Keanu Reeves' girlfriend reveals why she refuses to dye her hair
Ever since the world became aware that the one for her was also literally “The One”, Alexandra Grant has been under an intense media spotlight.
When pictures of the happy couple appeared online following the LACMA Art + Film Gala in LA, people flooded to Twitter to comment on Grant's silver locks.
As seems to be the lot of anyone in showbusiness, every aspect of the 46-year-old’s life has been under fierce scrutiny. This perhaps explains why there seems to have been as much focus on her career and numerous professional achievements as there has into the backstory behind her hair color.
In a lengthy Instagram post this week, the Los Angeles-based artist revealed why she maintains her hair’s striking grey appearance. In a caption accompanying a Newsweek story focused on the alarming link between breast cancer and hair products, Grant wrote:
“Wow. Today’s news… The numbers are staggering, especially for womxn of colour. I went grey prematurely in my early 20s … and dyed my hair every colour along the way until I couldn’t tolerate the toxicity of the dyes any more. In my 30s I let my hair turn ‘blonde’. [sic]”
“I love and support that every womxn can choose how she wants to look at every age. But/and, if womxn are perishing from beauty standards … then let’s talk about those beauty standards. Love to all womxn!”
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The study cited by Grant raised some alarming questions around potential carcinogens in hair products. According to the abstract of the report in the International Journal of Cancer:
“Many hair products contain endocrine‐disrupting compounds and carcinogens potentially relevant to breast cancer. Products used predominately by black women may contain more hormonally‐active compounds. In a national prospective cohort study, we examined the association between hair dye and chemical relaxer/straightener use and breast cancer risk by ethnicity.”
As Grant herself pointed out, research such as this does beg questions about the potential damage caused by unrealistic beauty standards.
Regardless of the study, we think the artist looks absolutely stunning with her natural hair!