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The Ultimate Guide to Hair Color for Men

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The Ultimate Guide to Hair Color for Men The Ultimate Guide to Hair Color for Men The Ultimate Guide to Hair Color for Men

Tints, dyes, highlights, lowlights? For hair color newbies and novices—especially men looking to take a new shade for a spin for the first time—those terms can be downright confusing. Cut through the clutter and get just the facts you need to know your way around a box of hair dye for men. Whether you’ve spotted your first gray hairs or just want to update your look, take the guesswork out of hair color for men with the few simple tips we’ve outlined below.

SHOULD MEN DYE THEIR HAIR?

First things first, before we dive into those aforementioned tips, let’s answer a question we hear all too often: should men dye their hair? The answer is, if you want to dye your hair, you should—regardless of your gender! If you’re a man and you’ve been craving a way to change your look or simply think your stands would look better with a bit of dimension, it could be the case that dyeing your hair is just what you need! So, don’t shy away just because you think coloring your hair is not for you.

HAIR COLOR TIP #1: DON’T OBSESS OVER FINDING THE BEST HAIR COLOR FOR MEN

Are you searching high and low for the best hair color for men? Well, we’re here to suggest you stop. Looking all over for the best brown hair dye for men won’t leave you with better results than if you were to use the same brown hair color as your girlfriend or sister. The truth is, men can color their hair with the same products women can—you just might need less product to coat your entire head of hair—if you prefer to rock short hairstyles like a quiff or a short spiky hairstyle, that is.

Editor’s tip: The one exception to this rule is if you want to color your facial hair. While we totally approve of dyeing your beard or your brows, you likely shouldn’t use the same products you used on the rest of your hair. You’ll want to use a hair dye that specifically says it’s safe to use on facial hair.

HAIR COLOR TIP #2: KEEP GRAYS UNDER COVER

If going gray is non-negotiable, the easy solution is to return to your natural hair color. You’ll look like yourself, only how you did 10 years ago. Choose a color a close as possible to your original shade and take care of even the most stubborn gray strands. To cover grays from the comfort of your own home, give the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme a shot. The non-drip creme formula comes in a variety of blonde, brown, red, and black dyes so that you can easily find your best match.

HAIR COLOR TIP #3: ALTERNATIVELY, OWN YOUR GRAY

You accept going gray gracefully—but with a few caveats. Maybe you’d like less salt, more pepper. Blending is the most natural way to deal with incipient gray hairs. You can choose to minimize them by 20, 30, or even 70 percent, for a customized balance. You may want to consider using a semi-permanent hair dye, as it typically lasts through eight shampoos and is a good option for covering grays.

HAIR COLOR TIP #4: DO WHITE HAIR RIGHT

Not everyone wants to get rid of their gray hair or lessen their grays. After all, a full head of silver makes you appear distinguished, wise, competent, and experienced. We mean, there’s a reason you see so many models—even super young ones—rocking gray strands nowadays. That’s right, you can go gray intentionally! To get the look at home, use the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color in Silver, being sure to follow the included instructions.

Of course, to rock this look, you’ll need to make sure your hair’s condition is at its best. Use a shampoo for your hair type, like L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Thickening Shampoo, and don’t skimp on conditioner. Follow up with the L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Thickening Conditioner. A consistent hair care routine can help keep your hair looking and feeling its best, which is especially important since gray hair can sometimes become dry and dull.

HAIR COLOR TIP #5: GIVE HIGHLIGHTS A TRY

Done with a light touch, highlights can leave everyone guessing where you spend your summer. These skinny, shimmering strands aren’t only suited to women—they can add depth and dimension to a manly mane just as well. Try the L’Oréal Paris Touch-On Highlights, picking a color that’s at least several shades lighter than your natural hair hue. When it comes time for dyeing, focus the formula only on the tips of your hair and around your temples. The idea isn’t to look like you’ve just totally frosted your tips (so early ‘00s) but to appear as if you’ve spent time hanging out on the beach and catching waves.

HAIR COLOR TIP #6: BE BRAVE AND GO BOLD

Not everyone is attached to their current hair color, and there’s no reason you have to be. If you’re the adventurous type and set on a total color change, by all means, go for it. Use the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference to switch up your shade completely, or for a funkier option, check out the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color, which is available in shades like turquoise and midnight blue. Keep in mind that if you’re going lighter, you’ll need to bleach your hair first—and the darker your base shade, the more work that may be required to reach your desired color. If you do need to bleach your hair, you can use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach to do so at home.

Not sure you can commit to a new color? In that case, give a temporary color a try! You can test drive a more out-there color by using a wash out hair color that will—you guessed it—wash out with your next shampoo. If you think this option is better suited to you (and your slightly commitmentphobic ways), pick up a shade of the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color or L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray.

HAIR COLOR TIP #7: PICK PRODUCTS FORMULATED FOR COLOR-TREATED HAIR

Choosing to embrace a new hair color comes with a new responsibility—providing color-treated hair with proper care. That means it’s time to ditch the old products stocked in your shower. You’ll want to switch to a system containing a shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask formulated for color-treated hair, like the L’Oréal Paris Color Vibrancy Intensive Protecting Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Color Vibrancy Protecting Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm. Cleanse with the shampoo, then use the conditioner to soften your locks. Once or twice a week, swap out the conditioner for the hair mask.

HAIR COLOR TIP #8: PAMPER YOURSELF

Women aren’t the only ones who deserve to show themselves a little love via their beauty routines. And since coloring your hair can cause damage, it’s especially important to treat yourself—and your hair—from time to time. Next time you have a night off, stay in, turn on your tunes, and use a hair sheet mask. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Intense Repair Hair Sheet Mask or L’Oréal Paris Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Mask. Both of these masks are sulfate-free and work in just five minutes, so you can get right back to your busy life if need be.

HAIR COLOR TIP #9: EMBRACE ROOT TOUCH-UP PRODUCTS

Unless you opt for a low maintenance hair color technique, like balayage highlights, you’ll need to re-up your color fairly often. If you notice your roots growing in but don’t have time for a trip to see your colorist (or to the drugstore for another box of hair dye), don’t fret. There’s an easy solution: root touch-up products. You can spritz or brush on color to hide visible roots and no one has to know you’re overdue for a hair coloring session. If you’re a guy who’s always on the go, we recommend the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Precision Pen, which is a temporary root cover-up product that’s perfect for covering scattered grays. It’s also super slim and can fit anywhere from your pocket to your travel bag, so you can take it with you no matter where you're headed.

HAIR COLOR TIP #10: SWITCH UP YOUR HAIRSTYLE, TOO

Who says you can only make one change at a time? If you’ve just updated your hue, it’s not a bad idea to try a new hairstyle too. If you’re used to slathering your strands with hair gel, try loosening things up and working a little bit of a flexible hold hair cream through your hair. Use the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Flexible Strong Hold Cream to tousle your hair and create a lived-in look that will perfectly complement your color.

Think it might be time to cut your hair too? We can help! Check out our articles, The Best Short Haircuts and Hairstyles for Men and The Best Medium-Length Hairstyles for Guys.