The former Disney Channel star opened up about why she's unapologetically embracing her gray hairs, which she said didn't really "come in heavy" until she reached her 40s.
"There are so many people on a daily basis that are not making it to the age where their hair starts to gray," she wrote in an essay for InStyle published on Aug. 31. "And so when I see my gray hair, it actually is a blessing because it means that, yes, I'm getting older and I'm still here."
She emphasized, "I don't take that lightly — I really, really don't."
"For the women who are struggling with going gray and getting older," the 44-year-old added, "the advice I would give is to start embracing or allowing your energy and the people in your space to be supportive."
Having a support system is crucial, Tia noted, explaining that they will be there to champion you on your beauty journey.
"It's so important to focus on the people around you who are supporting you to grow old gracefully," she encouraged, "as opposed to those who don't."
According to the Family Reunion star, there have been moments in her career where she felt pressured to look a certain way.
"When I was a child, I was surrounded by European standards," she revealed. "What society said beauty was, or what beauty was supposed to be, or what beauty looked like, is all based on that. So growing up, there were just no visuals or representation of someone who looked like me—Black girl with curly hair."
"That negative relationship with my hair went on for a very long time," she admitted, "until Instagram hit the scene in the 2010s. I started to see more girls like me."
She continued, "There was this amazing community of curly girls, and just Black women celebrating all the various textures and colors of their hair at every age. It changed my perspective on what beauty actually was and how it could be defined."
Later in life, when someone suggested Tia change herself for a role, she was confident enough to say no.
"Maybe about four or five years ago, I was working on a film, and someone on set told me, 'You really need to cover those gray hairs! Girls shouldn't be seen that way,'" she recalled. "And I said, 'No. I'm going to keep my gray hair. This is normal, this is what happens.'"
She continued, "Because at the end of the day, no matter what the trends are or what people tell me about how I should look, I define what beauty is for me. And for me, beauty is confidence, beauty is feeling good about yourself, beauty is embracing all of your flaws, and beauty is aging."
"Now, it's a celebration," she put it simply. "I am celebrating my uniqueness, I am celebrating who I am at every stage of my life."