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How To: Become a Silver Fox or Disguise Your Gray

Posted by Taylor deDiego on Jan 21st 2016

Chris Hogg is a Paul Mitchell professional stylist and Paul Mitchell Insider. Here he shares his pro tips for owning silvering hair or discretely disguising it.  

For many guys, the appearance of gray hair is a shock to self-confidence meter. Since we can't all be  Anderson Cooper,  many guys have chosen not to  go gray  gracefully  and have turned to the bottle for help (of course, I'm referring to a bottle of hair color). Then again, a peek of grey or even a full head of silver hair has become quite appealing as of late. Whether you’re covering your grays in a hurry or contemplating trying the silver fox look on for size, here are some things to consider.


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  • A professional will always produce better results.  While there are several just for men home coloring kits, a professional colorist will be able to mix exactly the right color formula to  ensure a natural looking result.  There are now excellent professional hair coloring options for men and I particularly like Paul Mitchell® Flash Back®, a salon service that takes about ten minutes. Selling point: The color fades slowly over time, so you don't get a dramatic color change as it grows out.

  • A men’s coloring treatment ranges from $30-50 and should be touched up monthly. If you’re truly trying to disguise your gray in a way that looks authentic, a professional service is your best bet. Believe me, you want to avoid the drastic results of box color (accidentally coloring your hair orange or black is far worse than a few grays, I promise).  


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  • Many ladies openly admit there is something attractive about the distinguished look of a man with silver locks. Whereas grey hair was once linked to growing old, it’s now a sign of sophistication, maturity and confidence.

  • Gray hair can make a man look more rugged and it isn’t just limited to older men. According to some lady friends of mine, "There are few things sexier than a younger man embracing going grey. Take Max Joseph from MTV’s Catfish. He started going grey at 15 and he most certainly pulls it off."

Whatever you decide, do it with confidence and remember that your stylist is your greatest ally.

Taylor deDiego is Paul Mitchell's Web Content Writer and resident style hunter. She spends her days writing copy, keeping tabs on our social channels and testing new DIY hairstyles in our in-house salon.

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