The Granny Hair Trend Is Here To Stay So Here's What 6 Women Ages 60+ Have To Say About Rocking The Look
This summer's hairstyle trends have been all about pastel colors and experimentation, and one major source of #HairGoals for those inclined to dye their locks has seemingly been granny hair. Women of all ages are embracing the silver-gray hue that hair tends to turn as we age, and often doing it well before the hair is actually at that point. If you're currently graying, though, then you've arguably never been more on-trend than now.
It's a style that's sweeping the world of Instagram and fashion blogs, and I personally love that something traditionally perceived as a feature that needs to be covered up — a so-called flaw of our older years — is getting the attention and appreciation it deserves. I have always been enamored with silver, gray, and white hair on older women, and I've vowed to let my hair do its natural thing.
In addition to letting my strands do their silver thing, I've also vowed to keep my hair long in my senior years. In my life, I've observed that it's terribly common for a woman to feel like she must cut off her strands once they're not as thick and lush as they once were. Although a short hairstyle for a woman in her older years isn't remotely unappealing, I do feel it's important to go against established beauty "rules" and prove that long, thin hair can be just as lovely as a cute bob.
I interviewed six women from my circle of friends who embody the hair goals of my future. Whether they're rocking their own gray hair or simply refusing to cut it all off, they're all majorly inspiring.
Catherine Sepko, 66
Dr. Catherine Sepko was one of my English professors (and dean of the humanities department) at my university. I am just loving the longer hair she is currently sporting, as her natural graying process has created a reverse ombre effect. She recently took some time away from teaching at North Greenville University in South Carolina, but these days, she's back on her teaching and hair games.
As for the current gray hair trend on younger women, Sepko doesn't see the appeal:
Sepko in 1969 on her wedding day.
When it comes to aging, Sepko says her hair reminds her that it's all a natural process:
Kathy Young, 65
Kathy Young is a retired neonatal nurse from Margate, England, and with a team of others, she currently pastors at a church in her town.
I admire her dedication to staying "young at heart," and adore her platinum blonde hue, which always looks so natural and unassuming. As for granny hair, she says keeping it blonde is suitable for her and swears by her hairdresser and straightener to keep her looking her best.
Gerry Greenwood, 69
My husband and I rented a room in Gerry Greenwood's house for eight months while we explored Northern California. Greenwood is a retired teacher and social worker, and has such a gift for hospitality. She rocks her gray hair in a cute, stylish bob, and never lets her age hold her back from her favorite pastime: travel. A lot of it.
When I asked her about her thoughts on the granny hair trend, she wasn't aware it was a thing.
Well, if people can get grays like yours, Gerry, then it's totally becoming. I'm smitten with her sensible yet cool vibe when it comes to her locks.
Jo Weir, 62
Keen to share her natural way of life, Jo Weir says that enjoying her family through the years is what's preserved her sense of joy in aging.
I'm totally inspired by her outlook. Weir's hair journey through the years proves that confidence in who you are — no matter your age — goes a long way towards feeling beautiful.
Weir says the recent gray hair dyeing trend has spiked even more interest in her hair.
She applauds the look on girls half her age and younger as well:
Vicky Campbell works as an instructor at a university in Kentucky. She shared with me her seemingly lifelong struggle to achieve the certain ash blonde shade she had always wanted. She found that dyeing her hair blonde as a teenager gave her hair the body and volume she craved, as opposed to her naturally fine, straight, oily hair. So she dyed her hair off and on for the next 40 years, getting more voluminous hair, but never being able to get that exact shade of ash blonde. Then it all changed.
Campbell's experience is such a lesson in loving who you are as you are. When it comes to her current style, Campbell is in for the long haul:
Joann Durham, 71
Last but not least is my Aunt Joann, my mother's eldest sister and the family matriarch since the passing of my grandmother years ago. She has always been a beauty to everyone in our family, as we all admire her strength and loving lifestyle. She welcomed her hair changing as she aged:
She distinguishes different aging hair colors as gray, silver, and white, and warns against the yellow-gray.
She'd never heard of younger women dyeing their hair gray or silver on purpose. But to that, she offered this piece of advice:
When looking at each of these six women and their varying hairstyles and outlooks, a couple of things become clear to me. Beauty has no age. Confidence in who you have become as you age is key to your own self esteem. And that's what is going to help others believe in their own continued beauty as well.
So I say to my hair: Whatever may come, let's do it!
Images: Courtesy of Interviewees