On July 2, Miami makeup specialist Tia Codrington posted a TikTok video of her client, Kadeja Jackson Baker, looking absolutely stunning while embracing her gray hair on her wedding day. “I loved my bride’s natural gray hair. She’s had it since she was 16,” Codrington captioned the clip, which quickly went viral with 1.4 million views and over 200,000 likes.
“I initially didn’t have any expectations when posting the videos other than to share her beauty through my eyes, but witnessing how she embraced and embodied the beauty of her hair was something I felt compelled to share,” Codrington told Good Morning America. “It was amazing to know that she had options to change her hair color or try something different for that day, but chose to be herself and wear her natural hair color.”
Baker, who started going gray at 16 and is now 38, has been “shocked” by the response. “I did not expect for the responses to be as plentiful as I look at myself in the mirror every day and did not think it was that big of a deal that I was embracing my natural hair and look,” Baker told GMA. “Being the best version of yourself is the best thing you can offer to the world.”
TikTok users not only celebrated Baker’s gray hair in the comments but they have been inspired to embrace their own. “I had mine since I was 10 I pray it gets like that,” one user wrote. “She’s so beautiful.”