HAIR COLOR FOR MEN: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

Portrait of a young man with short dark brown hair looking into the camera
Shutterstock / StockLite

Alright guys, listen up! Are you hoping to update your look? Trying to cover up some grays? Then dyeing your hair might just be the thing for you. There’s not simply one “best” hair color for men – it depends on whatever hair color suits you, period. However, at Schwarzkopf, we know it’s not always that straightforward. Actually figuring out which color would work best and navigating the world of hair dye can be tricky. So, we’ve put together a comprehensive hair color guide for men, so that you get the look you want without too much trial and error.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE IDEAL MEN’S HAIR COLOR

Man with slicked back dark brown hair wears light brown toggle jacket and oversized scarf in front of beige background
Shutterstock / javi_indy
The right hair color will leave you looking and feeling stylish

When picking which color to dye your hair, there’s a lot more to consider than just the shade. First off, be realistic about your style and your personality before dyeing your hair – you still want to look like you. But if you’re itching for something totally new, don’t let anything stop you from taking the plunge.

Before you pick the hair color you want, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind. Choosing the right men’s hair color for your skin can be tricky and may require you to do some experimenting.

Does your skin have warm or cool undertones? Do you tan easily? How stark a contrast do you want to have between your hair and your complexion? It’s important to take these things into account so you can find a hair color that really suits you and looks great

Also bear in mind that drastic changes to your hair color may require more maintenance. Depending on the amount of effort you’re willing to put into your hair, you might want to opt for a hair color closer to your natural hair color to start off with.

FROM TEMPORARY TO PERMANENT MEN’S HAIR DYE OPTIONS

Temporary hair color is a great hair coloring option for anyone not quite ready to commit to the change fully. It can be as simple as using a temporary hair mask like göt2b Color Pöp that will wash out over the next several times you wash your hair.

Semi-permanent hair color kits last a bit longer than temporary ones. Schwarzkopf options include the Color Boost range as well as the Glossify range, for example. When it comes to hair color for men, semi-permanent color is the perfect option for anyone who wants to experiment with colors to see how it affects their complexion and style.

Permanent hair dye has a chemical effect on your hair and therefore lasts longer than temporary or semi-permanent hair color. Because of this, it’s important to look for a product that also cares for your hair, like Schwarzkopf Keratin Color with K-Bond Plex®. There are so many amazing colors in the range such as Keratin Color 2.0 Soft Black, 3.0 Espresso, or 7.0 Dark Blonde. They all provide long-lasting color with 100% gray coverage. And with K-Bond Plex technology for up to 80% less breakage (vs. untreated hair) what’s not to like? Alternatively, you can find some bold and bold and vibrant colors in our göt2b Metallics Color range with M67 Blue Mercury, M76 Real Red and M75 Cosmic Teal to name a few.

  • ${/content/heliux/beauty/skr/us/en/brands/haircolor/keratin-color/product-portfolio/2-0-Soft-Black/product.productNameInt}
    Keratin Color
    2.0 Soft Black
    ...
  • ${/content/heliux/beauty/skr/us/en/brands/haircolor/keratin-color/product-portfolio/3-0-Espresso/product.productNameInt}
    Keratin Color
    3.0 Espresso
    ...
  • ${/content/heliux/beauty/skr/us/en/brands/haircolor/keratin-color/product-portfolio/7-0-dark-blonde/product.productNameInt}
    Keratin Color
    7.0 Dark Blonde
    ...
  • ${/content/heliux/beauty/skr/us/en/brands/haircolor/got2b-color/metallics/m67-blue-mercury/product.productNameInt}
    göt2b®
    M67 Blue Mercury
    ...
  • ${/content/heliux/beauty/skr/us/en/brands/haircolor/got2b-color/metallics/m76-real-red/product.productNameInt}
    göt2b®
    M76 Real Red
    ...
  • ${/content/heliux/beauty/skr/us/en/brands/haircolor/got2b-color/metallics/m75-cosmic-teal/product.productNameInt}
    göt2b®
    M75 Cosmic Teal
    ...
  • ${/content/heliux/beauty/skr/us/en/brands/haircolor/got2b-color/color-pop/got2b-color-pop-blue-mask/product.productNameInt}
    göt2b®
    göt2b Color Pöp Blue Mask
    ...
  • ${/content/heliux/beauty/skr/us/en/brands/haircolor/got2b-color/color-pop/got2b-color-pop-purple-mask/product.productNameInt}
    göt2b®
    göt2b Color Pöp Purple Mask
    ...
  • ${/content/heliux/beauty/skr/us/en/brands/haircolor/got2b-color/color-pop/got2b-color-pop-red-mask/product.productNameInt}
    göt2b®
    göt2b Color Pöp Red Mask
    ...
  • ${/content/heliux/beauty/skr/us/en/brands/haircolor/got2b-color/metallics/m71-metallic-silver/product.productNameInt}
    göt2b®
    M71 Metallic Silver
    ...
  • ${/content/heliux/beauty/skr/us/en/brands/haircolor/got2b-color/metallics/m73-smokey-steel/product.productNameInt}
    göt2b®
    M73 Smokey Steel
    ...

OUR FAVORITE MEN’S HAIR COLOR IDEAS

Go for Silver
A touch of gray is natural when it comes to hairstyles for men over 50. But silvery hair is now trending for all ages. It’s also a great way to embrace grays by celebrating them openly instead of hiding them. If your hair isn’t at the gray stage yet, why not give it a helping hand with göt2b Metallics such as M73 Smokey Steel or M71 Metallic Silver? Your locks will be shimmering perfectly in no time. Depending on your current hair color, you may have to lighten your hair first to achieve the silver tone you’re looking for. Try Got2b Bleach It – it lightens up to 8 levels.

 

Streaks and Accents
You might not have to dye your whole head of hair for the look you want to achieve. Often, color accents are all you need. Highlights, for example, play with light and shadow to add texture to your hair, camouflage grays, and give you a natural summery look. To achieve bold streaks of color, why not grab some göt2b Color Pöp to add vibrant hues to your latest hair style? Available in eye-catching colors such as red, purple, and blue, it couldn’t be easier to spice up your hair.

CARING FOR YOUR DYED HAIR

If you’ve bleached your hair to make it silver, gray, or platinum blonde, make sure you’re using a purple shampoo to help counteract any brassiness or yellows that might creep in. Our article on shampoo for gray hair will answer any questions you might have. Hair that’s been dyed brown may be treated with blue shampoo to counteract orange hues.

Crucially, make sure to use shampoos and rich conditioners formulated for color-treated hair. They will help nourish your hair and may help your color last longer.

FINAL MEN’S HAIR COLORING TIPS

It’s always easier to go darker than it is to go lighter. If you’re looking to make a drastic change and want to know more about hair color for men, our Live Chat on Schwarzkopf.com connects you to our team of hair experts in just a few clicks!

Related articles
  • Man with red hairstyle and beard

    Hair Color

    Men with Red Hair
    ...
  • Portrait of a young man with short dark brown hair looking into the camera

    Hair color

    Hair color for men
    ...
  • Smiling woman with gray hair

    Hair Color

    Dramatic Color Changes for Gray Hair
    ...
  • Woman rocks dark brown hair color trend for women

    Hair Color

    Coloring Hair Brown: Hair Color Ideas
    ...
  • Model with short red hairstyle

    Hair Color

    Red Hair Dye: Get This Fiery Look
    ...
  • Model with natural hair color

    Hair Color

    Natural Hair Color: Getting Back To Your Roots
    ...
  • Blonde hair highlights make for a radiant look

    Hair Color

    Hair Highlights For Added Texture
    ...
  • Brunette woman wears short curly hairstyle

    Hair Color

    Multi-Application Hair Color
    ...
  • Woman with blonde hair and dark roots

    Hair Color

    Post-Bleach Hair Regrowth
    ...
  • woman highlights hair to cover up gray hair

    Hair Color

    What to do about first gray hair
    ...
  • Woman with unicorn hair

    Hair Color

    Toning Hair: What Does Hair Toner Do?
    ...
  • woman creates a youthful look with brown hair color

    Hair Color

    Anti-Aging Hair: No Surgery Required
    ...