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The secret that all women should know about men’s hair color

Kay’s Question:

Can women use Just For Men hair dye? Is their claim that it only colors grey hair true? And if it is, how is it possible?

The Right Brain’s Colorful Response:

Yes, Kay, women can use Just For Men hair dye. In fact, you might already be using that kind of hair color and not even know it! Sort of. Let me explain. First a quick bit of background:

Background Fact #1:

Your natural hair color comes from a natural pigment in your hair called melanin. There are two basic types of melanin and they can be combined to form all the different hair colors from blonde to red to brown to black. If you have no melanin your hair has no pigment so it looks grey.

Background Fact #2:

Most hair permanent hair colors (the kind women usually use) work in two stages. First they use a bleach-like chemical to destroy the melanin that ‘s naturally present in your hair so it becomes lighter. Second, they add other chemical pigments that make your hair a different color. With this type of product ALL your hair gets a dose of color.

Background Fact #3:

Some hair colors, (like Just For Men, Clairol’s Loving Care, and L’Oreal Natural Match, to name a few) do NOT use this two stage bleaching process. They use a single stage process that does not lighten you hair – it only adds dye on top of your existing natural hair color. So if you have a mixture of grey hairs and dark hairs, the grey hairs will pick up the new color but the dark hairs won’t. That’s how Just For Men can say that they only work on grey hair. Get it?

The Brain‘s Bottom Line:

Yes Just For Men’s claim that it only works on grey hair is true and, yes, women can use Just For Men hair color. In fact, many hair coloring products for women use the same type of coloring technology. But many women prefer to dramatically change their natural color and that requires using a product that employs a two step bleaching process.

{ 25 comments… add one }

  • rosalinda March 13, 2014, 9:24 pm

    I’m using just formen color for my friend, but he wants the color with more ash tone, can I mix some other color with just for men?

  • Yvonne Morris October 21, 2014, 7:53 pm

    Is the medium brown an ash tone or a golden tone? Want more
    of an ash tone as I plan on using it myself. It will be my first
    time to use hair color of any kind. I am 65 and have some grey in
    the front.

  • Janet March 18, 2015, 10:01 am

    My hair is all grey/white can i use JFM? what would the results be? My natural color was dark brown.

    • Randy Schueller March 18, 2015, 10:09 am

      I think JFM is more designed to touchup grey. I’m not sure how it will look on hair that is more white.

    • danny February 23, 2016, 1:08 pm

      janet how did it work for you? i have pretty much all grey hair and it works well for me but i use the jfm that has applicator brush and no mixing required. it works well and no burning what so ever. the other kinds of jfm just felt like it was burning. just some tips for you.

  • Lisabeth garza October 11, 2015, 4:32 pm

    If I’ve dyed my hair before using ladies hair color can I use this men’s grey hair dye? I don’t have a lot of grey hair I wished I had read this first I don’t care to change my hair color it’s a pain!

  • Julia November 4, 2015, 12:54 pm

    I had lowlights put in my hair at a salon to help cover some of the grey. I have short hair so I have to have it cut about every 5 weeks, so the lowlights get cut off fast. Can I use JFM Touch of Grey so I get more of a lowlight look and not covering all the grey. I want it to look natural/

    • Randy Schueller November 4, 2015, 6:55 pm

      It’s hard to say but JFM will give you a look that doesn’t color all the grey. If you try it, please write back and let us know how it worked!

      • Sandra Murdock November 10, 2015, 2:21 am

        I use JFM and it covers ALL my gray and my hair is black. Have been using it for years. It works great.

        • donna February 17, 2016, 5:38 am

          I have been using just for men about a year now as my hair is only grey around the front and sides. A few months ago I noticed that my hair was a lot thinner than it used to be and I was wondering whether this had anything to do with using just for men or just the fact that I am beginning menopause. Has anybody else using JFM noticed any hair thinning?

          • Sammy February 18, 2016, 5:54 pm

            Donna, I think your sudden hairloss is more likely peri menopause or even thyroid issues. Since ToG doesn’t strip your hair as part of the 2 step process mentioned earlier and just covers existing gray, there really is no corollation between your hairloss and hair color. So swing by the docs office for a lab slip on your way to picking up your next box of color. Look well, be well.

          • danny February 23, 2016, 1:14 pm

            donna your hair thinning could be a result if you pull hair back and put in pony tail . my wife use to do that all the time and did it tight and her hair started thinning and her hair dresser said it was from pulling hair back. so she stopped doing it and her hair started getting thicker. just a thought

  • sandy February 8, 2016, 8:01 pm

    I have been using a Touch of Gray for years..I have gray hair in the front and very thin hair. I am very very allergic to hair color for women. When I tried ToG it was just what I was looking for. I have no pain and no break outs like I did with traditional hair color. I love it and swear by it.

  • Helena March 15, 2016, 7:46 am

    I am 71 years old and my 48 yr old daughter have been using something called Youth Hair. It is a creme that works like Lady Grecian (which we used for years,when it was available). We prefer Lady because it was clear liquid and less messy to apply.Both work well for us.

  • Michele Viau May 8, 2016, 7:34 pm

    Can I use a JFM that is lighter than my natural colour on my grey and therefor have highlights?

    • Randy Schueller May 9, 2016, 7:08 am

      Interesting question! Technically I think it could work as long as the pattern of your grey hair is the same as you’d want for highlights.

  • Lily May 14, 2016, 11:53 am

    Hi can you use JFM on highlighted hair?
    I have highlighted hair but there is also grey hairs there too I wanted to know if JFM would just colour the grey hair & leave the highlighted alone ?

  • Colleen June 20, 2016, 6:28 pm

    How long does Just For Men last?

  • vanda July 10, 2016, 1:02 pm

    hi I have 80% gray and I have to color my hair almost every two week, root fast and looks really bad against dark brown color, So I wants to slowly bring my all hair color to lighter brown, If I use any lighter color on root it still looks bad , so my plan is to use brown Jfm color and as roots grow back the jfm color will fade and slowly I can move to lighter brown color.do you think it will work????

    • Spanky September 1, 2016, 7:11 pm

      Are you Dark brown or Medium Brown?

      You are correct about “Light Brown” being the lowest and Brown to adequately cover any root Greys.

      If you’re Dark brown then get Medium Brown and Ash if you don’t want to be to warm toned. Such as cool skin, Blue or Haz/Grn eyes, and cool brows. Otherwise warmer is OK. If you start with or add and Warm, Golden or even Natural then it will add warmth to what you started with. Sometimes even if it was from previous color.

      Generally color remove any different added color. I hear “Vanish” does this without peroxide and any damage. Color can’t lift color. All Browns darken.

      While you could go “Light” Brown (Ash?), if your are actually Medium-Brown(now) naturally (by 20% not Grey) I recommend only ONE level (or same), and not even two-levels, permanent (not Demi) Grey smashing color to the cortex. Likely Medium Ash Brown all over. Follow direction.

      Revlon “50” (6-level) Light Ash Brown (if you are Medium naturally) for example.

      Next one down is “Medium Ash(if you’re cool tone) Brown if you’re now Dark Brown.

      You’ll have to do root touch up; but it’s as easy as anything. For 2nd re-applying follow all directions for just on your root longest (depending on you Grey) and wash through non-Grey (no interleaved Grey) 5 minutes to match.

      When first applying then you could put/save some on later, for less time thereby making a touch of Grey where you want.

      Start with thickest Grey first.

  • sylvie November 1, 2016, 10:46 pm

    I am very gray and have my roots done every 5 weeks so expensive, can I use just for men too cover my gray. Im medium to dark brown. Does it wash out or stay in until you shampoo ?Thank you

  • Sharon Liss November 25, 2016, 6:22 pm

    Once I use just for men can I go back to a Demi permanent or permanent hair color without damaging my hair?

  • Lisa January 5, 2017, 9:24 am

    The women’s hairproducts you mentioned (Clairol Loving Care and L’Oreal Natural Match) have both been discontinued. Are there any current women’s hairdyes out there that work the way you described?

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