Even though I talked about dyeing your gray roots previously, you can also choose to just let your hair go gray.

We had a lively discussion about this topic before right here and I feel that women are split about 50-50 on what is the best thing to do.

In the end it’s a personal decision and both options can be equally fabulous.

I know that I will eventually go grey but I’m not ready just yet.

Thinking of going gray? You may enjoy reading about Elaine and how to transition into gray hair

But today let’s celebrate the beauty of women that have decided to let their hair go grey. Today we specifically celebrate long grey hair!

As you can tell from these photographs it completely dispells the myth that you cannot have long hair after 40.


Above: Jade J., friend of Denton’s and a California IT specialist.

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Want to know that colors to wear with gray hair? Check out our article on the best colors to combine with gray hair.

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Below Lisa K., 4th generation NYC garment center company owner.

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Below  writer at the Brooklyn Book Festival

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Retired runway model Cory D.

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Below is model Cindy Joseph, photographed while attending the ‘Today’ show.

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This woman below is Jo Johnson, a tea expert.

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This woman is the New York singer and performer Jamie deRoy.

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Writer Susanna Moore, photographed at the Brooklyn Book Festival.

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Long gray hairstyles sent in by readers

Lissa Allan

“I love my gray hair! I almost always wear a headband (from casual to more office appropriate). When I get a chance, also love hats :>)”

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Dianne Illsley

“I have been white (ie non-dye) for about 7 years, during which time I have divorced my husband, graduated in Fine Art, and turned 60 in January.”

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Denise Buchoz

“I have waist length healthy long silvery hair that I am happy to share! The Day light image with the braid shows my true silver where as the other was taken indoors at night.”

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Hillary Bitar

“I have never dyed my hair!”

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“My hair has been all different lengths over the years. I believe we are changing perception of grey equals old. It Does Not!!!”

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Beate (website)

“I have been gray since since my mid 30´s, it´s in the family. it started during a long hot summer (2003) spent with mountaineer activities – at the beginning of that autumn the red dye was bleached from the sun and very grown out. so i did cut the ends and went with gray as a test. I liked it very much and since then I have never come near a hair dye bottle again. I got even more white in recent years and would never cut my hair short because I find long hair easy to handle. The poor hairdressers have to live without me ;-)”

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Melanie Wheeler

“So happy to see you feature grey long hair! I’ve never had as much fun, nor have received as many compliments (and mostly from young adults) as I do now with my Grey hair. It’s in the best shape, healthier, and SO soft!! I’m 58, and an actor specializing in Senior market commercials/advertising. I haven’t done a thing, color wize, to my hair in decades. If I’d known it was going to look like this, I’d let it go years earlier! It feels good to know that I’ve inspired others to at least try going Ala-naturale! Do not fear the Grey!”

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For more gray hairstyles also see our articles on mid long hair and short gray hair with some more women sporting gorgeous gray hair.

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Are you inspired to let your hair grow long and grey after seeing these pictures or will you continue to dye your hair?

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Sylvia is 40+style’s editor-in-chief and has been helping women find their unique style since 2011. An alumni of the School of Color and Design, she is devoted to empowering women of any age to look and feel their best. Read more about Sylvia and 40+style on this page.

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