This summer showed us dyeing a man’s hair incorrectly could have detrimental consequences. Case and point: Ryan Lochte. The man responsible for an utter Olympic PR disaster in Rio. He man also responsible for quotes like this,
“Something will pop up in my head. It could like the weirdest thing. Like all’a sudden like I have like a jumping banana in my head. And I stop and pause. I’m like that damn jumping banana is in my head. I don’t know what’s going on.”
It seems to be obvious that your choice in hair dye may actually alter the chemistry of your brain when done distastefully. But if you are considering changing your hair color, even if it’s an unorthodox color, it can look professional. No hue should make you look like an extra for “The Real Slim Shaddy” video, unless it’s your Halloween costume. You’re better than that, men. Use these hair dyeing tips to get the look you’ve always wanted. As the insightful Lochte says,
“If you’re a man at night, you’ve got to be a man in the morning.”
Pick the Right Hair Color
Some quick hair dye facts, men. Hair color is assigned level numbers from 1 to 10. 10 marks the lightest, 1 the darkest. Your natural hair tone will fall within one of these levels. Knowing its shade number will help you when picking a dye. Those with black hair will find reds and dark browns easiest to work with. Brown hair responds well to brown, blonde, caramel, and red tints. Blonde hair is the simplest color to dye. It can be lightened or darkened with minimal effort.
Know Your Skin Tone
The process of selecting a hair dye goes much deeper than merely choosing a color you like. When dyeing your hair, you must compare the color carefully with your skin. There are no absolute rules when it comes to hair dye tones. However, there are guidelines to keep you from making a fool of yourself. In most cases, men with darker complexions look best in cool tones. Golden or honey brown if you want to go light, chestnut or mahogany for a darker shade. Men with pale skin should try working with warmer colors, dark browns, and blacks. This is crucial to remember. Skin tone is where Lochte went wrong and I discussed already how that all worked out.
Protect Your Forehead
Once you have used your color smarts to select a complimentary dye, the real fun can begin. Place your dye bottle in a bowl or plate to guard against excess dye staining countertops or spilling. It is dye, so it was designed to stain the surfaces it touches. You want this in your hair. You don’t want this on a rug, or towel, or forehead. You don’t want manufactured bruises dotting your forehead after your hair dyeing session. There are two solutions for this. The first is in preparation. Rub some Vaseline on your forehead, outlining your hairline. If your dye bleeds onto your forehead, Vaseline will keep it from sticking. If you do dye your hair without the help of Vaseline, any stains can be quickly solved with some Windex on a napkin.
The actual act of dyeing is relatively simple. Use the glove provided in your dyeing kit to massage the dye into your hair like shampoo. Different experts have varying opinions about how much dye you should use. The consensus seems to be, “Don’t fear the quantity.” Pour all of the dye mixture into your hair to make sure you have enough to go around. After you dye your locks, it’s waiting time. Take this time to watch some great videos on the Richard YouTube channel! The kit will give you details about how long the dye needs to sit before you can hit the showers and wash out the excess product. Double-check the mirror for any Windex spots you need to see to and your dye is done!
Men, a smart eye and some focus are all you need to dye your hair effectively. Armed with the above guidelines, you will easily escape embarrassing yourself like Ryan Lochte and look sexy as hell doing it.