Men and hair coloring have been taboo subjects. For some the conversation is just as “off the table” as the “don’t ask, don’t tell” gay policy for the military. But regardless of its status, men’s home hair coloring business is booming. According to industry experts, it grew by over 10% during 2010.
Men, gray hair can make you look distinguished or it can make you look old and tired. Sometimes it lends credibility and other time it lands you a date at the retirement home for a 4 p.m. dinner. I know guys who gray prematurely and find themselves mostly gray in their mid 30’s, and I also know guys in their late 40’s that have not shown any signs of graying–not fair, but true. Whatever you decide to do about it, you should feel comfortable with the decision.
Recently, Patrick Dempsey became the face of L’oreal’s new men’s home coloring product. Since it hit the market a year ago it has flown off the shelves. You are probably like most guys I know and are too cheap and/or embarrassed to let a professional color your hair. So in your do-it-yourself attempt to have hair like Mr. Dempsey, you should consider the following before trying to color your hair or risk looking like the tragic Wayne Newton.
- Your “natural” color is lighter than you think. Always go for a color that’s a shade lighter than what you think you need.
- The longer the stuff stays on your head the darker it becomes. So pay attention to time.
- Use a mirror and make sure you get the back of your head as well. Just because you can’t see back there, doesn’t mean the rest of the world cannot either.
- The dye will stain your skin, meaning anywhere it touches including your forehead, ears, hands. It also stains wood cabinets and even tile (don’t ask how I know.)
- The older you get the lighter your hair should be or else you’ll risk getting the “Elvis look” or the “Wayne Newton” as his picture so disturbingly shows.
- If you are thinking of dying your hair, don’t wait until you head is complete gray or the change will be very drastic. “Whoa, what happened to you?” is not what you’re going for.
- Once you get started, you’ll need to do it every few weeks. It’s a commitment.
- Spend a few dollars and have a professional do it. You won’t regret it.
What’s your take on men coloring their hair?