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Hair Color For Men: What You Need To Know

Many men are now hopping in the craze of coloring their hair to complement their personal fashion style and individuality. While it may be a cool and stylish thing to do, some of you might still be doubtful if this is for you or not.

Of course, that’s what we’re here for. Here are some guidelines you need to consider before changing your hair color.

Should I color my hair?

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The answer is simple, really - if you feel like it, then go for it buddy! No one should dictate your style except you. Be confident and do your research if you plan on having one, because having colored hair is worth it if you play your cards right.

Determine if hair color fits your lifestyle

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A GATSBY Gent should first consider if his lifestyle permits him to have color on his hair. If you are a student or working in an office, ask yourself, “Does my school or office allow them?” In some conservative schools and office environments, it’s best to avoid rocking a loud hair color and go for something subtle such as a brown hair color.

You can also consider going for highlights instead of a full hair color. Hair highlights give you a simpler look with only streaks of hair color, but can spice up your overall style as well.

Consult a hair color expert first

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If this is the first time you’re coloring your hair, you must let a professional colorist do the job first, before exploring DIY treatments at home.

A professional hair colorist will give you bro tips on what color looks good on your hair, what products are safe, and what you need to do after the treatment.

Different colors that suit your skin complexion

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Skin tone plays a big role in determining what hair color looks best on you. For example, a mocha hair color looks good on medium skin tone while a caramel hair color or blonde looks better on young men with lighter complexions.

Generally, those with darker complexions should opt for darker hair color while those who have lighter skin tone may go for a lighter or louder color. 

Know how your skin and hair reacts to chemical

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Hair color products usually have chemical properties such as ammonia and peroxide that might cause damage to your hair and even your scalp. The general rule is: the lighter the color, the more damaging it is to your hair.

You should also opt for hair color products with natural ingredients such as those with low PH level and milder formula to avoid breakage, especially those with thinning hair.

Men who already have damaged hair must first consult a hair expert before coloring their hair. Your hair needs to be healthy and well-nourished, as the hair coloring process can be demanding to your hair.

How long do you want the hair color?

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If you’ve reached this far, then it’s a green light for you. If you have decided what hair color and products you want to use, you now have to determine how long you want to keep your colored hair.

For first-timers and gents who want to experiment with different colors, going for a semi-permanent hair color is the way to go, as it fades after a few washes and requires less maintenance.

If you have sufficient hair color experience and want to settle for a more long-lasting color, going for a permanent hair color is your best bet. It doesn’t fade and only needs to be recolored once the roots of your hair grow out.

Caring for your colored hairdo

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Your hair colorist will usually give you a rundown of what you need to do after a hair color treatment. But if you need more tips, a good start would be to buy hair care products that are formulated to protect your colored hair.

You also want to make sure that you don’t wash your hair 24 hours after the treatment. Lastly, you want to consult with an expert at least every week if you think something is not right with your hair after the treatment.

Don’t forget to complete your style with GATSBY men’s hair products. After all, what’s the point of hair color when it’s not styled to perfection, the GATSBY way? 

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