Celebrities Who Have Been Hiding Their Gray Hair For Years

Many people groan when they spot a gray hair on their heads. It’s a sign of getting older that a lot of people would rather ignore, including celebrities. Yet, gray/white hair is a part of life and the natural aging process.

Over the years, some stars have been very open about their gray hair. Some have even embraced it and gone full white, such as Ted Danson and Jamie Lee Curtis. Others continue to dye their hair to retain their youthful looks. Check out celebs who’ve been “hiding” their gray hair for years but have openly admitted they have a silver streak or two.

Jennifer Aniston Teared Up When She Found a ‘Really Long Gray Hair’

Jennifer Aniston Teared Up
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In 2009, just before she turned 40, Jennifer Aniston realized that she was getting older. She told Ellen DeGeneres, “I found a really long gray hair, and it kind of flipped me out.”

She added, “It’s not my first, but it’s the fact that it was so long. I was like, ‘Oh that’s been there. How many others are there, and what does that mean?’ It actually brought me to tears, slightly.” The former Friends star most recently starred in the Apple TV+ drama series The Morning Show.

Matt Damon Jokingly Blames His Kids For His Gray Hair

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Matt Damon turns 50 in October 2020 and admitted in 2012 that he’s had gray hair. “I do have the salt and pepper. The last movie that I had my hair was We Bought a Zoo, but they dyed the gray out for that. The studio was like, ‘no gray hair.’

“And I was like, ‘I like my gray hair, I’m proud of it. My ‘salt and pepper.’ I like to say to my daughters. I point out all the gray and I’m like, ‘you did this and you did this and you did this.’ They really think it’s funny.”

Gwyneth Paltrow Revealed: ‘Of Course I Have Gray Hair’

Gwyneth Paltrow Revealed: 'Of Course I Have Gray Hair'
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VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images

Gwyneth Paltrow, actress and owner of lifestyle company Goop, admitted several years ago that she colors her hair. She admitted in 2016: “I am 44 years old. Of course I have wrinkles [and] gray hair. But I genuinely love it. This is who I am, and these years to get me here were hard-won years.”

And she was proud of the way she looks. “I feel good about [it]. I think it’s incredibly sexy. … And I wouldn’t want to erase years off my face or to travel back in time for anything.”

Naomie Harris Hates Her Gray Hairs So Much She Plucks Them Out

Naomie Harris Hates Her Gray Hairs So Much She Plucks Them Out
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Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

You probably know Naomie Harris from the James Bond hits Skyfall, Spectre, and No Time to Die or the films Moonlight and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. She blames her gray locks on trauma. She thinks her gray hairs are “incredibly annoying.”

“I actually had a car accident, and when I woke up the next day I had loads of gray hair which I didn’t have before,” she revealed. “I hate it, I keep plucking them out, dying them, I hate them.”

Jennifer Lopez Went Prematurely Gray In Her 20s

Jennifer Lopez Went Prematurely Gray In Her 20s
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Toni Anne Barson/WireImage

Jennifer Lopez turns 51 in 2020 and recently had a standout performance at the Super Bowl Halftime Show. But she admitted a few years ago that she started going gray in her twenties. “I was prematurely gray at 23,” she confessed.

“I have to have [my roots] touched up every couple of weeks. I’m kind of tempted to one day just let it go. It’d be kind of exciting! Maybe someday we’ll go really far away for like two months and I’m just going to see what it looks like.”

Chrissy Teigen Has A Cruella de Vil Look Underneath Her Dye Job

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Model Chrissy Teigen is a TV and internet personality, an author, and is also married to singer John Legend. Believe it or not, she has a patch of gray hair on her scalp, which she first mentioned on Twitter in 2018. Fans probably had no idea that she was hiding it from them.

“I have a skunk like streak of [gray] hair and I’m actually very into it. My Cruella dreams are coming true,” she wrote on social media in reference to the half-black and half-gray-haired villainess from the film 101 Dalmatians.

Jaimie Alexander Proudly Points Out Her Gray Hairs

Jaimie Alexander Proudly Points Out Her Gray Hairs
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Jaimie Alexander has starred in the NBC series Blindspot since 2015 and also appeared in the films Thor and Thor: The Dark World. She’s in her mid-30s and has been dealing with stray gray hair for a little while.

“I started getting some gray hair,” Jaimie admitted. “I was like, ‘Sweet check it out,’ and everyone is like, ‘Why are you pointing that out?’ They were teasing me that more were going to come back, and I was like, ‘I think I would look pretty boss with gray hair. Why not?’”

Charlize Theron Confessed She’s ‘Very Gray’

Charlize Theron Confessed She's 'Very Gray'
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Several years ago Charlize Theron admitted on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen that she was “very gray” and that her hair turned gray prematurely.

In 2012, paparazzi spotted the actress with a cropped salt and pepper look in Beverly Hills, California, so it really was no surprise that she dyed her locks. Theron, who’s originally from South Africa, recently appeared in the films The Long Shot and Bombshell. She also appeared in Mad Max: Fury Road, The Fate of the Furious, and Atomic Blonde

Christie Brinkley Only Has A Few Gray Hairs, But She Still Covers Them Up

Christie Brinkley Only Has A Few Gray Hairs, But She Still Covers Them Up
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Sixty-six-year-old Christie Brinkley has been modeling since the 1970s and has appeared on hundreds of magazine covers. And even though she’s a supermodel, she must deal with gray hair like the rest of us. Just not as many as some of her peers.

She revealed in 2014, “I only have a few gray hairs. My mom only had a few gray hairs too. I have them where I part my hair. I’m actually going to try and switch my part to the other side because I have no gray hairs there–and it’s thicker on this side.”

Susan Sarandon Doesn’t Have Enough to ‘Go Gray and Mean It’

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Susan Sarandon turns 74 this year, but she didn’t get gray hair until much later than most people. She told People three years ago: “I have a little tiny bit of gray hair, but some of my sisters that are really blessed with really thick, fabulous hair turned gray much faster.”

“So mine was really late, really really late. I’d like it if it was a really dramatic streak like in 101 Dalmatians, one of those things, I think that would be cool, but at the moment I don’t really think I have enough to go gray and mean it. That’s going to be a little while coming I think.”

Tracee Ellis Ross Is ‘Not Ready To Embrace’ Her Gray Locks

Tracee Ellis Ross Is 'Not Ready To Embrace' Her Gray Locks
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Tracee Ellis Ross turns 48 this year. You know her from her roles in the comedy television series Girlfriends and Black-ish. She also co-created a spin-off of Black-ish called Mixed-ish. As for her gray hair, she has been open about it but isn’t exactly thrilled with it.

“I was like, ‘Yes! I’m grown up!!’ But I do go to a person and have the gray hairs dyed,” the actress said. “I’m not ready to embrace them that much.”

Sharon Osbourne Got Fed Up With Dying Her Hair Red

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The Talk co-host Sharon Osbourne got rid of her signature red hair and opted to go gray in February 2020. She dyed her hair for nearly 20 years but decided she wanted to mix things up.

“I was just so fed up of going and having it dyed and having it dyed,” she said. “And I just was like, ‘I can’t do this anymore.’ I’m like, ‘Why am I try to do something or be something that I’m not?'”

Cindy Crawford Doesn’t Even Know What Her Natural Color Is

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Cindy Crawford is one of the world’s most recognizable supermodels, but she’s because she’s beautiful doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a gray hair or two. The 54-year-old can’t stop time but is lucky to have a good colorist on hand.

“Oh my gosh, I have no idea what my actual color of my hair would be now because I have it colored,” she once told People. “I don’t want to see [gray hairs] so I color my hair. But I try to color my hair so that it looks natural.”

Lucy Hale’s Stylist Pointed Out Her Gray Hairs When She Was In Her 20s

Lucy Hale's Stylist Pointed Out Her Gray Hairs When She Was In Her 20s
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Actress Lucy Hale is best known for her roles as Aria Montgomery in Pretty Little Liars and Katy Keene on Keene. She has also starred in several films, including Scream 4 and 2020’s Fantasy Island. The actress, 30, also started getting gray hair at a young age.

She told People magazine in 2015 when she was just 25: “It’s so funny because I still look like I’m 17 years old, but while I was on the set of PLL last year my hairstylist told me I had a gray hair. I was like, ‘get it out!'”

Salma Hayek Is ‘Proud’ Of Her White Hairs

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Salma Hayek’s most recent films include Grown Ups, Puss in Boots, Tale of Tales, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, and Like a Boss. The Mexican and American film actress and producer turns 54 in 2020 and isn’t immune to gray hair.

Hayek, like more and more actresses, has admitted that she’s succumbing to the natural aging process. She wrote on Instagram in February 2020, “Proud of my white hair,” along with a picture of a few silver strands of hair.

Jeff Goldblum Likes His Salt And Pepper Look

Jeff Goldblum Likes His Salt And Pepper Look
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Leon Bennett/WireImage

Jeff Goldblum turns 68 in 2020 and has been rocking a silver fox hairstyle for a few years. He told GQ in 2016: “My hair used to be dark, and now it’s salt and pepper. I like the way it looks. Luckily it’s still mostly there, so this is easy for me to say, but I would hope that if I lose my hair, I’ll just roll with it.”

He added, “I’ve also never used Botox, never had plastic surgery. I think when nature changes your face—especially if you live a clean life — your body is designed so it all looks right together. When you try to be youthful, it only makes you look older.”

Jane Fonda Shocked Fans At The 2020 Oscars

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Jane Fonda is (was?) known for her sandy blonde hair, which she had for 20 years. So many people were shocked when the 82-year old showed up to the Academy Awards in February 2020 with silver hair.

Her colorist, Jack Martin, wrote on Instagram: “Jane had about three inches of her salt-and-pepper natural roots and the rest was a [faded] warm golden blonde.” He spent seven hours with Fonda. “Her goal color was a silver, icy blonde to surprise everyone,” he added.

Shay Mitchell Calls Her Gray Strands ‘Wisdom Hairs’

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Shay Mitchell, 32, is known for the series Pretty Little Liars, You, and the horror film The Possession of Hannah Grace. She started noticing random gray hairs in 2016. “I’ve definitely found a gray hair, probably like five of them,” Mitchell said. “I call them like wisdom hairs. Like more wisdom, great. You can’t freak out about it. I am getting older.

“I am happy. You know what that means? I have more experiences. It’s made me even [older than] I was yesterday…. I don’t ever really freak out about them. Plus if you don’t like it, then dye your hair, no problem.”

Selma Blair Embraced Her Gray Roots Following Disclosure of Her MS Diagnosis

Selma Blair Embraced Her Gray Roots
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In 2017, paparazzi snapped pics of Selma Blair with gray roots, but she wasn’t ashamed of the look. In fact, she embraced it. She shared a photo of herself on Instagram, writing: “Happy Monday. Things to do: turn off Google alert. Stop eating four cupcakes a day. Ask The Daily Mail if they could possibly start using filters. Wear exquisite hats!”

She added, “I think I have a fantasy I will grow my hair gloriously gray. But it doesn’t seem a real option.” The following year, Blair revealed her fight against multiple sclerosis and since has been spotted several times with short gray hair.

Alexandra Grant Stopped Dying Her Hair To Avoid Toxins

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Artist Alexandra Grant, who is dating actor Keanu Reeves, has fully embraced her gray locks. She wrote on Instagram in December 2019: “I went [gray] prematurely in my early 20’s… and dyed my hair every color along the way until I couldn’t tolerate the toxicity of the dyes any more.

“In my 30’s, I let my hair turn ‘blonde’… I love and support that every womxn can choose how she wants to look at every age. But/and if womxn are perishing from beauty standards… then let’s talk about those beauty standards. Love to all womxn!”