To Grey or Not to Grey, that is the Question.
Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, many girls and women have started to let their white hair grow naturally.
And, knowingly or unknowingly, they joined the international Silver Sisters’ Movement.
This is a community of women dedicated to celebrating the natural phenomenon of grey/silver/white hair on the everyday woman — but it’s about so much more than just hair.
The transformation of the Silver Sisters is all about one’s way of being, to discover our true colors and show them freely to the world out there.
Some of the Silver Sisters saw their first white hair appear as little girls, others during adolescence, most of them after the age of thirty-five.
All, for a long time, underwent the ritual of dyeing white, grey or salt and pepper roots and all, in the end, chose to stop.
To the cry of: ditch the dye!
To get the lowdown on how to go grey gracefully, I talked to a lovely and funny Silver Sister: Kristy aka its.a.kristy.thing.
Going against the norm.
Embracing silver since May 2021.
Hoping to inspire & show the world that natural beauty is amazing!
Based in Malaysia.
What is the “Silver Sisters’ Movement” and what is its mission?
«We want to show the world that grey is just another hair color and it is a beautiful color. And that it is a wonderful thing to embrace and accept our natural hair color.
Just like how it’s important for women to feel confident with their natural body and looks, this is about being confident with their natural hair color and texture.»
When did you decide to stop dyeing your hair?
«I’ve had grey hair since I was a teenager, and started covering it up since I was 21. I’m 42 this year and over the last few years, started toying with the idea of letting my greys grow out, but never really acted on it because “I was still too young”.»
Was it difficult to keep your purpose?
«Not really as I did it during lockdown, so by the time lockdown was over and I could go out, I already had about 3-4 months of growth. It was easier then as I could just tie everything up and the demarcation line wasn’t so obvious.
We are talking about hair but we are not just talking about hair… The transformation of the Silver Sisters is something complex and very deep, right?
«Yes, it is. That’s why it’s called a journey.
It teaches us patience. It teaches us to be positive and strong, and supportive.
Most importantly, it teaches us not to put too much importance into what others say or think about us.
And it is very liberating once you achieve this inner acceptance.
And it is very liberating once you achieve this inner acceptance.»
How did your friends react to your change of look? And what about strangers?
«I’ve had one or two negative comments.
My friends have all been very very supportive of my decision and kept cheering me on.
Strangers? Well, I haven’t had any comments from them yet. So I’ll take that as a good sign.»
How does the beauty routine of silver / gray / white hair change? Are there any products that are more suitable than others that should be used?
«I have always been a very low maintenance type of girl, hardly styled my hair or applied products before this, and it got even easier after I started growing out my greys.
I don’t even need to make my monthly trips to the salon anymore, except for a quick trim every now and then.»
Do you think that someday you will dye your hair again?
«However, I might play around with temporary hair colors. Now that my hair is more grey than black, I can apply temporary colors without having to bleach my hair and that’s the fun part!»
Three tips you would give to the Silver Sisters who have just embarked on this journey…