What Does the Term “Graylights” Mean When it Comes to Hair?
The term “graylights” simply means “gray highlights”–a gray coloring of selected strands of hair. Throughout 2010, the beauty buzzword has become more and more popular because of fashionistas like Kate Moss having sported the radical beauty trend (see “Kate Moss Debuts Intentionally Gray Hair” from StyleList).
The Recent Mini-Trend History of Gray Locks & Highlights
The Jezebel fashion and beauty team was quick to say in December of 2009, “Gray hair is totally in…if you’re a British hipster under the age of 25.” Then, Kate Moss–at the age of 36–took on the challenge of rocking graylights in January. Jezebel conceded a little, publishing “Gray hair is awesome (as long as it’s fake).”
But, by July, Team Jezebel was forced to realize how widespread gray had become, posting a photo gallery titled “How Hipster Gray Hair Became A Vogue-Endorsed Look.” “All of a sudden, it’s everywhere. How did gray hair become a ‘thing’?” But, “If it’s inVogue, it’s official.” Whether you take fashion cues from Vogue or not, Kristen McMenamy, Lady Gaga and a host of others seem to agree: gray is hot.
Who Can Pull Off Graylights & Other Styles of Gray Hair?
Does having graylights only work if you’re too young to look naturally gray? What about if you are naturally graying: should you skip your trips to the salon and flaunt what you got?
The fact that Lady Gaga occasionally shows off gray locks at 24 is different than Helen Mirren at 65, but the heart of the matter is one in the same: playing by your own beauty rules. If you secretly long for your natural graylights to show through but feel socially confined to dyeing your locks, throw out the peanut gallery’s book of rules and embrace yourself. Owning your look–whether it be full of gray or blonde tresses, black or brown, red or purple or blue–is attractive. Feeling good about yourself and your look is better than arbitrarily conforming to someone else’s unjustified standards. Find out what works for you and go with it.
And, just think of how many shoes you could buy for how much it costs you to color your hair. Oh, the possibilities!
Courtney Dunlop, “Kate Moss Debuts Intentionally Gray Hair.” StyleList.
Dodai Stewart, “How Hipster Gray Hair Became A Vogue-Endorsed Look.” Jezebel.
Hortense Smith, “Gray Hair Is Totally In…If You’re A British Hipster Under The Age Of 25.” Jezebel.
Sadie Stein, “Gray Hair is Awesome (As Long as it’s Fake).” Jezebel.