Dealing with your hair is something else… Females will do anything to improve the look of their hair, from crazy dye jobs to spunky hair cut to some unusual styles. But making peace with the fact that your hair is graying can be tough.
A lot of people are trying to run away from grey hair by dyeing their hair, but they can get tired too. That’s how some women decided to give up oh hair dyeing and letting their natural gray hair grow.
Grombre describes itself as a “global movement of women who are embracing natural, undyed hair”, and shares stories of women who ditched the hair dye and they might inspire you to do the same on it’s Instagram account. It started when a 26-year-old Martha Truslow Smith, wanted to start a dialog about graying hair, “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?” said Martha.
“My silver to me means embracing the aging process. It’s not for everyone and that’s totally okay. I have A LOT of silver and wanted to see what would happen if I stopped trying to hide it and, instead, tried used plant-based products to enhance it. That was almost 2 years ago and my hair, and confidence, have never been better.”
“Some people have black hair, some have blonde hair- those who are lucky enough get white hair. It’s not something that anyone should ever feel they need to hide from. I get so upset when people say that white hair is ‘old.’ I was only 15 years old when I started going grey (just like many others here), it’s not old- it’s natural and it is beautiful.”
“Name a better way to tell society to ‘suck it’ than to embrace your natural self at the start of your 30s. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Nine months into this transition and the ignorance is real, so if you’re in the same situation, use this time to educate those around you. Gray is a color, not an age definition. Be you. Be authentic. Be bold.”
“8 months of transition have not been easy…for those who see me wrong.. I have been mocking a system that I don’t know who invented it.”
“During the time between Feb-July, my roots were long and I started to really dislike my hair. It affected my self worth, and my self-esteem. My hair made me feel so ugly because I thought it was ugly.
On the day of my hair appt., I was sick to my stomach and wanted to cancel. I was really struggling with the idea of “I don’t feel like I’m old enough for all this grey hair” and I haven’t had hair this long in forever. (It was down to my waist). Soon as I walked into the salon I asked the hairdresser where the bathroom was in case I got sick. You should also know that I was on the verge of tears all day too! This was a HUGE change. I sit in the chair and my hairdresser asks what we were doing, and what my ideas were. I showed him some pictures of women with short hair and all were grey. I think he was stunned for a moment and then said ‘Oh my gosh let’s do this! You will rock this short hair!’ As soon as he made the first cut, it was almost a divine feeling that instantly came over me. When all was said and done I instantly felt better about myself and fell in LOVE with my hair again. Except for this time, it was all grey and not just my roots. I have struggled with my self-esteem and self-worth for so long, and what an amazing, and FREE feeling it was to NOT have the stress of coloring my hair ever again! I got 22 inches of hair cut off that day, and I’ll never look back. I have had SO MANY people comment ‘you look so much younger now’, and they had no clue, the struggle I was dealing with in not feeling like I was old enough to have all this grey!”
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“I sat with the idea of going gray for years. I let it stew in the back of my mind as I scheduled my days around my next dye session; scouring Pinterest and Youtube for inspiration. I was dyeing my hair every 2-3 weeks but seeing roots every 2-3 days. I have a long list of reasons I was done with the dye. Even now I read posts by my silver sisters and think, ‘Yes!! that too!’ The process was definitely tough at times. It’s a mind game, really. And there are so many thoughts that pushed me through. This is one of them…I have been fascinated by my father’s silver for YEARS. It looked SO cool when he was just a bit of salt and a whole lot of pepper and it’s now this amazing silver with just the slightest touch of dark. I loved every stage of watching his silver come in. At some point I realized I didn’t want to miss out on that. I want to watch time paint more and more silver through my hair. It’s a slow magic but magic nonetheless.” @baskinthegray #grombre #gogrombre
“I’ve inherited this gorgeous slivers of silver from my father as it goes back generations in our family where the process of going grey started at 18. I’ve battled hair dyes for years and bounce around from color to color as if ashamed of this beautiful gift I was given. It doesn’t help that some of my dearest friends are hair stylists but they allow me to grieve my father’s loss by never pressuring to cover it. This is 3 months’ growth from (Feb to April 2019).”
“I am an ordinary Turkish girl who has always black long hair, but I am sick and tired of dying my hair and one day and I full shaved my hair. That’s the amazing result: thanks for encouraging me.”
“I was so excited when I found my first gray at eleven; family history had it that my great-great-grandfather had white hair at 30 and he was a man of myth and legend in my young life. In high school I had white streaks in my hair, earning the nickname “Rogue”. In my late twenties, the story changed; I was poised to become a bride and didn’t want my salt and pepper hair overshadowing me. I dyed it dark brown and gained a lot of compliments on how much “younger” I looked. One divorce and a career change later I realized it wasn’t my hair color that was aging me. At 36 my silver is shining again and I’ve been rewarded with hair that looks like ME and all the superpowers that go with it.”
“I started to turn gray at 16, at first I tried to hide it and paint it, but later I realized that my gray hair looked good and I decided that it was my feature. This is what makes me stand out from the crowd. My gray hair of the herd is a subject of pride, and often strangers ask where I painted them so beautifully, to which I reply that nature itself has tried for me.”
“My grays started showing in my late teens, probably a Mallon streak as it was jet black everywhere else. Over time, it’s blended in more with the rest of the grays. I’ve never dyed it to cover or hide it. The curls are all-natural too. I’m so excited to see more and more silver sisters everywhere I go!”
“I started to grow out my pixie cut in 2012 and decided to quit coloring my hair. The grey is still coming in, but I like it. The grey started in my early 30’s, it can be unruly at times, but with the right amount of wind, it looks like a flowing mane.”
“Growing old gracefully doesn’t mean giving up on myself. I’m embracing the wildness and the sass I’ve found with my gray hair. I also want to show my daughters that sometimes in chasing unrealistic standards of beauty we lose ourselves in the process. True beauty radiates from freedom from within, and that shines brighter when we learn to embrace who we truly are made to be!”
“Have not touched hair dye in 4 years! The Natural is beautiful. Embracing my natural beauty hasn’t always been easy. Sometimes I think, maybe I wouldn’t look as old if I dyed my hair? Then I’m like, nah, I am a badass because of it!”
“I have been growing it for 4 months and am really starting to enjoy it now. I started to go grey at about 16 and have been dying for over 2 decades. I’m not sure what it was exactly that urged me to let the grey grow in but earlier this year I just went for it. I had a bit of a wobble last month but stuck with it and am glad I did. This shot is the very first headshot of me with the new natural color. I am an actress and I’m curious to see if my casting opportunities will change as a result of the new hair color.”
“I decided to stop coloring my hair because I am a visual artist and it always bothered me the way dye color didn’t work harmoniously with my eyebrows and skin… I had the feeling I would be more pleased with nature’s palette. I am more satisfied with the appearance, but it also surprised me to be rewarded with the learning process of growing out the gray…patience, self-acceptance… questioning why I would ever feel that I should be ashamed of my natural self or my aging. It was a struggle at times for my vanity, but we’ll worth it. I stopped coloring my hair just over 2 years ago; I’m not a big social media person but thought I’d throw my hat in the ring to be part of Grombre because these pictures of strong, confident women with beautiful natural hair served as a great inspiration to me during a grow-out phase that was very challenging for me. I appreciate the people who put themselves out there to show people it’s ok to let your hair be gray!”
“In my 30s I finally feel comfortable embracing my ever-growing number of white hairs. Naturally, I didn’t feel ready and enjoyed my rapidly changing styles of colors more in my teens. In my late twenties, I felt very sure I would never go natural again thinking I had found my most natural not natural look. But now I want to enjoy the changes up close, and not hide the fact that aging can be a beautiful thing in so many ways.”
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“‘The quickest way to acquire self-confidence is to do exactly what you are afraid to do.’ ~ Anonymous 🌪 I was definitely afraid to go grey. I put it off for several years until I just decided to go for it and deal with the uncomfortableness of making a change that would take months and months. 🌪 Years ago, a therapist I was seeing for depression and social anxiety said something like “fake it ‘til you make it.” I wasn’t really buying it at the time, but I have found that it definitely works for me transitioning to grey. During this process there are so many times when I just acted like my hair was completely grey, pretended my hair didn’t look strange — that there was no demarcation line. I walk around really feeling that self-confidence. I think I’ve gotten to the point now — 12 months in — where I’m owning it and have a better level of confidence. But it’s a process just like growing these silvers.” @jd904 #grombre #gogrombre