Whether you’re a full blown silver fox or the grey hairs are just starting to become slightly more noticeable, if you’re not quite ready to embrace the change, you might be wondering how to hide grey hair in men.
And while we could reel off any number of celebrities and sportsmen who we think rock grey hair, we understand if you’re looking for ways to get rid of men’s grey hair – even if it’s just temporarily.
Because, who knows, you might want to transition to grey hair at some point, but you want to make the leap from your original hair colour a little less harsh. In which case, grey blending – a process in which your hair is subtly coloured to make the grey less obvious – could be the answer a little further down the line.
But for now, at least, you want to know the best way to hide grey hair for men – which is why you’ve clicked on this blog post. So let’s take a look.
4 Ways to Hide Grey Hair with Colour for Men
Gone are the days when the only option for men with grey hair was a box of jet black hair dye surreptitiously bought from your local chemist. Suffice to say, the world has moved on from the days when dad’s only option was to transform himself into some kind of urban B movie vampire.
These days, hiding or getting rid of men’s grey hair is a lot more sophisticated. Here are four ideas.
1. Use hair colour to hide grey hair
If the tweezers are no longer a viable tool in the battle against the grey, it could be time you looked for a more permanent solution.
Yes, we’re talking about colouring your hair. For men who want to hide their grey hairs, turning to the bottle (of dye!) is often the obvious solution.
There are plenty of cool hair colour trends for guys around at the moment – you just need to decide whether you want to go for a shade similar to your original colour to disguise the grey or if you want to switch up your look and opt for something entirely different.
One word of warning: if your roots are greying, they will make an appearance relatively quickly. And it goes without saying that the darker the hair colour, the more the grey regrowth will contrast with it.
For this reason, many women who are going grey choose to lighten their hair, or even bleach it as grey roots are not as harsh against lighter hair as they are against darker shades.
2. Add lowlights or highlights
We touched on grey blending earlier, and this particular hair trend is a good way to make any grey hair that’s growing through a little less in your face.
Both lowlights and highlights for men are a great way of combining your original hair colour with your newer grey hairs and they’ll also add extra shine – something that grey and white hair can lack.
They’re also a more natural way of hiding grey hair with colour for men and your colourist will be able to advise you whether lowlights or highlights (or a combination of the two) will work best with your existing colour.
For the record, lowlights are a couple of shades darker than your hair so they will generally create a more naturally blended look than lighter highlights.
And now for two tips on hiding grey hair for men that don’t necessarily need colour – but don’t let that stop you if you fancy a change of hue!
3. Go for the crop
As we just pointed out, grey and white hair is generally not as glossy as pigmented hair. This is down to its coarser, wirier texture.
If you want to know how to get rid of men’s grey hair, it doesn’t come any more literal than cutting it off!
Of course, unless you’re also going for a colour, you’re not really hiding your grey – it will still be there, but chopping your hair off and going for a shorter, neater hairstyle will make your grey hairs look less visible.
Not only that but it will help tame the frizz. After all, wouldn’t we all rather be a George Clooney, a Tan France or an Idris Elba rather than an Einstein or a Doctor Emmett Brown?!
(Although we wouldn’t say no to the brains or the Delorean…)
4. Try different styling techniques
There’s nothing we love more than a stealth hair hack so, even though this is another tip that doesn’t need colour to hide grey hair, we thought we’d include it anyway.
If you’re looking for tips on how to get rid of men’s grey hair, colouring it and chopping it are the obvious solutions, but there is another way to simply hide your grey hair. Men, listen up. It’s all in the styling.
If your hair isn’t completely shot through with salt and pepper (or at least salt!) and is in concentrated patches – most commonly found around the temples – there are ways to hide the grey by styling your hair differently.
This will depend on the length of your hair and the location of the grey, but moving your parting from the side to the centre or vice versa, or slicking hair into a comb over or a quiff might just do the trick.
Just pick a styling product that’s designed for your hair type and for what you’re trying to achieve and you’ll be good to go. For example, to keep a new parting in place, try Aveda’s Men Pure-formance™ Grooming Cream which offers medium hold but without the stickiness.
If it’s a defined quiff you want to create to disguise grey hair, something with more hold, such as the Pure-formance™ Firm Hold Gel will help to maintain the style.
How to Hide Men’s Grey Hair at Cutters Yard
Want to say “so long” to the silver? At Cutters Yard, we know how to get rid of men’s grey hair by hiding it with colour.
We use Aveda Colour which is known for its vibrancy and resistance to fading. What this means for you is that when we cover up your grey hairs, whether it’s with subtle highlights or a true transition, your grey will stay hidden for longer.