Entertainment Fashion & Style How to Let Your Hair Go Gray or Silver Naturally Share PINTEREST Email Print Fashion & Style Hair Accessories Tops & Sweaters Dresses Skirts Jeans Pants Outerwear Lingerie & Swimwear Do It Yourself Shoes Skincare Advice Makeup Fragrance Tattoos and Body Piercings Kids and Teens Bumps & Babies Learn More By Julyne Derrick Contributing Writer Texas Lutheran University American University Julyne Derrick is a freelance beauty writer and contributing writer for Byrdie. our editorial process Julyne Derrick Updated January 24, 2018 01 of 18 Why You Should Embrace Natural Silver Hair Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde on May 13, 2014. Adam Berry for Getty When you first find gray hair sprouting from your head, your reaction might match many women's. You may think, "Oh no. It's begun." Or you might just shrug it off. You may think you're too young for gray hair or you might not be surprised because your mom went gray at your age, too. What many women are surprised by is how gorgeous their natural grays and silvers are. If you love your grays or if you are into living as natural a lifestyle as possible and therefore want to embrace your grays as they come, then you've come to the right place. In this gallery, see photos of women who have let their hair go naturally gray. This is a trend we're seeing more of as women embrace their hair's natural color. Also learn why and how you can let your natural gray hairs go. 02 of 18 Why You Should Let Your Gray Hair Go Laurie Burrows Grad. Alberto E. Rodriguez Women tend to go natural for several reasons: It's less maintenance. Root maintenance can be a huge time suck. Whether you do it yourself or you pay a pro, you are going to have to keep up with the grays as they grow in. It's healthier. Keeping up with coloring every few weeks is also damaging to the hair — and the pocketbook. It's socially acceptable (and preferable in many instances) to be natural. Minimal beauty is all the rage these days. This means less makeup and less time fussing with your hair. More and more women who let their hair go gray are not just admired, but they are revered. It's natural. As more people become aware of the toxic effects of cosmetics, they turn to organic and natural beauty upkeep. This means products that aren't tested on animals and don't contain chemicals. Hair dye can be toxic and covering gray hair can be tricky — it takes a powerful dye to color grays. Many women don't want to risk it. 03 of 18 How to Go Gray Naturally Lou Eyrich. Frazer Harrison If you've decided to go all gray, you have to let your hair grow out. If you've never colored your hair before, this can be an easy process because you just wait it out. If you've colored your hair, you'll want to make the growing process as easy as possible. The growing out phase can last a few months up to a year, depending on how fast your hair grows and how much needs to grow out. Here are some tips: Get a mix of highlights and lowlights to blend in the new growth with the old growth. The lowlights can be the color of your natural hair before it turned gray. Get the old colored hair cut off. This may be fun. You can try out a pixie haircut like this one or a bob hairstyle. 04 of 18 Why Does Hair Turn Gray? Glenn Close. Carlos Alvarez Gray hair typically begins in women in their 30s or 40s, although I know of at least one woman who turned gray in her 20s. Why does hair turn gray? There are a number of theories but the two that everyone agrees with are: The natural aging process Genetics (thanks Mom and Dad!) 05 of 18 How to Care for Gray Hair Christiane Kubrick. Francois Durand Once your gray hair has grown in, you'll have to properly care for it. 06 of 18 Black and Gray Frederick M. Brown/Getty Here, the late Rudy Dee shows off beautifully-done makeup with her gray hairstyle. She lined her eyes and applied lipstick. Just make sure you apply the right amount of makeup. Dee, who passed away in 2014, had large eyes, but too much eyeliner can make small eyes appear smaller. And never line the inside rim of the eyes if you have small eyes. 07 of 18 Laurie Burrows Grad Laurie Burrows Grad. Alberto E. Rodriguez // Getty Grad's makeup and jewelry does justice to her beautiful gray bob. 08 of 18 Blythe Danner Blythe Danner. Amanda Edwards, Getty Danner's thick, long bob has hints of blond in it. 09 of 18 Jamie Lee Curtis Jamie Lee Curtis. Frazer Harrison for Getty Jamie Lee Curtis decided to go gray because she felt silly for dyeing her locks, she's said in interviews. 10 of 18 Urmi Basu Urmi Basu. Frederick M. Brown Umi Basu has a pretty ash-colored bob. 11 of 18 Martha Kauffman Martha Kauffman. Frazer Harrison Martha Kauffman has a natural ombre look, with graying hair at the top and blackish hair at the bottom. 12 of 18 Long, Gray Hair Photodisc This is a beautiful, thick gray mane. 13 of 18 Susie Elelman Susie Elelman. Scott Barbour Elelman looks beautiful with shorn gray locks. 14 of 18 Roseanne Barr Roseanne Barr. Frazer Harrison for Getty Roseanne Barr rocks an ash-colored bob. 15 of 18 Lisa Lu Lisa Lu. Jemal Countess for Getty This isn't the most flattering look on Lisa Lu. Her hair is short but looks very thin. 16 of 18 Rebecca Eaton Rebecca Eaton. Araya Diaz Here, Eaton sports a curled gray bob. 17 of 18 Felicity Green Felicity Green. WPA Pool A headband gives Green's ashen locks a youthful edge. 18 of 18 Dionne Warwick Dionne Warwick. Samir Hussein Warwick has a blondish gray retro hairdo.