11 Celebs Talked About Letting Their Hair Go Gray, And Their Comments Are So Refreshing

    Sarah Jessica Parker hated when people praised her "bravery" for being photographed with gray hair. She said, “It became months and months of conversation about how brave I am for having gray hair. I was like, please, please applaud someone else's courage on something!”

    1. When asked about why she let her hair go gray, Hilarie Burton Morgan said, "When I was growing up, the men who were really handsome, like the Harrison Ford's out there, there was always that twinkle of gray hair. There was George Clooney. He turned into a silver fox. My husband [Jeffrey Dean Morgan] turned into a silver fox right before my very eyes. I loved how their aging process was embraced," she continued. "And so rather than just complain that us girls don't get to do the same thing, I thought it was really important to walk the walk. And so, silver is here to stay."

    2. Andie MacDowell's managers urged her against embracing her gray hair, but she refused. “I somehow feel like I look younger because it looks more natural. It’s not like I’m trying to hide something,” she told Vogue. “I think that it’s a power move, and that’s what I kept telling my managers."

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    3. Sarah Jessica Parker was actually annoyed when media outlets reported her "bravery" for being photographed with gray hair. She said, “It became months and months of conversation about how brave I am for having gray hair. I was like, please, please applaud someone else's courage on something!”

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    4. Helen Mirren said her decision to go gray was purely because she just didn't feel like dying it. “I did it because I’m lazy. Honestly, I’m so lazy about my hair!" she told People. "It’s a lot of work and as wonderful as many hairdressers are, I don’t want to sit in a salon for hours. I just can’t be bothered with that."

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    5. Tan France feels like his gray hair has helped him carve out a niche for himself in Hollywood. He said, "I do feel like I’ve carved out a little niche for myself where I’m brown, I very much embrace my hair, and even how I’m going gray early, which is very typical for South Asian men. I embrace all of these things and I hope it empowers other kids who aren’t Caucasian to feel like they should be empowered to be who they are."

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    6. Jamie Lee Curtis talked about finally letting her natural gray color grow out after trying several different chemical treatments and dyes over the years. “I tried to do everything you can do to your hair. Personally, I felt it humiliating. I would go into a hair salon, the smell of the chemicals, the feeling of that color on my hair, the wearing the things, sitting under the hair dryer, I was like, ‘For what?’” she said. “I have been an advocate for natural beauty for a long time, mostly because I’ve had the trial and error of the other part.”

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    7. Alexandra Grant opened up about going gray during her 20s and why she decided to let it grow out instead of dying it. She said, "I went gray prematurely in my early 20's... and dyed my hair every color along the way until I couldn't tolerate the toxicity of the dyes any more. In my 30's I let my hair turn 'blonde'... I love and support that every womxn can choose how she wants to look at every age. But/and, if womxn are perishing from beauty standards... then let's talk about those beauty standards. Love to all womxn!"

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    8. George Clooney said that he'd rather embrace his hair color than bother with trying to hide it. “You have to come to terms with getting older and not trying to fight it,” he told BBC's Radio 4. “I’m a big believer in the idea that you can’t try to look younger. You just have to try to look the best you can at the age you are and not worry about it.”

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    9. Tia Mowry opened up about being told that she needed to cover her gray hair while she was working on a film. "Someone on set told me, 'You really need to cover those gray hairs! Girls shouldn't be seen that way,'" she wrote in an essay for InStyle. "And I said, 'No. I'm going to keep my gray hair. This is normal, this is what happens.' Because at the end of the day, no matter what the trends are or what people tell me about how I should look, I define what beauty is for me. And for me, beauty is confidence, beauty is feeling good about yourself, beauty is embracing all of your flaws, and beauty is aging."

    10. Diane Keaton said she's letting her hair grow out gray because she thinks it's more flattering. She said, “It’s better to have light around your face — I think it looks better on older people. Darker hair is not as softening.”

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    11. And finally, Jane Fonda had actually gone to see a few colorists before she found Jack Martin, a hairstylist who works with women looking to blend their gray roots with the rest of their hair, and he was able to get the color just right for her. “I tell you, I’m so happy I let it go gray,” she said. “Enough already with so much time wasted, so much money spent, so many chemicals — I’m through with that.”

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