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11 February 2020 01:25

Jack Martin, silver hair colorist extraordinaire, took credit for Fonda's beautiful transformation on Instagram.

Of all the beauty looks at the 2020 Oscars, one, in particular, took us by surprise. Screen legend Jane Fonda, who's just as known for her icy blonde hair as she is for her activism, stepped onto the Academy Awards stage with a full head of gorgeous gray hair. Fonda presented the award for Best Picture, and perhaps just as pleasantly surprising as Parasite's win was her choice to stand in front of all of Hollywood in a variation on her natural hair color. Jack Martin, silver hair colorist extraordinaire, took credit for Fonda's beautiful transformation on Instagram. It took seven hours to complete the look, which Martin accomplished in an intricate process that involves bleaching with foils in small sections, toning with silver and platinum shades, and lots of damage-controlling Olaplex along the way.

Oscars 2020: Jane Fonda Debuted Gray Hair

Their goal was a silver icy blonde, and she wanted the shade to be a surprise on Oscar night. "Spending seven hours with this amazing Hollywood star and witnessing her energy, beauty, strength and femininity was so inspiring," Martin wrote on Instagram. "For straight seven hours while I was working on her hair, she was writing chapters in her due-soon book, memorizing her lines, answering emails and reading her newspapers, plus communicating with me and her team with the sweetest, humblest soul. She made me feel ashamed to complain of being tired! This experience was extremely great and I will never forget this amazing day." Cheers to Fonda for embracing her gray — and for finding a new way to stand out on Hollywood's biggest night. More on gray hair: Now, a history lesson of 100 years of hairstyles: You can follow Allure on Instagram and Twitter, or subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date on all things beauty. All products featured on Allure are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.