July 14, 2016

Whether you’re new to the game or a seasoned vet, it’s important to know your options when it comes to getting rid of your greys and reviving your youthful hair colour.  For you first timers there are a few things to take in as you learn this new grooming option.  Whether you want to blend out your greys, get a full cover, or revive your natural colour, you can achieve the look you’re after. If you’re a first-timer, make sure you check out our blog 'The ins and outs of men's hair colour for first timers’


After ten years of using men's hair colour, it’s fair to say I’ve been around the block, here’s what I’ve found. 

There are two main ‘at home’ options to choose from.

JUST FOR MEN

My very first experience with men's hair colour was with Just For Men.  Looking back it was quite an intimidating one.  I wanted the experience to be so seamless that I would hardly have to think about what to do.  This thinking was quickly squashed when I opened the box.  Instructions telling you not to leave the product in your hair for longer than 10 minutes because it could damage your hair, patch tests to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction, and application gloves the size of shopping bags.  Not to mention that the instruction leaflet that comes with the product is written in every language imaginable, so just finding what you need to read is a task in itself.  While they quite often refer to their products as a ‘shampoo’, to appeal to men, what you will find for your first experience is anything but.

Ingredients:

  • Ammonia Free = Yes
  • Paraben-Free = No
  • Organic Ingredients = No

Application:

  • Smell = Smells like chemicals which is quite off putting
  • Usability = Quite a runny consistency that you have to be very careful with while applying.  The gloves that they supply are made to fit all sizes, so it’s quite awkward trying to apply the colour with gloves that could fit Shaq.  You also need a cloth that you don’t mind getting stained to help clean up once you are finished, this is not included.
  • Time to use = The box will tell you that you can have grey free more youthful looking hair in 5 minutes, but you will find that it can take that long just to apply an even cover over your hair.  You have to be very mindful of how long it has been in your hair as the product can start irritating your scalp if you leave it in passed 10 minutes.
  • Results = I was never unhappy with the final finish.  I did find that it never lasted very long, though.  I could always start to see my greys again within a week after application.  My hair would also feel very dry after use.

Custom Options:  

  • Custom Gloves = No
  • Cleaning Towel = No
  • Free Delivery = No
  • Online Order = Yes from 3rd party retailers


Price:  $11.99 to $17.99 not including shipping

Final Comments:
Just For Men products are not bad.  My main concern was how long the colour lasted for.  While using colour in your grooming regime is not hard once you get the hang of it, you don’t want to be applying it every couple of weeks to maintain the look you are after.  The smell and the way it makes your hair feel make you wonder what it is exactly that you are putting in your hair.  

RATING:
2.5/5

CLOONEY CLUB - CLOONEY COLOUR

Colour Cream is an evolution on what has currently been set as the standard for at-home application hair colour for men.  The experience while using the product is simple while producing salon standard results.  The product has been tailored to the user to make the experience as seamless as possible.

Ingredients:

  • Ammonia Free = Yes
  • Paraben-Free = Yes
  • Organic Ingredients = Yes

Application:

  • Smell = Scented.  Has a light sweet smell.
  • Usability = The product has quite a thick consistency and can be applied from your hands like a styling product with minimal mess.  Custom glove sizes are tailored to each customer.
  • Time to use = 15 minutes.  This is including application time.
  • Results = Colour Cream has a lasting natural finish.  It easily lasts between cuts for me.  It gradually fades and doesn’t leave any regrowth lines.  After application, my hair never feels dry or damaged.

Additional:

  • Custom Gloves = Glove size is custom to each customer
  • Cleaning Towel = Microfibre pouch is included for cleaning up
  • Free Delivery = Yes
  • Online Order = Yes direct


Price:  $29.00 including shipping

Final Comments:
Colour Cream is pleasant and easy to use.  I am always happy with the result and extremely happy with how long it lasts for.  The conditioning factors of the organic ingredients make sure your hair doesn't feel dry and damaged after use and the microfiber pouch and custom gloves make the application process very pleasant. 

RATING:
4/5