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Silver foxes: 'Today' show to air segment on how gray hair is chic

June 1, 2010 | 12:54 pm

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Are you a slave to hair color — hitting the bottle every three to six weeks to cover your gray roots? If so, Diana Lewis Jewell, author of "Going Gray, Looking Great," is out to reform you.

Jewell, who also runs a website of the same name that encourages women to embrace their silver fox, will be making the case that gray hair is "cool" during a segment airing on the "Today" show on Wednesday morning.

The author will be joined by three of her website’s "Silver Sisters" — women who've embraced going gray — including SoCal resident Suzanne Fleishman, who will appear sipping drinks on the rooftop of the Rare View restaurant in New York, "chatting about the response they get from both women and men, as they flash their silver proudly."

“There are many reasons a woman chooses to go gray,” said Jewell, “with the biggest two being authenticity and freedom. Women want to be themselves, with their own kind of beauty. And this taps into the whole natural movement. ...Women are tired of chemicals permeating their bodies."

Jewell may be fighting the good fight, but there's little evidence in popular culture that more women are embracing their gray — at least before approaching a ripe old age. Meryl Streep, for example, flaunted a chic white 'do in "The Devil Wears Prada," but she's forever baby blond on the red carpet.

Still, there are a few notables waving the silver flag. New York socialite and artist Hope Atherton has long flaunted (dyed) silver streaks in her otherwise dark mane, Jamie Lee Curtis is currently rocking a silver pixie cut and Helen Mirren and Diane Keaton have been seen sporting their natural silver color.

Do you think more women should embrace their silver side? Let us know in the comments section below.

-- Emili Vesilind

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Left photo: Diane Keaton. credit: Stephen Shugerman / Getty Images

Center photo: Helen Mirren. Credit: Luke MacGregor/ Reuters

Right photo: Jamie Lee Curtis. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times


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