Salma Hayek doesn’t hide her gray hairs. She prefers to show them off.
In the post, Hayek wrote that she’s “#proud of my white hair.” And it’s not the first time she’s talked about her refusal to dye away her grays.
In an interview with the New York Times, Hayek revealed that she thinks life’s too short to spend it dying your hair:
“It’s my natural color, and it’s my natural white hairs. One of the reasons I don’t dye my hair is because I don’t have the patience to sit through it. I don’t want to spend what’s left of my youth pretending I’m younger and then not enjoying life.”
She added that she only gets her hair cut for work and only when the stylist begs her to:
“I get my hair cut wherever I’m working or doing publicity, and the hairdresser asks me, ‘Please, please, can I cut your hair?’ It’s the same with my eyebrows. They grow and grow until a makeup artist looks at me and begs to do something to them because they’re so much.
And her solution to a bad hair day will be familiar to anyone with unmanageable hair. She told the Times, “If my hair is really embarrassingly crazy, I put it in a ponytail.”
Hayek’s statement about loving her grays is a bold one in a culture that doesn’t always feel the same.
Mom blogger Julie Burton can attest to that fact. After Burton decided to let her grays grow out, she faced a surprising amount of resistance from her husband. Though Burton loved her silver hair, she told Dearly, “My husband doesn’t like it. He asks me to spray it down with dye before we go on dates. He reminds me we don’t know any woman with gray hair at 37.”
So when Hayek celebrated her gray hair on Instagram, many commenters weighed in to compliment her on her “natural beauty.” Several celebrities praised Hayek as well, including rock star Lenny Kravitz, who told Hayek, “You are stunning.”
The combination of Hayek’s confidence in her gray hair and the compliments she received had an effect on women struggling with the fact that gray hair isn’t always seen as attractive. One woman wrote:
I have the same, but at 32. However seeing you with the exact same looking hair as I gives me confidence. You, my lady, are a stunning icon. I am proud to have random white hairs like you!