A celebrity colorist’s amazing hair transformation photos will inspire you to embrace your gray
- Jack Martin is a celebrity colorist encouraging women to embrace their gray hair.
- He posts stunning transformation photos on Instagram that show just how beautiful silvery locks can be.
- Martin told Insider that gray hair should be seen as something positive and no longer connected with aging, plus it’s very low maintenance.
- The ecstatic reactions from his clients afterward are, Martin says, his “true fees.”
The LA-based hairdresser, who’s responsible for the hair transformations of Sharon Osbourne and Jane Fonda, posts before and after transformation photos on his Instagram account to encourage women to ditch the dye.
And Martin told Insider that the coronavirus lockdown has “absolutely” led to even more women around the world deciding to go gray naturally.
“Now, many women have about four to five inches of a new regrowth so they’ve started to see how beautiful their gray is naturally,” he said.
“Being quarantined at home for three to four months, seeing how much gray hair they have and how beautiful their gray hair is, many women have changed their minds and decided that they want to go this way.”
Even before the coronavirus lockdown, however, Martin was seeing an increasing number of women growing tired of endlessly dyeing their hair to disguise their gray.
“The way we looked at gray hair 10 or 20 years ago is different than now,” he said. “We are becoming more liberal.
“Ladies are more liberated with their looks, they want to go more natural, ditch chemicals on their scalp, enjoy freedom, and not to be trapped by a color touch-up every two or three weeks.”
For some women, Martin’s transformations provide the the turning point in how they think about their own hair, he said.
“I know some ladies, once they see the gray, their mental health goes down,” he said.
“It’s like a desperate need to color their roots. So when they see the results on my Instagram, they love the idea.”
Martin believes gray hair should be seen as something positive and no longer connected with ageing, so it has nothing to do with being old.”
He believes gray hair should be embraced.
Martin’s transformations take 8-15 hours depending on the length of the hair, the thickness, how dark it is, and if he’s going for a salt and pepper look (which takes longer).
If he gets the impression the client is nervous during the consultation, he won’t go ahead.
“They have to really want this 100%,” Martin said. “If they have 20% doubt, I tell them to think about it. It’s a big investment and big commitment.”
But most of the clients Martin sees have been waiting for a long time and cannot wait to be transformed, he explained.
Many women love how much lower-maintenance their hair is after going gray.
“You only have to use purple shampoo and keep trimming your hair,” Martin said. “So the visit to the salon will be either to tone your hair every four to five months, to get a trim, or to get a conditioning treatment.”
The reactions he gets are, Martin says, his “true fees.”
“Oh my God, the reactions,” he said. “They’re often crying, saying ‘I can’t believe this is my hair.’ The words I hear, it’s overwhelming.”
It really is !