Going grey is definitely one of the most feared aspects of aging for men, and it is certainly the most polarizing. To dye or not to dye, that really is the question. Why is it that some men seem to be channelling their inner George Clooney, while others look a little more like Gandalf? Here are a few key things to remember when your hair starts to gather a little more salt than pepper.
Remember that confidence is key when it comes to aging. Nothing dates you more than unsuccessful attempts to shave 15 years off your appearance, whether this comes in the form of hair dye, cosmetic procedures, etc. Being confident about your ashier hair colour screams, “Yes! I’m going grey, and yes I’m comfortable with that! I am now a wise old owl! You should listen to me!” You’d be amazed by how much you and those around you actually embrace this look.
Get the right shampoo
Now that you’ve come to terms with your new look, you’ll need to properly maintain it. Chances are the shampoo you’re currently using may be doing more harm than good, so you’ll want to find a new one that’s formulated for grey hair. Regular old shampoo tends to turn grey hues yellow, and this just isn’t a good look for anyone. Going grey is one thing, but going yellow-grey is a different ballgame, and is generally ill-advised.
Get ahead of the curve
Do you know you’ll want to start dyeing your grey hairs once they come in, but they haven’t made an appearance just yet? A good way to minimize how noticeable it is once you start dyeing your hair is to get a head start on it now (or at least once you notice your first grey hair). By starting to dye your hair early, no one will notice once you start dyeing to cover your greys. You know, if that sort of thing bothers you.
Note: it’s crucial that you pay attention to your actual hair colour. Men tend to select dye that is a shade or two darker than their natural hue, which doesn’t exactly scream “subtle”. You may also want to seek the help of someone who has experience dyeing their own hair. If it’s your first time trying to dye, you may end up with some less than desirable results (including an uneven dye job, or dyeing bits of your scalp and skin).
Rock a flattering cut
A good rule of thumb is to keep greying hair short on the sides and slightly longer on the top. Long grey hair tends to look a little more hippie/mad scientist than you may be going for. Not to mention, grey hair can be drier and more brittle than you’re used to, giving it unruly tendencies. Keeping it short and sweet will keep you looking sophisticated, instead of tired and ragged.
Avoid the wet look
Grey hair also tends to be thinner, so your usual styling products may become too heavy as your hair greys. An overload of pomade or waxwill leave your hair looking greasy and thin, and that is likely not the look you’re going for. If you used heavier pomades or waxes before you started to go grey, you’ll definitely want to switch your go-to product with a lighter option, like a cream or soft water based pomade, as opposed to clay or strong hold varieties.
Remember: going grey isn’t the end of the world. On the contrary, it can be the beginning of a whole new mysterious and sophisticated look. Unlock your inner Bill Clinton, Anderson Cooper or George Clooney and let that grey flag fly!
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