"I am in my 40s now but started going gray at 16. I didn't have the courage to go gray then so I colored until I was 40. Quitting color cold turkey was not easy. It took a long time and involved a lot of hats and a pretty short haircut," says Heidi Lamar, an Arizona spa owner who started the Go-Gray Program to help women ease into their gray hair.
"People stop me, on the street, to comment on my hair. My favorite is 'You are so brave. I would love to do what you are doing but I am just too scared.' That always makes me laugh. I'm not a freedom fighter, I just stopped coloring my hair!"
"The best part about being gray and looking young for me is that I inspire so many women my age and older to embrace their natural hair color," says Ty Alexander. The 37-year-old started going gray at 14 and has turned her look into a successful brand. "Through my blog, Gorgeous In Grey, I try to empower women through beauty but also to see that and that ultimately gives us power."
"I started graying at 21," says writer Monica Cost, 43. "Why I kept it: Over time I became sick of dyeing it, especially when I started to wear it short. It was authentic to me, so I left it. It has since become my trademark and I love it!"
"I started to get grey hairs as a teenager, but my hair really didn't look gray until I was about 24," says 27-year-old Boston resident Sarah Scott. "But now I love it because I get so many compliments on it! The gray makes me feel unique, which is nice, too. I often hear, 'I wish mine would come in like that,' but the biggest compliment of all was when an acquaintance of mine tried to get gray highlights at the salon."
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