Beauty

What's up with grey hair?

It’s normally a sight not many look forward to: spotting their first grey hair.

Dissecting the anatomy of this growing trend… It's a sight not many look forward to: spotting their first grey hair. Like scheduled sex, afternoon naps and eating All-Bran for breakfast, grey hair is a sign of irrevocable ageing- the ultimate sin in today's youth-obsessed society. Until, like all 'so-daggy-it's-cool' trends, it became the new black (pun intended). Ladies lighten up
It all started when '90s model Kristen McMenamy, 45, recently appeared in the pages of cult fashion magazine Dazed & Confused, rocking a long mane of grey hair. McMenamy's grey was natural, but she kicked off the craze among young women such as Kelly Osbourne and Ruby Rose, who began dyeing their hair grey. Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham have recently worn grey streaks, and even adolescent blogger Tavi Grevinson, 14, has coloured her bob grey. Then Lady Gaga cemented the trend by dyeing her hair platinum-grey for the cover of Vanity Fair. It's definitely a strange phenomenon, given our society's obsession with Botox, spray tans and staying young. It seems the antithesis to our quest to remain youthful, right? Is grey here to stay?
Despite the growing trend, celeb colourist and Nice'n Easy ambassador Belinda Jeffrey says this is just a fad. "Celebrities are going for this grey look as a fashion accessory," says Jeffrey. "It's different and a bit of fun, but definitely a novelty." Jeffrey says that she's had some fashion-conscious clients request silver and metallic grey shades but, personally, she wouldn't recommend it for women. "First, it only works if you have a quirky look and cool-toned skin. Any redness in your complexion would look sickly with grey hair. Second, this look is very ageing you're simply trying to blend greys throughout your hair. That can work and look quite cool."
Former magazine editor and blogger (lifestyled.com.au) Paula Joye disagrees that this is just a fad, saying it's a sign we're ready to embrace a more natural, normal look. "Women don't want to look like Heidi Montage, They'd rather be honest about their flaws," Joye says. "Yes, there's a fashion element at play here, but the trend is about embracing difference. Hopefully there'll be a hangover effect after the novelty wears off, and there'll be less of a stigma attached to 'grey-aging'.