Silver linings


Silver linings

Five women flaunt their gorgeous greys

By Vatsala Chibber  April 30th, 2014

Yanked out, snipped off, covered up – greys are to be hidden as soon as they appear, right? Wrong. Five gorgeous women throw convention out the window.

Naveen Naqvi, 43
Journalist, Co-Founder of Subcontent

Co-founding SubContent – along with her business partner Payal Puri – has been an exciting time for Naqvi. With a pool of journalists from India and Pakistan, the service offers content solutions across borders and media.

“I lucked out in how I greyed – in stripes and streaks. When you decide to stop dyeing, it’s daunting at first when your roots start to show, but it’s great not to subject yourself to all those chemicals.  A young woman once tweeted #silverfoxycleopatra to me – that felt awesome.”

Photograph: Ashish Shah; Styling: Arushi Parakh; Make-Up and Hair: Anand Kaira

 

 

Aradhana Sharma, 35

Creative Director (Non-Fiction TV Shows and TV events)

Shuttling between a home in Zurich and work in India, Sharma found the perfect travel companion in her 19-month-old son. 

“When I spotted my first strand of grey in college, I was afraid it would affect my chances of finding a suitable boyfriend (like you tend to feel at that age). Then I met somebody who didn’t care about the colour of my hair and I stopped dyeing it. Besides, it’s an exorbitant, long process. Accepting my grey hair saved me both time and money.”

Binaifer Bharucha, 36
Freelance Photographer 

Bharucha has been documenting events curated by ArtOxygen, a public arts initiative, for the last four years. At present, she’s compiling a short film on ‘Is There Love in This Air’, a public art festival that was held in Mumbai earlier this year.

“I spotted my first grey strands in school and decided to keep them because they never bothered me. Now, my striking hair is a style statement and a great conversation-starter. Some people think I colour my hair grey; I love the expression on their faces when I tell them it’s natural.”

Photograph: Bikramjit Bose; Styling: Nidhi Jacob; Art Direction: Reshma Rajiwdekar ; Make-Up: Ritee Singh/Warren Tricomi, Hair: Kunal Mehta/Warren Tricomi

Archana Jain, 48
Public Relations Consultant

As Managing Director of PR Pundit, Jain foresees an exciting summer – introducing the new collections, planning store openings and handling new initiatives.

“My silver greys put me in the league of an impressive few like Helen Mirren and Jamie Lee Curtis. They are also an asset in my profession, helping me exude an image of knowledgeable maturity. I have enjoyed varied hues in my thirties, and am proud to sport a silvery mane now.”  

Photograph: Ashish Shah; Styling: Arushi Parakh; Make-Up and Hair: Ashima Kapoor

Preah Narang, 47
Chef and Food Consultant

From live demonstrations at the exclusive women-only wellness club Grace Belgravia to cooking at Chef Anton Mosimann’s restaurant in London, Narang’s calendar is packed with culinary commitments. 

“For those who dread those grey strands, I would say that nature’s balance is unassailable; your hair colour does not define how old you are. There is nothing to fear! I love my grey hair because it is natural and I like to be as I am.”

Photograph: Ashish Shah; Styling: Arushi Parakh; Make-Up and Hair: Ashima Kapoor

Yanked out, snipped off, covered up – greys are to be hidden as soon as they appear, right? Wrong. Five gorgeous women throw convention out the window.

Naveen Naqvi, 43
Journalist, Co-Founder of Subcontent

Co-founding SubContent – along with her business partner Payal Puri – has been an exciting time for Naqvi. With a pool of journalists from India and Pakistan, the service offers content solutions across borders and media.

“I lucked out in how I greyed – in stripes and streaks. When you decide to stop dyeing, it’s daunting at first when your roots start to show, but it’s great not to subject yourself to all those chemicals.  A young woman once tweeted #silverfoxycleopatra to me – that felt awesome.”

Photograph: Ashish Shah; Styling: Arushi Parakh; Make-Up and Hair: Anand Kaira

 

 

Aradhana Sharma, 35

Creative Director (Non-Fiction TV Shows and TV events)

Shuttling between a home in Zurich and work in India, Sharma found the perfect travel companion in her 19-month-old son. 

“When I spotted my first strand of grey in college, I was afraid it would affect my chances of finding a suitable boyfriend (like you tend to feel at that age). Then I met somebody who didn’t care about the colour of my hair and I stopped dyeing it. Besides, it’s an exorbitant, long process. Accepting my grey hair saved me both time and money.”

Binaifer Bharucha, 36
Freelance Photographer 

Bharucha has been documenting events curated by ArtOxygen, a public arts initiative, for the last four years. At present, she’s compiling a short film on ‘Is There Love in This Air’, a public art festival that was held in Mumbai earlier this year.

“I spotted my first grey strands in school and decided to keep them because they never bothered me. Now, my striking hair is a style statement and a great conversation-starter. Some people think I colour my hair grey; I love the expression on their faces when I tell them it’s natural.”

Photograph: Bikramjit Bose; Styling: Nidhi Jacob; Art Direction: Reshma Rajiwdekar ; Make-Up: Ritee Singh/Warren Tricomi, Hair: Kunal Mehta/Warren Tricomi

Archana Jain, 48
Public Relations Consultant

As Managing Director of PR Pundit, Jain foresees an exciting summer – introducing the new collections, planning store openings and handling new initiatives.

“My silver greys put me in the league of an impressive few like Helen Mirren and Jamie Lee Curtis. They are also an asset in my profession, helping me exude an image of knowledgeable maturity. I have enjoyed varied hues in my thirties, and am proud to sport a silvery mane now.”  

Photograph: Ashish Shah; Styling: Arushi Parakh; Make-Up and Hair: Ashima Kapoor

Preah Narang, 47
Chef and Food Consultant

From live demonstrations at the exclusive women-only wellness club Grace Belgravia to cooking at Chef Anton Mosimann’s restaurant in London, Narang’s calendar is packed with culinary commitments. 

“For those who dread those grey strands, I would say that nature’s balance is unassailable; your hair colour does not define how old you are. There is nothing to fear! I love my grey hair because it is natural and I like to be as I am.”

Photograph: Ashish Shah; Styling: Arushi Parakh; Make-Up and Hair: Ashima Kapoor