Before You Dye: How Not To Royally Screw Yourself
When most men (myself included), get a new product in the mail we want to try it immediately.
I don’t know…maybe it goes back to the hunter/gather days of when humans would eat food before it spoils.
But anyhow, not to go off topic here…
Before you apply a single drop of hair dye to your head, its important to go through some necessary prep work.
Now I promise this won’t be painful.
First and foremost, its critical that you take a moment to look at your calendar and see what you have coming up on your schedule. Given the semi-permanent nature of hair dye, you should never, under any circumstances, dye your hair before a big occasion.
If you plan on walking your daughter down the aisle this weekend or have a big interview coming up and want to look younger in order to compete with the new blood that is also vying for the job, just stop.
No seriously, just stop right now and don’t buy any hair dye for such an occasion.
The reason being is that hair dye, no matter the shade you purchase, is incredibly hard to get out of your hair.
Sure, if you completely waft the process and make a trip to your local barbershop with ballcap on hanging your head in shame, they will have to treat your head chemically with all sorts of crazy stuff in order to make you look semi-presentable again.
It’s absolutely paramount that you give yourself some time before you dye your hair. We like to recommend to most men that you should give at least 3 days before any event to dye your hair. Men playing with dyes within the 3 day window should be experienced and know exactly what to expect.
Have you ever painted a room?
Just like your standard household paint, expect dyes to dry at a shade or two darker than you expect.
So if you have medium-brown hair, we would recommend going for the light brown as it will act as a great balance between both your gray and brown hairs.
The last thing you want to be looking like is Billy Mays (god rest his soul) long lost brother after you colored your hair.
Planning The Steps Accordingly
Now when it comes to the actual act of dying your hair, you want to make sure you have everything planned out.
Put your phone away, lock the door so your kid won’t bother you, and generally make sure that you blocked off at minimum a solid hour.
You don’t ever want to be rushing through the steps of dying your hair in order to stave off any embarrassment long after you left the bathroom.
While many of the hair dyes listed in this article will contain the necessary products within the box, be sure to read the product description (we linked this for each product) to ensure there are no surprises.
To be extra safe, we would recommend the additional items as men tend to wish they had these on hand when dying their hair:
- Trash bag or grocery bag for disposal (so you don’t stain your sink or bathroom trash can)
- Extra plastic stir stick (just incase you drop yours down the drain or on the floor)
- Latex gloves (Seriously, you don’t want dye getting all over you. The ones included in the boxes are akin to what the lunch ladies used in elementary school – upgrade immediately.)
Pro Tip: Be sure to get a standard body lotion and rub it along the edges of your hair. This will prevent any dye from bleeding into your skin during the application process.
Are Post Dye Hair Shampoos Worth It?
In short, yes.
Color treated hair is in a word, more sensitive than traditional hair.
Not necessarily that the cuticles along the hair shaft are more prone to damage, but rather using a traditional shampoo may hasten the rate of which the dye is removed from your hair.
When using a shampoo full of harsh detergents, you will find yourself heading to the bathroom more frequently to re-apply your hair dye in order to maintain a consistent color.
Therefore, when using any one of the natural shampoos we outlined below, you should be able to stretch out the time between dye applications.
Which will ultimately save you both time and money in the long run.