Going Gray? Braid Style Ideas for Gray Hair

July 23, 2021 (updated October 17, 2023) — Written by

Going gray and wondering how to style your multi-faceted hair? These easy braid styles for gray hair will give you some major hair envy, and tips for styling your gray hair—whether you’re growing out gray or you’re already a fully silver fox.

A gray haired woman with silver rings French braids her hair.

By: Lisa Fennessy

Growing out my gray hair was one of the scariest and most rewarding things I’ve done. But what helped the most? Seeing other women who were harnessing their courage and embracing their gray strands. And having more than one style to do up my gray hair was also a turning point.

As you grow out gray, you’ll notice that your hair has natural definition and dimensional color—it’s like natural highlights! Braid styles for gray hair are a great way to embrace your natural strands and showcase all your colors. So we reached out to women in The Gray Book (and beyond!) and asked them to share some inspo for braided hairstyles. Which is your favorite?

Oh, and we created an incredible Going Gray Lookbook that I’m so eager to share. We’ve been compiling the going gray transformations of more than 50 women worldwide to bring you this inspiring guide. Enjoy!

RELATED: Read my 101 Ways to Respond to Rude Comments About Gray Hair.


Easy Braid Styles for Gray Hair

Classic Single French Braid

I mean, WHAT is classier than a simple French braid? And it’s easier than it looks (try this video how-to) and is one of the best hairstyles for growing out gray hair. I also love how the full braid shows off all 50 shades of gray (wink, wink).

A trio of photos showing Lisa braiding her hair.
This is one of my go-to hairstyles!
woman with braided hair gray and red
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Verrastro Robles.
woman with braided hair gray and brown
Photo courtesy of Cathy Haffner.
woman with braided hair
Photo courtesy of Jo Presser.
woman with gray hair braided
Photo courtesy of Pollyann Hall Duterer.
woman with braid and gray hair
Photo courtesy of Tricia Dunn Maggio.

RELATED: Growing out gray hair—10 ways to go gray.

Braided “Headband”

A simple braid in the front of your ‘do is perfect for that I-haven’t-showered-in-three-days day. And it highlights your silver strands.

woman with braid and gray hair
Photo courtesy of Chelsea Sudduth.

fun braided gray hair
Photo courtesy of Diana Moffitt.
Front and back of a woman's braided hair.
Photo courtesy of Krystal Martin Brooks.

RELATED: How to go gray (with before & after pics!)

The gray book lookboo

Double Duty Braids

Pigtails are totally back and this double French braid is a go-to.

Woman with braided gray hair ponytails
Photo courtesy of Dina Stilwell Moon.

woman with gray hair in a braid
Photo courtesy of Constance Kerr.

the backside of a woman's head with double braids
Photo courtesy of Ruth Zive.

RELATED: Makeup tips for gray hair.

“Extra” Braided Styles

When I say “extra,” I mean EXTRA—like gray braided hairstyles that are working harder than your typical braid because they are so.much.more. than just a braid. These gray-haired mavens are rocking unique styles that I’m bookmarking for myself.

woman with braids and gray hair
Photo courtesy of Megan Horton.

woman with braided gray hair
Photo courtesy of Yvette Quintana.

woman with braids and gray hair
Photo courtesy of Sabine Simon.

RELATED: What not to do while going gray naturally.

Thanks to all these beauties who shared their gray braided hairstyles! What’s your go-to style for growing out gray?

Gray book lookbook
xo, lisa in cursive

By Lisa Fennessy

Lisa is the founder of The New Knew. Passionate about clean beauty, organic eats and nontoxic lifestyle, Lisa writes to create awareness. Conscious consumerism and informed decisions will impact the marketplace, our health and THE WORLD!


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    Lisa, thank you so much for this post. Seeing all these beautiful braids with gray hair in them has inspired me to keep the course and continue going gray. Thank you.

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      Lisa Fennessy

      Yeah Mary! You’ve got this! xo, L

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