35 Women Who Prove Natural Gray Hair Shouldn’t Be Covered Up With Dye

For years, women have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to cover up their natural gray hair. They have long thought that gray hair was associated with being old and washed up, and immediately covered every silver streak with globs of dye to make it disappear. But, today, things are much different. Now, women spend hundreds and thousands of dollars to get gray hair. I’m one of those people and trust me, I’ve spent a lot on shampoos, dyes, hair masks, and just about anything else to get a silver tone to my locks. But, what about the older generation who used to cover their grays?

It turns out, many of them are deciding to embrace their hair, letting that natural, lovely, silver shine on through. And, 26-year-old  Martha Truslow Smith decided to embrace these women via an Instagram page titled: @Grombre. The page has set out to celebrate women who have decided to “go gray” and embrace their natural beauty. When speaking to Bored Panda, Smith said:

“The underlying reason I started Grombre was to start a different dialogue around gray hair on women and find the answer to some earnest questions of my own: “Is it true that my gray hair is ugly, makes me look old, and means I’m no longer good enough? I’m only in my twenties. If that is true, how will I feel and what will I believe about myself when I’m in my 40s, 50s, 60s?” I want to challenge the way we think about what we consider “beautiful,” and why, and propose that we have more important things to spend our precious time, energy and resources on if we find our hearts aren’t aligning with the things we find to be someone else’s biases.”


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“My first gray hair memory was when I was 7 years old. I remember being at school, I had long hair, and it caught my attention. I yanked it out, but never really thought much of it because I thought it was normal; both my parents have ALWAYS had grey since my earliest childhood memories. It wasn't until I got married and I had my second child at 22 that I started to go salt and pepper. One day, my female boss was leaning over from behind as I sat at my desk, and she made a comment, ‘oh my goodness, for such a young woman, you sure have LOTS of grey!’ I felt so embarrassed and ashamed; I did not want to be considered old! So from the age of approximately 24 I started to dye my hair dark brown, the closest I could get to my "natural" color. I did those until I was 41 years old. By then, I was coloring every 2 weeks! I hated it. It grew out so fast, all I could see was a white skunk line. Sometimes when I traveled, I would pack a box of dye in my luggage, just in case. I would be mortified if anyone even suspected that I had grey hair. Many times I tried growing it out, but I felt like I would look hagard and old, and then I'd give in, and re-dye; it was like alcohol addiction…always back to the bottle! Anyhow, I was going to turn 42, and I made a bet with myself… I would go cold turkey for 12 months (no matter what) and see what was really growing underneath the dye. My heart was ready. I got many (unwanted) opinions from friends and my kids, ‘don't do it, you're gonna look old…’ ‘Why are you letting yourself go?’ I did it, it took me 3 years to grow it out completely. I didn't do the big chop, instead, I kept cutting the ends. I have been dye free for 6 years now; I love me and my hair. I get compliments ALL the time. As a matter of fact, people in general think I'm in my 30's; I'm 48. …and because of my hair, I model for stock photos! I feel more vibrant and beautiful today more than I ever did than when I dyed it. My husband has nicknamed me his ‘SILVER FOX.’” @__la_silver_zorra__ #grombre #gogrombre

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“I LOVE my silver hair. I started turning silver when I was in my mid 30’s and I didn’t want to dye my hair. All my family and friends were running to dye theirs but I was really feeling mine and wanted it all to be silver. Now here I am 51 and I absolutely adore my hair!! When people see me now they stare and then the compliments just start falling!!🤣 This family members and friends are still coloring their hair and telling me how great the silver looks on me but it would make them look old🤣 I say it all about your energy! I feel so free and just open!! I’ve been waiting for this feeling for a long time and it has also allowed me to just not give a sh** (Oohh I hope I can say that😜) what anyone says or thinks about me!! I am me Sadaqa a Queen and A Goddess and I wear my crown 👑 Proud!!😉” @goddessqueensadaqa #grombre #gogrombre

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“I’ve been greying since the age of 13 and I’ve never dyed my hair. Furthermore, I’ve been growing it since 12 and I have entirely forfeited cutting it five years ago. I’m profoundly happy with the way it looks. The colour and the length combined are one of my favourite attributes. Never have I ever felt like it made me look older! Instead it gets me the sweetest and most magical compliments, some of which I’m sure you’re familiar with: looking avant-garde, otherworldly or like a fairy, an elf, or Frozen-Anna. My current life on an organic farm somehow resonates with my natural hair, and for me it’s another way for my femininity to shine through. I hope to inspire as many as possible, to be brave enough to embrace and show who and what they truly are on the inside.” @prettyshepherd #grombre #gogrombre

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“I have never dyed my hair. I have never thought about doing so. Not because I wanted to protest nonsensical norms that society imposes on women, but I simply love myself the way I am. How tragic it is that society does not hesitate to marginalize you even because of your hair color as unless you comply with its norms. So, if it makes me a rebel, I am happy to embrace this identity. I love seeing women start to question their decisions and the society they are living in after meeting me and some even decide to keep their grey hair. Grey is the most beautiful color of my life. I feel lucky and blessed to have it. Thank you for raising awareness of people around the world. It means a lot.” @feriideferiide #grombre #gogrombre

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“My name is Lhin. I am 37 years old from Thailand. 🇹🇭 I have had gray hair since I was in high school. It keeps changing the color more through the years. I had to dye my hair almost every month. Four years ago, I decided to let my gray hair grow out and embrace my natural color. Despite some mean comments from neighbors, I didn’t care and went on with my daily life. Nowadays, I am asked by people all the time, “where did I get my hair done!?”They love it and want to have this color too. I love my hair and I feel blessed that I embrace it and let this color become me. I am happy to see this grombre ladies out there. Thank you for raising awareness of people around the world. I want to shoutout for someone who is struggling with a similar story like me; keep being yourself and embrace it. Because you are absolutely beautiful in your own way!” @lhinholguin #grombre #gogrombre

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“It is the second time I do the « experience » of this transition. First time was 3 years ago in 2015. I let them grow but then decided to cut them very short, I didn’t find a real proper way to arrange them, neither a new style, then they grow again and I suddenly tied them with biological vegetal brown color, as I was feeling less sure about myself. And also because I like to follow my desires 😉 even if I change my mind. But somehow I felt sad to have covered my « inner light » again and decided this year, after months working on myself (meditation, reading and applying lots of self-development books, drawing, taking time for me out of my last job), to let them grow naturally, not only the color but the natural movement of my hair. And it matches perfectly with my state of mind and mindfulness. I think it represents how every woman/human has beauty and light and freedom inside her. And I’m proud of being part of a movement that spread courage, healthy lifestyle and self-acceptance around the world. Others are helping me and I’d like to help others wearing that white (and grey) flag on their head and learn that patience really worths it. 😌☀️Time reveals treasure when you take it.” @ororo_monroette #grombre #gogrombre

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“I found this amazing online community after reading the recent BBC article about it—and I am so glad I did! I remember a friend finding my first grey hair at 13—now half a life ago—and I had no idea what an impact it would come to have on my sense of self. People often tell me how much they love that I don’t dye my evermore greying hair, but it was more a passive acceptance than a proactive choice. Now as I reach further into my late twenties it feels more like a choice, but one made along with thousands of other women. A friend snapped this picture while hiking up a mountain in Wales a few days ago—and I thought I’d send it in. Thank you so much for this incredible community you’ve built!” @alexastevens #grombre #gogrombre

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Is your stylist giving you a hard time? Guess what? You have every single right to find someone that will help you meet your goals. No one should feel pressured by a stylist’s agenda or opinion, especially if their words and actions are negatively affecting you. How sad that so many of us have experienced this, but know one thing: if you feel that this person doesn’t have your well-being in mind, you have no obligation to continue giving them the privilege of your business. Take care of yourself first☝️ . . On the flip side, a supportive stylist can be such a treasure! @lilarosestyles used her amazing talents to help her mother, @debimw424 , transition, “I am a hairstylist in Beavercreek, OH (just outside of Dayton) and I have helped my mom to transition from all over dark brown hair to a silver/grey color! It has allowed her to grow in her grey without a harsh line of demarcation and has helped her to transition more smoothly.” Well done, Lila! Deb you are glowing! What a stunning transformation✨ #grombre #gogrombre . . Swipe for transition pics 👉

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Lex Gabrielle

Written by Lex Gabrielle

Lex is a writer from New York City who supports messy buns and all things covered in buffalo sauce. You can find her in your local coffee shop buried in social media and celebrity content, listening to Led Zeppelin on full volume.