Every day more and more celebrities with gray hair are saying no to covering up their natural color.
Gray hair, once a sure sign of aging that seemingly didn't apply to famous women, is quickly becoming embraced by all kinds of celebrities. For Andie MacDowell, whose gray hair started coming in when she had to skip salon visits during quarantine, it's about that salt-and-pepper look—just like the men in Hollywood who have always been allowed to age without much fuss.
“At the very beginning of quarantine, my hair started growing, and every time my kids would see me, they kept telling me I looked badass with my gray hair,” she revealed to Glamour. “When I pulled it up in a bun, all you could see was the salt-and-pepper, which is what I am, you know, dark and silver. I like to compare myself to George Clooney because, why not? I’ve been saying for a while now it was time for me, personally, to make that transition because I felt like it was appropriate for my personality and just who I am.”
Allison Janney said getting rid of dyes and wigs is a kind of freedom, telling Drew Barrymore, “I cannot tell you how amazing it is to feel free. Free from hair color and hair extensions and hair tapes and blah blah blah…. To be able to run my hands through my hair…and appreciate…it's just, it's heaven.”
If you're not ready to go all the way there yet but want to try incorporating gray into your look, there's a process called “gray blending” that lets you do just that. It's a transitional style that uses your natural grays kind of like highlights, while also preserving colorful undertones.
“In the past we have seen trends dominate fashion, such as the perm era, the highlight decade, balayage, vivid colors, and tonal work,” says Robert Eaton, technical director of Wella Professionals. “Now there is a move toward natural hair enhancement, and gray blending is the new movement in hair color.”
For inspiration on that look and more, here are some of the celebrities with gray hair who have embraced their natural color—and are totally pulling it off.