game of thrones hair.


The fashionista jostling for seats at fashion week wasn’t happy. 

“I had to stand up,” she huffed. “While this woman with Game of Thrones hair had a front row seat.”

“What’s Game of Thrones hair?” I asked, curious.

“Daenerys,” she replied with fashion-forward authority.

Watching the cult hit series soon after, the reference made sudden sense. Daenerys,  aka the Dragon Princess, had long, silvery blonde hair. 


Young, beautiful and forced into marriage to a horse lord with a penchant for guyliner, her hair adds to her ethereal quality. In a previous GOT series, she walked into a fire with rare dragon eggs, and came out with hatched dragon babies without a single strand singed black.

Since that fashion week exchange, I’ve been noticing more women with long white or silver locks, plaited, pony-tailed or brushed to a gun grey shine.

Younger women are doing a Daenerys for a fashion statement, and while a few more may be influenced by this week’s return of Game of Thrones, the majority of women have it naturally because of age. And what is really striking me is the length as well as the colour, or lack of.

They’ve turned their backs – and their heads – on two old school beauty mantras. As you age, you cut your hair sensibly short and you dye it brown, blonde or something in the colour spectrum, until your last breath.

Jane Campion, the director of Top of the Lake has long silvery hair, and Holly Hunter, who plays GJ in Campion’s series, mimics her director’s look with long silver locks (The series has been bitchily dubbed Game of Crones.)

On her website, author of Going Gray Anne Kreamer encourages before and after pictures of woman showcasing their new grey and white hair, like these below. They look more confident.


My hair is long and curly, as it has been since I was an 18. It’s wild, so trying to keep it short is high maintenance. And I’m scarred from years of childhood bowl cuts kept under a cap because of constant swimming training.

Now there are highlights of grey in my hair, it’s a reminder that in coming years, I may ‘do a Daenerys’.  I don’t mind the idea of Jane Campion’s long silver locks.  If a man with grey hair is called a silver fox, perhaps a woman with silvery tresses will one day be called silver foxy.

Jerry Hall, 56, is still Texan blonde in her recent press photos to promote her upcoming role in the Graduate in Melbourne. But it’s still lusciously long rather than sensibly short, so she’s still rebelling on that front. Her long hair is her trademark, and she still rocks it.  Perhaps she’ll go silver soon.

And while Daenerys  may be young,  look out for Game of Thrones: the later years,  as silvery blonde is already associated with an old soul and it’s fast becoming associated with beauty.



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Kerrie Davies*Kerrie Davis is a journalist who has written for Vogue, the Punch, the Australian and the Sunday Telegraph. She describes her hair as : Wild curls, not grey yet, but with a teenager the silver is seriously creeping in.



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  • Reply April 4, 2013


    I have for years now called my grey “moonlight blonde” – it is seriously THE BEST colour I have ever had.

  • Reply April 4, 2013


    My hair started to go grey in my 20s. It is now white, short and curly. I was the original Shirley Temple in my young days. Amazingly, everyone says they like it.

  • Reply April 4, 2013

    sue Bell

    Stuff the beauty mantra, why on earth should you cut your hair shorter as you age. This is the second time I have read on Hoopla that older women should have short hair and I have no idea why we should be so limited. In my mid sixties my hair is nearly waist length and naturally brown with bronze highlights, it is very, very slowly turning silver. My singing teacher, in her sixties, years ago had waist length red hair which I loved.
    I say, be original and take absolutely no notice of beauty mantras and fashion, I chose to shuffle painfully to the beat of my own drum, probably reggae or ska.

  • Reply April 4, 2013


    However you wish to wear your hair can be as dynamic, dazzling or simple/natural as you like at any age..I absolutely LOVE long healthy hair & have worn mine in many lengths, styles & colours over the years.. But my hair is so thick that when long it weighs me down & takes a lot of maintenance. So now at 47 I rock a very short dark brown”do” with a bright red quif..LOVING it..Short does not mean unladylike,boring,old or any un-sexy..Beauty is how you feel.. Power to choice. & originaliity.

  • Reply April 4, 2013


    Now that my hair is more grey than brown, I stopped having it coloured several years ago, and I have to say I like it much more . My own mother’s hair was completely white by the time she was the age I am now, and I’m hoping to achieve the same. Much more flattering to the older face! I keep toying with the idea of letting it grow longer, but find it hard to face that inbetween length when you “can’t do anything with it”.

  • Reply April 5, 2013


    I stopped colouring my hair 10 years ago (I’m 52) – I always wear my hair short and couldn’t bear the idea of dealing with a regrowth every month. I now get loads of compliments about my hair colour (it’s mainly pepper with salty highlights) – good bits, my hair dresser loves it – bad bits, my 88 year old father is convinced I’m spending a fortune colouring it! I can’t win.

  • Reply April 5, 2013


    I’m a hairdresser and one of my favourite clients is an older woman with long grey hair who comes in for a shampoo and blowdry once a week. We blowdry her hair straight and smooth and apply a shine spray- she looks absolutely gorgeous. I love doing the short Judi Dench styles as well, so flattering on lots of silver haired ladies.
    My own nanna went white in her 20’s, women who go pure white are very lucky, it’s beautiful. It’s nearly impossible to achieve a pure clean white artificially.

  • Reply April 5, 2013

    Nel Matheson

    Love my silvery grey hair colour. I am proud to be my age and love to show it. Nothing like a hip chic with gorgeous silver locks. Always remember that I am fortunate to be a mature age, many never get this far!

  • Reply April 6, 2013


    I like to travel and can’t be bothered with hair. I dye it and cut it and let it be. I dye it myself because it’s cheaper and so easy. My grey is salt and pepper and looks awful against my skin or I wouldn’t. When the pepper dilutes I’ll stop with the dye.

    The cutting part is more tricky. It’s an art and not all hairdressers know it. I prefer to look like Judi Dench who always looks great and I suspect can’t be bothered with hair either. Just does what’s easy and looks good.

    I had a neighbour with the most beautiful long hair. Older than me. Always wore it up and out of the way and looked groomed and nice. One day she appeared at a meeting in town with it down. We had never ever seen it down. Couldn’t deny she had beautiful beautiful hair but she cut it all off shortly after and went a la the Dench. I guess it got too much. Long hair is high maintenance. I sometimes think of her pride and how much it must have have cost her to cut it . She did look beautiful with it short though.

  • Reply April 6, 2013


    My first grey hairs arrived around 20 years ago, at age 39. Those first ones were just at the temples and were religiously plucked away! My hair goes a blue -grey tone. My mum went totally grey by 38 and still colours her hair today.

    When my grey started wreaking pay-back on me and increased in number, I got even and started to colour it. However, it was only going grey at the roots and I found that being a dark brunette, it was so darned resistant to colour; so much so that every time I cleaned/washed my face the applied colour faded and the grey came through!

    I persevered for about 3 years and then finally just said bugger it, not bothering any more; that was about the same time as becoming a grandmother. I was assisted in my decision when the hair colour started burning my scalp!

    20 years on and my medium length hair is still predominantly brunette whilst the blue-greys are doing a very nice Yvonne de Carlo (Lily Munster for those not old enough) imitation. Surprisingly I’ve had young girls ask me where I get my hair done and the name of the grey colour!

    I feel our generation has just decided faking it is too bloody hard work and life is too short and too demanding to be a fake. However, I salute those with hair that takes colour well, and have the finances to be able to do so.

  • Reply April 7, 2013

    helen b

    Apart from a brief relapse into colouring my hair in the mid 40’s (succumbing to pressure from a partner….hmmmm), I have always felt it’s good to grow old gracefully, And that means working on the inner self, the emotional and psychological garbage picked up in a lifetime well lived. This is what keeps us young and growing healthier as we age. This is an hypothesis I am still proving. Let you know when I get to 100!

    I’m proud of my head of grey, virtually white hair! I now feel free to get away with saying what I like. This just comes naturally now and always gets a positive response from others. You can almost get away with murder when you’ve got grey hair, sense of humour and good intent. It’s very liberating! And you can really be a living example of positive ‘eldership’!

    I’m happy to be a ‘silver fox’ with a lifetime happily crowned by short hair. This may vary in appearance, depending on the growth rate and my inclination, from looking like a North Shore matron, Eastern suburbs jewess, to an alternative woman of anrogynous appearance. I do love a change of ‘look’ and for me, hair styling does it more so than colouring.

    Please, take no offence North Shore matrons or Eastern Suburbs jewesses. Clearly, there’s a part of me that belongs in those ‘tribes’ of Sydney.

  • Reply April 8, 2013

    Linda Robinson

    What suits one person may not suit others- can’t we celebrate who we are without being defined by our hair colouring? I know people who look wonderful with grey hair and others who look wonderful with colour/tints/foils etc. It is the person who counts not the colour.

  • Reply May 8, 2013


    At 39 I gave up trying to beat the grey hair back, and let it come through – best decision ever. Its a soft, bright silver and gently evolving from the front to back, so my face is highlighted by the colour. Love it, get plenty of positive reactions and my gods the money Im saving from not doing a colour every two months!

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