At what age does one look ok with natrual gray hair? My hair began turning gray at an early age, thanks for my Irish geneology. I’ve been coloring it ever since. Thanks!

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  1. SKNBEAUTY wrote on :

    I don’t mind the grey hairs coming through now. It’s far less costly then getting blonde streaks like I use to do when I was younger lol!

  2. Debzella wrote on :

    I’m Irish too, and gray hair runs early in my family. I started turning gray in my mid thirties until I had to stop due to a hair dye allergy at age 54. I thought it was a catastrophe! But, now that my hair has completely grown out in it’s natural gray, I’m so glad I don’t color anymore. I don’t have to worry about roots every 4 weeks, and the cost savings have been amazing. I think that we never really know what kind of gray we’ll have until we actually grow it out. You may be surprised by how nice it looks.

  3. nursewratchet59 wrote on :

    I’m 53, have had some grey since my 20s, just the “Lilly munster” streak. I stopped coloring totally 4 years ago. Salt and pepper silver. I get compliments every day. It is liberating, but a personal choice.

  4. Cheryl Wilson wrote on :

    Because of a great trauma, my beautiful raven black hair turned white within a week when I was 18 years old. After that, I colored my hair practically every color in the rainbow for nearly 30 years. I finally decided I had paid a fortune over that time just to color my hair. I finally let it grow out and I am a gorgeous white-haired lady who never ceases to get compliments on my hair. I wear it a la Jaime Lee Curtis and it’s wash and wear! I get in the shower, wash my hair, towel dry it and off I go! It has been life-changing for me and I am SO glad I made the decision to go white! As we age, there are so many more important things in our lives than having to worry about our roots showing and having to color every six weeks or so. I’ve also found that I can now wear all the jewel box colors I love and that even white paired with gray hair can look fantastic. My jewelry shows off better now too. I should also say that I am Casper-white skinned and petite. I did change my makeup routine a bit so that my lipstick is brighter and I use a very pale pink blush. I also use a gray eyebrow pencil. Changing your makeup is essential so that you don’t look as if you fade into the woodwork every time you go out!

  5. mtaylor729 wrote on :

    Thank you all for your great words of advise!! I’m 49, turning the big 5-0 in October, but I feel so much younger than that! I’ll ask my hairstylist the next time I go in what he things about my gray coverage. Thanks again!!

  6. MimiD wrote on :

    I say it actually depends on the TYPE of gray you have. For many of use, we get the “mousey” washed out gray. Very few of us are lucky enough to get that beautiful slier like Emmylou Harris or Jamie Lee Curtis. I do feel that gray hair and the decision to color (or not) is also a personal choice. Suzi51 hits the nail on the head…attitude an confidence play a key role in accepting your color. Perhaps you are less happy with the color of your hair versus the style of your hair. Many women fall prey to an all-over color which is the worst style for stubborn grey hair and can look a bit like a “helmet”. Highlights and/or lowlights are much more natural looking and more forgiving of grow out. Here is a great article that talks about all of this.


  7. Elline Surianello wrote on :

    I agree with Lorraine if you’re FOF grey hair should be a great look for you!

  8. Lorraine53 wrote on :

    If you’re FOF, natural gray hair looks o.k. @ any age! Natural gray hair, (particularly white-gray), is beautiful and classy if kept well cut and styled. If your hair is not gray all over, see your stylist for some tips. If nothing else she or he can give you a great cut. Love your Irish geneology!

  9. suzi51 wrote on :

    When you have the confidence to be yourself in a world that tries to make you into someone else. Trends now have girls dying their hair gray. You have been blessed with some thing others dream of. Always have a great, current haircut and your good to go.

  10. mkflaa@hotmail.com wrote on :

    I think going gray is definitely a personal preference. I’m 53, and have to color my hair every 4 weeks. I would be gray all over if I didn’t. But, for me, I don’t like my hair gray and have decided that they will have to bury me with a bottle of color!
    However, a friend of mine who is the same age, stopped coloring her hair a few years ago. She is now completely gray. She loves not having to color it, or worry about maintenance. Because she is comfortable with it, I think it suits her and she looks great. As a matter of fact, wherever we go people always compliment her on her hair.
    The moral of the story is do what feels right for you. If you don’t want the maintenance but still like to look younger, make sure you are young at heart and have a great cut. If you are uncomfortable going gray and worry about if it makes you look older, then I would say keep coloring.
    “Let the beauty of your soul be the beauty you wear!”
    Best, Mary

    • orrkso wrote on :

      I agree with Mary. I think it is definitely a personal preference. I am 50, and have been totally grey for years. I stopped coloring my hair about 3 years ago and absolutely love it. I get compliments all the time.

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