Trena Taylor Brown, left, Rachel Alexandra Greiner,
center, and Meg Hauge show off their gray style.
ó Writer Joan Didion, looking fragile and all of her 80
years under wispy, chalk-white hair, is the new face of
Celineís spring 2015 advertising campaign.
Mitchell, signature cheekbones as hard as granite under
her long, silver tresses, is the new face of Yves Saint
Laurentís Music Project this year, and she is 71. And
Dolce & Gabbana is featuring gray-haired models in its
spring and summer collections.
young celebrities like Nicole Richie, Kelly Osbourne and
Lady Gaga have all played with gray.
about your "Fifty Shades of Grey."
sorts of trend reports are calling gray hair a hot look
for 2015, for both younger and older women.
the fact is, for the last couple of years weíve been
seeing gray hair on the catwalk and the red carpet.
model Kate Moss first showed gray streaks in 2010,
everybody thought it was a dry shampoo gone wrong. And
Nicole Kidman sent thrills though the fashion world with
her silvery strands.
magazine in the United Kingdom even asked if gray hair
among the young was the new "granny chic."
is great news for women of a certain age, who spend an
average of about $330 every year hiding their gray because
they are afraid it makes them look old or puts them at a
professional disadvantage in a work world filled with
late Charla Krupp, author of "How Not to Look
Old," reinforced that fear when she once said,
"When youíre competing for a job with someone whoís
10 years younger or 20 years younger than you are, being
gray is the equivalent of wearing a necklace that says,
Ď57.í Would you do that?"
that sentiment hasnít stopped the guys. The notorious
double standard is obvious when George Clooney, Ted Danson,
David Gregory or Anderson Cooper can go gray with
Spruill, master colorist and artistic team member at About
Faces Day Spa and Salon, says she has long talks with
older clients who want to let go and go gray.
about what message youíre saying as an individual,"
she said. "If your decision is about freedom, thatís
one thing. But if your decision is about being too lazy to
go to a stylist and color your hair every four weeks, then
in the last six months, more and more of her younger
clients are asking to have their manes colored like the
locks of Kelly Osbourne, Pink and Lady Gaga.
surprised it has caught on so fast," she said.
"(Thatís) because the stars are doing it."
Oliver, a hairstylist for Phillip Michael Studio,has also
noticed more clients dying their hair gray for fashion
younger girls who donít have gray hair but love the look
of it," said Oliver, whose work has appeared in
fashion magazines such as Vogue, Elle and Vanity Fair.
But, he added, gray hair is tricky, especially for older
clients who want to get off the coloring merry-go-round.
either flatters you or ages you," he said. "It
depends on your coloring, complexion or how you carry it
parents are the reason your hair goes gray. Literally.
appears to be the boundary between prematurely and
naturally gray, and your genes have a lot to say about
that. Gray hair is the result of follicles at the base of
the hair shaft losing melanin, not necessarily the result
of teenage children.
City Councilwoman Helen Holton, 54, who wears dramatic,
long gray locks with obvious pride, said she started going
gray in her early 30s and fought it for years. She
remembers using two boxes of a natural hair coloring
product, only to see the gray hairs pop up in a couple of
just decided this was a battle I was not going to
win," she said. "There began my journey. So be
it. My plan was, ĎLord, just let it be white and not
was more than 20 years ago. Has she ever felt dismissed
because gray hair hints at her age?
she said. "Attitude and presence have a lot more to
do with someone thinking that you are older than you
admirers often tell her than canít wait until they go
gray. "Donít rush it, honey," is her reply.
Stokes, executive director of the Greater Homewood
Community Corporation in Baltimore, comes from a family
where all the women are gray by the time they are in their
20s. She fought it, until she decided that dying her hair
was such a bother.
of the most liberating things I ever did was stop dying my
hair years ago," she said in a Facebook post
encouraging other women to not let gray hair be an issue.
wrote the post in response to an article about a woman who
had to cancel her color appointment and was worried about
how business acquaintances might judge her. She wrote that
it was a problem men donít have.
was so steamed about this," said Stokes, 58, who let
her hair go gray years ago. "This is only an issue if
you let it be."
said women should link arms and go gray with confidence.
we start a gray revolution?" Stokes asked in a
telephone interview. "I am pretty much over this. Now
that I know the deal, I have no interest in spending the
money ó or the worry."
said she notices young celebrities like Nicole Richie and
Kelly Osbourne coloring their hair in hues of purple and
blue and wonders: "Wouldnít it be great if silver
or gray was just another color and it didnít equal