Tia Mowry, 44, shared why she doesn’t want to cover her emerging gray hairs.
The actress began to notice the salt-and-pepper strands taking over when she turned 40.
“When I see my gray hair, it actually is a blessing because it means that, yes, I’m getting older and I’m still here,” she wrote.
Tia Mowry knows aging is a part of life, and that silver strands come with the passing of time. In fact, she’s voiced her intention of embracing her natural gray hair in the past. Now, in a new essay for InStyle, the actress, 44, revealed she has no plans to cover her emerging grays—and why.
Inaugural silver strands began popping up in her late 20s and 30s, she wrote, but the full transition really took off when she turned 40, and it didn’t bother her one bit. “I wasn't alarmed,” she wrote. “I’ve always had this perspective that it is a blessing to get old. There are so many people on a daily basis that are not making it to the age where their hair starts to gray. And so when I see my gray hair, it actually is a blessing because it means that, yes, I’m getting older and I’m still here. I don’t take that lightly—I really, really don’t.”
The mom of two is determined to embrace the privilege of aging, even when her profession encourages her to hide it. “About four or five years ago, I was working on a film, and someone on set told me, ‘You really need to cover those gray hairs! Girls shouldn’t be seen that way.’ And I said, ‘No. I’m going to keep my gray hair. This is normal, this is what happens,’” she wrote. “Because at the end of the day, no matter what the trends are or what people tell me about how I should look, I define what beauty is for me. And for me, beauty is confidence, beauty is feeling good about yourself, beauty is embracing all of your flaws, and beauty is aging.”
She continued by explaining that she knows embracing such life changes is easier said than done, which is why she encourages people to curate social feeds that uplift them, rather than prompt them to compare and despair.
“You also want to have that real-life support system—the people who don’t care whether your hair is gray or not because they’re going to love you and think you’re beautiful regardless,” she wrote. “The one thing we all have in common as human beings is that every day, we are aging. I think we really need to start asking ourselves, ‘Why are we trying to diminish or suppress the beauty and the blessing of getting older?’ I want to change the narrative, and that’s why I show off my hair the way it is.”
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