Gray Hair - No longer something to hide?

NancyM on 14 Mar 2007 at 12:00am

The vast majority of women let out an audible scream and then rush to find the nearest utensil, be it Roseanne Barra fork or an eyebrow plucker, or a pair of scissors to cut out first signs of a gray hair.

Who could forget the catchy hair color commercial jingle, "I'm gonna wash that gray right outta my hair?"

I think I even sang that in the shower as a child while lathering up my shampoo.

When did gray hair become the enemy?

On some women, this natural sign of age looks downright fabulous. Take Meryl Streep in the movie, "The Devil Wears Prada..." Her 'do was chic and fantastic, and was no doubt meant to be trendsetting as she was in the role of the most highly esteemed fashion magazine editor in the business.

Meryl StreepIn real life, Roseanne Barr has decided to live in the gray. After undergoing multiple plastic surgery procedures, including a facelift and eyelid lifts  to keep the signs of age at bay, the comedienne is letting her hair go gray.

Barr, 54, was a guest on gab fest, The View, where she told the hosts, “I’m gonna stop dying my hair, and go all the way gray, ‘cause I want to look old, because I am old, and I think it’s damn good to be old too.”  Fifty-four is hardly what I would consider “old.” 100 is the new “old” to me, but I like where Barr is going with her sentiment.

What do you think of going gray?

Is it the worst imaginable beauty faux pas, or an attribute to flaunt? Share your thoughts!