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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.
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 closest 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 comes in a variety of blonde, brown, red, and black dyes so that you can easily find your best match.
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.
You embrace your hair color. A full head of silver makes you appear distinguished, wise, competent and experienced. Plus, today’s gray-haired role models certainly don’t lack for sex appeal. But 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 on washing with the L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Thickening Conditioner. A consistent hair care routine can help keep your hair looking and feeling its best.
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.
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 aqua and tangerine. 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 may be required to reach your desired color.
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 stocking the shelves of your shower. You’ll want to switch to system containing a shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask formulated for colored hair, like the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Ultra Recovery Mask. 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.
Ready to switch up your hairstyle next? Check out our article, The Best Short Haircuts and Hairstyles for Men.