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The Best Books About Gray Hair

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Embracing your gray hair is not an easy decision for a lot of us, considering that one hundred years of advertising have bamboozled us into equating gray hair with “letting yourself go.”

But the Silver Revolution has been going strong for a while now, as evidenced by all the great gray hair books that have appeared on the market in recent years.

So if you’re interested in going gray, but need a little inspiration to start you on your journey, take a peek at the list below:

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Silver Hair: Say Goodbye to the Dye and Let Your Natural Light Shine: A Handbook
by Lorraine Massey

Silver Hair: Say Goodbye to the Dye was the first book I read once I made the decision to go gray. I really needed the visual inspiration this book provides, and it provides it beautifully!

Aside from the great photography, Massey’s book also has great tips to help you figure out how to go gray from colored hair.  And her book is packed with gray hair transition stories and photos!

Massey also offers a lot of recipes for at-home-care for your transitioning hair.  It’s a great book to get you excited about embracing your grays.

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True Roots: What Quitting Hair Dye Taught Me about Health and Beauty by Ronnie Citron-Fink

I recently posted a Q&A with environmental journalist Ronnie Citron-Fink about her book True Roots, which asks the questions: Why do women feel compelled to dye? How safe are hair dyes? What is their impact on our environment? and many more.

It’s a must-read, especially if you are concerned about potential health risks related to dyeing.

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Going Gray: What I Learned about Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity, and Everything Else That Really Matters by Anne Kreamer

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Kreamer’s research in Going Gray is pretty eye-opening!

I don’t want to spoil it for you, but suffice it to say that she uses her journalistic skills to perform experiments and comes up with some surprising results about our attitudes toward gray hair.

What I felt was missing was some of the joy of the process. She has a lot of angst and self-consciousness about it, which is fine because that was her experience, but I couldn’t relate to it as much.

However, I really enjoyed her insights into colors to wear with gray (she consulted professional stylists), and dating (guess what? Most men don’t care if your hair is gray – it’s everything else that matters! Your personality, your sense of style, your self-confidence! She discovers this, much to her (and our) surprise).

How to Embrace Your Authentic Self with Grace and Style: a book about going gray
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Gray Hair Adventure: Things I Learned About Life When I Stopped Dyeing My Hair
by Susan Paget

I listened to Gray Hair Adventure on Audible and found it thoroughly enjoyable and relatable.

Paget was 40 years old when she decided to ditch the dye, and she does a great job conveying the emotional ups and downs of the gray hair journey.

Her wry sense of humor and keen observational skills make this book a must for anyone who is either thinking about transitioning to gray hair or has already started.

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Going Gray Beauty Guide: 50 Gray8 Going Gray Stories by Jan Westfall Rogers

Judging by the reviews on Amazon, Going Gray Beauty Guide is a favorite among silver sisters. So it’s next on my list to review.

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GO GRAY YOUR WAY!: Expert Advice & Inspiration from a Former Color Addict by Michelle Ray

Michelle Ray is a fellow Southern California silver sister and the author of Go Gray Your Way. Her e-book also gets great reviews, and if you have Kindle Unlimited account, you can read it for free!

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