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To Go Grey or Not To Go Grey…That is the Question

It seems that every morning as I look at my hair in the mirror, a new crop of grey hairs have taken up residency on my head. Sigh. The joys of aging. I think a lot about colouring my hair to cover them up, but I also think about embracing my “arctic highlights” and possibly just letting them take over. If I did, I’d be “so hot right now” since apparently, grey is very in.

Sarah Harris, Features Editor, British Vogue, has amazing style which I would say is defined by her signature long grey locks. She started going grey at the age of 16 and after four years of colouring it brown, the 34-yr-old stopped cold turkey.


Tweeny-bopper/blogger extraordinaire Tavi Gevinson was the first young person I remember who willingly coloured her hair grey. I remember thinking at first that she must be nuts, but after getting hopelessly hooked on her game-changing blog Style Rookie, I realized it was simply part of her cool personality.  Her old lady grey hair coupled with her eccentric personal style just worked so well together. I think that this is an extremely hard look to pull off, especially if you are under 50. I think there are some rules that you should adhere to if you choose to set your inner silver fox free:

  1. Keep your hair long!
  2. If you keep your hair long and go grey, moisturize, moisturize, MOISTURIZE. Opt for silver shampoos and conditioners and remember – deep conditioner is your friend.
  3. A sure fire way for this look to go from arctic princess to dour crone is dry, frizzed out grey hair. Bad, bad, BAD!!! If you choose a short do, make it avant-garde and/or super stylish.

Remember, grey hair + bland haircut + zero moisture =

Crazy Cat Lady

Here is a collage of my favourite grey looks.

Grey hair collage
Clockwise from top: Kristen McMenamy, Sarah Harris, random model, Carmen Dell’Orifice

What do you think of this new trend?  What other silver foxes do you all admire, other than Anderson Cooper?  Hee hee! xo, Dom

Dominique Baker
Dominique Baker

Dominique is a Canadian-based fashion and beauty influencer with a strong voice in Ottawa’s black community. Since launching her blog Style Domination in 2015, she has amassed a global fanbase. Dominique shares her life through beautiful imagery and compelling story-telling that speaks to her fans on a personal level. She’s been featured in The Guardian, Flare, The Kit and Cityline. She also hosts events for Dress for Success, the Gem Conference, and has been named a United Way Person 2 Know for the past three years.

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  1. March 12, 2015 / 5:46 pm

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  2. March 18, 2015 / 10:20 pm

    Definitely the Grey’s for VonGeeFLY

  3. Priscilla
    March 25, 2015 / 1:20 pm

    You forgot my favourite Silver Fox – Richard Gere…..swwwooooonnnn! Is your hair relaxed or natural & straightened? I heard natural hair does not ‘dye’. Lucky for me, my family does not gray young so I have a little time to figure it out.

    • March 25, 2015 / 1:23 pm

      Hey Luv! How could I forget Richard Gere??? He is just gorgeous and wears the silver well! My hair is relaxed and I’m looking into getting a semi-permanent rinse for my “Arctic Highlights” – lol! I have never heard though about natural hair not taking dye. Interesting!

      • Priscilla
        March 25, 2015 / 2:03 pm

        LOL! From what I heard, you have to bleach it first then apply a rinse or the dye…something to that effect.

  4. March 25, 2015 / 6:48 pm

    seriously tho I love this trend, wish I was brave enough to try it!

    • March 25, 2015 / 6:53 pm

      Me too! Just wait until life magically transitions you there against your will! Lol!

      • March 25, 2015 / 7:52 pm

        haha buut it won’t be as funky and fun as it would be in my 20’s lmao!

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