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"Within the past year, my silver hair has been received in such a positive way compared with when I first started growing it out. I constantly have people—women and men—coming up to me and asking if it’s my natural hair color, giving me kudos for growing it out, and saying how cool it is. Recently someone asked me how I got it this color, and she couldn’t believe it was natural. It’s also amazing to see how many people struggle with the thought of growing out their dyed hair. Some people don’t have confidence that it will look good, because they can’t bear the awkward phase of growing out; some people feel their significant others won’t like it or that they will just look old. It’s been a great feeling to speak with these people, relate to how they feel, and hopefully encourage them to be themselves, not to be afraid, and to learn from the process, as I have." —Katelyn Triola, 28