Gray hair is a natural side effect of aging. The rate at which hair turns gray differs based on genetics and other factors. Some people go gray seemingly overnight, while others may gray at the temples first.

Aging women often wonder if they should cover up their gray or embrace the silver. Rather than running to their stylists at the sight of the first gray strand, some women actually opt for silver even before their own gray sets in. A 2017 survey of hair trends reveals that 28% of women embraced opting for silver hair. The trend has continued to gain steam. Celebrities like Jamie Lee Curtis and Helen Mirren were some of the first to embrace their grays. Younger celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Pink, and Lady Gaga have opted for silver to make a statement.

Many women still prefer to transition gradually or avoid the harsh chemicals in some hair products. The National Cancer Institute states that more than 5,000 different chemicals are used in hair dye products, some of which are reported to be carcinogenic in animals. However, many natural ingredients can add tint to hair to make gray less visible. For example, coffee covers grays and adds dimension to brunette. Chamomile tea adds natural highlights for blonds. Calendula, marigold, rosehips, and hibiscus can deepen red shades or add highlights. Henna adds a red-orange color to hair, and spraying lemon juice on hair and sitting in the sun can produce lightening effects. Women are also using temporary hair colors to give instant color to the hair’s surface that washes off.

Many women are seeking natural options, embracing grays, or subtle tints with natural or temporary sprays to enhance their style.