When it comes to choosing a hair dye, is there really a difference between dye used for men’s hair versus women’s hair? The answer is more complicated than you may think. Scientifically speaking, there’s no difference between men’s and women’s hair. But culturally speaking, in terms of styles and needs, there are some significant differences, which is why men who dye their hair can benefit more from a hair dye that is suited to their particular needs.
Men typically cut their hair much shorter than women, which means they will likely have to dye their hair more often. Roots showing on shoulder-length hair may not make a significant impact, but if a hairstyle is only one inch long to begin with, ‘roots’ could be someone’s entire head of hair. Having shorter hair also means that men typically have less hair to dye than women, which means hair dye geared towards men contains less product or comes in a resealable container.
The aesthetic men are aiming for with hair dye also differs from women, who often want full coverage. Men are often looking to cover grays at the temple and hairline and need a semi-permanent hair dye that provides more natural coverage.
If you’re ready to cover or blend your grays, these hair dyes for men will do the trick.
1. Just For Men Original Formula
For long lasting coverage up to six weeks, we recommend the Just For Men Original Formula hair dye. Available in a wide selection of 13 natural-looking colors, the Original Formula is designed to provide full and natural coverage without the use of harsh ammonia. The non-drip formula is easy to use without assistance and takes only five minutes to work, targeting gray hairs specifically. Users simply lather the Original Formula into their hair, wait for the dye to take effect and then shampoo as normal. Just For Men provides an online shade selector to ensure users get their desired look.
Pros: The Original Formula not only covers grays, but it leaves hair looking and feeling thicker and fuller.
Cons: Some users may find the lather-in style more difficult to use than the comb-in style of hair dye.
2. Bigen EZ Color Hair Color for Men
For a hair dye that provides gray coverage on even the darkest shades of hair, we recommend the Bigen EZ Color Hair Color for Men. The jet black kit is ideal for users who want to cover gray while still keeping the natural look of their hair. Bigen can be used on hair and beards and works in only 10 minutes. The kit comes with a no-drip, comb-in applicator that makes it easy for users to target only the areas where gray hairs are showing. We also like that the dye comes in a resealable tube that allows customers to only use the dye they need.
Pros: Unlike most dyes that are safe for either hair or beards, Bigen can be used on both the head and face.
Cons: Like with all hair dyes, it’s advisable to perform an allergy test on a small patch of skin 48 hours before using the Bigen hair dye.
3. Just For Men Touch Of Gray Comb
For men with salt and pepper hair who want to subtly minimize the appearance of their grays, we recommend the Just For Men Touch Of Gray Comb. Rather than provide full coverage of gray hairs, the Touch of Gray comb-in dye provides a natural-looking amount of coverage to reduce the appearance of grays without making it appear as though your hair has been dyed. Easy to use, the Touch of Gray can be combed on the areas that users want to cover and simply washed out with shampoo. Users also have the option of applying the dye twice for more coverage.
Pros: The Tough of Gray works in only five minutes and is available in five shades.
Cons: The Touch Gray doesn’t hide grays, but only minimizes their appearance. It’s also not suitable for use on beards or mustaches.
4. Hair Coloring & Conditioning Powder By Cosmic Element
For a natural hair dye, try the Hair Coloring & Conditioning Powder By Cosmic Element. Made in India, Cosmic Element is a natural henna powder that is triple sifted to provide a smooth paste. Users mix the powder with water in a non-metallic bowl and have the option to add apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, black tea and other liquids to produce a darker color. It’s recommended to let the paste sit for up to 45 minutes before application and users should wear gloves to ensure they don’t dye the skin on their hands. Cosmic Element is available in eight color options, including dark brown, burgundy, light brown, red and more.
Pros: Cosmic Element is organic, Halal-friendly, and free from chemicals and parabens.
Cons: Cosmic Element’s hair dye is the most labor-intensive option on our list and must stay on a user’s hair between 60 to 90 minutes. The color doesn’t show up immediately and could take repeated applications before users begin to see results.
5. Just For Men Control GX 2 in 1 Grey Reducing Shampoo and Conditioner
If you’re new to hair dye and want to ease yourself in, try the Just For Men Control GX 2 in 1 Grey Reducing Shampoo and Conditioner. A shampoo and conditioner with hair-coloring effects, the Control GX gradually reduces the appearance of gray hairs with each use, with results typically seen between two and four weeks. Easy to use, the Control GX lathers in hair like a regular shampoo and conditioner, but Just For Men notes that the bottle should be shaken before each use. The Control GX can be used daily until users achieve their desired look, then regularly to maintain their hair color.
Pros: In addition to providing a natural-looking dye job, Control GX also nourishes and conditions hair.
Cons: The Control GX works best on light brown to black hair and results may vary on blonde and red hair. The Control GX does not provide instant results like a traditional hair dye and it may leave some stain on fingers.