Re: The Official X-Related Questions and Answers Thread
I've read an explanation for that. Originally, Northstar was intended to have pure black hair, but many early artists used streaks of white in his hair to indicate how much sheen it has. Later artists would interpret the white streaks as grey hair instead of lighting effects, and thus Northstar is sometimes drawn with grey hair instead of black.
It's the same reason some artists can't decide whether the original X-Men costume was yellow/black or yellow/blue.