Why Are We Still Talking About Kate’s Grey Hair?

Why Are We Still Talking About Kate's Grey Hair?


by Lauren Smith |
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Remember back in February this year when the Duchess of Cambridge was called out for having grey roots? One headline said: Oh Kate, Are You Really Showing Grey Roots At 33?’.

All this focus on Kate's looks and age does nothing for the notion within society that if a woman doesn't fit existing beauty standards, she's somehow a lesser being, and people have a right to comment on it. But has it happened again?

Now a famous hairdresser has reportedly told the* Daily Mail*that Kate needs to ditch her grey hair, because it's "not a good look". Apparently it would be "disastrous" if Kate went grey.

"Kate needs to get rid of her grey hair - it's not a good look...She does have amazing things done to her hair and it can look great, but unfortunately it's the case for women - all women - that until you're really old, you can't seem to have any grey hairs" he said.

He added: "It's different for men...Men can go grey in their mid-50s and still be considered attractive - it's the whole silver fox thing - but it's not the same for women".

This comment on Kate is problematic for so many reasons. Firstly, who cares. I mean actually, who cares - are you worried that Kate Middleton has gone grey? Are you filled with panic every time you spy a silver root springing from her bouncing curls? No. You might have spotted it in the image for this article, but you moved on with your life almost immediately. BECAUSE IT DOESN'T MATTER.

Secondly, it's yet another example of how people feel they have the right to comment on a women's body and appearance - and how the Duchess has become public property for us to wring our hands over when she doesn't resemble a perfect robot from Planet Princess.

It was Kate's choice to not redye her roots. A decision most likely linked to the fact that pregnant women are often advised to not dye their hair for fear of inhaling noxious chemicals. And if she decides to go grey later on this year, good for her.

Thirdly, the silver fox thing - totally untrue. Yes, some men look incredibly attractive when they go grey (erm, HELLO George Clooney) - but so do women. Grey hair has never been more fashionable, as the #GrannyHair trend takes over Instagram, and celebrities like Rihanna and Kylie Jenner are dyeing their hair shades of silver. Not forgetting models like Kristen McMenamy, who embraced their hair turning grey - and look fabulous.

So can we agree to finally all stop talking about grey hairs?

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