This project was inspired by a portrait I took of my mother. Having persuaded her to come to my studio for a photo session, I was struck by just how white her hair had become. It made me think about the conversations we have around going grey - so many differing attitudes, to dye or not to dye, etc.

Janine Wood kindly agreed to be one of my models for this shoot. I asked her why she’d finally decided to embrace the grey: “I started getting grey hairs in my twenties and immediately began dyeing it. I fell into society's belief that grey hair means old, but I wasn't old in my twenties! My husband didn't like my dyed hair but I carried on, as I didn’t want to 'let myself go’. In 2018 I went to Switzerland to visit my niece, to whom I am very close. We talked about getting older, accepting who you are and not being defined by what others think. I decided then that I was going up to let my natural color shine.

I have never been happier with my hair. It is so liberating not to be a slave to coloring roots, worrying about the wind blowing and looking like a Belisha beacon. My hair is in much better condition and I love it. My husband thinks it is great and I have only had compliments (not that I care either way!). It’s a big decision to make but one of the best things I’ve done.”

I wanted to celebrate those of us, of all ages, who have embraced their grey. Some have gone grey in their twenties, some jump half in and half out, and some have simply realized that the expensive streaks in their blonde hair are no longer needed.

Violet Fenn, who also volunteered for the shoot, said: "Although I love my grey, I am never going to go gently into that good night and my hair certainly isn’t going to be allowed lead me there. I compromise by allowing it to grow out in a streak reminiscent of the heroines in my beloved classic horror movies - I’d rather look like the Bride of Frankenstein than mutton dressed as lamb."

It was such an inspiring gathering. Hearing the stories of their journey to grey and the new confidence it’s brought them have made me decide that, after 21 years of coloring my hair, I’m thinking of ditching the dye. This project has now become a community, a Facebook page and an ongoing project with more women coming to me for their portraits, some loving their grey and some still learning to embrace it but all of it a celebration.

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Violet

Violet

"I compromise by allowing it to grow out in a streak reminiscent of the heroines in my beloved classic horror movies – I’d rather look like the Bride of Frankenstein than mutton dressed as lamb."

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Hilary Rudd
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4 months ago

Love the look!!!

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Valerie

Valerie

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Nirmiti Marathe
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4 months ago

She’s beautiful!

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My Mother

My Mother

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Chantal Cross
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4 months ago

What a strong soul. Can totally see the inspiration.

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Louise

Louise

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Erika Jones
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4 months ago

I love the contrast between her dark eyes and brows and the white hair - reminds me of an elf queen!

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Sarah

Sarah

"By the time my blonde had grown out, the grey hair trend was in full swing and without it being my intention, my hair was was now right on trend."

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Chantal Cross
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4 months ago

Gorgeous. Just gorgeous. Love your hair.

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Janine

Janine

"I have never been happier with my hair. It is so liberating not to be a slave to coloring roots."

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Hilary Rudd
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4 months ago

Lovely smile!

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Karen

Karen

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Chantal Cross
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4 months ago

Strong, gamlerous... almost regal. Beautiful.

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Maggie

Maggie

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Chantal Cross
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4 months ago

Pure elegance.

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Jan

Jan

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Chantal Cross
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4 months ago

This lady looks so open and approachable. Gorgeous.

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Emma

Emma

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BRIGITTE ONSERIO
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4 months ago

her smile is so wholesome

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Sara

Sara

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Chantal Cross
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4 months ago

Now this lady looks sooo mischievous. Loving the cropped hair.

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Mags

Mags

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Chantal Cross
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4 months ago

Stunning. Just stunning.

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Libby

Libby

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Mara Cabral
Community Member
4 months ago

What a beautiful project and a wonderful collection of photos. I have always admired white/grey hair and love love love seeing it being celebrated. These ladies are all so full of beauty and power <3

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Ella

Ella

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Roxana Milanez
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4 months ago

Where are the women of color ??

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Sal

Sal

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Chantal Cross
Community Member
4 months ago

I just love the blonde and grey tones in this lady's hair. Beautiful.

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