Back in the day, gray hair was related to wisdom and knowledge. In several places, it still is, for men at least. However, our society still appears to have a collective issue with the female natural aging process, so reaching for the dye as soon as the first silvery sprouts appear is de rigueur for most women under the age of 60.
Nevertheless, the times they are a-changing.' Think of the money and time spent in the hairdressers' chair, accepting the 'taboo' surrounding something totally normal and natural.
26-year-old Martha Truslow Smith decided that enough was enough. She founded the Instagram account grombre as a place of support and positivity for those women who choose to embrace their roots.
Helped along by celebrities like Lady Gaga that promoted the silver/platinum 'trend,' having gray hair is now becoming something to be manifested, rather than hidden.
The women below have all ditched the dye and look stunning. Their stories only inspire more to have the bravery to do the same, if they so choose. We will leave you with some wise words of advice from Martha for young women who go gray: “Don’t fret over others opinions, instead, follow your calling, and you’ll surprise yourself with how strong you are and where your path will lead you.”
My first gray hair memory was when I was 7 years old. I remember being at school, I had long hair, and it caught my attention. I yanked it out, but never really thought much of it because I thought it was normal; both my parents have ALWAYS had grey since my earliest childhood memories. It wasn't until I got married and I had my second child at 22 that I started to go salt and pepper. One day, my female boss was leaning over from behind as I sat at my desk, and she made a comment, ‘oh my goodness, for such a young woman, you sure have LOTS of grey!’ I felt so embarrassed and ashamed; I did not want to be considered old! So from the age of approximately 24 I started to dye my hair dark brown, the closest I could get to my "natural" color. I did those until I was 41 years old. By then, I was coloring every 2 weeks! I hated it. It grew out so fast, all I could see was a white skunk line. Sometimes when I traveled, I would pack a box of dye in my luggage, just in case. I would be mortified if anyone even suspected that I had grey hair. Many times I tried growing it out, but I felt like I would look hagard and old, and then I'd give in, and re-dye; it was like alcohol addiction...always back to the bottle! Anyhow, I was going to turn 42, and I made a bet with myself... I would go cold turkey for 12 months (no matter what) and see what was really growing underneath the dye. My heart was ready. I got many (unwanted) opinions from friends and my kids, ‘don't do it, you're gonna look old...’ ‘Why are you letting yourself go?’ I did it, it took me 3 years to grow it out completely. I didn't do the big chop, instead, I kept cutting the ends. I have been dye free for 6 years now; I love me and my hair. I get compliments ALL the time. As a matter of fact, people in general think I'm in my 30's; I'm 48. ...and because of my hair, I model for stock photos! I feel more vibrant and beautiful today more than I ever did than when I dyed it. My husband has nicknamed me his ‘SILVER FOX.’
Deciding to let my white hair grow in was a moment of acceptance of who I am. My hair color does not define my youth! I feel young, healthy, & beautiful. Having white natural hair is empowering!! Love not being controlled by societal standards of beauty but my own. I have never colored my hair...I love not being a slave to dying it. Not to mention it is massively better for my natural curls
Now that my transition is complete and with the winter light my hair seems more white than grey.... I love all the shades though! It looks different every day!
I was 12 years old when the boy I had a crush on pointed out my first grey hair. He meant no harm, but I was mortified. Since then there were years of plucked hair and boxed dye. It has now been 4 years of growing out the roots and fully embracing the grey. 26 years old and I wouldn't have it any other way.
My name is Lhin. I am 37 years old from Thailand. 🇹🇭 I have had gray hair since I was in high school. It keeps changing the color more through the years. I had to dye my hair almost every month. Four years ago, I decided to let my gray hair grow out and embrace my natural color. Despite some mean comments from neighbors, I didn’t care and went on with my daily life. Nowadays, I am asked by people all the time, “where did I get my hair done!?”They love it and want to have this color too. I love my hair and I feel blessed that I embrace it and let this color become me. I am happy to see this grombre ladies out there. Thank you for raising awareness of people around the world. I want to shoutout for someone who is struggling with a similar story like me; keep being yourself and embrace it. Because you are absolutely beautiful in your own way!
I’ve been greying since the age of 13 and I’ve never dyed my hair. Furthermore, I’ve been growing it since 12 and I have entirely forfeited cutting it five years ago. I’m profoundly happy with the way it looks. The colour and the length combined are one of my favourite attributes. Never have I ever felt like it made me look older! Instead it gets me the sweetest and most magical compliments, some of which I’m sure you’re familiar with: looking avant-garde, otherworldly or like a fairy, an elf, or Frozen-Anna. My current life on an organic farm somehow resonates with my natural hair, and for me it’s another way for my femininity to shine through. I hope to inspire as many as possible, to be brave enough to embrace and show who and what they truly are on the inside.
Born with grey and black hair. First female in 7 generations! I was teased incessantly because kids are jerks so I started dying it when I was 14. When I had my first son at 29 I noticed the gray become white in the front so I began to just leave a streak out and dye from the streak back like rogue from X-Men. About year and a half ago my stylist told me that all my gray was now white so we went for it. I feel like I found hardwood under the carpet! I’ll never go back.
Hope everyone had a Happy Mother’s Day! I get it from my momma!
I have dyed my hair since I was 18, now at 42 I can not wait to see my gray curls. Gray is freedom
Think of all that livin you get to do when you stop masking your true Self
Celebrating TWO years of being grey! It's easy to get caught up in the everyday bumps and bruises, and losing sight of the scope of your progress is all too easy to do. Be encouraged! Hold onto the hope that today is easier than yesterday, and you're one step closer to your goals. How applicable to everything we put our minds to. If we can do this, imagine all that we can accomplish by taking it one day at a time. Thanks for inspiring and encouraging me with your own journeys.
I had been coloring my hair for fun and dramatic effect since I was 16. When I started to go gray, coloring my hair stopped being "fun". It felt like I was hiding something that I was supposed to be ashamed of. About 5 years ago, I decided to go gray. All on it's own, my hair became what I'd been trying to achieve for years through dyes -- dynamic, unique, and vibrant. It feels so good to just be myself.
A woman turned to me when we were both warming up to be adjusted and said, ‘I’m so sick of dying my hair and I’ve been thinking about letting it go.’ ⠀ We talked a bit about what the grow-out process has been like over the past year-and-a-half and made small talk but what’s been nagging at me is her words. ‘Letting it go.’ ⠀ I am fully aware that there is a view out there that gray hair is less-than. That it’s unkempt or seen as not taking care of yourself. I know this because these used to be my thoughts too. ⠀ These culturally institutionalized thoughts inform our words and ultimately our actions. ⠀ But little did I know - over the past year or so, my actions have informed my words which have impacted and reshaped my thoughts. I guess it works both ways. ⠀ So hear this. ▫️I’m not letting my hair go. I’m letting myself be. ▫️I am not giving up on myself. I am getting to know myself. ▫️I am not evading old age. I am growing in grace. ▫️I’m not keeping up. I’m stepping out. ▫️Gray is beautiful. ▫️I am beautiful.
Going grey was a huge game changer for me... It was like learning who I was all over again... same me in a different frame (of mind).
One of my many motivations to stop dying my hair was the fact that my husband would be referred to as a ‘silver fox’ while women with grey hair are simply seen as ‘old’. I felt that by continuing to dye I was perpetuating that sexism. Well, stuff that - I am grey and beautiful and I love it! Would never, ever go back.
This journey is not just about embracing the outward woman but also making peace with the inner woman. It's about knowing we are wonderfully and fearfully made. And since it's a privilege to grow older, we should wear our silver as a crown of honor. I believe confidence and self-acceptance are what truly make a woman beautiful...at any age! Rock your silver crown sisters and sparkle on!!
Almost got upset today when someone asked me if I was my niece’s grandma 👵 but then I got home and my husband said that I look like the best version of me.
I am almost 47. After coloring my hair for almost 25 years, I am embracing my transition to Wise Woman, part of which is allowing my hair to grow in with its natural color...silvery grey. My hair has always been my vanity, and being a redhead has been fun and liberating, but spiritually and emotionally, I am deepening and ready to share what I am learning with others. As a dear friend says, 'I am connecting to what feels true inside over what society has given as the rule book.' To everything, there is a season.
End of Summer, 2018, 2 1/2 years into the gray hair adventure!
I didn’t always love my grey. If I’m honest, some days Sheba (my mane’s name) and I have a love/hate relationship. 😊 Greying early was kind of a shock. Old people are supposed to be grey, right? I couldn't take it so I started dyeing it. I soon grew tired of it, because the greys always came back. One day I decided that I’d had enough. It’s been about 4 years now, and I haven’t looked back. Allowing my silver tresses to show themselves has been liberating. There are times that I wake up, and I’m over it. I want to dye it away, but I know that I never could. It’s mine; kind of like my trademark.
Hi! I’m from Guatemala City, Guatemala. I started noticing grey at the age of 11. Now i am 30. Havent colored my hair in 4 years. My mom, sister and me have the same haircolor
This page gives me so much life! 10 years ago is when I ditched the dye & began my transition journey! I know the transition is messy & uncomfortable. I know the stares & whispers can be abundant but... Silver Sisters, KEEP GOING!! They aren't bothered by your hair, they are intimidated by your fierce independence! There is an amazing thing that happens not only physically, but spiritually when you release yourself from the societal rules & constraints that are imposed on us about our age & appearance! You cannot dim or hinder the glow of a woman who has declared her own freedom! There is so much power right inside YOU! Stop waiting! Take your power back and RUN! A woman who loves herself is unstoppable! Stop dimming your light for the comfort of others! Why hide when you were created to stand out?!
I’ve had grays since age 23. I decided to let the grays grow at age 45. I receive positive compliments every day- most people ask who my colorist is. Their look of surprise when I tell them it is my own natural color is worth every penny I have saved by going natural!
I have had patches of grey in my hair since I was 13. I have dyed my hair over 50 times since then (8 years ago!) and now I just embrace it, pretend I’m Rogue from X-Men and have a grand old time!
When I got my hair back from cancer 5 years ago, it came back gray. I felt that my youth was taken from initially and dyed my hair every two weeks in an effort to forget. Now I embrace the grey as a sign of surviving and thriving. I love my hair. Looking forward to it being fully grey!
I stopped dyeing my hair at 33 and I have never entertained the thought of going back. My skin tone has changed; dyeing my hair just wouldn't look right now. It means that people rarely forget you and I'm quite comfortable with that.
After 2,5 years I can say my transition is completed! I am now proud owner of a grey kinda wavy/wild mane! Loving it!
I come from a family of people with white hair, so I wasn’t suprised when I started graying in my late teens. I dyed off and on in my twenties, but by the time I hit thirty, I was tired of the expense. I chopped my hair and most of the color with it which made going grey super easy. I kept a basic no frills pixie for almost a decade, but as I neared forty, I wanted something different. I have had the undercut pixie for over a year now, and I LOVE it!
I started going grey when I was about 20 years old, and I think because I was always little different (being born without my left hand) I didn't mind that my hair was doing it's own thing. Now that I am in my mid thirties, people are always asking me where I get my hair coloured - which is amazing, because I don't do anything to it! When I tell them it's all natural, many folks don't believe me - and that makes me feel kind of lucky. I have always LOVED seeing other women with beautiful greys in their hair, because I get to see a bit of myself in them. Sometimes I even feel like a bit of a rebel for not covering my greys, and that feels really fun. ps I have a one-handed cooking show on YouTube called Stump Kitchen!
My mom, my aunt, cousins, myself...anyone with my grandmother’s lineage has had early grays and I finally stopped dying. It has been the best decision of my life. At first my grandmother criticized me but I said this was us. This was our hair. She finally stopped dying this year. And tonight, she complimented my hair. Hers is platinum white. She said I dyed it white. I said this was all mine. And she smiled. I’m 33 and she’s 78.
My mom said I always had a small patch of silver from a child but not noticeable (I don't remember seeing grey hair as a child but my hair was thick and long so my mom would comb it and put it in really funky styles). As a young adult, I had dreadlocks but I would dye them black so they would look "healthy" and shiny. About 6 years ago, my hairdresser at the time said, "why are you dyeing these wonderful greys?!! People are paying to put grey in and covering yours up!". I stopped and embraced my silver patch. When I cut my locs off, my "mojo" (yes, that's what I call it) burst forth in all its glory... Did I say how thrilled I was to find this community?
I'm a Mexican girl, I'm 30 years old, but I have had grey hair since I was 5 years old and I actually love it. I'm very happy to discovered hundreds of women like me.
Well... let’s talk about funny stuff. Silver hair has its quirks too, right? The one I laugh about the most is this one: do you remember when you had a hair tickling somewhere in your back after a bath and you couldn’t find it? But then you would go to the mirror and bingo! there it was, you could see it. Well, not the same anymore! 🙈😂 Now I pray that all the falling white ones find their way, because they just stay there tickling and I can’t find them immediately because I can’t see them! The struggle is real #silversisters ! 😂 Tell me the quirks you found!!
I do wonder why people hate their grey hair so much! I think grey hair is a gift from the moon. When the moon laughs, her eyes produce tears of joy that fall to earth and land on the tops of people's heads!' -C. Joybell C.
It is the second time I do the « experience » of this transition. First time was 3 years ago in 2015. I let them grow but then decided to cut them very short, I didn’t find a real proper way to arrange them, neither a new style, then they grow again and I suddenly tied them with biological vegetal brown color, as I was feeling less sure about myself. And also because I like to follow my desires ;) even if I change my mind. But somehow I felt sad to have covered my « inner light » again and decided this year, after months working on myself (meditation, reading and applying lots of self-development books, drawing, taking time for me out of my last job), to let them grow naturally, not only the color but the natural movement of my hair. And it matches perfectly with my state of mind and mindfulness. I think it represents how every woman/human has beauty and light and freedom inside her. And I’m proud of being part of a movement that spread courage, healthy lifestyle and self-acceptance around the world. Others are helping me and I’d like to help others wearing that white (and grey) flag on their head and learn that patience really worths it. 😌☀️Time reveals treasure when you take it.
No better way to wrap up a Monday than with the dreamiest curls and popping pink.
It’s been 9 months since I last dyed my hair. A friend just saw me for the first time since my transition and told me that she could never do what I was doing because she was “too vain.” She meant it as a compliment but I didn’t say anything back. No longer dyeing my hair doesn’t mean I’ve given up on myself or that I don’t care about my appearance. It’s the exact opposite. It means I’ve embraced my authentic self - I love who I am and I don’t have any desire to pretend to be anyone else. I’m 43 years old. I’ve dyed my hair for over 20 years. when I look in the mirror now, I finally see me. I’ve never been happier.
I've wrestled with grey hair my entire adult life. It was so much hassle keeping up with it, and I was also often embarrassed when I saw photos of myself with the grey roots peeking through! I finally decided to quit the dye summer 2017 and embrace my authentic self. It wasn't always easy at first, but the more it grows out the happier I am with it...one of the best decisions I could have made.
Most thought I was crazy for giving up the dye at 44...at times I thought I was...maybe I am! 🤷🏻♀️🤣 But if I could just let others “feel the freedom” that I have for just a few seconds...freedom to pull my hair back...freedom to have healthy, natural hair again....freedom from the time spent on having to dye it every 4 weeks...freedom in my own skin...freedom from what others think...then they’d know why!
I don’t care what you think about me, I don’t think about you at all
I decided to stop dying my hair as a celebration to the end of my cancer treatment at the age of 38. The grays started to show up as I have entered menopause. The slow changes at the beginning was annoying and I was self-conscious. A year in, the grays intensified and my confident grew stronger. I realized to accept the new me. I just turned 41 a week ago and I love my silver hair more than ever.
One year ago I embarked on this journey: the journey towards natural hair. I had no idea what to expect, both in terms of outcome and of the journey itself. Some of my friends almost begged me to go back to colour, as apparently I was about to commit the unforgiveable crime of looking older. . I may look older now, but I have rarely been as happy with myself as a whole as during this transition so far. I have learnt to love me for who I am and just the way I am, and I owe it to my hair 😊 I often hear that it is only hair, but the truth is that there is more than just hair involved. . To those of you on the fence, give it a try. If you do not like it you can always go back to colouring your hair! . 13 3/4 months into transition - 11 3/4 months post blending
I finally saw my hair in a certain light today where I actually see what people talk about it. It really is... dare I say.... kinda cool. It’s hard to see its real effect in the bathroom mirror and photos come out different in every lighting. Truth be told, I know it’s silver, and I know it’s “different” but not until today did I see what they see. Thank you strangers.... you’re right. It’s pretty cool. Sparkly, silver, and proud.
Changes. Changes are normal. The most normal in the world, but why are changes so difficult for us? Is it the fear of not being seen by society, or the fear of losing oneself? ‘You've changed so much ...’ A big insult these days that you jump right out. But should not we be proud of ourselves when we change (positively)? It is good to change, to see the world with new eyes and to be seen by the world with new eyes. Discover more and get to know each other from another side.
Crazy how much light can change the look of your hair. Whenever I step outside I see its true color. Embracing my transition!
I made it! I decided for my birthday and one year anniversary I would get a really major haircut to celebrate and get rid of some of my old colored ends. I love it! Ive had long hair for SO long...I didnt think I would look good with short hair. This hair journey of mine sure has pushed me to think and do things that I never would have before. I have a new sort of confidence. I’m so glad I decided to join you all last year!
Waves, braids, side-ponytails galore! There are so many cute ways to style your silver and the wonderful @young_and_gray29 wears them all so well.
Found my first silvery strands in my twenties, and have been dyeing for 20+ years. I opted to bleach out my ends and coax the gray in- and have dark roots instead of light, a dark background instead of a halo(also fabulous, btw). My stylist was such a brave chemist- but now slightly afraid of all the referrals she’s getting😂(This approach was not easy, of course, and I sacrificed many destroyed inches). But two years in, I find myself wishing for more gray! And now I wear red lipstick everyday! I’m truly never going back. Not letting myself go. Letting myself become❤️
I started getting grey hair in college. From 2001-2015 I dyed my hair dark brown in an attempt to hide my natural hair. I’m not sure the exact moment I decided I was finished with covering up the real me, but it was the best physical decision I’ve ever made. I was so afraid that it would make me look older, especially since my husband has such a baby face. I would argue that at age 35 I look the best I ever have, and if that’s not true... then at least my confidence is the best it’s ever been! I often get strangers asking me about it, or complimenting it. Even without the compliments, I feel very natural, very true to myself, and my hair is the healthiest it’s ever been.
I got my first grey hair at 14. Despite being raised by my two silver crowned parents I quickly learned how to dye and have done so for ten years. I found that with each dye I gained not identity and assurance but anxiety and a feeling of misrepresentation. I found an odd reassurance in the fact that I NEEDED chemicals and dye to feel beautiful. At 24 I've decided to go #grombre. Join me on my journey of empowerment and acceptance as I look to build a community based on the natural privilege of silver beauty (at any age!) DM me to feature your own journey to platinum beauty.
Acceptance is all the rage these days. Everywhere we look, social norms and 'taboos' are being challenged, particularly concerning body image and cultural expectations about the ways women decide to present themselves in public. “It's about time too,” many people say. After all, we live in free, individualistic societies and there should be no pressure to conform to unrealistic 'standards' that were consolidated under an entirely outdated patriarchal system.
Nevertheless, for the more conservative among us, those changes and challenges are happening so fast that it can become disorienting. Maybe there are more pressing issues we should all focus on? The latest example of breaking down barriers comes, naturally, in the form of a pithily-named month. From 'Veganuary' to 'Decembeard,' any movement worth its salt seems to be couched in a punny and easily achievable 30-day package, and 'Januhairy' is no different. The campaign's purpose is for women to grow out body hair for one month to support Body Gossip’s education program, which encourages everyone to be the best version of themselves and “to rock their own brand of gorgeous!”
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eeeeek i’ve just learnt about januhairy!! it’s always so exciting for me to see new waves of this movement of body nonconformity. it’s gaining a lot of attention from the media which is EXACTLY what is needed. people need to be reminded over and over that what women choose to do with their bodies is THEIR OWN DAMN CHOICE. people need to see women who do not care to change themselves to fit our society’s bullshit beauty standards until seeing that becomes the norm. that is the only way we can change the standards . shave or don’t, i don’t care or judge you either way, it’s your choice! but i do encourage all women to think about the changes they make to their bodies and think about why they do it. who they do it for . personally, there are so many reasons i don’t shave my armpits and very few reasons why i would. but one of my biggest motivators not to is knowing that by not shaving i am actively choosing not to give money to companies, and the people who run them, that think that women’s bodies aren’t good enough the way they naturally are
Hi I’m Laura, the gal behind Januhairy! I thought I would write a little about my experiences and how Januhairy came about... I grew out my body hair for a performance as part of my drama degree in May 2018. There had been some parts that were challenging for me, and others that really opened my eyes to the taboo of body hair on a woman. After a few weeks of getting used to it, I started to like my natural hair. I also started to like the lack of uncomfortable episodes of shaving. Though I felt liberated and more confident in myself, some people around me didn’t understand why I didn’t shave/didn’t agree with it. I realised that there is still so much more for us to do to be able to accept one another fully and truly. Then I thought of Januhairy and thought I would try it out. It’s a start at least . . .I have had a lot of support from my friends and family! Even though I had to explain why I was doing it to a lot of them which was surprising, and again, the reason why this is important to do! When I first started growing my body hair my mum asked me “Is it you just being lazy or are you trying to prove a point?” . . . why should we be called lazy if we don’t want to shave? And why do we have to be proving a point? After talking to her about it and helping her understand, she saw how weird it was that she asked those questions. If we do something/see the same things, over and over again it becomes normal. She is now going to join in with Januhairy and grow out her own body hair which is a big challenge for her as well as many women who are getting involved. Of course a good challenge! This isn’t an angry campaign for people who don’t see how normal body hair is, but more an empowering project for everyone to understand more about their views on themselves and others.This picture was taken a few months ago. Now I am joining in with Januhairy, starting the growing process again along with the other wonderful women who have signed up! Progress pictures/descriptions from our gals will be posted throughout the month. Lets get hairy
There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty."~Steve Maraboli • • • @i_am_morgie~ “…Imagine if everyone just decided that today was the day they loved themselves and embraced every part of them selves. Accepting and loving your body and your "flaws" because you know they are what makes you who you are. If you are focused on being true to yourself in every moment, you are less concerned what others think, which will lead to peace of mind. When you have nothing to hide and you can freely be yourself, there is a profound peace/confidence you will emanate to the world that will inspire others.”👏 • • • All the girls joining in januhairy are shaving off their body hair on New Year’s Eve (Monday 31st) ready to kick start the new year with a new challenge! We have many women who have signed up for this charity project so far, from the age range of 16-60! ✨💃✨💃 Sign up and join in while you can!
Guys have noshavenovember girls have januhairy
If you’re a woman - are you comfortable with your body hair? I try to be, but after almost 2 years of not shaving, I’m still insecure about it. I get really self conscious when wearing tops, and I usually opt for an option where my armpits are covered. I’m a little more confident about my leg hair, but not much. I wonder if it will ever be completely chill to show my body hair, or if I will keep feeling the pressure. I don’t think society is gonna change over night, but really hope to at least see some change in 2019. A girl can hope, right? For now I will just try to do my part in showing that body hair on women is ok
Great time with Freya a few weeks ago, during a brief parting in the stormy clouds in Plymouth
New Year’s resolution for 2019:1. I’m not going to shave my legs.Why? Because I don’t know why I started to begin with. My 6yo felt my prickles on my legs the other day & I didn’t know how to explain that I needed to shave & I actually found myself not wanting to explain. It’s stupid that women do this. Trust me, this is a big deal. I’ve been so conditioned my entire life to care about how I look. Western culture puts way too much emphasis on image & I am trying to break that cycle for myself & my family. This is a start to being comfortable in my own skin, err hair.
We all say and think that world has developed a lot since of late. We have easy means to communicate all around the world, travel anywhere we want and get to know everything that happens in every nook and corner of the world within a few seconds. But, can this be called ‘development’? If you give it some thought, you'll understand that despite all the material sophistication, the world is degenerating day by day and the growing technical improvement has distorted the natural vibrancy of human lives.
Can you remember the last time that you had a proper dinner with your family? And how many of you didn’t bring your mobiles to the dinner table at that time? Well, don’t go that far, just think about a friend with whom you had a conversation today. While one of you were talking how many times did the other ones check their smartphones? Well, yes. That's the reality of the world that we live in. We are more connected with people who live thousands of miles away from us but disconnected with the ones who are so close to us.
Over the years, all the technical devices like televisions, computers and other smart devices have reduced in size while humans grow into larger sizes. We have become a world of lazy people where our food is cooked in fast food restaurants. We call and order whatever that we want and never tries to eat anything fresh. We don’t try to do even a small thing by ourselves as there are machines everywhere to do everything for us.
We teach our kids not the moral values but to win the massive competition around them and parents care only for marks and not about their behaviors and conduct. Many things have changed with time, and following pictures will speak a lot about the world that we are living in.
As the year comes to a close, it is only natural to want to take a look back at the incredible moments we’ve experienced in the past twelve months. As a society, we have shared experiences through the power of photography. On an everyday basis, we are exposed to countless images which not only document the lives of people around the globe but also shape our memories of a given point in time. Considering the social and political climate of the world, 2018 has been a tremendous year in photography.
One topic that’s made way in 2018 is global warming and its effects on the world. Many photographers could not help but notice the environmental impact of climate change across the globe. Capturing beautiful images of rising sea levels and portraits of displaced animals were aplenty. Despite the divisiveness of politics and devastation of natural disasters, there were several bright spots to focus in on as well.
As we take a look back, we hope to see and highlight the beauty of the world around us, as well as the people and animals that inhabit it. Poignant portraits, awesome aerials, majestic landscapes, and perfectly timed candid moments are engrained in our memories of the past 365 days.
Sergey Gorshkov (Facebook)
Lin Chen/2018 Sony World Photography Awards (Sony World Photography Awards)
Packer Family Photography (Facebook)
Barbara Jensen Vorster (Instagram)
Willis Chung (Website)
When Washington Post reporter Christopher Ingraham and his family adopted a young bearded dragon lizard, the first thing the man did was make a bulk order for live crickets. The crickets soon arrived by FedEx, and a combination of Christopher’s naivety and inexperience led him to unleash his plague on the family house, leaving his wife in despair and his Twitter followers in tears of laughter.
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Kazou was found as a kitty when his eyes were already severely damaged from the cat flu. Unfortunately, they couldn't be saved and had to be surgically removed.
But that hasn't stopped him since – far from it!
Kazou is a very curious, sassy, and fearless cat. Besides chasing bumblebees, of course, he loves being outside in his very own cat proof garden and feeling the sun on his belly.
Everyone who meets Kazou is thrilled by his behavior. Even if he's eyeless, I bet he can see with his heart. I'm sure he can!
Depending on your point of view, the US and the UK can be seen as great bastions of progress, liberal democracy, and freedom; or imperial powers struggling to hold on to the power and wealth mainly accumulated through colonialism and war.
Either way, the rest of the world is looking on with curiosity as the governments of these once great nations disengage from hard-won international treaties and agreements, close their ears to the economic reality and begin to build walls around themselves, now that they are not allowed to just take from everybody else anymore.
However, while Donald Trump stokes nonsensical fear of terrorist hordes, people find themselves in real and present danger because of the government shutdown he has called to get his way. Thousands of government workers are being stood down or work without pay, including those critical to the safety of air passengers, like airport security workers and air traffic controllers.
The irony of this would be hilarious if it were not so serious. Scroll down to see the actual, tangible ways that the shutdown affects the safety of Americans and let us know what you think in the comments. (Facebook cover image: iStock / MediaProduction)
Hokusai’s The Great Wave of Kanagawa is a staple of Japanese art. Made using traditional woodblock printing techniques, the work typifies the ukiyo-e practice. Given its prominence and popularity, you might think that The Great Wave we have all come to know and love is the only one of its kind. Katsushika Hokusai, however, depicted this subject matter many times throughout his life, culminating in a collection of four similarly themed canvases.
Hokusai started exploring this motif in 1797 when he was 33 years old. In Springtime in Enoshima, the water wasn't the only subject. He also emphasized a group of figures in the foreground. In an early work of Hokusai, the piece is characterized by delicate lines and an attention to minute detail.
Hokusai crafted his second precursor of The Great Wave in 1803. View of Honmoku off Kanagawa includes a muted color palette and two focal points: the wave (that had significantly increased in scale) and a passing ship. Though stylized, the wave is also simplified; minimalist contours and little embellishment suggest its form.
Two years later, Hokusai completed Fast Cargo Boat Battling The Waves. He retained some of the characteristics found in the previous piece, including the prominent presence of a boat and the simplified crest of the wave. From this design, however, he reorganized the composition, moving the wave from the left side of the scene to the right. That decision ultimately stuck, defining the composition of his last and most popular Great Wave.
It's no surprise that this later work has proven to be Hokusai’s most successful—especially in the context of the artist’s assessment of his art. “From the time I was six, I was in the habit of sketching things I saw around me,” Hokusai said. “Around the age of 50, I began to work in earnest, producing numerous designs. It was not until my 70th year, however, that I produced anything of significance.”
“Springtime in Enoshima,” 1797 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons Public Domain)
“View of Honmoku off Kanagawa,” 1803 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons Public Domain)
“Fast Cargo Boat Battling The Waves,” 1805 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons Public Domain)
“The Great Wave off Kanagawa,” ca. 1826-1833 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons Public Domain)
h/t: Open Culture
It probably goes without saying that motorcyclists should always wear a helmet no matter what. However, if you're still not convinced that wearing a helmet is always something more than just a good idea, then it'll be useful for you to have a look at the following pictures. They illustrate 15 important reasons why a helmet is necessary, no matter how awesome a rider you are (or you think you are). It's scary to look at these pictures and imagine what would have happened to these guys if they didn't wear a helmet, right?
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#1 And This, Kids, Is Why You Wear A Freakin Helmet
#2 This Is Why We Wear Helmets All The Time
#3 My Helmet Saved My Life
My face and head took the greatest impact with the tree. I took a direct hit in the face which lead the doctor to proclaim that I was lucky to be wearing a full-face helmet. It didn't crack, the visor didn't break. My cheekbones weren't crushed or bruised, my spine was fine, my neck was only slightly sprained, my teeth were intact!
#4 Daily Reminder To Wear A Helmet
#5 Helmet Saved My Life Yesterday. Got Hit By A Car Turning Left And Flew Into Windshield
#6 Orlando Police Shared This Photo On Twitter Showing Where A Bullet Struck An Officer's Helmet. The Officer's Life Was Saved Because Of The Helmet
#7 Helmets Saved Lives
#8 No Doubt This Helmet Saved A Friend From Serious Head Injury Or Death
#9 Daily Reminder To Wear A Helmet On The Snow
#10 Helmets Can Save Lives
#11 My Friend Works In A Ski Gear Shop And This Guy Came In Yesterday
#12 And This, Kids, Is Why We Wear Helmets When We Skateboard
#13 I Keep Looking At This And Just.. Get A Bit Speechless Knowing How Much My Helmet Saved Me. Always Wear Your Gear
#14 The Helmet Of Our Patient After A Bicycle Crash (into A Wall At 80km Per Hour)!
#15 His Helmet Saved My Life When I Hit A Deer. Bike Is Gone But I'm Still Here!
Photographer Bella Foxwell has been capturing London's beautiful doors that a lot of people walk past. Her Instagram page, named The Doors of London, features a rainbow of facades so quirky that they resemble props from a Wes Anderson film.
Doors fascinate Bella for many reasons. "It's partly that I admire people who put so much pride into their front door, particularly those that are very daring, with a strong shade of paint or extravagant door knocker," she said."And it's partly that doors are very symbolic. Whether it's because they represent new opportunities, or because they remind of home. There's something special about them."
From the streets of Notting Hill to the lively district of Brixton and beyond, Foxwell's growing collection has already earned her over 38K followers, and it will surely inject you with a healthy dose of house envy as well. Continue scrolling to check out her work!
Colored pencils can do more than drawing; they can also be art themselves! From hand-carved sculptures to perfectly patterned jewelry, we have seen many talented makers turn the art box staple into stunning creations. Inspired by this unique art form, an artist known as Flyjumper on Reddit (or Burls Art on YouTube) has recently built his own custom electric guitar, using 1,200 colored pencils for the body.
He started by cutting 1,200 colored pencils into two parts using a saw. After sanding the entire rectangular slab, Flyjumper started to trace out the shape of the guitar body. Then he carefully carved and sanded out the curved contours to uncover its final form.
I build an electric guitar from 1200 colored pencils
After covering the body with multiple coats of shiny polish, Flyjumper then started to install the instrument’s mechanical hardware, like the tremolo, the neck, internal wiring, and finally the strings. The result is a fully functioning, honeycomb-patterned electric guitar which looks like a work of art!
Find out more about Flyjumper’s project on Imgur. Below you can watch a video of his process:
Sculptor Dengding Rui Yao has carved this amazing wooden lion from a single tree trunk. According to Artfido, the artist led a group of twenty assistants on a three-year journey to complete the sculpture, which was made in Myanmar and was transported to its permanent home at the Fortune Plaza Times Square in Wuhan, China.
If these measurements are true, it'd make the lion the world's longest wood carving. According to the Guinness World Records’ website, Chunhui Zheng’s sculpture is still recognized as the longest, so it seems that this lion still has yet to be officially verified.
Regardless, it’s a beautiful work of public art that you should check out if you ever find yourself in Wuhan, China.
Stock Photos from Anton Foltin/Shutterstock
It isn't often you see snow in Arizona, but when you do, it's magical. Unusual wintry weather has recently arrived at the Sonoran desert transforming the dry, red rocky terrain into an otherworldly winter wonderland.
Stunning pictures from locals have emerged recently, depicting how the snow has beautifully dusted the region’s iconic saguaro cacti and blanketed the mountains of Arizona and New Mexico. Scenes from the Grand Canyon on New Year’s Day depict the immense landscape looking ever more mind-blowing in a thick layer of powdery white snow. The city of Tucson had reportedly 0.4 inches (1 cm) inches of snow, while elswhere in Arizona had up to 18 inches (46 cm). Meanwhile, the Los Alamos and mountain areas of New Mexico reported getting 20 inches (50 cm) of snow. Even Southern California had a flurry or two.
The unusual weather was because of a deep pool of cold air at high altitudes that had been swirling over the region since the end of December. The cold spell will not last long, however, with much milder conditions due to return within a couple of days.
Stock Photos from Mau Horng/Shutterstock
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Seeing the Sonoran Desert capped with snow might be my favorite yet 😍😍 Look at the saguaros asking for hugs to stay warm?! 💙 pic.twitter.com/OWMSPTrhWG— Lydia (@1NativeSoilNerd) January 2, 2019
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Travel Tuesday from #Sedona on an incredible morning with fresh #snow blanketing the #desert. #Arizona #sedonaescape #visitarizona #explorearizona #see_arizona #sedonaarizona #visitsedona #alpaenthusiasts #naturephotography #travelphotography #TravelTuesday pic.twitter.com/k3P6yeft37— Cheyne Walls (@CheyneWalls) January 8, 2019
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New Years kicks off to a neat start 2019 pic.twitter.com/uGmhAo4k8w
Admiring the snow at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona. The views are stunning. pic.twitter.com/AaSjuyCc6F— Martin Perez, Jr (@martinjrperez) January 3, 2019
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Horses are intelligent, majestic creatures. Except for the ones that are not. Twitter user @mckellogs has posted a thread, portraying the way their family is preparing for the impending snowmageddon, and it is their horse Tango that needs the most attention. To put it lightly, let’s say that it isn't the smartest animal in the barn, as it requires quite a bit of extra attention when the Northern Hemisphere enters into the winter. Scroll down to check out why!
Since the very beginning of the #MeToo movement in 2017, many companies have been trying to address sexual harassment and feminism in their advertising campaigns. It is no surprise that all these companies are getting praised for using their publicity for a good cause. Swiss beverage company Schweppes has recently teamed up with Brazilian advertisement agency Ogilvy. They decided to work on their new campaign called ‘Dress For Respect,’ aiming at shedding light on the sexual harassment of Brazilian women.
The smart dress was created to sense and track when and where the person wearing the dress was touched. The campaign was designed to shed light on the important issue of sexual harassment and non-consensual public touching.
The staggering number of 86 percent of Brazilian women have been harassed in clubs. According to Agência Brasil, wolf-whistling is the most common form of public harassment of women (77 percent), followed by staring (74 percent), sexual comments (57 percent) and cursing (39 percent). Besides, almost half of Brazil’s female population have experienced unwanted physical contact at least once in the year 2016.
Each time the three volunteers – Juliana, Tatiana, and Luisa – were groped at the club, a signal from the dress was sent through WiFi to the researchers. The women were touched many times throughout the experiment, even when they expressed their disapproval of it.
That's equal to being touched more than 40 times per hour! After the evening was over, men from the club were invited to watch the video of the experiment. Fortunately, they seemed appalled by what went down at the club: “That’s so ridiculous,” one man commented, while the other was shocked to see that a stranger was even trying to lean in for a kiss with one of the women.
Watch the full commercial that Schweppes and Ogilvy collaborated on for yourself:
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Image credits: Ogilvy
Turns out, Twitter is useful not only for sending insults but also for wishing good wishes. And just as New Year’s Eve was coming to an end, people began congratulating Earth on its 2019th birthday. We can only wonder whether they were trolling or being serious, but let’s hope that they are either anti-vaxxers or flat-Earthers.
Because if they aren’t, that means there’s another group of extraordinary people who will drive us crazy while making us wonder about the future of humanity at the same time.
Here is how the world reacted:
It’s this time of the year when people are at the peak of the ‘new year new me’ phase. For those who don’t bother with resolutions, it can be a mildly annoying period, with friends gushing over vegan recipes, having much more energy without the booze and extolling the spiritual benefits of yoga. Meanwhile, the gym is packed with strangers wearing clean sneakers and snappily elastic lycra, striding the treadmills with a grimly determined intensity. Inevitably, though, things begin to settle and within a month, or two normal service is resumed.
Going to the gym can be a daunting experience for the novice, all these complicated-looking machines and lifting techniques take time to master. The last thing you need as a sweaty and nervous newbie is seasoned gym rats sniggering at your best efforts to build a solid routine, that alone could be the difference between success and failure.
So when someone turned to Reddit for advice to help the newcomers adapt to the gym environment with the minimum of fuss, there were several useful tips to make life a bit easier for everyone. One story stuck out above the rest, though, because it shows the importance of understanding and empathy. Certainly, this novice doing endless curls at the squat machine may be a bit annoying right now, yet that was you once upon a time. What people truly need in an intimidating new environment is encouragement and support!
Here's what other people had to say about the inspiring story:
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Fireworks are beautiful to look at, but the moment can seem fleeting because of their temporary nature. That is what makes this newly digitized catalog of fireworks illustrations from Jinta Hirayama so mesmerizing. Fireworks are frozen in time to be enjoyed again and again. And the best part? They are available to download for free.
Jinta Hirayama brings vibrant colors to Japanese fireworks at a time when muted orange hues were the dominant color palette. It is every bit a mixture of science and surrealism. Hirayama was so invested in the world of fireworks that he is credited as the very first Japanese person to ever register a patent in America. The late 1800s changed Japanese fireworks forever.
Hirayama founded his own fireworks company in Yokohama, Japan in 1877. He produced bilingual (Japanese-American) catalogs to display his wares and ultimately moved products internationally. The Yokohama Library has now made the illustrations available online for the first time here. (For those who do not read Japanese, scroll down and click on any of the books titles written in English. On the next page, click on “本体PDF画像” to download the file as a PDF.)
Scroll down to see the combination of colors and forms:
h/t: Spoon & Tamago
From micro paintings on tea bags to tiny masterpieces on butterfly wings, lots of contemporary artists reject the traditional canvas in the sake of smaller, unexpected items. One artist to do so is California-based crafter Mary Kenyon who uses real seashells to create decorative jewelry dishes that look like pieces of ancient treasure found on a sunken shipwreck.
The self-confessed “crafts addict” found her passion of all-things artsy from her father, a talented oil painter and leather carver. “After he passed, he left me with all his oil paints, acrylic paints, canvases, leather and hundreds of leather tools,” Kenyon said. “Being surrounded by so much inspiration and creativity is what has led me to this path in my life.”
Kenyon’s mesmerizing, vintage-inspired shell art designs are made by decoupaging a picture onto the shell’s surface. Kenyon then hand-paints decorative details using gold gilding paint and adheres three-dimensional embellishments like brass and colorful Swarovski rhinestones. From Renaissance-style fairy and mermaid paintings to dragonfly and peacock motifs, each opulent trinket looks like it could've belonged to an aristocratic lady from the early 17th century.
You can buy your shell trinket dish on Etsy.
Although we live in a connected world, with access to so much knowledge at the click of a button, there is still something magical, and essential, about books. The ability to immerse ourselves in literary fiction and read slowly and deeply, as opposed to the temptation to skim and scroll, is rich in rewards and helps to foster significant skills like critical thinking and empathy, two things that are becoming more obviously missing in our society.
Nonprofit organization Little Free Library helps to make sure we keep our innate love of books alive. Those little libraries are popping up everywhere, with over 75,000 libraries provided in 88 countries so far!
The coolest one we’ve seen so far, though, was made by a family in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Sharalee Armitage Howard, a librarian, artist, and former bookbinder, decided that the big stump of a 110-year-old cottonwood tree would, rather than being dug up and destroyed, make the perfect setting for a ‘Little Tree Library.'
The stump was carved out from the inside, topped with a roof and installed with a cozy interior and exterior lighting for a fairytale look, one of the prettiest libraries we have ever seen! Scroll down to check it out, and pick up a book today!
Here is what people had to say about the pretty Little Tree Library: