We tend to associate old(er) people with grey hair and while many of them are rocking the wise wizard look, others opt for something a little more... colorful.

Patti Smeed had been a redhead since 1988 but got bored of it and decided she needed changes. Her son, a master colorist cosmetologist, agreed to help.

Now, there are 6 different colors in her hair: blue, dark blue, magenta, purple-slash-green, green and pink, and some of her original bleached blond color.

To celebrate the result, on August 12, Smeed tweeted a few pics of her newly dyed hair saying, "I am 74 years young and had this done to my hair today, I love it! What do you all think and be honest! In my profession, I had to be conservative and never could have had anything like this!" Her tweet instantly went viral, generating nearly 370K likes, and that's pretty much the best response she could've received. It has also inspired other old folks to share pictures of their brave hairstyles, reminding everyone to never to stop experimenting.

Image credits: PattiSmeed

Image credits: PattiSmeed

The editors of The Right Hairstyles blog said that women over 50 should keep in mind a few things when choosing the right hairstyle. According to them, the general go-to should be looking stately and elegant. "It's recommended to comb your locks back, opening your face," the beauty bloggers recommended. "Excessively shaggy hairstyles may appear sloppy and awkward. Bangs are ok, they make you look younger, but try to keep them neat and thin or styled to one side so that your forehead is not completely covered. Consider lighter hair hues, and you will easily take years off your face. Some older women look extremely flattering with silver hair. If you are not the lucky one, think of brown to blonde solutions or highlights."

They added that sticking to general recommendations on the choice of hairstyle, i.e. bear in mind your face shape and hair texture, is always a good idea. "Fine hair looks cuter when cut short and layered, while thick coarse tresses feel better in elongated cuts. They don’t have to be long. Lisa Rinna’s type of short-to-medium hairstyle is a very good option for thick hair."

However, just like with most beauty tips, recommendations aren't strict rules. They're there to give direction but aren't enforced on anyone. And the people who contributed to this thread certainly prove that. Just look at their confidence!

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Nea
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That mischievous, confident smile :)

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Anaïs Ballestra
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wait...what???? You worked for 30 years? But you look 25!

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DKS 001
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

you're never too old to have colorful hair. Anyone who says you have to "look your age" is an idiot.

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Malakai
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Awesome! I love green, and I love how it's done here, especially on the beard and 'stache

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Scagsy
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Like looking at a Unicorn's tail! Looks great!

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Malakai
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All of these are amazing, but it's awesome to see an older man rocking some bright colors! Wish I could see more guys being bold and colorful like this :)

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Luna Lovegood
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

SHe looks so happy! And the pink really looks great on her!!!

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Malakai
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Those hair colors compliment her green eyes so well. I hope it turns out as pretty as the filter--she'd rock purple!

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Nea
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Iwish i wer as carefree as children are and as older people learn to be..

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Clara Knaub
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So pretty! I love the combo of blue and purple!

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Scagsy
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Like a Unicorn's tail, I bet it leaves a trail of glitter behind it!

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Scagsy
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think we can safely call that a success! What colour are you trying next?

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