In November, Keanu Reeves was linked romantically to longtime friend Alexandra Grant after the two showed up to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art + Film Gala holding hands.
We’re super happy for Keanu, 55, who has a real-life sad man backstory and hasn’t been linked to a serious relationship in years. But at the event his girlfriend, artist Alexandra Grant, 46, got a lot of attention for her looks – specifically, her naturally gray hair.
She was even confused with Helen Mirren (who is 74 now, you guys), which seems a little mean. But Alexandra took to her Instagram this week to talk about why she chooses not to dye her natural locks.
Grant shared a recent story from Newsweek on her Instagram (which has blown up since she started dating Keanu publicly, no surprise there) that talked about how breast cancer has been scientifically linked to permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners.
The study looked at 50,000 women and found that those who regularly dyed their hair were 9% more likely to develop breast cancer. Black women who regularly dyed or chemically straightened their hair were 45% more likely, which is a terrifying statistic.
The piece emphasized that the type of hair dye makes a difference. Dark hair dye saw a 51% increase in cancer risk for black women and an 8% increase for white women, while lighter hair dyes have a 46% increase for black women and a 12% increase for white women.
These are big numbers, honestly, and Alexandra says she stopped dyeing her hair for her health.
“The numbers are staggering, especially for womxn of color,” she wrote in the post, which has been liked more than 3,500 times since then. “I went gray prematurely in my early 20’s…and dyed my hair every color along the way until I couldn’t tolerate the toxicity of the dyes any more.”
“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!”
A dive into Grant’s Insta (okay, we didn’t have to go very deep) revealed a fun fact about this talented artist that has captured the heart of the internet’s boyfriend. She apparently majored in math.
In this photo, which a friend apparently dug up over the Thanksgiving holiday, Grant is 18 years old, can’t drive, and is about to embark on a road trip with three friends. She rocks brown hair with blunt bangs, and she looks positively filled with joy.
“At the time I was a math major… what would I tell my 18-year-old self now? (You’ll be a ‘blonde’ in your 30’s? You’ll give up math for art?)”
I have to say…Alexandra Grant is kind of charming! While women everywhere might be upset that they’re not with Keanu themselves, we’re happy for him. I hope it works out between the two, truly.