Gray Hair Blog / September 26, 2019

30 Gray Hair Before and After Pix that Will Blow Your Mind

Inside: Gray hair before and after pictures as far as the eye can see!

Before I ditched the dye last February, I fretted at the way I looked in photos. I blamed it on the aging process, but I now think it was the dyed hair that sapped all the color out of my face.

Why do I think this? Because once I stopped dyeing and embraced my grays, my complexion brightened up considerably!

I am surprised to find that I look younger in photos now than I while I was dyeing my hair.

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May 2018 vs. September 2019

Other silver sisters I’ve spoken to feel the same. It’s a common refrain in the gray hair Facebook support groups: Mother Nature knows what she is doing!

I asked my silver sisters if they’d be kind enough to contribute their photos to this post so we could check this phenomenon out.

I think you’ll see what I see: the gray creates a softening/brightening effect to the complexion, which is really flattering, especially compared to the harsher effect created by dyed hair.

All of the Instagram and other photos on this site are used with permission.

Stunning Before and After Pictures of Gray Hair from Instagram

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Michele, 57
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Michelle – you can see her transition story here.
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You can read all about Marci’s transition here: Marci’s Stunning Transition to a Silver Pixie
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Karen, 45
Check out Karen’s Silver Hair Transition Story
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Sherry’s transition is also on this site at Sherry’s Luscious Long Gray Hair
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Vicki, 50
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Amber, 40
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Georgina, 60
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Check out Bek’s Awesome Transition to Gray Hair
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Susan, 62
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Cheri, 34
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Joli, 43
Check out Joli’s Transition story here and read about her amazing gray hair products here!
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Marianne, 48
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Mary, 39
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Therese, 55
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Liz, 54


The next group of Before/After pictures were shared with me on Silver Revolution, the awesome Facebook silver sister support group.

Sometimes, people ask me “Why is there a need for support groups?”

Why?! Because it is nearly impossible to go gray without getting some (or a lot!) of negative feedback, so it REALLY helps to have a great group of online friends giving you the support that you might not be receiving at home or in society.

Anyway, on to the photos:

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Andrea, 43
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Cindy, 51
Karen, 55
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Kristen, 34
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Sydney, 35
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Sheryl, 56
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Rhiannon, 38 – Check out her Transition Story here.
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Yvette, 43
Jen, 48
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Sheryl, 59
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Katie, 31
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Krisann, 53
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Jonie, 52
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Mel, 43
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Sharon, 63
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Lupe, 47
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Jill, 52

Look again at the photos: Even the ladies who are not fully gray have a vibrancy to their complexion. To me (at least), their faces seem brighter.

And, as opposed to the scare tactics thrown at us by ad agencies and beauty magazines, I don’t think any of these ladies look “20 years older!”, do you?


If you’re on the fence about going gray, or if you just started your transition process and are curious about what you might look like in the future, check out these fun apps!

They aren’t 100% accurate, but they’re definitely entertaining.

Hair Color Booth (Apple)

Hair Color Changer (Android)

YouCam Makeup Magic Selfie Cam (Apple)
YouCam Makeup Magic Selfie Cam (Android)

And here’s a website that offers a way for you to see how you’d look with a different hair color: The Right Hairstyles


As you can see above, gray hair does not automatically make one look older, despite what the ad agencies would have us believe.

In fact, in many cases, it improves our looks by enhancing our complexion and by making us happier internally as we stop worrying about what other people think and start following our own path.

Want to see more beautiful transitions to gray hair? Check out Joli’s article: Full Transitions to Gray Hair for inspiration.

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  1. Dorothy carbone

    I am 63 . I decided 15 months ago to stop dying my hair . Best decision ever !!!
    I get compliments all the time.
    It is very liberating to say the least .

    17 . Oct . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Congratulations, Dorothy!

      19 . Oct . 2019 Reply
  2. Nancy

    I am 76 and transiting to grey I have been at it almost 2 years I feel great gone are those lines when the Blonde grew out I have let it grow long and love it

    01 . Sep . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      So glad you love it! I bet it looks fantastic!

      01 . Sep . 2019 Reply
  3. Rocquanne

    I decided to stop dyeing my hair at least 5 years ago. I had to do it once a month!!! I’m not sorry one bit. After it was all grown out a few of my friends bravely decided they were going to stop dyeing also. Many people have told me they would pay money to get my hair color. I guess that means I did the right thing. All my friends hair are beautiful as well. We are all over 60.

    15 . Aug . 2019 Reply
  4. Joyce Gotsch

    I’m so glad I found this group!!! I’m 70 and just decided enough is enough! I’m done with the dye!
    Some days I look at my hair and get a little nervous so the group support will be helpful.

    31 . Jul . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Hi, Joyce! The silver sister community is so welcoming! If you haven’t already, I hope you will join us over at Silver Revolution on Facebook!

      11 . Aug . 2019 Reply
  5. Karen Will

    I loved all the pictures I am 65 and just. stopped coloring my hair it has been 4 months now my hair is very long and might now cut it It is very hard having 4daughters each giving me their fashion advice your posts help me alot I’M not ever going back

    16 . Jul . 2019 Reply
  6. Faye

    I love all these pictures! There is truly a confidence, a sparkle and peaceful look in the “after dye” pictures. 😃.

    25 . Jun . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      I agree!

      27 . Jun . 2019 Reply
  7. Gail

    Gray or white hair is the fashion trend right now. I’ve been gray for a few years now. I got tired of coloring the roots. I’m so jealous of all the women that have beautiful natural solid white hair. I had my hairdresser bleach mine hoping for the solid white look but it didn’t turn out like I’d hoped. So it will be growing out again to my natural color. And I think long gray hair is gorgeous if taken care of and styled.

    08 . Apr . 2019 Reply
  8. Maggie

    Beautiful pics Katie. I’ve been thinking about going gray for a long time now and these pics just settled it. I’m tired of covering the gray too. It’s now time to let it shine just like my silver sisters!!

    18 . Mar . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Wow! I’m so glad it helped you make your decision! xoxoxo

      19 . Mar . 2019 Reply
  9. Kathryn

    Wow! Everyone looks so beautiful! I’m not afraid to go natural (which will be sooner than later) thank you. And my husband should be proud of his silver too!

    26 . Feb . 2019 Reply
  10. april hernandez

    I’m so much more confident now that I’ve grown out my gray. Before I was consumed with coloring my roots, and when would I have time, scheduling my weekends around it. That’s just crazy, I get so many compliments on my hair!! If you are thinking about it, DO IT!!

    25 . Feb . 2019 Reply
  11. Beth

    Been 5 or 6 months since color and I decided to see what my natural color is. I am 59 so by next year ill have my answer. These posts are motivating!!

    22 . Feb . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      I’m so glad they help, Beth! Good luck with your transition!

      22 . Feb . 2019 Reply
  12. Lolly

    Interesting. To me, the age issue is neither here nor there. Rather, my perception is that all of them were rather bland and non-descript other (than safe and banal) in their before photos. It’s in their after photos that they come to life! They all shine literally and figuratively. What an amazing process!

    14 . Feb . 2019 Reply
  13. Connie

    Honest thoughts- they are all beautiful in both pictures but the silver hair makes each one look amazing- younger and fresher!

    14 . Feb . 2019 Reply
  14. Vicki

    Thank you for featuring me….and many others.
    Wondeful to see how we all glow with our Silver!

    13 . Feb . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      You’re welcome, Vicki! Thanks for participating 🙂

      14 . Feb . 2019 Reply
  15. June Schalit

    Everyone looks so much prettier with silver!!!! Beautiful fotos and thanks for posting 🙂

    13 . Feb . 2019 Reply
  16. Sharon

    Nice but I don’t see anyone 60 or older . I guess because the point was that gray hair is not just for old people?

    12 . Feb . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Hi, Sharon – That’s not the reason. Nobody 60 or over offered to let me use their photos. Believe me, I want to represent all ages on this site, but so far, no 60+ women have agreed to let me publish their photos. Maybe in the future!

      12 . Feb . 2019 Reply
  17. JONIE


    12 . Feb . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Thanks, Jonie!

      12 . Feb . 2019 Reply
  18. Honey Bee

    In EVERY CASE, they look at least as good if not amazingly better, silver. Sometimes they do look older, but when did older become such a bad thing? With age comes wisdom! Love these beautiful transformational images!

    12 . Feb . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Thanks, Honey Bee!

      12 . Feb . 2019 Reply
    • Cindy

      And don’t forget, for most of us it took a couple years or more to grow out the dye, so we are in fact older in the silver pic! It’s cool though, isn’t it?

      12 . Feb . 2019 Reply

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Katie is the founder of Katie Goes Platinum. After constantly dyeing her hair for over 25 years, in 2018 Katie decided to stop the madness and embrace the gray. Since then, she’s been sharing her favorite gray hair tips, resources, and stories to empower women to feel beautiful during and after their transition to gray hair.