Helen Mirren Stuns in Formfitting Gown and Long, Gray Hair on Red Carpet

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Whether striking a pose with Sharon Stone, Drew Barrymore, and Mariah Carey for an epic photo on the red carpet or shocking fans with impactful new roles (check her out in Yellowstone’s prequel, 1923!), Helen Mirren seems to be thriving at 77. And her latest red carpet appearance proved just that. At the premiere of her latest film, Golda, the star stunned in a form-fitting black floor-length dress and extra-long gray hair.

The timeless, elegant look featured long sleeves with a puffed statement shoulder and a cowl neckline. Mirren wore her waves in a side part and minimal accessories, paired perfectly with a bold red lip. The event took place at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival in Germany.

As for her red carpet look, Mirren’s platinum-level gray was impressively bright. And although she had the help of Hollywood professionals and, likely, extensions, dermatologists previously shared with Cosmopolitan the best shampoos for gray hair to brighten and nourish natural salt-and-pepper strands.

L’Oreal’s Serie Expert Magnesium Silver Neutralising Shampoo contains violet micro-pigments that fight yellowing and amino acids “that hydrate your locks,” said Noelani Gonzalez, M.D., an instructor in dermatology at Mount Sinai in New York City. Gonzalez also recommended the best-selling and budget-friendly purple shampoo, Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights.

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The Golda premiere isn’t the first time Mirren has rocked XL gray hair, either. The 77-year-old wore a similar look to the 2022 Cannes Film Festival—dramatic hair flip included.

Needless to say, the actress has found power in going gray. In 2021, she called it an “easy” transition, especially because she had blonde hair to begin with.

“The women of my age who have made the leap [to gray] recently look so spectacular,” she said, adding that “people should do whatever makes them feel comfortable.”

Keep scrolling to shop shampoos for every gray hair journey, as well as Mirren’s past red carpet beauty favorites.

Mirren’s decades-long career has seen her transform into a number of characters—not all of them well-received. The star has gotten some flack for playing Golda Meir in the new film, Golda. Mirren wore prosthetics and makeup to step into the character, and the film’s director, Guy Nattiv, has defended casting her. “She totally got everything, every nook and cranny, everything in this character,” he told Deadline.

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