Zoe Zolbrod, Director of Content Development, 50.
“I wasn’t that concerned about the gray hairs that appeared at my part in my twenties. As they developed into streaks in my thirties, I learned to actively like them. It helped that I got positive reinforcement from lots of people, especially strangers. I started dying the rest of my hair in my forties—when the rest of it started to get individual gray strands, in part to keep my streaks dramatic in contrast.
I want to note something: A major style icon for me is Patti Smith. Since I was a teenager, I’ve loved her look and attitude. Androgynous, sexy, cool-as-fuck, effortlessly stylish, comfortable, elegant, apparently low maintenance and without artifice. We appear to have somewhat similar hair in color and texture, and her example has helped me stick to my guns of not styling or straightening or much messing with my hair. I just saw her last night. Now she has a long, shaggy silver mane. I was like: I wish it would hurry up and get majority gray!”