Gray is the New Black!

Gray is the New Black, Heidi Hackler, photo credit:  Josef Kandoll Photography,

Last year I wrote a post called Go Gray for Your Health.

To date, that article is still my most read, shared, and commented on post. Maybe I was a bit ahead of the times because earlier this month Huffington Post ran an article on Reasons Gray Hair is White Hot Again. And on Instagram, there are SO many posts now about going gray, and gray-hair fashion.

Yesterday I got a new haircut and my previously “colored” brown hair is all gone. And you know what? Gray IS the New Black! I never thought I’d be saying this, but contrary to what I wrote in my previous post, I absolutely LOVE how I look in gray hair! And after being mostly gray for about six months now, I actually think my gray hair looks better with my olive skin than my brown hair ever did. Who knew? Mother Nature did!

So if you didn’t catch my previous post Go Gray for Your Health, please read it to learn about the healthy reasons that gray is the new black! And leave a comment to let me know your thoughts on going gray? Have you gone gray? Are you considering going gray? What’s holding you back?

I definitely think there’s a stigma in the workplace about gray hair on women. Which is really too bad, because that same stigma doesn’t exist for men. Just one of the many inequities in our culture that needs to be addressed.

Photo credit: Josef Kandoll Photography

5 Responses to “Gray is the New Black!”

  1. Barb Bergman

    I stopped dying my hair light brown about 15 years ago. I have fine hair and was also getting perms, so my hair was breaking off and not very healthy. After reading your article, I am glad I stopped when I did because of the cancer risk. I have had a lot of grey for several years and I like it, plus I am over 65 and it suits me.

    • Heidi

      Thanks so much for your comment Barb, your hair looks GREAT! 🙂 xoxo

  2. Leith Barker

    I first started coloring my hair when I was 22 (38 years ago, now!) due to the genetic “gift” of pre-mature grey that I received from my “mare” line. My Grandfather was totally grey by college and I didn’t want to go that direction. I was already embarrassed by how old I looked in high school (plus being offered wine in a SLC restaurant when I was 13!). However, after I lost all my hair due to chemo from breast cancer almost 10 years ago, I decided that I had had enough chemicals in my system to last a lifetime and I allowed my hair to come back whatever color IT chose to be. I have been grey ever since, and no longer mind in the least. So proud of you for your decision too, Heidi… and you look FABULOUS!!!! xoxo

    • Heidi

      You wear it so well Leith! So glad we’ve gone gray together girlfriend! 🙂

  3. Heidi

    If you need another reason to stop dying your hair, I just ran across this article on PPD where apparently people have died from allergic reactions to the chemical PPD that is in brown hair dye. Interestingly, the last several times that I colored my hair, my scalp itched and burned. I asked my hair dresser about that and he didn’t have a good answer, but I really thought it wasn’t right. Turns out from this article, that can be one of the first signs of an allergic reaction to PPD. If you color your hair and your scalp has ever itched or burned, PLEASE, for your own health or life, STOP coloring and go gray for your health!


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