Grey. It's the new black (red, blonde and brunette, too, for that matter). No longer the preserve of the bus pass brigade, silver locks are officially cool and not just for those carrying the Y chromosome; the fairer sex have finally got in on the act as grey finally becomes socially acceptable (if it's good enough for Kate Middleton...).
Ok, we admit, Kate Middleton's delicate silvery strands may not have been a conscious fashion statement, but it does show a more relaxed attitude to what used to be one of beauty's biggest pariahs. As a new mother there are more important things to worry about than a date with the dye, and we would wholeheartedly agree, but missed cover-ups aside, it’s a trend that has been on the cards now for a couple of years.
Jean Paul Gaultier started it a few seasons ago, with his ode to the granny rinse, when he sent his models out in grey wigs - and it’s been steadily gathering momentum ever since. Demonstrated by fashion's current love affair with models such as Kristen McMenamy, whose trademark tresses have been flaunted down every runway.
They say it takes three for a trend, so the minute we spotted several fashionistas during fashion week with copycat hues (all under the age of 35 - we're pleased to note), we knew it was a keeper.
Think of it as an evolution of the pastel. The key is the cool hint of blue/grey (achieved using a toner) which overlays a super-light base.
It may not be for everyone but we're seriously thinking of exploring our own 50 shades of grey.
But, if grey hair isn't your thing, a new pill has been developed to stop you going grey. Worth knowing.
Need some hair inspiration for the festive season? We've found loads of gorgeous party hairstyles.
Marie Claire Newsletter
Celebrity news, beauty, fashion advice, and fascinating features, delivered straight to your inbox!
Forget the South of France in summer, winter’s the time to go
By Penny Goldstone
The biggest dating trends for 2024 might just get you back on the apps
Feeling jaded by modern dating? Take a look at this
By Lauren Hughes
The jeans all the cool girls are wearing have just dropped at NET-A-PORTER
This is the denim brand you need to know about
By Natalie Hughes