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3 Ways to Wear Gray Hair Over 40

Looking for inspiration for how to wear your newly grown out gray hair?  Here are 3 cute hairstyles that make it easy to be stylish, fabulous…and gray!

1. The Pixie

The Gray Pixie Cut

Cutting off all your hair and wearing a pixie cut is a brave step, but the results can be amazing. There’s something so youthful about short-cropped hair. It lights up your face, and of course, maintenance is a breeze!

Gray pixie cut hairstyle

@silver.hair.and.long.lashes

Pictured above is Jackie. Her short, sassy haircut with windswept bangs is slightly edgy but polished. Her ombre gray, which goes from dark at the back to light at the front, brightens up her pretty face and highlights her amazing blue eyes.

Salt and pepper pixie cut

@rlhnyc

Roxanne Hancock is a mature model from New York City whose fierce short salt and pepper pixie cut makes her look powerful and sexy.

@simpson.house

Helen’s short gray hairstyles with long layers give her style dimension. This cut looks great when blown out and styled straight and sleek. Or you can have more fun with it by adding some pomade and spoking a few pieces randomly as Helen has done here.

short gray pixie cut

@shiraga.makiko

Shiraga is a 60-year- old children’s book author who lives in Japan.  Her natural grey pixie cut suits her perky, cute personality and pretty features.

@deborah_darling

Deborah is a 57 year old style protagonist and model living in South Africa. She loves trying new things. Although Deborah’s gray pixie cut can be styled in several ways, she loves wearing it slicked up and away from her beautiful face.

short sexy gray hair

@janellenelson

Janelle Nelson is a model, actor, and all-around great gal who can be found jet-setting between New York City, London, and Los Angeles. Her relaxed, playful pixie cut gray hair shows off her fun, adventurous side.

2. The Gray Bob

A blunt grey hair bob is a perfect haircut for a woman who wants to look polished and sophisticated.

 

short gray hair | bob

@antoinettesgenesis

Antoinette is a multi-faceted Los Angeleno. She’s an actress, model, dancer, portrait artist, muse, and motivator. She is also a fitness buff and has proudly been a naturalist and vegan for 43 years. Her silver hair bob shows off her stunning locks that look like silver moonlight.

Silver hair bob for women over 40

@freshbeautystudio

Nikol’s blunt gray bob is extremely versatile. It’s long enough to pull back into a ponytail, wear it brushed back, or styled down as she is wearing it above. Nikol is an on-air beauty and style expert with the Home Shopping Network, so you can bet she knows what she’d doing when it comes to short gray hairstyles.

shor tgray hairstyle

@mayumi_asakura

Mayumi is 47 years old and has been embracing her short gray hair since 2017. Her wispy banged gray bob is perfect for her fine gray hair and looks chic tucked behind one ear.

@tinacclark687

Tina is embracing both her gray hair and her curls over 40. Although here she has styled her blunt bob in a straight style, Tina generally wears her hair in her natural curls. Tina is inspired by all things beautiful, including her gorgeous short gray hairstyles.

short gray hair| wavy bob

@likekrista

This photo is from Cristina, a 52-year-old Instagrammer from  Portugal who posts inspiring photos of women with gorgeous gray hair. Pictured above is Catherine. Her chic curly bog frames her face and makes her look youthful and sexy

medium length gray hair with waves

@burtonregina

Regina is a 50+ international model and gray hairstyles blogger. Her long bob has romantic waves which give her a soft, youthful look. If your hair is naturally wavy go with this look or use a curling flat iron on straight hair to create modern soft waves.

3. Long Gray Hair 

Long gray hair used to be taboo until baby boomers said “nonsense to that.” Many are choosing to keep their hair long and flowing as it slowly turns to silvery gray. This key to long hair over 40 is to have regular cuts and to layer your long hair a little to give it body and shape. Long hair is without question a hairstyle that takes more work, but you only live once, so if hair way past your shoulders makes you happy, it’s worth it.

long gray hair

@katy_rhamey

Katy is an L.A.-based wife, mom, and film producer. She has the perfect All- American, long hairstyle. It’s beautifully thick with a soft wave at the bottom. Don’t we all wish we had hair like her?

@art_of_healthy_aging

Char confesses that growing out her gray hair has really truly been a freeing as well as empowering process. Although it took a bit longer (3+ years) to let it grow out than she had anticipated, she loves the look and being an inspiration for other silver sisters.

 

streaked gray hair over 40

@graytdaysahead

Michelle is a 56-years-young gal with a wildflower spirit who is embracing the gray hair that Mother Nature has given her. Her fun and flirty layers give her gray hair more body and youthful vibe. Her two-tone shades of gray are stunning!

@teraohara

Tera, a 50+ model, has a beautiful blend of blonde and gray that’s styled in a long layered cut that falls on her shoulders.

long streaked gray hair

@gray.and.beyond

Terry is choosing the “gray” path and sprinkling some “wisdom” along the way, hoping to inspire others. Her exotic gray hair with the silver streaks is her greatest fashion accessory.

@rosemariefern

Rosemarie, an international model and actress, is proof that you can wear your hair both long and gray. She is all about women embracing their beautiful uniqueness.

long wavy gray hairstyle

@blanchess

Blanchess is a proud mother, wife and dog mom who loves gardening, cooking, reading and taking photos. Her sophisticated steel gray waves are elegant and romantic. Wonder if that curl is natural?

Whether you go super short, super long, or something in between, gray hair can look stunning. A good cut, regular deep conditioning, and putting some effort into styling can turn you into a silver fox!

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32 thoughts on “3 Ways to Wear Gray Hair Over 40

  1. I have let my gray hair show,I love Helen’s hair style.how is it cut in either back? I’m planning on getting a cut similar to hers.i just don’t know how the back is cut.love Helen’s style also

  2. I am letting my natural grey take hold and it is taking hold of me, I’m feeling more like me and free. I have always had long hair and seeing your models still embrace their long hair with grey is an inspiration for me. Thank you for sharing! I am a mother of two wonderful daughters and now a Nana to two sweet granddaughters.

  3. I love the styles and wish I could wear the shorter ones. My extremely curly but fine hair does better longer and is easier to maintain, so I appreciate the photos of women with longer hair. All are beautiful.

  4. I stopped coloring my hair about 20 years ago, before it became popular. I’m 68 years fabulous and I get compliments on my hair everyday on my hair. I’ve even been invited to model in a fashion show and won 1st place. I am living my best life, grey hair and alL.

  5. I figure silver hair will look hot on her, as it does on all these awesome models. While your models are stunning, not of all of us are honored. I’d prefer to see distinctive body types/shapes and help for redheads whose hair has become dull coppery as well as posts about women making progress to never again color their hair.

  6. Very interest article but I’m always watching for ideas and styles more fitting to the everyday folks in life. While your models are stunning not all of us are so blessed. I’d also like to see different body weights/shapes and help fir redheads and faded out auburn ladies making that transition to no longer colouring their hair.

  7. Finally!

    My 61 year-young wife has finally decided she is done with covering up her gray hair. I think Gray hair will look sexy on her, as it does on all these wonderful examples.

    Beautiful mature women obliterating their gray hair seems so……. desperate to me.

    Welcome home ladies!

  8. When is it time to let the gray show? I am going to be 53 and I still have lots of brown hair. I do dye and only have to every to 4 months. I just keep thinking should I stop dying?? I don’t want it o age me and I worry that it will. These ladies look amazing. I love so many of their styles and they all look really good.

    1. I think having a good hairstyle and hair that’s well conditioned is the answer to the youthful look. I’ve just had my hair blended as the start to going au natural and had a good cut. I’d love silver locks but think I’ll be more salt &pepper.
      Looking at these gorgeous pictures of women who’ve embraced their greys I’ll be happy to look even half as good. I’ll be 70 this autumn and still interested in keeping my hair nice.

  9. I want to be able to do a grey look to my hair which is called titanium. I have been going grey since the age of 18 and tired of coloring my hair as a brunette all the time. My hair dresser says she would need to bleach it and then apply the titanium. The down fall is she said my hair would break. It would take several tImes to get the look. So if I just do a pixie and wear a baseball cap for several months would I be able to get the all grey look eventually or get the titanium look?

    1. I’m a hairstylist and growing out my grey.. If you have the patience just let it grow out. My hair is long and I’m on year 3 of growing it out from brown. I do get compliments often. Try it, I think you will be surprised.

  10. I’m 59 and still struggling with the decision of whether to go grey. My first trip to the hairdresser was at 19 and since then I’ve been dying it my natural colour of medium brown. My fear is that it will make me look older if I go ‘au naturel’, but I’m also tired of the routine and chemicals every 3 weeks. Because I have long wavy hair and would like to keep some of the length, what would be a good haircut to transition from dyed hair to natural grey? It’s time to let go of my mis-conceptions and accept what is me, grey and all, fashionably.

  11. I let all my gray grow out it’s hard to do. It looked good and I got lots of compliments then I had black thin streaks put in it was really nice! I’m 56 but started having gray hairs showing at 18. Anyways I went back to get my hair done used the wrong word “touch up” because some black streaks were growing out. For whatever reason she touched up my roots all dark. After she washed my hair and dried it I couldn’t believe it !!! I was devestated it took so long to grow out and my hair was long. So now I really had a problem with my gray roots. So I went dark. I took medication later that May my hair fell out -got very thin. Then when my hair grew out I noticed it being different. It was totally white and a dull gray. So I dyed it and then got tired of it. So finally I dyed it light blonde. Now I have bought the lightest brown and I want my grays to grown out. My hair looks terrible and makes me feel and I don’t want to go out fo the house until it grows more.Thank You for your suggestions and stories as I feel better reading them. I thought about combing in some peroxide, bleach in my hair. I also thought of putting in little darker streaks. This is the reason I bought the light brown dye. I’m doing it myself using the old frost and tip cap lol !! Thank You. I love this article and will keep on it. Sorry to write so much ! Love and peace to all !!

  12. I’m 45 and going through the transition to natural grey. Am loving the colour coming through and can’t wait to be fully transitioned and free of the time consuming, chemical laden colour. Love the pixie! Wish I was that brave

    1. I thinks it takes more bravery to go gray than wear a pixie. I. Cut off my hiar long ago, still hilding out on the color though…

  13. I’m 58 and have never colored my hair. I’ve been very lucky with very little gray, but it’s becoming more noticeable now. I think at this stage of life, I should just go gray naturally. Love the pixie cut look. I’ve always had short hair so I might be able to pull that off. Nice to see others going gray naturally!

  14. I just turned 50 last year and I’m not a fan of grey hair in any form…salt and pepper, grey, silver, or white. I have naturally curly hair with a length below my shoulders. My hair has spiral curls about 1″ wide and can get very frizzy. I think if I personally let my natural color show I would look like bride of frankenstein. I’m still working full time in corporate America and I feel that letting my hair be grey would age me and that could count against me in terms of promotability, salary and longevity. My eyebrow just started to turn grey last month. Ugh! I can predict that at some point it will be just too much of a hassle and cost to keep up my brunette dyed hair, but for now, it’s an investment I’m willing to make because it makes me feel good.

    1. Twelve years ago I was you! I had long dark curly hair that I felt was part of my distinctive look. I’d had been coloring the gray for 15 years. Worth it, but…
      At 59 I transitioned to natural. Now my hair is short and curly. Dark in back, but mostly bright silver.
      Complete strangers come up and compliment my hair – it’s happened many times.
      So…there is life after brunette. And I’m liberated from the messy coloring and toxic chemicals.

    2. My manager has lovely salt and pepper long natural curls. I have known her since prior to her becoming my manager and think she was about 50 when she decided to let her natural look shine and her hair does shine, looks terrific and didn’t hold her back from a promotion! In fact she has inspired me, so since last summer I have been letting my hair go natural grey. I am 55 and found my first grey at 18, I have more salt than pepper. I can’t wait to cut off the remaining brunette. Just waiting for the COVID rules to relax to get a cut!

  15. I love the short, sharp and shapely look of the pixie! Go girl! Having continuosly dyed my hair for 25 years, I took the very brave step to go gray, and also switched to a short chic, easily managed style. At 66 I have a new lease on life, and love receiving compliments on my new hair and stylish clothes!

  16. I LOVE the fact that ladies are starting to appreciate the fact that gray is acceptable. My mom and grandmother were hair stylists and colored their hair until it felt like dry straw. I knew that I didn’t want that. I have allowed my naturally curly hair to be colored naturally and love it. I receive many compliments. Another reason–my husband noted that a friend was going bald. She wasn’t. It was her white roots showing! I knew then also–no coloring!

  17. I’m 52 years old and haven’t dyed my hair. I have salt and pepper graying. I recently opted for the pixie cut like the picture above of Rosie. Super simple styling and lots of compliments makes this cut a winner for me!

  18. I chuckle because I’ve dyed my hair almost continuously since my mid-twenties. Now, at 62, I’m going au natural and love it. I like the color. The only down side is I need eye make-up when I go out or my face looks tired.

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