What makes SALT AND PEPPER LOOK and Silver hair so desirable?
George Clooney. Alec Baldwin. Patrick Dempsey. Josh Duhamel. Milind Soman. (Sighhh!) What do these stalwarts have in common? Apart from having a million fans swooning over them for their suave charm, do you lovelies know that they’re pretty much the pioneers of embracing ageing as a part of life, and rocking the transitional grey hairs, whiz-a-whiz, the salt and pepper look? In fact, don’t we deem it kind of appealing?
Well, well! If you think our uber-talented, mystic femme fatale (not literally) is far behind, then think again, you beauties! Gone are the days, where people wanted to be ‘hip and young’, thereby, stressing over and dyeing those few grey strands, as soon as they spotted them. Our oh-so-gorgeous celebrities such as the iconic Meryl Streep, Jamie Lee Curtis, or even closer to home, the supremely sassy, Neha Dhupia or legendary Jaya Bachchan are shattering and challenging these age-old norms and how!
Ageing gracefully whilst embracing and celebrating this wizening milestone in their lives, people today are all about being real and authentic, without any facades. Ahem, ahem! And, how do your greys define you as being old or young? Isn’t age just a number? It’s the heart that wishes to be youthful, penetrating externally through our charisma.
THE GREY HAIR: WHY DO THEY LOOK SO SEXY?
Flaunting the ‘au naturale’ vibe, we agree to the saying, “Grey hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.” Having created its own niche, many youngsters are also opting for grey highlights, adding some spunk and zest. In fact, you may have noticed your parents too preferring this look, rather than an all-black hairdo? We, in fact, asked a few women what is it that attracts them to this emerging style and adjectives such as ‘experience’ and ‘poise’ came up quite often. “The grey in my hair is a part of who I am and I love showing it off”, quipped Mrs. Sheth, a 45-year-old marketing professional.
Be it premature greying due to the genes at play or stress-induced locks, it’s just a matter of perception, isn’t it? Calling it silver or (a ray of hope, perhaps) platinum, the secret lies in showing it off with style, gravitas and aplomb. Touted as an increasingly attractive trend, we think the person wearing it so positively with an heir of ‘I don’t care what the world has to say; I’ll be myself” should be awarded bingo points. After all, self-confidence is the new sexy, isn’t it?
Coming to the critical question, why are individuals today digging this look? With gender and social norms blurring, it’s a beautiful time to live in these contemporary times. Be it body positivity or gender equality, we’re all so done with misogynistic, baseless attitudes. According to us, REAL is the new COOL. Having an emotional and social connotation, who’s tempted to understand their changing desire towards the ‘salt and peppered’ souls? If you’re one of them, you’re not alone, lassies!
Speaking from an evolutionary point of view, we’re well aware of the fact, that women prefer men who are older than them because the latter species take time to develop emotionally. From being well-settled to worldly-wise, it gave us kind of a sense of security back in the olden times. However, the modern take differs radically. Credit their financial independence, personal and professional goals or living a life they truly deserve, women today are just not willing to settle. But, hey, it just does not end there right? With men encouraging and yearning for working and ambitious partners to share their responsibilities with, they too are more vocal about their refined needs and wants. And, it’s only fair, right?
Unsurprisingly, men and women, look for certain similar qualities in their partners. And, those grey streaks along with frown lines and wrinkles are no longer looked down upon as the ‘dreaded 60+ mark’ where withering starts. On the contrary, it embodies a majestic transformation of a life lived with wisdom and fulfilling experiences. We feel whenever someone uses artificial adherents; they’re probably trying to cover up their flaws. Doesn’t beauty lie in imperfection? This look symbolizes confidence in oneself and their status, looks and place in society; H-O-T!!
Just like the contradictions emanated from salt and pepper, people today understand this balance. Move over 50 shades of grey, we stellar souls have more to show! Well-seasoned means more experience in life making us who we are and understanding what truly matters. Don’t we all want someone sane and sorted, with their heads on their shoulders? Always seeking true compatibility, one is surer of what they want and need in their lives, sans the emotional baggage of early adulthood. It’s time to settle down. Looking at it from an optimistic perspective, think of this norm like wine; it gets better with age. Similarly, these locks embody grace, elegance, true character and visibility, an inherent attractiveness and the crème de la crème-like sophistication.
Resultantly, these grey-haired souls are quite transparent and have a personality that makes them enchanting tenfold. Screaming of their success in life, their dynamic energy has the power to captivate a crowd, with their social experience in life guiding them through several interactions. Truly giving the young guns a run for their money and wit, who wouldn’t be besotted by a smart, hilarious and aware individual? Unexpectedly, most of them have this vibrant, boisterous zest in life which allows them to take diverse lemons, and turn them into some delicious vodka.
They’re fuss-free, effortlessly chic and have developed into a fashionista style statement in their own stead. No wonder the youth sees this as an opportunity to emulate this empowering choice, learning a lesson or two from these sagacious, cognizant rock-stars.
HOW TO ROCK THE SILVER AND PEPPER LOOK?
If you’re someone who is blessed with natural greys since an early age or at a later stage, grooming and maintenance is a must for it to be desired by everyone. Exalting the Renaissance ‘sprezzatura’ aura, you want to look effortless, but not completely unkempt. Now, now! Confused much? Just keep the following advice in mind, and you’re ready to slay!
For those transitions, you may be ageing, but your hair still requires the love and care that it received earlier. Damn, you’ve standards, remember? From time to time, get your trim or blow dry, while replenishing your hair with essential nutrients to give you the perfect texture. Beware of the sun or nicotine, for it may make it turn yellow, especially if you’ve reached this stage early on due to the lack of melanin. In terms of products, use a glossy or a matte finish, to enable it to blend in.
For all you fashion-forward souls, who are opting for a ‘salt and pepper’ hair colour, keep it natural, and go for a nice balayage. Like with any chemicals, you don’t want your hair to lose its shine and lustre, so keeping it healthy is integral. Bleaching is a safer bet. And, if you are someone who has lighter hair, thank your stars, for you may not need it. Additionally, be sure of knowing about the process, especially if you’re indulging in some DIY hack, since it may go completely wrong too. Debuted with an array of picks to choose from such as a neon yellow, brownish or black base, there’s a lot to explore. Spice it up with a ditzy braid, or a stylish bouffant sleek ponytail or a classic bun; you’re ready to be an unconventional eye turner. Just like all things spicy, incorporate and be regular whilst using the line of serums, shampoos, conditioners and the likes meant for the special few.
To sign off, old or young, anyone can rock this look if they believe in their selves, and ignore the naysayers. You don’t have to be a Brad Pitt or a Salma Hayek to set an effervescent trend. Acceptance is key and being the best version of you is the true winning streak.