No one does salt and pepper like George Clooney, but this Golden Globes there were plenty of leading men taking a cue from the Cecil B. DeMille Award winner, combining his iconic coloring with Hollywood’s unavoidable facial-hair moment.
Nominees Ethan Hawke and Don Cheadle both sported gray-flecked goatees, while Jack Black, Judd Apatow and Amy Adams’ hubby, Darren Le Gallo, sported fuller salt-and-pepper beards to go with their full heads of hair. Trent Reznor and Steve Carell kept things nicely trimmed.
“There seems to be a massive trend in the last few months for men having natural hair and embracing their natural color — I think it’s very attractive, and it gives great texture,” says makeup artist and groomer Lucy Halperin, who prepped Carell for the awards show. She adds that less guys now are covering their gray hairs or dying them, which she says never really looked very good anyway.
Halperin has a few rules for salt-and-pepper scruff: “Steve keeps it really nice and groomed,” she says, but “if you have a longer beard, the trick is to keep it maintained with clippers and use a wax (like Toni&Guy or Kiehl’s) to tame it down, since grays can be a bit more wiry in texture.”
Basically, there is no longer a stigma about a gray hair or two. “I think it looks very sexy at any age,” she says. “I love it — I’m all for salt-and-pepper hair and beards.”