"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."
"It's distinctive!" says Cornelia Krane, 32. She started graying at 21 and hasn't looked back. "I have a pronounced gray streak and people are always complimenting it."
"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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