workers who are too busy to fuss with things like hair colour, I grow mine out in solidarity with you.”

 

Shay Mitchell

The YOU and Pretty Little Liars actress and now mum has said she’s found at least five grey hairs so far.

“I call them like wisdom hairs. Like more wisdom, great. You can’t freak out about it. I am getting older. I am happy. You know what that means? I have more experiences.”

 

Jennifer Aniston

In a reaction that’s different from our previous listed celebs, but still totally relatable, Jennifer Anistion admitted that finding her first grey almost reduced her to tears.

Talking to Ellen in 2009, she said, “I found a really long grey hair, and it kind of flipped me out,  It actually brought me to tears, slightly.”

 

Jamie Lee Curtis

For Jamie, the decision to embrace her natural colour came while she was sitting in the chair at the hairdresser.  

About to undergo her routine colour she realised, “what the eff am I doing putting a chemical on my head that burns? What does it say that you walk into a room and not one person’s hair is her natural colour?” 

 

Naomie Harris

While most of us put the appearance of our grey hairs down to genetics and ageing, Naomie Harris believes hers came about following an accident.

“I actually had a car accident and when I woke up the next day I had loads of grey hair which I didn’t have before,” she said in 2017.

Alexandra Grant

L.A artist, Alexandra Grant took to Instagram in 2019 to warn of the links between breast cancer and hair dye.

Capturing our attention at her red carpet debut with boyfriend Keanu Reeves, Grant dazzled us with her beautiful grey hair. 

“I went grey prematurely in my early 20’s… and dyed my hair every colour along the way until I couldn’t tolerate the toxicity of the dyes any more.”

 

 

Eva Longoria

Although Eva is still covering her grey roots, she isn’t shy about the fact she’s got them in the first place.

Before Eva discovered the  L’Oreal Magic Root Cover Up which you can watch her using, here, she admits to some interesting attempts to cover up her silver strands, which she’s been dying since she was 18.

Eva told Us Weekly. “[To cover my roots] I used to use those mascaras, and it would leave your hair sticky. Then I would use my black eyeshadow, and it would come off when the wind blows.”

Letizia Ortiz

In a transition as surprising as her jump from TV reporter to the Queen of Spain, Letizia has decided to forgo her access to the best hairdressers in the world and let her natural roots shine through.

Andie Macdowell

Actress Andie Macdowell discussed her journey to silver hair during an appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show

“What happened was I wasn’t colouring my hair, and it was like half coloured back here, and then you could see my roots” she said.

As to whether she’ll ever go back to her brunette locks, Andie shared “I don’t know what’s going to happen in five years, I might colour my hair again, but I’m enjoying it right now.”

 
Main image credit: Getty Have you let your greys grow out? If not, are you thinking about it?

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  1. I’m not ready to go grey yet, so I’ll be doing my regular touch ups for a while – wish I’d gotten my mum’s good hair genes rather than my dad’s, she’s got less grey than me!

  2. I can't help but think Alexandra Grant is so right about the link between hair dye and breast cancer. My mum was very active, fit and healthy and she colored her hair countless times. She got breast cancer out of nowhere 2 years ago and she lost her battle this year. So embrace grey hair and be happy with what you have. I Love You Always Mum xoxo

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