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How Men Can Disguise Grey Hair

By: Scott McBride - Updated: 9 Sep 2012 | comments*Discuss
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Hollywood's down to a straight choice between hair turning grey or falling out, the vast majority of men would take grey hair every time. That is not to say all men are delighted when their hair starts to turn grey. In fact, many will go to great lengths to mask the fact.

It can come as a bit of a shock to a man when he wakes up one morning and finds some grey hairs on his head. Because grey hair is associated with old age, it can be a blow to his self esteem too.

Nevertheless, a strong case can be made for allowing nature to take its course. Plenty of people find a full head of well-maintained, gray hair appealing and many prominent celebrities, including some of Hollywood’s leading men, have forsaken bottled hair dye in favour of going grey gracefully. So the natural look is fashionable, can give a man a certain air of sophistication that women find attractive, and is easier and cheaper to maintain. Going grey can, of course, still be a difficult transition to make, but if men can embrace the new look they will soon be comfortable with it.

Get Rid of Grey

Having said all of that, there will still be a whole host of men dead set on getting rid of their grey hair. Early on it is quite easy to disguise a few grey hairs with a short cut. In particular, keep the sides short as this is where many men go grey first.

It won’t take long before the only way to mask the grey hair will be to colour it. Not all barber shops will provide a colouring service, but those who do must be able to mix exactly the right colour formula to ensure a natural-looking result. Remember that the customer will, quite rightly, expect a professional to produce better results than any of the home colouring kits on the market. After all, he will be paying for the privilege.

Once a man starts to colour his hair, it has to be dyed on a regular basis – every month or so – to retain the look. That means it can become quite expensive, at upwards of £20 for the colouring with the cost of the haircut on top of that.

Give Value for Money

Those barber shops offering a professional colouring service have to ensure the price is worth it, while barbers not offering such a service should be able to recommend some of the many home colouring kits on the market and, if possible, should offer a selection of the best ones for sale.

It tends to be far more difficult to achieve a natural-looking colour at home, although it will be less expensive. Barbers should try to recommend products that let the colour fade over time, as that way there will not be such a dramatic colour change as it grows out. Offer products designed specifically for men and tell customers to do a patch test and to follow the instructions exactly. Men with a standard hair colour will, in general, achieve more natural results.

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