Embracing fifty shades of gray

Platinum grays are all over Instagram, attracting eye attention, making a style statement and turning the nose to the old eons that women face. For men, at home, actors such as Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan and the Milind Soman model have been torchbearers, sporting the appearance of salt and pepper with élan. It was weird to see male celebrities turn gray in public, but these actors have changed that perspective. And now women follow suit, proudly flaunting their grays.

Going gray with pride

Veena Edwankar, thirty-eight, an administrative staff who began to age at 16, shares: “In my teens, I tried everything to cover my grays, including henna, dye, hair treatments and beet extract. Since my husband likes hairstyles and makeup, after marriage I used to color my hair. He finally stopped, and that was when I decided to go gray. It took me more than a year to grow my hair to my shoulders. People make fun of me for how bad it looks. I began to question this notion that gray hair means that you are old. It's been two years since I didn't dye my hair, and I feel that everything looks gray and beautiful when you accept your natural being.

If men are silver foxes, why are women witches?

(Clockwise) Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar and Milind Soman For Dimple Rathore, a housewife who stayed away from coloring her locks was an easy decision, thanks to her husband, who has turned gray with her and says she is more profitable. Roocha Yagnik, a thirty-four-year-old advertising filmmaker, who has gray patches on her hair, makes a case for not labeling people. She says: “Men are known as silver foxes when they turn gray, while women are labeled old women. I don't agree with that, and I chose not to color my hair, since I don't want to be included in these categories. My family is worried about the prospects of my marriage and keeps asking me to dye my hair since they feel that I look older than my age. However, I have no such reservations, since I want the man of my life to accept me as I am with my grays.



Fighting ageism and choosing gray

Alexandra Grant and Keanu Reeves

And if you think life is difficult for mere mortals, it is much worse for celebrities. Take the case of Alexandra Grant, a visual artist, philanthropist and author. She entered the world spotlight due to her marital status as the girlfriend of actor Keanu Reeves. She described how in her 30 years, she let her hair turn blond and the prevailing beauty standards should not dictate how women choose to look.

(L-R) Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande

While Alexandra chose to use her natural gray strands, celebrities such as singer Ariana Grande and singer Lady Gaga have worn it all last year as a modern look. Ultimately, whether you choose to dye your hair or just go gray. It must be your choice and there should be no obligation to fit a type or be judged according to established beauty standards.

Dyed hair can look much worse than gray

While many feel prominent and global hair gives a younger appearance, Priya Gomatam, a housewife, feels the opposite. She says: “I am a great defender of sports grays. I know how difficult it was for my friends (who were gray-haired) to stop dyeing their hair. I chose not to follow that path. In addition, hair color only lasts for a while. Once it starts to fade, it looks bad unless you touch it up. People may also think that coloring their hair makes them look younger, however, when the color begins to fade and the gray ones begin to appear, I feel it looks much worse than simply using their natural gray hair.

The gray lucky charm of Neha Dhupia

The actor Neha Dhupia has a strand of gray hair from birth. She flaunts pride and shares: It's my lucky charm. The actor is extremely particular about it and is known to never dye the same.

Neha Dhupia

Rule 50/50/50

When it comes to studying grey hair most researchers refer to the validity of the Rule 50/50/50 of thumb, which states that ‘at age 50 years, 50 per cent of the population has at least 50 per cent grey hair’. According to some historical accounts Marie Antoinette’s hair suddenly turned white before the ill-fated French queen was taken to the guillotine to have her head chopped off, and now a recent study by Harvard University scientists indicates premature greying can be caused by extreme stress.

Men are more gray than women.

According to a global survey conducted in 2012 in the British Journal of Dermatology, between 45 and 65 years of age, 74 percent of people were affected by gray hair. Men had significantly more gray hair than women. The aging rate with age seemed to be clearly linked to ethnic/geographical origin.

Hair dye and cancer bond?

Recently, one study found a correlation between dyes and breast cancer risk. According to the findings of a study published in the International Journal of Cancer, (based on data from 46,709 women), women who used hair dyes or permanent irons, or applied irons, had a higher risk of developing breast cancer than women Women who did not. t. The results suggest that the use of hair dyes and straighteners could play a role in breast carcinogenesis, the study noted. However, this study is inconclusive and needs more research.

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