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8 Foxy Women Who Dared to Go Gray

Have you been thinking about going gray but just haven’t had the nerve? Here are eight fabulous women who summoned up the courage and went for it. Check out these silver foxes and pick up a few tips on keeping your silver streaks stunning!

How to go gray gracefully - smiling woman with gray pixie cut@over50_style

Short spikey gray hair can look super chic. Doesn’t this glam gal look radiant in this cute pixie cut that shows off her pretty face? I Love the natural look and those fab nails.

 

How to grow gray gracefully - smiling woman with wavy gray hair

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Simone’s swingy hairstyle and her gorgeous smile make it look as though going gray look is easy. Nude lips glow, and defined brows prevent her eyes from fading out.

 

How to go gray gracefully - smiling woman with Snow white hair@embracingfifty

Valerie from the UK has hair as white as snow, and she plays it up in a pair of hot pink pants. Her lipstick is fresh and clean, and her whole look is soft and gentle.

How to Go gray gracefully - woman with long wavy gray hair@carolinelabouchere

Caroline’s gorgeous mane of silver tresses frames her lovely face. Who said you couldn’t have long gray hair at any age?

How to go Gray gracefully - woman with Short gray bob@freshbeautystudio

Nikol looks sensational in this blunt bob that beautifully frames those big soft eyes. Big, bold brows define the look.

How to go gray gracefully - smiling woman with curly gray hair@silvinaneder

Silvina is wild about her curly locks and looks like a gorgeous free spirit in this stunning cut. I love the artsy eye makeup that shows her creative side.

How to go gray gracefully - woman with silver bob@simpson.house

Helen looks chic in this mod, geometric bob that is upscale and classy. Her pop of pink lipstick looks fresh and youthful, worn with her silver hair.

How to Go gray gracefully - Smiling Woman With Gray Streaked Hair@senkayhair

One bold silver streak frames this gal’s face and adds creativity and excitement.

All these women prove that silver hair is sexy, especially when you get a good cut and pay attention to grooming. Going gray gracefully can often mean more maintenance. That’s because gray hair is naturally dull, dry, and coarse, so you must use clarifying shampoos and deep conditioners to keep it looking soft and shiny. And since your hair becomes such a central focal point, you must keep it crisp, trimmed, and neat at all times.

It’s also worthwhile to devote a little extra time and attention to your makeup. Fashion journalist Lauren Ezersky warns, ” Gray hair can look shaggy if you don’t wear makeup and look put together.”

Here are a few makeup tips for those of you who have decided to join the “Silver Foxes” Club:

  • Start with a sheer to medium foundation and a dab of powder. Just as your hair grays, so does your skin. It becomes pale, spotty, and uneven, so you need a foundation to create a smooth base.
  • An excellent under-eye concealer is a must for women with gray hair.
  • Make sure eyebrows are well-defined with a light pencil. Don’t use black. It’s too harsh.
  • Keep blush very soft and subtle. Just a sweep of color; otherwise, you’ll look old and stiff.
  • Lipstick is key to adding life to your face. The best shades are soft pinks, roses, and peaches. Stay away from anything that screams bright or anything too dark.
  • Also, avoid brown/neutral shades that are too dull and muddy.

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  • Eyeshadow -I love makeup artist Bobbi Brown’s advice on this. She says: “I recommend grays, slates, and white for the eyes, which offer a sleek and sexy look without too much drama.” I’ve found that soft pink can also work well with gray eyeshadow.

I also found a great book you should check out called Going Gray Looking Great. It covers everything to do with style and beauty for gray-haired women.

It’s a challenge going gray, but the results can be stunning!

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15 thoughts on “8 Foxy Women Who Dared to Go Gray

  1. I decided to go grey at age 62 when I retired and moved to a new city. It took eight months, and I got a pixie to make it less painful. I felt so old at first until I got used to short AND grey hair! Wearing cute hats helped hide the dyed hair. I discovered that my hair was almost white. Now ten years later, it is white. I have brown eyes, and I don’t think they look good with grey hair. My hairdresser agreed but told me I was the exception, and he thought I looked great. People compliment my hair all the time, saying it’s gorgeous! Now I would never go back to dying it. It’s so freeing not to worry about my grey roots showing right before an event where I want to look pretty.

  2. I decided to go gray at 57. My natural color was soft black, but as you get older, your skin loses ton,e and dark hair makes you look harsh. My roots were coming in every two weeks!!! I did it naturally, which was tough( I have long hair), but I wore it up and braided it during the awkward “growing out phase” I’m so happy I did..! My eyebrows are still dark, so the long silver-white hair looks striking. I can wear colors I never would have dreamed of, like shocking pink! I usually wear a lot of black, blue/green. and bluish-purple(periwinkle?) All look good.
    At 65, I’m still getting compliments on my hair, which feels good!

    1. Hi Pati, Congratulations, you silver fox! Your newly gray hair has given you much freedom and confidence. I’m so happy for you, and I bet the pink looks fab with your hair. Wishing you all the best, Deborah

  3. Almost nine years ago I stopped coloring my hair. I’ve embraced my gray, and at 70, I have less upkeep…Great pics and great hairdos…Proud to be a part of the Silver Fox group.

  4. I recently took the plunge and grew out of the gray. I am 66 and honestly, I have never been happier with my hair. My husband compliments me daily, telling me how “sexy” I look. My friends and family tell me I look younger! Imagine. If you are on the fence, I say do it! It is liberating, and the time and money you save are a great bonus.

  5. Hi, Deborah, great article even though it’s ten years old. I took the plunge last year and cut my hair short! I get so many compliments from women my age, which are 53 now! I didn’t want to dye or put chemicals in my hair anymore. I wish I could post a pic to show you, lol!

  6. I found a lady to put gray stips into my haïr.. took it all afternoon.. and dried out my hair, but IT did the job; put in daily a wax to help hydrate my haïr.

  7. After years of dying my hair, I have thought of letting it return to its natural gray. However, it looks strange, with only the top being gray while the rest is still brunette. Is there a product I can put on my hair to make the brown fade a little faster?

    1. Hi Julie,
      Growing out your hair can be one of the most challenging things a woman can do! One idea is to cut your hair short and let it grow.
      There is no magic, easy thing you can do to help this process at this time. We know many women who have gone through this, and most say it was hard but well worth it! Good luck! You might want to put “grey hair” into our SEARCH box at the top, right of the homepage, and read a few articles we have written on the topic and other women’s comments! Good luck, and let me know how you are coming along!

  8. I’m 43 (44 in April), and I’ve colored my hair for the last time. My colorist tells me that I’m 40 percent gray. I know the transition will be difficult, especially with shoulder-length hair. But, it must be done. I’ll be 45 – 46 by the time it’s all in, and that will be a good day!

    1. Hi Demi, Good for you for daring to go gray. I see more and more photos of women embracing their grey in fashion magazines. One suggestion – have your hairdresser come up with an excellent plan to make the transition. Once you are gray, keep your hair nice and shiny to look vibrant.
      Best of luck to you!! Enjoy!

  9. I’ll be 40 on June 09 & I’m considering letting my hair go gray. I have naturally dark brown hair that I’ve been dying for the last couple of years (I’m trying to stay w/ my natural color). My biggest concern is the salt & pepper stage…I HATE it. How can I do this naturally without staying in that stage too long? I’m not opposed to the gray…it’s the middle stage I dread

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