11 best hair dyes for men & how to apply so it looks natural

by Welcome to Outsons
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Let’s be honest – hair dye for men doesn’t have a great reputation. We’ve all seen bad or very obvious dye jobs, which can put a lot of men off taking the plunge. However, with the right products and a little insider knowledge, you can easily cover up those pesky grey hairs at home. Read on for our top picks and the best way to apply it for natural, even coverage and a youthful new look.

1.  Just For Men

Just For Men

Just For Men is a favourite for a reason; their range of hair dyes have a special formula that targets grey hairs only for a natural result. If you’re dying your hair for the first time, try their Original Formula, which works in just five minutes and lasts for up to eight weeks. Even more foolproof is their Just For Men AutoStop range, which doesn’t require any mixing and comes with a comb for easy application.

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2. Just For Men Control GX

Control GX

If you’re looking for an extremely subtle way of covering up your grey hairs, Just For Men’s Control GX shampoo may be for you. You use it like a normal shampoo and it reduces grey hairs with each application, usually within two to four weeks. Control GX is a great option for first time dyers, however it’s best used on light brown to black hair.

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3. Clairol Natural Instincts


If you’re not quite ready to commit to a permanent colour, a semi permanent dye may be for you. For natural grey coverage try Clairol’s Natural Instincts which fades naturally of 28 shampoos.

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4. Manly Guy – Hair Eyebrow and Mustache Dye

Man with black glasses and fade with modern pompadour and beard

Fade with Modern Pompadour and Beard Credits: Pinterest

Many men consider a little salt and pepper in their facial hair to be distinguished, but if you’re going grey prematurely you may want to top up your natural colour with a dye. Manly Guy do a range of natural henna based dyes which are 100% chemical free for this very reason.

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5. MR. Jamie Stevens Disguise Spray

Tousled Texture

Tousled Texture Credits: Pinterest

You might be low on time or not ready to commit to a full-on hair dye – if that’s the case, why not try a disguising spray? They’ve had a bad rap over the years, but brands like MR. Jamie Stevens include polymers in their formulas that prevent any running mishaps. Simply spray evenly over receding or greying hair until the desired coverage is achieved.

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6. Schwarzkopf Live Colour XXL

Green Hair For men

Not everyone dyes their hair to cover greys – some of us just wanna have fun! If you’re looking for a more extreme colour like , riotous red, or even green hair for men, why not try Schwarzkopf’s Live Colour XXL range of dyes? If you’re going for a bright colour, make sure you protect it by using a conditioner specifically for coloured hair.

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7. Superdrug Colour For Men

You may be surprised to find out that shops like Superdrug have their own-brand hair dyes, but if you are on a budget, it could be the perfect option for colouring your hair. If you have very thick or long hair, you may find that you require more than one box of dye, so cheaper options can be a lifesaver.

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8. Bleach London

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Platinum hair is a huge trend for 2018, and although not strictly aimed at men, Bleach London do fantastic hair bleaching and toning kits to make this look achievable at home.

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9. Colour Freedom

silver hair

Colour Freedom is a great option for men who want to embrace their grey or silver hair. Its special formula means that your base colour isn’t lightened, making for an even, natural look. A metallic finish keeps your hair looking shiny and in good condition.

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10. Just For Men – Touch Of Grey

George Clooney proves that ‘salt and pepper’ hair can look really youthful, and if you’ve got it, why not flaunt it? If the ratio of salt to pepper is a little too high for your liking, use Just For Men ‘Touch Of Grey’ to darken a few of the grey hairs and balance out your look.

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11. EZ Colour

If you have an olive-dark complexion and you find most hair dyes do not give you an intense enough black, EZ Colour may be for you – their Jet Black colour is pretty much the darkest shade you’ll find on the high street.

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There are so many fantastic and innovative grooming products out there for men wanting to stave off the ageing process, and hair dye is one of them. However, it can be tricky to do at home, so follow these tips before you get started:

1. Make some time

The day before your son/daughter’s wedding is not the time to be dying your hair for the first time at home. It’s best to set aside a few hours on a Saturday so that if you do have any disasters, you have some time to wash the colour out a little before heading back to work.

2. Enlist a friend

If it’s your first time dying you hair, it’s a great idea to enlist a friend/significant other/family member to help you out – they can make sure you have covered all of your greys, especially if you have long or thick hair.

3. Know the right shade for you

When in doubt, choose a lighter shade – there’s nothing worse than obviously dyed jet black hair! Make sure you look at the side of the box to see how the dye will affect different base shades; for example, if you are starting out with completely grey hair, the dye will look very different than if you are starting out with mostly brown hair.

4. Try a temporary dye

If you’re a little nervous about your first time dying at home, its a good idea to go for a temporary or semi-permanent shade, which will typically wash out in between 3-12 weeks. Permanent dyes usually contain ammonia, and will last up to 30 washes.

5. ALWAYS do a patch test

Even if you have dyed your hair before, it’s important to do a patch test – all you have to do is a put a little bit of the dye on the skin behind your ear to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction to the formula. If you do have a mild allergic reaction (mild rash, stinging), do not use the dye. If you have a more serious allergic reaction (swollen eyes, lips, face, wheezing, feeling unwell), seek medical help immediately.

6. Know your tones

Every hair dye will have a different base tone, ranging from warm to neutral, to cool. Warm dyes will have names like ‘golden’, and best suit warm skin tones – you have a warm skin tone if you have a yellow undertone and gold jewellery looks best on you. If you have a cool skin tone, a pink undertone, and silver jewellery looks best on you, opt for a cool toned dye, which usually are described as ‘ash’ colours.

7. Consider if dyeing is for you

There is absolutely nothing wrong with having grey hair, and it can actually look really distinguished – so it’s worth considering whether you even need to dye your hair. If you’re happy with your natural colour, embrace it!

So there you have it! Follow these tips, and you’re sure to be successful in dying your hair at home.

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