Gray Hair Blog / September 21, 2020

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 Grey Hair from Instagram

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Michele, age 58
Check out Michele’s Silver Hair Transition Story
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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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Jen, age 46
Jen’s Silver Hair Adventure
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Vicki, 50
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Frankie, 35
Frankie Goes Grey
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Amber, 40
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Georgina, 60
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Joni, 51
Joni’s Grey Hair Transition Story
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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
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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 silver 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
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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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Please do me a favor and share this post to social media, as it helps me grow my audience and spread the word about our Silver Revolution!  And remember to subscribe to my YouTube Channel and Pinterest Feed for more gray hair tips and product recommendations. Thanks!

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Related Posts:

The Surprising Truth About Going Gray

What Colors Work Best with Gray Hair?

To Hell with Going Gray Gracefully!

It’s Time to Debunk These Gray Hair Myths



  1. Mary Ann

    I had thought about going gray, had been a redhead for a long time! Well, the pandemic made the final decision for me. After 2 months with no color or cut I was half way there! When I was able to get to the salon, had a very short spiky pixie which cut off most of the red except for the top! 2 more cuts should do.
    Love it! Glad I did it, don’t think it makes me look old!

    13 . Jun . 2020 Reply
  2. Mary

    In every one of the before and after pictures, not one of the ladies looks any older with their natural gray hair! In fact, each one of their faces and hair color are so much softer because the drastic contrast between harsh dyed hair colors and their natural skin tone is gone. At this particular point in time, with all the salons closed due to Covid, I am absolutely thrilled I let my hair grow out because I am not having to deal with the myriad of problems that ladies are struggling with due to the salons being closed! Say Yes to Mother Nature. You’ll be so glad you did!

    04 . May . 2020 Reply
  3. Blair Robinson

    Thank you for inspiration!

    16 . Mar . 2020 Reply
  4. Deborah Wiley-Patel

    I stopped dyeing at 45! I got my first grays at 23 right after my first child was born. I have been called a Grandma by the Walmart cashier who looked older than me. My 8 years old daughter was with me. I corrected the cashier and let her know that just because a woman has gray hair does not make her a grandma. She came back with, “Well, I am a Grandma.” And I reminded her that I was not just because I had gray hair. For whatever reason, she was offended.

    04 . Feb . 2020 Reply
    • Marie

      Started to let my white roots come in 5 months ago. Was a level 10 blonde color. Decided I couldn’t take the stripe of different hair color anymore . Went to salon as soon as it opened and had my hair color done all white. It is stunning g and I love it. So so many compliments. Will never look back. Just know that this is another option if you can’t stand the difference in the 2 colors. Hope this helps somebody. Also I am 72 yrs young and have shoulder length hair.

      15 . Jun . 2020 Reply
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
    • Maureen

      I stopped dying my hair 3 years ago. I an 70 years old. I get all kinds of compliments. If I had realized I would love my hair as much as I do, I would not have waited so long.

      15 . Mar . 2020 Reply
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
      • Angelia

        Katie – you inspired me to stop coloring my hair. I was actually tired of coloring it and the white roots would start peeking out within two weeks! I’m into month 14. I’m happy with what I’m seeing – it seems that it will be another year before transition is complete. My hair is shoulder length and I have an inch or more trimmed off every three months. Slowly but surely I will reach my goal! I am 64 and have been coloring my hair since my twenties – first for the fun of it then as the years went by it was to cover roots. My hair is salt and pepper and not solid white. But I LOVE it!

        19 . Jan . 2020 Reply
        • Katie

          I’m so happy to hear that, Angelia! Isn’t it FUN? It’s so great to end up with totally unique hair.

          20 . Jan . 2020 Reply
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. June Schalit

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

    13 . Feb . 2019 Reply
  20. 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
  21. JONIE


    12 . Feb . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Thanks, Jonie!

      12 . Feb . 2019 Reply
      • Tracey

        The economy shutdown helped to seal my decision. I’ve let people around me know my plan. So surprised at how many try to talk you out of it. I’m 57 and tired of the drive, the hours, the time in the chair. Not to mention the $$$$. Lol even my mother is trying to talk me out of this. Ridiculous. I want the sense of freedom to just be completely me.

        08 . Jun . 2020 Reply
  22. 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.