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10 Benefits Of Going Gray

Gray will save you time & money. Life is short and gray hair is easy and (mostly) free. Think of all the money you would still have in your pocket if you had never colored your hair? That Caribbean vacation would have already happened!

Gray is the new black. Have you seen Helen Mirren's gorgeous silver locks lately? Or George Clooney’s handsome, shining gray? What about Anderson Cooper or Annie Lennox? Even singer/songwriter and rebel icon Patti Smith now has a head full of silver—and that really rocks.

Gray is real. We live in a society that worships youth and makes us afraid of aging. For many people, going gray is not as much about style as it is about attitude. Going gray lets us celebrate our wisdom and maturity and throw out the script that says older men and women can't be sexy and strong and happy.

Gray is flexible. Thinking about trying it? There are many approaches to converting—from stealth to cold turkey—and you can pick the one that fits your comfort level. Here’s four approaches to letting your gray go wild:

  • Eliminate the artificial color in one fell swoop by shaving your head.
  • Wear a wig in your dyed color until your gray has grown long enough to cut off the old color.
  • Have a professional colorist camouflage the transitioning hair with artfully placed lowlights as the gray grows in.
  • Just wait out the growth, trimming off the old color until you're left with purest silver (a short haircut speeds the process along).

Gray is exciting. Letting your hair go gray is a little like searching for hidden treasure—you can't be sure at the outset what you're going to find at the end of the trail, but the journey is always interesting. Some find that their real hair color is a shiny salt and pepper mix, and others might describe theirs as "precious metals"—a little bit each of silver, gold and copper. If your gray hair is tinged with yellow, which is sometimes the case if your hair was naturally blond or a warm brunette, your colorist can correct this with salon treatments that bring out blue or violet rather than gold hues. This will give your natural color a silvery shimmer.

Gray is earth-friendly. You recycle. You avoid foods with unpronounceable ingredients. So why are you putting something called Phenylenediamine just a few millimeters from your brain eight times a year? Depending on the product you use, you might be smearing your noggin with lead, mercury, coal tar or formaldehyde. The jury's still out on how dangerous hair coloring may or may not be, but why risk putting an alphabet soup of potential toxins on your head and down the drain into the groundwater?

Gray is stylish and sexy. Just six words: Jamie. Lee. Curtis. And. John. Slattery.

Gray goes with everything. Once you go gray, you may also discover that your hair not only matches your eyebrows, but that it has a rich new texture and amazing shine. You can play up the beauty of your gray even more with gray-friendly clothing in cool tones from the blue (rather than the gold) end of the spectrum.

Gray is powerful. Think about it. Would Meryl Streep's character in The Devil Wears Prada be taken so seriously without that mane of snowy hair? Not so scary, but plenty powerful. What about the gray that Joe Manganiello’s been rocking lately? Definitely taking his status from beefcake to flat out handsome. Many people find that they're taken more seriously in the workplace after they reveal their gray.

Gray is just hair. Going gray doesn't have to be permanent unless you want it to be. That’s the beauty of it—you're in charge. It's not just about hair, but about how you want to live and creating a life that reflects the person you've become.

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