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Getting Old May Suck But Going Gray Doesn't Have To!

Photo by Jennifer Ryan Jones

Getting old may suck but going gray doesn’t have to. Look at Clooney! There’s no shame in that salt-and-pepper game. Gray hair is certainly nothing to be self-conscience of or embarrassed by. Whether you decide to channel your inner silver fox or cover those tattletale grays with a dye job, you’ll want to look your best. So, before trashing your bathroom with that messy drugstore hair color consider these tips from the Grooming Lounge pros.


Get professional help

Guys often stumble when it comes to finding the right hair color. A professional will know how to get the tones just right while making sure the color is correctly distributed throughout your hair. You don't have eyes in the back of your head, do you? Sure it will cost more, but it will also last longer. Depending on the amount of coverage you can expect to visit your barber every 4-6 weeks for a touch-up.


Don’t walk around looking like you have a helmet on your head

The whole point of dying your gray hair is to look refreshed and more handsome. Skip the shoe polish dye job. Unnatural color, the kind that makes you look like a completely different dude, won't make you look any younger. In fact, it will age you much worse than if you kept your hair gray. You also risk the dreaded “skunk line” as it starts to grow out.


Don’t wait until your completely gray or in your forties to start coloring your hair

Go for it! It happens to be one of the best times to embrace your gray hair. Silver hair is having a style moment. It’s trendy, distinguished and actually looks better on most guys.


Cutting or buzzing your hair shorter might be the right move, but then again maybe not

If you’re trying to minimize your gray hair, buzzing it down to a shorter cut will help. But before taking it down to a crew, speak to your barber. There may be a better style that suits your face while making the most of your silver locks. And, you should also take into consideration how much hair you have. If you’re hair is thinning and gray, growing it out might not be your best look.


Can and should you dye your beard?

The hair on your head doesn’t have to be an exact match to the hair on your face. In fact, your hair and beard color will look a bit more natural if they don’t. Always keep your whiskers hydrated and healthy with a quality beard oil and pick up a purple or silver shampoo to take away any yellowing or brassiness.


There’s nothing wrong with gray hair

You don't have to dye it. If you always have and now want to go back to your natural color, you can gradually decrease the coverage. There are also "gloss" shampoos that can brighten up dull hair. Getting the perfect color isn't always about a dye job. Some shampoos work just fine.

This article was written and appeared on Grooming Lounge and our Founder, Mike Gilman, were quoted a lot, so we borrowed the article. Giving them credit -- hope it's OK.

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