Hair Color for MenIn recent decades there have been countless debates surrounding the subject of men and hair: Should it be worn long or short? Should men use styling products? What is okay for men to use? Is it okay to perm your hair if you're a man? Should you go bald gracefully? Should you get a toupee? Should you get hair transplants? Should you just perform a comb-over? (The answer to this last question is NO!) There are as many debates as there are questions.
And then there's haircolor. With this subject (as with some others) there's not only the question of whether or not men should color their hair, but also the questions of what is an acceptable reason to color and what they should use. For most men, the issue that brings up the topic of haircolor is covering gray.
Many men feel that gray hair makes them look older than they really are, and they want to cover the gray to recapture that youthful look. But that begs the question, "What should I use?" and it's that question that has many people stumped.
Metallic Dye Haircolors
There are lots of haircolor products on the market, many of which are formulated to specifically "color" gray hair. These products typically use metallic dyes and work gradually over time as you keep applying the product. The idea is that the change from gray to a darker color will be less noticed if it is gradual. These products work as promised and many millions have used them and swear by them.
However, there are some things to consider before using these products. Namely, that once you use metallic dyes, you must be very careful in using other haircolor products, or having other chemical services. When you use these dyes, they deposit their metallic salts into the cortex of the hair and these metallic salts act as catalysts for the breakdown of hydrogen peroxide, which is used to develop standard haircolor formulas. The result is that the chemicals, when combined generate a great deal of heat from the reaction and can lead to scalp burns and severe hair damage.
In addition, if you are a man who has used one of these metallic dye haircolors, you must never get a waving or straightening process that uses ammonium thioglycolate (as almost all perms and non-lye straighteners do) because the reaction of these two compounds can literally dissolve the hair.
More recently, many haircolor manufacturers have begun producing and marketing haircolor formulas for men. Most of these new products are identical in formulation to the products marketed toward women. Only the names have been changed to salve masculine pride.
Honestly speaking, the only real question you should ask yourself is "What am I looking to achieve from the haircolor process?" The answer to this question will determine what product you will need:
Temporary Haircolor will last until your next shampoo, and is good for men who want to see what they will look like without their gray hair. It will never lighten the hair.
Semi-permanent and Demi-permanent Haircolors will last through 6-12 shampoos and are good choices for men who want to cover gray or try a darker haircolor, but don't want to make the permanent commitment.