20 Women Who Refused to Conform to Standards, and Stopped Dying Their Silver Hair

Many of us are still not used to seeing grey hair on our, or someone else’s, head and we felt sad and awkward when we saw our first grey hair in the mirror. Young girls and older women are giving up on using hair dye and telling their stories to inspire and cheer up the people who are already dealing with this natural aging process. Grey hair is inevitable, so isn’t it better to just accept ourselves the way we are?

We at The Elite Indian believe that women can be beautiful at any age, with any hair color. And the women who are already brave enough to love themselves the way they are deserve our admiration.

“I was never ashamed that I started to get grey hair at an early age. This is why I stopped dying my hair 9 years ago. The beauty standards change but the beauty remains the same.”

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9 years between these 2 pictures, 34 vs 43 years old! I used to love my shiny black dyed hair, I just hated having to color it every Friday afternoon, yes you heard well, E V E R Y S I N G L E F R I D A Y! Isn’t this insane? I was never self conscious about starting to have gray hair at a very early age… I always shared the fact with people, yet I did cover it! 🤔 sounds like a contradiction actually! I guess my environment and the pre established beauty norms were anchored in my brain and strong enough to not even let me consider the option to ditch the dye at all! We are blinded by stereotypes and labels based on appearance, but if we pay attention, if we stop for one second and think about it we realize that every culture, every country, even every time in history has its standards, and they are constantly changing! One thing that never changes though, one thing that is common to all cultures, throughout every century, is the inner beauty! We all love kindness, integrity and authenticity! Let’s focus more on feeling good with ourselves, and accepting one another as a whole! whether it is with dyed hair or not! And as a reminder… aging is also a privilege denied to so many… let’s be proud of our badass aging gracefully! ♥️ . . Thanks Kelly @silverhairandbretonstripes for encouraging me to post this! 🥰 #photooftheday #love #aginggracefully #instagood #instadaily #silversistersinternational #silvercon #greychella #graylove #silversisters2020 #silversisters #grombre #greyhairmovement #silverhair #greyhair #embracethegrey #embraceyourself #photography #greyhairdontcare #silverfox #naturalhair #silverpower #flyageless #ageisjustanumber #10yearchallenge #marinatrevijano

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I’m happy that today, there are more and more women that don’t want to limit themselves with standards. They create their own vision of beauty. My colleague Karen and I organized our own group, called Silver Sisters International, in order to unite everyone that wants to stop using hair dye and have grey hair. And in July 2020, we’re going to have a conference #silverCon. © Marina Garcia-Trevijano

“A woman came up to me at a restaurant yesterday evening and told me that my example inspired her to grow out her silver hair too.”

“I get so excited to see women embrace their grey hair! I see it as a silver medal of honor!”

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A HUGE shout 😘 out to Sissela Johansson of @portraitsbysissela in Fairfield CT! OMG she knocked it out of the park with these amazing head shots for my new website launching soon! Do you have a fav? 1,2,3,4, or 5? . . Sissela is so kind and patient and passionate about her art. I knew immediately that she was listening to me as I described my thoughts on what I wanted to portray in these updated headshots. Being a woman in her 50's and embracing all that comes with that is sometimes a challenge. When I decided to go gray it was a commitment that I needed to see through. Aside from all the nasty chemicals I was exposing myself to on a bi- weekly basis, just loosing the color around my face was a huge adjustment and sometimes I shocked myself when I got a glimpse in the mirror 😱. I received some push back from family members and some friends, but in the end I made the right choice. 😉 So, when I learned that Sissela was also looking for silver haired 👩‍🦳 women for a personal project of her own, I jumped at the chance to sit in front of her lense! If you are a silver fox too you must reach out to Sissela as she is on the hunt for more real women who have embraced their natural hair color! It is a such a rewarding experience! Do it for yourself ageless beauties!!!! I know I have some brow clients from @jenniefresabeauty who I have encouraged to take the plunge and I get so excited to see women embrace their gray hair! I see it as a silver 🥈 medal of honor!!! 😍 Thank you also to Rachel Toussaint who did an amazing job on hair and makeup! What a treat for me to be seated in the beauty chair for a change! 😘 📷 @portraitsbysissela 💇‍♀️+💄@rachel_toussaint #headshots #lornamademeblushartistry #powerthroughportraits #portraitphotography #silverwomen #grombre #naturalmakeup #agelessbeauty #aging #career #grandmothers #silverfox #nontoxicmakeup #chemicalfreehair #midlife #ageisjustanumber #stillfiguringitout #over50 #openlygray #greyhairdontcare

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“I’m extremely happy that more and more women are disagreeing with beauty standards and accepting their natural beauty.”

“Today I love my grey hair. The color doesn’t make me look old. I can choose any color, but grey is my absolute favorite.”

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Today I love my grey hair. The color doesn’t make me look old. The wrinkles do. Yesterday I went to the salon to put an Olaplaex treatment on to bond my strands and to minimally tone the few old highlights I have left. I have many colors but the grey is my absolute favorite. Last night I was looking at all the colors with tunnel vision. When the grey is smooth and sleek it’s as good as any color I could pick but BETTER. It is what is intended for me. As for the wrinkles, I like them too just not as much as the grey but I have earned all of them. My years have been blessed, interesting, difficult and even horrible at times but purposeful. I will not erase where I have come from but rather embrace and triumph over all of it. What can’t be cured with creams and magic wands will have to shine too. As for the future, bring it on✨ #wednesdaywisdom #proaging #silversisters #silversister #silversistersinternational #silversisters2020 #grombre #silverhairdontcare #ditchthedye #greyhair #silverhair #canas #pelogris #cheveuxgris #over50 #freethesilver #embracethegrey #gogrombre #greyisthenewblonde #grayhairdontcare #greytransition #grayhairmovement #goinggreygracefully #greyhairjourney #cottonhairedwomen #saltandpepperhair #goinggray #greyonpurpose #silvervixen #greyisthenewblack

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“No matter what you do, someone will always talk about you. Someone will always question your judgment. So just acknowledge that, and make the choices you deeply feel are the right ones for you.”

“Yes! I’m grey and I’m happy!”

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. Yesss!!! I am silver, and I am free!!! 👩🏼‍🦳 ::::::: ::::::: ✳️✨✳️✳️✨✳️✨✨✳️✨✨✳️✨✳️✳️✳️✨✳️✨✨✳️✨✨✨✳️✨✳️✨✳️✳️✳️✨✨✳️✨✳️✨✨✨✳️✨✳️ ::::::: ::::::: #classywomen #happyness #bestager #bestagermodel #nature #tyyli #over50 #maturewomen #flowers #agelessbeauty #desigual #ageisjustanumber #fabulously_chic_over_50 #50andfit #silverhair #over50andfeelinggreat #over50styleblogger #over50plus #latina #classyandfabulous #fabulousover50 #shorthairstyles #fabulousoverfifty #fashionoverfifty #styleover50 #fiftyandfabulous #confidentwomen #fabover50 #ageinggracefully #lasde50tambiensomosfashion

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“Let me say it one more time for the people in the back… Grey is a COLOR, not a NUMBER.”

“Mother Nature knows what she is doing.”

“With every inch that my hair got lighter, I felt as if I got lighter on the inside.”

“For far too long, there were rules about how women should age. Now, these rules are changing.”

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For the past two days, I’ve been thinking about @jd904 post where someone DM’ed her with the word “vanity.” You see, she posts predominantly head shots of her hair transitioning to grey, and may I say, she looks phenomenal. I think the reason this DM bugs me so much is that it plays into the cultural stereotypes that as women age we should fade off into the background. We shouldn’t embrace our unique style, confidence, and dare I say, a few wrinkles. But I believe accounts like @jd904 celebrate just that. So come on ladies, let’s honor each other’s uniqueness and support each other as we age and continually discover what we love and who we are. 🎉🎉🎉 #beauthenticallyyou #silversisters #freethesilver #aginggracefully #over50 #over50andfabulous #greyhairdontcare #greyhairtransition

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“Grey hair? Don’t care.”

“I took me a long time to start loving my hair. It is thin and a bit wavy, but I love every single lock.”

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What's that saying? Open heart, big fucking fence. Yea, that one. Here's the thing, this space right here will always be open to all. I love this community and I love seeing more and more people waking up to the fact that alcohol is not a necessity. No reason for quitting is better than another. A non-drinker is not better than a drinker. And my writing or position on sobriety is not the end all be all, not even close. There are so many opinions and thoughts and ideas around drinking and not drinking and considering options and these conversations are such a big, beautiful thing. But if I was afraid of upsetting people or having people misunderstand me, I would never speak or write. So this is the risk I openly accept and I will continue doing so. Again, differing perspectives and opinions (respectful ones) will always be welcomed here. That's how we grow. #openheartbigfuckingfence

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“Giving up on using hair dye is my choice. But if you give yourself a chance to love yourself, your world will change.”

“I would look great with dark hair but I love my appearance now, too.”

“Break the rules!”

“I feel free, confident, and real after I crossed the line fear of silver hair. Here, on the other side, it feels great.”

“I’m slowly starting to fall in love with the girl in the mirror. It took her several months to get back to her natural beauty.”

“I’ve enjoyed the amazing journey on the trip my hair is on back to its natural color.”

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Jamen halløj der! Jeg ved, I elsker de her liggende se lige mig og mit åh, så vilde hår-billeder (well, jeg ved også, at nogle af jer hader dem lidt, og det er I sådan set velkommen til) – sagen er bare, at jeg er pænest liggende (det, der ellers hænger, falder på plads i ungdommens fine folder, og det kan være lidt af en selvtillidsbooster på sådan en fredag). Og at jeg godt kan lide at ligge ned. Og så er det også den eneste måde, jeg kan få det fulde overblik over hårets spændende rejse (undskyld) på. Jakob tog det den anden dag (er det ikke noget med, at det er mere legit end en selfie, selv om motivet er det samme eller…? Sådan har jeg i hvert fald forstået det), og jeg kan li’, at det er blåt, gråt og ret fresh! Præcis ligesom jeg har det i dag, måske minus fresh, men det kommer op ad dagen 👋🏽💙 Go’ weekend! Den blir’ vild – og tjek lige vejret! 🙌🏽 #grombre #goinggrey #silverhair #silversisters

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“Day by day, I can see that there is more and more silver hair on my head. And I hope to inspire someone to grow and love themselves.”

What is your attitude toward grey hair? Do you think you could go for this experiment?

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