What causes gray hair? For most people, it’s age-related. As your hair follicles (and you) age, they produce less color, so when you go through the natural cycle of shedding and growing new hairs, they’re more likely to come in gray after a certain age (typically around 35). That said, genetics factor heavily into this, which is why some people start to gray in their twenties, while others won’t notice a significant change in color until their 40s.
Regardless of exact timing, it’s something that eventually happens to all of us. I’m in my early 30s now and have noticed the one-off wiry strand. (I have the compulsion to pluck them out when I see them, but I imagine that won’t be sustainable once there are more.) My mom, who is in her 60s, has been dying her roots every couple of months for the last 20 years, and maintains that she will for the foreseeable future.
It’s a personal choice for everyone and is subject to change pending your means, or, as was the case for many in 2020, a global pandemic that kept us from our standing appointments at the salon. For some, it’s a simple shift in perspective.
To that end, I was curious about how other women have handled going gray…so I asked them. From a young mother who proudly rocks her silver streak to a 72-year-old who gets highlights, here are their stories.