Jane Fonda, 83, reveals why she’s happy she embraced her natural grey hair

Marie Claire Dorking
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Jane Fonda has revealed she is embracing her grey hair, pictured in October 2020. (Getty Images)
Jane Fonda has revealed she is embracing her grey hair, pictured in October 2020. (Getty Images)

Jane Fonda has revealed how happy she is to have embraced her natural grey hair as she was fed up of dyeing it.

The actor, 83, was speaking in an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she discussed her natural locks with the chat show host.

Upon seeing Fonda on screen, DeGeneres commented at how well the Grace and Frankie star was looking: "Wow. You know, I say this to you every time I see you, but you look fantastic. You look better than you've ever ever looked."

DeGeneres went on to compliment Fonda on her natural greying hair, which looked incredible in the lighting, telling the star she liked the new style, to which Fonda responded: "I do too, I tell you I'm so happy I let it go grey.

"Enough already, so much time wasted, so much money spent, so many chemicals. I'm through with that."

Fonda also claimed that she only started to spot grey hairs a year ago at the age of 82, meaning that she retained her natural blonde colour for decades.

DeGeneres was pretty impressed with Fonda's age-defying looks.

When Fonda remarked that she was nearly 84, a baffled DeGeneres responded by saying: "84! Oh my god, I pray I look[ed] like that ten years ago!"

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In the chat, DeGeneres also touched on the fact Fonda has received her second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, asking how she was feeling following the jabs.

"I'm feeling OK, I worked out yesterday, I'm lucky, I didn't have any reaction to it," Fonda said nonchalantly.

"It certainly doesn't hurt, I encourage everybody to get it who can get it, as soon as possible. But I still wear masks, and I'm still doing social distancing."

Fonda previously opened up about her decision to go grey after showcasing the look at the Oscars in 2020.

"I felt really good, and I’m actually loving the grey," she told Glamour. "I got the idea over a year ago, and I said to our showrunner [for Grace and Frankie], Marta Kauffman, I’m going to let my hair go grey."

She went on to explain she initially let the grey grow through before finding a colourist to match what was then "four inches of grey."

"That was right before the Oscars, so I premiered the look then," she explains. "It’s just so easy. Now I'm like, boy, I did this just in time because everybody else hasn’t been able to go to the hairdresser, and I don’t have to worry."

Watch: Jane Fonda reveals she has had her second COVID jab.

Fonda isn't the only star who has started to embrace their natural grey hues.

Earlier this month, Allison Janney, 61, revealed she'd decided to swap her longer, dyed hair in favour of a cute, grey pixie crop and turns out embracing her natural colour was inspired by fellow actor Dame Helen Mirren.

"I just get very brave with my hair," she revealed on People TV's One Last Thing, before going on to explain that her decision came about when the grey started showing through during the first coronavirus lockdown.

"It started out with just COVID choices, you know. I was in Ohio for five months of the pandemic. My natural colour started growing in, which is grey. And then I thought, you know, I’ve always wanted to cut it off and do a Helen Mirren thing. I just wanted to try."

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Meanwhile, last year, Drew Barrymore revealed she was embracing her “natural” greys now she’s a mum.

The 45-year-old joked that her grey strands “double as highlights”.

“Now I’m a mom and in my mid-forties, I have the hair colour I like — drama-free and more natural," she wrote in a personal essay for The Sunday Times’ Style magazine.

“It takes 30 minutes to do my base of greys. I only barely cover them, so that the follicles can still grab the light as it grows out. (Yes, your greys can double as highlights with the right tint!)”

Lily Allen also recently revealed she has been rocking grey roots during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sharing a seemingly make-up free photo of herself with grey roots visible through her usually dark hair, the 35-year-old captioned the post with a grey-haired granny emoji.

Patsy Palmer also revealed she's totally on board with her red hair turning grey.

The former EastEnders’ star told her Instagram followers she’s fully embracing the ageing process and the grey locks that come with it.

Sharing an image of herself in the car wearing a denim shirt and aviator sunglasses, the 48-year-old actor used the caption to explain that she’d been noticing some changes in her skin and hair now that she’s getting older.

“My hair is going grey,” she wrote. “I love the way it’s going.”

Meanwhile Andie MacDowell, 62, also revealed she’s decided to welcome her grey locks.

"I wasn't colouring my hair and you could see my roots, and my daughters kept telling me that I looked badass," she said on The Drew Barrymore Show.

"And that idea that I could look badass appealed to me. So I went for it, and I'm loving it."

Salma Hayek also recently headed to Instagram to proudly show off her silvery strands.

"#proud of my white hair," she captioned the Instagram photo.

Watch: Eva Longoria uses L'Oreal root spray concealer to cover grey hair.

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