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Young and Gray? You Might Just Want to Stick With It

No matter your age, I'm sure you remember the first time you spotted a gray hair on your head. For me, I was 24. A random occurrence, I thought, although my dad was pretty much completely silver-haired by his late 20s, so I couldn't be too sure. The majority of you said you have already found your first gray hair, and since my initial unearthing, I've detected several more "natural highlights," as my hairdresser likes to say. But would it be so bad to be a young gray-haired lady, after all? Vogue writer Sarah Harris doesn't think so, recalling her early discovery of gray strands as a teenager.

"I was 16 and mortified," Harris tells The Times. By her 20s, she truly started to embrace her light locks, saying, "I slowly grew fond of the way my silver flickered when it caught the light." While she realizes that she's lucky to have a soft, silken texture to her hair, Harris acknowledges it's a lot of work. "Gray hair, unless styled and conditioned, can look washed-out and neglected. Grooming is crucial," she says. Therefore, she spends more time on her strands, protecting her hair from the sunlight to reduce yellowing, all while investing in good shampoos specifically designed for silver tones. To find out why she'll probably stay with the gray for a while, just keep reading.

While she admits that she might eventually have a change of heart regarding her silver-toned hair, for now, she appreciates the authentic look it gives her, and lots of people seem to admire it. "More than anything, though, I love the rebelliousness of my hair — it’s honest and nonconformist," she says. What do you have to say on the subject? If you're going gray and sticking with it, you're in good company. Even if you're not gray just yet, are you all for staying natural, or is that something only time will tell?

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stefunny-b stefunny-b 5 years
Great post...check out my gray hair SHOUT OUT TO YOU in
Vitarae Vitarae 7 years
I'm 23, 24 in 3 days and I am about 15% gray already. I dye my hair (I have naturally black hair) but I feel that in a few years I am going to go natural. I have a long life ahead of me hopefully and I can't imagine dying my hair for years and years.
risqueredhead risqueredhead 8 years
I love my mom's gray hair, though she definitely has to take special care of it. Her hair looks fabulous. I'm a redhead, so I'll probably get the sandy color to white instead of silver. I haven't ever found a gray hair, I'm 22.
care0531 care0531 8 years
TammyO thank you! That is who I meant! :ROTFL:
mek123 mek123 8 years
Sarah looks great going gray but it's not for me. I spotted my first grays in my early 20s but it wasn't an issue for me until I hit 40, I've been coloring my hair since then.
shalee55 shalee55 8 years
doogirl doogirl 8 years
There is no reason for any woman to be grey ever! Thankfully, knock wood, I don't have any greys, and I'm 34. I get it from my Grandma who is in her early 80's and has very few grey hairs. But if I did get them, I'd be buying boxes of hair color so freaking fast! No matter what, grey hair makes you look older and nobody wants to look older!!!
Louie Louie 8 years
I love hearing that other people found their first grey in their teens, makes me feel not so freaky :) I dye me hair every 6 weeks to cover them up. Completely hereditary in my family (thanks, Dad). I love that Sarah is embracing the grey - I don't have the courage to, but I admire her for doing so.
abs0lutelyfab abs0lutelyfab 8 years
Grey hair is great, but mine is not the same texture as the rest of my hair (just like mgiorgi420). My greys (which I've been getting since my mid teens) are wiry and don't respond as well as the rest of my dark hair to flat ironing or curling. The color is beautiful, but it's like they have a mind of their own! I henna with Lush's Caca when I want to disguise them, and the color just fades off on its own.
starofsorrow starofsorrow 8 years
I'll be dyiing my hair (this wednesday!), so I'll opt for covering up some grays, though there's really not much at the moment. Sometime eventually, I'll just go natural with gray, but I do like to switch it up big time, so who knows?
TammyO TammyO 8 years
Elvira never had grey hair. Lily Munster did! :D
isahrangme isahrangme 8 years
she looks great i would totally love to have grey/white hair the ONLY issue is... if it starts growing grey/white at the roots, but the ends are still dark... how do you transition?
Sublime-Queen Sublime-Queen 8 years
I've had gray hair since I was 14, both of my parents went gray early, and from what I hear, it is hereditary. I am HEAVY gray on the top of my head, and having naturally dark brown hair, I choose to color my hair. My husband has told me that I should just go natural, but the biggest problem with that is growing out the roots, and I am afraid of looking older than my age since I am only 30. I do agree that gray hair is a pain in the pa-toot to maintain, as my non gray hair is wavy and coarse, and my gray hair is mostly straight, with more kinky waves toward the ends. When I air dry my hair it looks like a lion's mane, but once I hit it with the heat, it's smooth and shiny and easy to work with.
care0531 care0531 8 years
I don't think I could ever go grey because my greys are only popping up in the middle section of my hair so I would look like Elvira! LOL. I got my first few greys around 20 and I just plucked them and now I am 31 and needing to color my hair every 3 to 4 weeks.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
I have white hair coming in although since I currently dye my hair, you only see it when the roots grow out. My mom has been completely white since she was in her early 30's although she has always dyed over it. I would totally stop dying my hair and rock the white hair once I have enough of it.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 8 years
This is something I'll definitely be dealing with soon. I have some grey hairs, but they're mostly hidden. It will definitely become more noticable over time, and I guess at some point I'll need to either come to terms with it or start dying my hair (haven't done that since college time). For now, I'll just be in denial until I'm forced to deal with it.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
I think she looks fabulous! personally this look is not for me, though I have had gray hairs since my teens, and my mother's dyed her hair since her early 30s. I'm in store for it as well, I fear.
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