How old were you when you discovered your first gray hair? 25? 35? 45? Even if you vividly remember your gray hair discovery — down to the day — does it really even matter? Certainly not. We, along with 64-year-old Jo-Ani Johnson, who found her first heather-colored follicle growing atop her head in her twenties, are here to tell you that there’s no reason — other than this silly societal standard we’ve come to follow — you should fear “going gray.”
“One day, when I went back to work, my boss looked over at me and said, ‘Oh, you’re getting gray,'” Johnson tells Allure. “I panicked, and proceeded to try to dye my hair.” After many attempts to conceal her gray shade, Johnson says she eventually gave up — and moved on. “Then I met a young man who hated the blonde,” she says. “He’s now my husband. We just celebrated our 20th anniversary.”
Now, though, with a gorgeous headful of waist-length silvery strands, she hopes to encourage other women to embrace their tresses — no matter the color, length, or texture. “I can tell you, many, many women see me in the street, and they’ll make a comment, ‘Oh, I’m thinking about [growing out my gray],” she says. “And I say, ‘Go for it!'”
For more inspiration from Johnson, check out her full video, above.
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