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How to Go Grey Gracefully

Updated on March 31, 2013

Going grey ?

If you are like me and are growing older and more grey by the day here is my advice on going grey gracefully along with other hair ideas.

Going grey is something we never think about when we are younger. There are various stages I have noticed to go through. One stage is getting your head around the fact that you are, in fact, going grey. At some time or another we all need new hair ideas.

So you found your first grey hair and you flip and immediately pluck it out. You think that will be that. I can tell you it isn't and will only get worse.

Celebrity grey's.

Grey Clooney.
Grey Clooney. | Source

Gracefully grey celebrities.

Going grey can affect many middle aged people and celebrities are no different. Like you and I many choose to remain grey, but, others decide to use hair colouring products to disguise the grey. You may see hair ideas by watching what your favourite grey celebrity does with his or her hair.

I would like to say that I base my look on George Clooney, but those who know me will tell you I have failed.

Sporty grey's

Grey Giggs
Grey Giggs | Source

Slowing the process of greying.

Slowing the process is possible depending on a few things. One is dependent on the style and length of your hair. I cut my hair regularly very short. This gives the impression that my hair is just light in colour as opposed to silver as it looks when it is longer.

Another way to halt the grey is to colour your hair. This needs to be done regularly, though, to keep the colour the same all over.

A visit to your favourite supermarket to look at all the hair ideas and products on offer, will tell you what a massive business it is. Proof enough, I would say,that many millions of people need help with hair ideas.

Silver foxes Tom & Val.

Tom and Val - Gracefully grey.
Tom and Val - Gracefully grey. | Source

Accept it, you're going grey.

Going grey is all part of the aging process. Some deal with it better than others. Personally, I don't have a problem with going grey, but, some do.

One person who did accept she was grey and never tried to hide the fact was Val, my mother in law. Gracefully grey until her recent passing. And great she looked too.

Someone you know will not accept it and go grey gracefully. My wife is living proof of this and regularly has me colouring her hair. The subject of a previous article which you may find interesting, Because You're Worth It. Hair Colouring Advice That Works tells you how to colour your hair for great results.

Immaculate Eddie Jordan.
Immaculate Eddie Jordan. | Source

Salt and pepper, grey beards and moustache's.

In my case the worst of the grey is in my beard. It was at this point that I really became aware I was rapidly going grey.

Many are suited to the salt and pepper look. You only have to look at Eddie Jordan, pictured right, to see that he is going grey gracefully. Once a dark hired young Irish businessman, Eddie Jordan owned and ran his own F1 motor racing team. Enough to make anybody grey you would think. Consider for a start how much money he must have had to invest. Add to it the stress involved in such a venture and you have a perfect combination for looking aged.

Fashion statement ?

Fashionable Kelly Osborne
Fashionable Kelly Osborne | Source

Fashionable grey.

Considered to be fashionable, grey hair, coloured specifically to be grey, is in vogue in 2013. So why is it not acceptable to some when going grey naturally ?

Seemingly it will be a trend where celebrities use it to grab the attention of both fans and Media as the photo of Kelly Osborne shows. I have to admit she does carry the look really well.

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Other things to watch out for.

For men there are other accompanying factors to watch out for with regards to personal grooming when past the big 40. Namely bushy grey eye brows, grey ear hair. Not to mention nasal hair. Keeping yourself looking clean and tidy relies on all of these things being kept under control.

There is nothing worse than having a beard and moustache and not being able to see where the moustache finishes and where the nasal hair begins. There has to be a cut off, you know.

Grey Marie Antoinette.
Grey Marie Antoinette. | Source

Turning grey overnight.

There have been many stories of people turning grey overnight. Whilst this may have some truth, it is more likely to have happened over longer periods of time, rather than simply overnight.

It was, however, reported that Thomas More and Marie Antoinette went grey overnight when facing execution. Well if you were going to go white with fright, this would, I guess, be the time.

Until I actually witness it for myself I will remain sceptical about whether or not this can and does actually happen.

Grey Thomas More.
Grey Thomas More. | Source

Is there a link with stress and going grey ?

Who knows if this is true ? What I do know is that stress of any sort is not good.

It could be that there is a link particularly with trauma of a mental type which could cause greying to occur.

There are many theories which suggest there could be multiple reasons for our hair turning grey. One quite surprising one is the fact that there could be a link to hypothyroidism. You may remember as a result of my thyroid problem I did, in fact, write an article early on in my Hub Pages career.

True to form you can click on the blue link to read all about it.

How to cope with thyroid disease in men.

Grey and proud.

You know it is estimated that as many as 50% of Caucasian people will be completely grey by the age of 50. Slowly but surely, I am getting there, at the age of 48. Proud to have a distinguished look compared to some ,I don't mind staring the prospect of soon being white, in the face.

There are bigger things in this world to worry about than waste time worrying about the inevitable and going grey. Perhaps you have a different perspective on this?

Some interesting facts

Grey hair is caused by deficiency in melanin.
You can turn grey overnight.
No proof
Grey hair is caused by smoking
No proof
Certain medications cause greying
Is there a link to hypothyroidism
Poor diet contributes to greying
Lack of sleep causes grey hair
Information source

In summary.

We can see that there seem to be no hard and fast reasons for hair going grey, other than, that is, old age. Some factors add to the reasons for going grey and I believe they revolve around the usual things. Keeping fit and healthy, good diet and exercise. In short nobody knows the ultimate cause and we can all speculate, but will probably never know the one definitive thing which will be the cause. Because of this we might just as well grow old gracefully and not put too much effort into thinking about it.

When you look in the mirror you will see the real you.

Manscaping. | Source

Manscaping tips for the modern male.

If you have learned something and have found this article interesting I would urge you to watch out for a future article called Manscaping Tips For The Modern Male.

Once considered to only be necessary by Male Porn Stars, the act of Manscaping has become widely publicised as being the ultimate in male grooming and very necessary today.

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  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Hi Jaye, thanks for adding your spin on the subject. Thank you for the vote up!

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    Jaye Denman 

    5 years ago from Deep South, USA

    I found this interesting written from the male point of view. Also, the information about a thyroid condition contributing to graying of hair was illuminating. That may have been why my own hair grayed (or it might have simply been age!)

    After years of coloring my hair and getting tired of the process, I decided to go natural and don't regret it. I even wrote a hub about it, complete with photos through the years. I know many women who continue to color their hair well into their 80s, and that's fine if it makes them happy. I decided, however, that it was alright for me to be gray at this stage of my life. It's certainly much less trouble!

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    Steve Mitchell 

    5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Mhatter99, surprised it didn't make your hair curls well! Thanks for the FB friend request.

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    Martin Kloess 

    5 years ago from San Francisco

    Thank you for this. I joined the Freemasons. Boy, did I grey gloriously. But this won't work for most.

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    Steve Mitchell 

    5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Joanne M O thanks for taking time to read and comment. I really do appreciate. Clooney looks good even though he is going grey I agree.

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    Steve Mitchell 

    5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Eh up lad, Valleypoet I mean. Sorry to hear you are a baldy . I too grow a short beard but it is almost all grey. Think I will end up like Captain Birdseye. Thanks for reading and commenting. I'll see thee.

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    Steve Mitchell 

    5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Spongyollama, you have been busy commenting. On the contrary I think KO looks the best she ever has. I must admit I would rather be grey than bald.

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    Joanne M Olivieri 

    5 years ago

    I am going grey gracefully. I tried dying my hair once a few years ago and as a result, my hair became very dry and brittle which I hated. So, I made the decision to just go grey. I does make me look a bit older but I don't mind. Very interesting hub and facts. Thank you for the Clooney photo. You made my day :)

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    5 years ago

    poshcoffeeco....being bald since my mid 20's...and now shaving my head...grey hasn't been something I have ever worried about...but now I like to grow a short beard, and it's partially grey....but I like it that way....thanks for the interesting's to growing old gracefully!!:-))

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    Jake Brannen 

    5 years ago from Canada

    Interesting. I personally think Kelly Osbourne's grey just makes her look old. I have a 29 year-old friend from Pakistan who's thick black hair is already greying. He told me it was due to the stress of his masters thesis... I'm not sure if I'll ever get the chance to go grey. Losing one's hair altogether is much more common for the men in my family :/

    I'll have to share this as I'm sure I have a number of older male followers.

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    Steve Mitchell 

    5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Hi Dana Teresa, thanks for the comments. I quite like grey hair also. Got no choice really when you are going grey, ha ha.

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    Dana Strang 

    5 years ago from Ohio


    I was visiting a friend and and she, in an embarrassed way, asked me to check something for her. Her husband kept telling her she had grey hairs in the back of her head, but she couldn't find them. I checked. No grey. He was teasing her! Poor girl. I think she would look fine with grey. :)

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    Dana Strang 

    5 years ago from Ohio

    Interesting. I am planning on going grey gracefully. I have never dyed my hair and I don't know that I ever will. Let's see if I hold true to that....

    I have a friend, very tough looking, covered with tattoos, intimidating. He started shavinghis head and people think it is because he likes the tough look. I know for certain it is because he is going grey. He is vain and does not like to think about getting older. He is such a softie! :)

    I really like that you emphasize going grey with grace. More people should. I happen to like grey hair. :P


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