Many people fight tooth and nail against any signs of aging -- and the arrival of gray hair is no exception.
Some people go so far as to burn their scalp with do-it-yourself hair coloring products, all because of an unwillingness to look older. Others make costly visits to their hairdresser every four to six weeks. No matter what their age, folks will do almost anything to prevent the appearance of snowy hair.
Yet there's also an impressive array of people -- everyone from Judi Dench to Lisa Bonet -- who are willing and even proud to sport a silvery mane. Instead of looking haggard, they appear both stylish and sexy. Here are some of our favorite gray-tressed celebrities:
Dame Judi Dench
For anyone contemplating letting their hair go gray, here's some more inspiration from Pinterest -- dozens upon dozens of stunning photos of both men and women sporting gorgeous gray hair.
What do you think about going gray? Let us know in comments. And check out our slideshow of 25 ways to rock gray below.
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<strong>Writer, animal rights advocate, and co-founder of The Deja Foundation (b. 1951)</strong> "A wise friend told me that your fifties can be the time you discover what freedom means for you. And she was right."
<strong>Business development director (b. 1972)</strong> "The first one I got, I cried actually. I saw it and I pulled it out and I absolutely cried. I couldn't believe I had a gray hair at 15."
<strong>Artist (b. 1961)</strong> "Silver...It's the new blonde."
<strong>Photographer and professor (b. 1944)</strong> "I think of myself as being a much younger person than I think I appear. So that idea that I'm a wise elder has not gotten into my psyche yet."
<strong>Television news journalist and founder and executive director of the cancer agency Latinas Contra Cancer (b.1947)</strong> "In reality, the white hair seemed a minor thing to me. It was just another passage. It has given me a new opportunity, a new spotlight on the stage, because so many people now recognize me right away, and as I once said driving down the freeway, 'I don't blend in anymore...with all those brunettes.'"
<strong>Actress, writer, producer, and former Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts (b. 1939)</strong> "...I find now, for me, the way that doors are opening is by taking care of others in my life, meeting new people, finding out that they are thinking, what they are doing...but it is a bit harder because they don't present themselves to you in the same way. You have to find them and recognize that they are doors."
<strong>Visual artist and educator (b. 1945)</strong> "...more importantly, life is a distillation of feelings and experiences that are common to everyone -- hopes and desires, blending the blurred boundaries between the hidden and revealed. What is important is that I feel good about who I am and to make creative contributions to the world that will live longer than I."
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<strong>Painter and teaching artist (b. 1952)</strong> "I started coloring my hair when I was about 40. I used semi-permanent color because of my illness and I knew I was very sensitive to chemicals. I realized that dyeing my hair gave me headaches and then finally I just decided to let the color go."
<strong>Renaissance woman (b. 1942)</strong> "I had just come out of the hairdresser's after having my hair cut, not colored. It was fully white then. A woman came up to me and asked where I got it colored because she liked it so much."
<strong>Healer, writer and artist (b. 1950)</strong> "I never dyed my gray hair. I never associated it with age. I always associated it with the art of being."
Modelling legend Carmen Dell'Orefice, 81, holds a pose in a creation by designer Norisol Ferrari on September 10, 2012 during New York fashion week. Ferrari said her collection for spring-summer was inspired by the 'curves' of film legends Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth. (Robert MacPherson/AFP/GettyImages)
Author Toni Morrison attends the National Dance Institute 31st Annual Gala at the New York State Theater, Lincoln Center on April 07, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)
Kristen McMenamy attends the Chanel: The Little Black Jacket private view at Saatchi Gallery on October 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Getty Images)
Dame Judi Dench arrives at the Royal World premiere of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Ruby Dee attends the premiere of 'For Colored Girls' at Ziegfeld Theatre on October 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
Jamie Lee Curtis
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Hitchcock' at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on November 20, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (AFP PHOTO/Robyn Beck)
Emmylou Harris performs at the TJ Martell Honors Gala, Nashville at Hutton Hotel on March 26, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for TJ Martell Foundation)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Actress Julie Walters attends the World Premiere of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows - Part 2 at Trafalgar Square on July 7, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Actress Blythe Danner attends the 2012 Arts For Humanity Gala at New York Public Library on October 17, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless