We know we have some veterans out there who never miss a color appointment and would not dare to show their salt 'n pepper. But for those of you who have not dabbled in the world of hair color for men, what is holding you back? We mean, you didn't seriously think David Beckham's hair was naturally that perfect shade of honey brown, did you?
Be like Beckham, Depp, or any of the countless men who unabashedly color their hair. And don't worry... We'll help you with everything you need to know before you accidentally dye your left ear lobe "Rich Dark Brown."
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Choosing a Hair Color
Why are you choosing to color your hair? Relax -- we're not asking you to uncover the details of your midlife crisis. If it's because you want to cover up grays, then you're probably not looking to make a drastic change. If this sounds like you, choose a color that is close to your natural shade. It'll blend well and look natural.
Maybe you're okay with a little salt 'n pepper but not ready to fully embrace it. Just for Men Touch of Gray would be perfect for you, covering just enough gray to take the edge off but not enough to look like you just time-hopped twenty years back.
However, if you're hoping to try out a new look just for the heck of it, you have more options to choose from. For natural blondes, you can choose nearly any hair color, and it will develop closely to the color on the box. But for brunettes, it's a lot harder to achieve colors lighter than your natural shade. If you want to go significantly lighter, you'll need to bleach your hair first, which can be complicated and is best if you go see a professional to do so. The same goes for exotic and bright colors like silver, blue, or purple.
DIY Hair Color
If you choose a color that isn't too far off from your natural shade, or one that is dark enough to cover your hair color, the process of using hair color for men can be fairly easy. For an all over color, there are kits that allow you to simply comb or shampoo it into your hair and beard in a few easy steps.
First, gather the following items:
- Gloves (plastic, latex, rubber)
- Something to cover your clothes such as a towel or old sheet
The process may differ depending on the brand of hair color you purchase, so be sure to read the instructions carefully. Before applying the hair color, apply a layer of lotion along the outside of your hair line so the color does not dye your skin. If you're coloring facial hair, line the outside of your beard with lotion, as well.
Most hair color for men allows for multiple uses per package, so seal the hair color and store away at room temperature when you've completed the process.
Maintaining Your Hair Color
So, you've gone out on a limb and dyed your hair. What's next? (After you show it off, of course.) The sad reality of hair color is that your hair will start to grow out, and the color will start to fade, but there are a few simple ways to keep up with it.
Since you likely have a couple more applications left from the original hair color, you can reapply as needed. Most dyes will come with specific instructions on how to touch up your roots when the hair does start to grow out, so you may not need to color the whole head of hair.
You can also use a shampoo and for color-treated hair. These products have anti-fade properties that will help maintain long-lasting color. If you notice your color fades quickly but you don't want to continue recoloring it, you can opt for a color enhancing shampoo and conditioner that contain dyes to boost your hair color.
We're impressed you've gotten through this entire guide. But if you're still hesitant to go full DIY, there's nothing wrong with going to a stylist. Just make sure you come prepared with one of these sexy hairstyles.