Photo: Jeremy Saladyga

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"I’m surprised by how many people stop me on the street or at work and tell me how much they love it. It’s also amazing how many women approach me, compliment my hair, and then say, “You’re so brave! I wish I could do the same thing.” I understand where they’re coming from because that was me a year ago. But I had nothing to lose by embracing my hair color, and now I’d never dye it again. I used to think I’d feel ugly with silver hair, but not only do I love it, I realized the time when I felt the most unattractive was when I had to get my roots done. But the naturalness of your silver hair means you’re owning it and you’re confident and there’s definitely something really sexy about that." —Melissa Malebranche, 44

Excerpted from Silver Hair: A Handbook by Lorraine Massey and Michele Bender (Workman). Copyright © 2018. Photographs by Jeremy Saladyga.