Many a man has experienced this moment. One morning, out of the corner of their eye, they notice a streak of something silver. Something that wasn’t there yesterday. Something that shouldn’t be there now. And while popular culture is filled with images of handsome gentlemen with salt and peppered or all-over silver hair — celebrities such as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Mark Ruffalo, Pierce Brosnan and Anderson Cooper — that first gray hair can be shocking. In fact, it motivates many men to do something they had never previously considered — coloring their hair.
Perhaps the most iconic silver fox on the small screen in recent years has been John Slattery as the inimitable Roger Sterling in the award-winning series Mad Men. Actors including George Clooney and Brad Pitt have aged gracefully, morphing from young hunks to elegant older gentlemen by keeping the silver strands that started to appear in their hair and stubble.
But despite Hollywood and the entertainment industry’s glorification and even celebration of gray and silver hair — often times it’s something that guys see as needing correction. In some industries, for example, it is important for men to look young. (Although studies have shown that in job interviews, men with graying hair are considered more mature and often earn more money or achieve earlier promotion as a result.)