More women are embracing grey hair


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Reeves and Grant recently made their first public appearance with Grant in a striking dark blue dress matched to what appeared to be naturally silver-grey hair. Photos: AFP

Grey hairs have been seen as a dreaded sign of ageing, especially among women. But with the help of social media, more and more are publicly welcoming the switch to grey as an affirmation of their maturity and experience.

The first reaction of many women to the appearance of their first grey hair is to reach for the tweezers or get out the dye. But now it seems that more and more are embracing the natural change to hair colour.

Tens of thousands of women have taken to social media to share their commitment to the and have called on others to.

The first reaction of many women to the appearance of their first grey hair is to reach for the tweezers or get out the dye. But now it seems that more and more are embracing the natural change to hair colour. Photo: visualhunt.comThe first reaction of many women to the appearance of their first grey hair is to reach for the tweezers or get out the dye. But now it seems that more and more are embracing the natural change to hair colour. Photo: visualhunt.com

Keanu Reeves and his new girlfriend, the artist Alexandra Grant, recently made their first public appearance together, with Grant in a striking dark blue dress matched to what appeared to be naturally silver-grey hair.

Meanwhile at this year’s Berlin Fashion Show, model Eveline Hall displayed her grey hair in all it’s glory.

All this caused renewed debate about female ideals of beauty, with author Ali Drucker writing in the that Grant looks like she's 46 – and not like the "Hollywood version" of 46.

And yet hairdresser Antonio Weinitschke says there’s still resistance to greying amongst younger women. "Even at 50, women feel they don’t want to go grey yet," he says.

Berlin celebrity hairdresser Udo Walz also sees no trend towards natural grey. He himself is a fan of grey hair, but feels it requires a modern cut to avoid the "granny look," and says that dark hair with just a few grey strands can look "terribly unkempt."

Aniston confesses that she doesn't want grey hair. Photo: ReutersAniston confesses that she doesn't want grey hair. Photo: Reuters

At the same time, many female celebrities still don't want to embrace their greyness. Actress Jennifer Aniston, who’s 50, recently told the magazine InStyle "I won't lie – I don't want grey hair."

"Wetlands" author Charlotte Roche, who's 41, believes women have been told over many years to fight every sign of ageing. She has a few grey hairs on her temples, and she likes them.

"I'm happy when I see women who naturally leave their hair grey," Roche said. "Why should it be only men who look better when they age? Why can’t women age beautifully?"

German TV presenter Birgit Schrowange, who stopped dying her hair two years ago as she approached 60, says she has not regretted her step to a life without hair dye.

It saves her a lot of fuss and time, because she had to have her hair dyed every two weeks in the end, she told Germany's Bild newspaper.

She believes the reaction to her decision to go grey is a clear indication of double standards. "People came up to me and gushed 'Oooh, you are sooo brave!'"
Nobody said the same of her male colleagues on TV. - dpa


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