Dyeing Hair Hacks For Older Men.



Look at Bill Clinton and George Clooney, both sporting grey hair.

Who wouldn’t want to appear distinguished and wise like them? I am sure I know how you felt after you discovered your first grey. It must be worrying times?

You must think that your age must be showing.

Don’t despair, the subsequent information may help ease your stress and help you make some decisions.

Why you must or shouldn’t dye your hair?

Lots of men dye their hair for various reasons. Some cover their greys while others roll in the hay to follow fashion trends.

Whatever dyes you utilise, you ought to scrutinise the product ingredients, especially the darker hues.

This is because darker colour dyes contain much stronger chemicals than light shades.

Dyeing may be a quick and straightforward solution to cover grey, but doing it too often can be a possible health risk.

You must seek for less toxic dyes like natural colouring agents or vegetable-based colours.

Has scientists found a way of delaying your greys?

The research on genes accountable for hair structure and colouration remains ongoing.

Unfortunately, it will take some time before scientists can find the simplest way to halt or delay greying. Like you, I’m disappointed too!

According to Mintel’s Hair Colourants Report (UK), more-24-year-old men are opting to conduct at home hair colouring.

Statistics show 46% of this age bracket turned to colour in 2019, compared to 38% of men in 2018.

This can be due to the influence of popular celebrities. On the flip side, older people are embracing their natural colour as younger users favour lower-value temporary colour products.

The UK survey shows you are not alone if you want to leave your hair the color it is.

However, if you’re not able to embrace greys then you’ll find out how to DIY, or at a price, you can get this done at your local hair salon.

What would you like to contemplate before choosing your colour?

Before selecting the colour there are some things to think about to help you explore the worth and benefits. Check the following:

  • Your skin tone.

As a general rule of thumb, you wish to consider a hair colour opposite of your skin’s undertones.

Check the underside of your arm to get a better idea.

  • Age – you opt.

If you passed your 30s, you must search for something more classic, like silver-grey perhaps.

  • Your hair type

If your hair is thick, dark, and curly, it needs a few treatments to induce your required effect. Therefore, it’s advisable to get experts to do it instead. If your hair is fine and light, one treatment should be sufficient.

  • How’s your style?

I would suggest you write about what sort of job you have, what clothes are usually worn, and how it is in general.

Then someone who knows colors can help pick out a color for your hair.

  • Maintenance of your hair.

If you dyed your hair, the chemical can strip away essential natural oils from your hair.

Your hair can end up dry and brittle. Protect your hair by using shampoo and conditioner with silicon, an ingredient which will minimise damage.

There are four categories for you to pick.

1. Progressive colouring – it uses dye stuff that darkens when exposed to air.

Your hair is coloured gradually, so you can stop after you achieved the shades you would like.

2. Direct dyes – products of coloured molecules which will coat your hair. The disadvantage is that the colour washes out after over 6 shampoos.

3. Semi-permanent – it uses peroxide to allow colour molecules to enter the hair shaft, leading to more permanent colour.

The benefit is it only takes 10-15 minutes to dye your hair and last longer.

4. Permanent colour – this dye contains both peroxide and ammonia, which may lighten the natural pigment of your hair.

This enables you to select lighter shades than your original hair colour. The disadvantage is that if you dislike your colour you are stuck with it for some time. Unless you wait for your hair to grow out, otherwise you can dye another colour over it.

Do you know?

I compiled some common questions and answers that I get asked all the time

Q. Are you able to dye your eyebrows to match your hair?

A. No! It can cause serious damage if the dye gets into your eyes. That is why hair dyes are banned for eyebrows and eyelashes.

Q. What percentage of men over 40 dye their hair?

A. On average, one in ten men colour their hair.

Q. What chemicals are deployed in synthetic or chemical hair dye?

A. Many chemicals, including bleaching, conditioning, buffering, etc.

Q. Are you able to mix different hair colours to get the perfect shades?

A. No, you can not mix them. Mixing will certainly hurt your hair and scalp.

If you’ll find the correct shade, head to a trained salon worker to mix up the right shade.

Q. What shades of colour does Henna provide?

A. Henna is a semi-permanent dye made of leaves and roots of the Mignonette tree. The colour is brown or orange-brown.

Mixing different ingredients will give you different colors.

Q. Why is Lead Acetate not banned in the USA?

A. Many countries in Europe and Canada have banned using Lead Acetate. It is classified within the USA, as a “probable human carcinogen” supported by animal tests.

Q. DIV vs Professional hair colour treatment – which is better?

A. Off-the-shelf home hair colouring products are fine, provided you follow the instruction to blend or cover some greys. But if you have many greys, it is advisable to go to a salon.

Take Away.

The challenging question you got to ask yourself is, do you want to completely cover all your greys or simply blend with your natural hair colour?

Do you want to risk using chemicals or be safe, and use natural/organic hair dyes?

The final choice will help you decide what type of color to use.

Permanent coloring can cover your whole head, or semi-permanent, for when you want to blend in some grey with your natural hair color.

If you found this article informative, please leave your comments below. I would love to hear from you.

Tools and Resources :

Mintel: Reach for the Bleach

DHHS -Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards

NIH-National Library of Medicine-National Center Reaction for Biotech Information


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Disclaimer: These statements are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease. They are for information purposes only. They have not been evaluated by the FDA. You should read carefully all product packaging. If you suspect that you have a medical condition, seek help from your doctor. 

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