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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.

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  • 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

          • Jay February 15, 2018, 4:38 am

            I thought my hair was thinning. Then I realized after areas of my dark hair had turned white, my scalp appeared more sparse due to not having the pigment at the roots. My white hair also changed texture, which made each hair shaft slightly finer.

  • 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.

      • Mary Ann Miller October 23, 2019, 10:57 am

        Great forum. It answered a lit of my questions.

  • 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?

    • Randy Schueller June 21, 2016, 7:29 am

      It starts to fade after about 3 weeks. Plus you get root regrowth.

  • 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?

    • Anne March 6, 2017, 8:51 pm

      Yes Loving Care by Revlon is discontinued but if you call Revlon they say you can go to Sally Beauty and get the one made for professionals, “Beautiful Collection” Advanced Gray Solution”. But I found it online on their site and bought a lot several yrs. ago. Amazon might have it now too.

  • Janelle January 25, 2017, 2:46 am

    Hi- I used JFM to cover my greys & worked great for me in the past- my husband uses it & one day I tried it out & loved it b/c it works fast– and love the way it covers my grey in my dark brown/black hair–I had women hair dressers trying to tell me not to use JFM b/c it’s only for men & how the pH balance is for men–basically they could not explain to me the scientific reasons why I as a woman can’t use it. Basically, I just couldn’t find a women’s hair color that’s done in 5minutes–I do not like to keep chemicals touching my scalp for 20-30minutes as I feel that it all gets absorbed in my scalp. So, I figured 5minutes of FJM is better than 20-30minutes of women’s hair color. But the hair dressers were telling me that it’s 5minutes of really bad chemicals compared to less harmful chemicals for the 20-30minute women’s color. Is there any truth to this ? I am not familiar with hair coloring chemicals & their toxic componenets & lasting effects–can you pls let me know what you know ? I just would love to use 5minutes of chemicals instead of 30minutes. Thank you, Sincerely, Janelle

    • Randy Schueller January 25, 2017, 6:47 am

      The potential problem with JFM is that some people are allergic to one of the dye chemicals (PPD.) If you can use the product without allergic reaction (as most people can) then it is no worse for you than any other hair dye.

  • Renee Davis January 25, 2017, 7:13 am

    I have a lot of grey around my face and in the back it’s more salt and pepper. I’ve considered using JFM to make the grey more salt and pepper, would that work?

    • Randy Schueller January 26, 2017, 6:40 am

      I think you’ll have to experiment with it and see if it gives you the look you want.

  • sans February 17, 2017, 3:26 am

    I have done my hairs golden colour in a parlour…bt I want my natural hairs back….how to get it? Should I do black hair colour again……to get my hairs natural look….plz suggest me….

  • Zarina February 25, 2017, 2:40 pm

    Please clarify these statements: “it starts to fade after about three weeks” and “it lasts for several weeks”. Does this mean the actual color fades out OR is this in reference to hair growing out (i.e, root growth), which would need retouching?.

    • Randy Schueller February 28, 2017, 8:26 am

      Both. It will start to fade after a few weeks and you will need to recolor the roots due to grow out in a few weeks.

  • Oralia Garza March 4, 2017, 6:58 pm

    I really want to try it.

  • Karen Tobias March 29, 2017, 12:55 pm

    I would love to try this, but I’m freaking out! I’m 46 and I mainly have grey towards the front and on the sides. I would say that I have medium to dark brown hair with warm tones, naturally. I currently have my hair colored at a salon using permanent hair coloring to stay as close to my natural color as possible. My biggest worry about trying Just For Men Shampoo-In Haircolor (I’m thinking to use the Medium-Dark Brown H-40) is whether or not it will damage my hair. I have fine hair and the constant coloring of my hair and the touch ups is not only expensive, but it seems like my hair is slightly damaged as a result. Please share with me your thoughts. I would be forever thankful! Karen

    • Randy Schueller March 29, 2017, 1:45 pm

      All non-temporary hair color does some degree of damage to your hair but the JFM product is pretty mild.

  • Adie April 23, 2017, 2:49 pm

    I use Touch of Grey (light brown) not wanting harsh products on my hair and it’s way less expensive. It covers a lot of the hair and recently covered my white ones!!! Either the product was improved or letting my tresses grow out to its full natural state of brown, grey, white and silver did the trick. In any case, it covered all and achieved a lovely greyish, light brown natural looking color with light grey highlights at the hair line. I was ‘staining’ it at the hair salon, but my hair seemed to get thinner. I started to use coffee based shampoo for hair growth and sprouted new hair. The color is more in keeping with my age!

  • Carol Jo May 20, 2017, 8:43 am

    I have dyed my hair and when the color faded it was somewhat lighter. I do have salt and peppered ash brown/blond hair. I’ve used JFM for years touching up in front and on eyebrows. Will it color the faded/bleached look so I can grow out my natural?

  • Robin June 24, 2017, 1:50 pm

    I have white hair at the roots. I just spent over $180 to do overall red color with blonde highlights. I can’t continue doing much $$ to touchup and need something for the in between times to save $$ for the next professional trip. What would you recommend? I need something super easy cuz I’m a clutz sometimes!

    • Randy Schueller June 26, 2017, 7:05 am

      There are a number of root touch up products on the market that use temporary color. Just Google “root touch up” and you should be able to find some.

    • Maria Rose October 22, 2017, 10:42 am

      If you are doing red over grey with blonde highlights it will be difficult to find a match to the red in the Touch of grey colors or any temporary rinse in color. I speak from experience as I went first from my natural coloring of dark chestnut brown black hair by putting a rinse in which in my case faded fast (less than 2 weeks).
      Depending on the porous nature of your grey hair, you need a coloring technique that holds without fading off the grey/white .
      I agree the red coloring is fabulous but any color will need touch ups and roots upkeep. While my hair was mostly dark ( sprinkles of grey hair) I managed with a pre-balague look ( dark near roots with light chunky highlights in area of grey),
      Now that the front of my head (sides) are completely grey, I use what is called a one process procedure using blonde in front and red in back from my ears to neckline whenever the roots show up in red area which I can stretch to 6 weeks. Plus I have no fade out in color.

  • Viviane June 30, 2017, 6:44 pm

    I have/had black hair. Just flat black hair: no highlights, no red tones, no nothing. Now, at 65, my hair is turning white; in fact, the entire front of my hair is white. My husband hates it. I tried dying it, but found that the semi-permanent color washed out in about 3 weeks, and the permanent dyes washed out in 4 weeks.
    So, since I want to try the JFM gradual hair color shampoo, will it eventually work for me? If so, about how long will it take? I ask because the back of my hair is still black, with very little white.

    • Judy August 29, 2017, 1:26 am

      I used to be a hairdresser in my younger days (before they made the money they make today – so I went on to college.). We were taught the difference between permanent hair color (Roux, Clairol, Wella, Redken, etc.) and the more temporary hair color products like Loving Care. Because permanent hair color uses a developer (like 20 volume peroxide) the cuticle on the hair is softened to receive the color deposit and lasts longer on the hair than a temporary hair color that just deposits color on the outside of the cuticle. The temporary hair color will fade over time if not touched up. It is not recommended that you use permanant color over Loving care (at least the kind that was around years ago) as you can get some less than desirable results. If you want a color to last and have a lot of white or gray, you need to use the permanent type (as used in the salon.). Tip: if your roots are white and don’t color well, pre-soften the white roots for a few minutes with a Cream developer which will soften the cuticle more. Except for the first time, never apply the permanent color on the entire head when you start. Apply to roots for time in instructions then add remainder to ends to refresh color at the very end before washing your hair. This way you won’t get dark ends and light roots. The instructions should give you this information.

      Good luck!

      • Maria Rose October 22, 2017, 10:51 am

        Great advice but you left out some information. I have the same problem as that women,( mostly grey/white upfront dark in back). You can’t get grey colored properly with over the counter products without fading. Grey hair maintains coloring only with permanent professional coloring products used by beauticians.

  • max August 3, 2017, 10:52 am

    Does anyone know which product I can get in the UK that just covers the grey?

  • Phyllis August 5, 2017, 2:09 pm

    I’ve been coloring my hair with Nice & Easy Dark Natural Blond #7 for years, but my roots are now all white, and I have to touch them up almost every two weeks. Would JFM be easier to do that with and especially if it can be brushed on? I’d like to eventually grow my hair out to the white and only highlight it with non-permanent color. If not JFM, is there something else that would work better?

  • Leanne August 6, 2017, 1:50 pm

    So basically Just for men is just a semi permanent hair colour designed to stain the hair

  • Miriam Lawson August 6, 2017, 10:19 pm

    Can you use it right after relaxing or texturizing hair? At some point, in the future, I want to just have my natural gray hair. Would JFM just fade or would I still have to grow it out?

  • Tammy September 24, 2017, 10:13 pm

    Just purchased this product. My little sister recommended it after I noticed her hair was a solid dark color, no grey. She said it’s so easy. She’s in her early 40s. Her BF is 63 and it colors his hair nicely too, although a lighter color. My hair is dyed but it’s several months since the last dye. Will be interesting to see the result. Natural color was a brown with a reddish tint. At any rate, will be nice to be done with the grey in an easy way. Praying I get the same result as my sister did!

  • Amy October 11, 2017, 12:27 pm

    I have a very short pixie cut with virgin dark blond/light brown hair that is now mixing with gray/white at about 25%. I want to try the JFM product. Would I be best to use the light brown? Also, will it work okay on my short hair without staining the surrounding skin? It is clipper cut at the neck line. Thanks! 🙂

  • Chelle November 3, 2017, 12:20 pm

    I use just for men for eyebrow tinting and it works fabulous… I’ve also used it to tint my thinning hair part. Is it safe to put regular hair dye over the JFM. on my hair ?

  • Susan December 2, 2017, 8:20 am

    I have never colored my hair but considering it as I’m graying by the day. My hesitation is that I will lose my shine and become a “matte head”. Are there any women’s products that work like JFM, with simple comb in applicator and 1-step process? Are there any natural remedies/supplements that you’d recommend as a finishing touch to keep hair naturally shiny? I.e. (just guessing here but looking for ideas) coconut oil, mayonnaise, other essential oils?


  • Anna December 3, 2017, 7:29 pm

    Is it true your hair can fall out for using JFM ??

  • Yenenesh Kibrat January 3, 2018, 3:31 pm

    I am allergic to hair dyes (I mean my actual head and face swells and leaks at the scalp), and have only been able to use Cairol Black and Beautiful collection; which is a rinse. In one comment it said JFM may contain an allergin. If I can’t successfully use this, can you recommend ANYTHING ELSE?
    *The whole world can dye their hair to cover gray – except me!!!!

    • Perry Romanowski January 9, 2018, 10:22 am

      Sorry, we wouldn’t have enough information about your particular skin allergies to make a good recommendation.

    • Maggie March 16, 2018, 3:26 pm

      I have a friend who also had terrible problems with being allergic to hair dye. Her solution was to have her hair highlighted using foiling at a salon. The long and short of it is, the actual dye never touched her head. Obviously, if you are looking for an all over effect, your hair dresser would just cover every tress in the foiling process.

  • yoli January 5, 2018, 5:21 pm

    I now have a glaze on my hair to cover gray. Can I switch to JFM withut harming my hair?

    • Perry Romanowski January 9, 2018, 10:21 am

      What do you mean by JFM?

      • Jak January 22, 2020, 5:17 am

        Perry Romanowski, You asked “what do you mean by JFM” ? That is bizarre because the last 50 posts I’m reading are All about JFM-Just for men …Why do you not know what JFM is ???

  • dawn January 21, 2018, 11:47 am

    I have dark brown almost black hair, with 2 colors gray one white and one almost I say a yellow on top but underneath it’s the dark brown so when cut it almost looks highlighted but i’m growing hair out since tried of trimming it every 2wks at 20 dollars a trip. so question is if I use jfm will it cover the white and the yellow? and would it be two difference colors?

  • Sandy westbrook February 24, 2018, 11:25 am

    I only wash my hair every 9 or 10 days. Its very dry. Would this still work for me

  • Diane May 17, 2018, 1:43 am

    Using JFM, what shampoo would you recommend?

  • Marie January 13, 2019, 4:03 pm

    Does the Just for Men shampoo product Control GX work?
    How does it work?
    Any reason to believe it would cause hair loss?
    Any reason a woman could not use the product?
    Why do they warn you to not use it on colored hair? What are the consequence if used on colored hair?

    In the FAQs it says:
    Can I use Control GX if I have previous color on my hair?
    Do not use on hair that has been lightened, bleached, highlighted, or colored blond, because color results can be unpredictable. You may use Control GX on hair that has been previously darkened. However, the color can become darker in tone and will change from warm to ashy. If you do have visible dye in your hair, wait until it has grown out before shampooing with Control GX for best results.

    My hair is naturally the darkest shade of brown right before the first shade of black on the hair color chart. I color my hair light ash brown to cover gray only and not look harsh. I am not clear on what JFM means when they say hair can go from warm to ashy. Would this be a concern for me as I already use light ash brown? Can I expect this product to work for me? I don’t want to unexpectedly look like some kind of hot mess trying to use this product when I do color my hair or for any other reason I am not aware of.

    Ingredients List from Walmart site and not from JFM. Not sure if they are correct or not.
    Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Decyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycol Stearate, Ethanolamine, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, N,N-Bis (2-Hydroxyethyl)-p-Phenylenediamine Sulfate, Acetic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, 1,2,4-Trihydroxybenzene, Cetearyl Glucoside, Erythorbic Acid, Sodium Sulfite, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Stearamide AMP, Panthenol, Manganese Sulfate, p-Aminophenol, Sorbic Acid, Etidronic Acid, Fragrance/Parfum, Limonene Linalool.

    • Perry Romanowski June 15, 2019, 12:50 pm

      It works as a shampoo.
      No, it won’t cause extra hair loss
      No, there is no reason a woman couldn’t use it.
      I don’t know why they would say don’t use on colored hair.

  • Lyn June 26, 2019, 9:48 am

    The TV ads say JFM “gradually” covers the gray, so I’m figuring I use the shampoo every time I shampoo and it covers the gray and keeps the roots covered as well. What am I not understanding. If not the above, why would I use it if I have to touch up the roots every 3-4 weeks, which I do with normal women’s hair color?

  • Scott August 1, 2019, 1:25 pm

    Can you recommend inexpensive brand/product lines that use the 2 step process? I have been using Just For Men but my top is always much darker than sides

    • Perry Romanowski August 6, 2019, 5:23 pm

      Maybe you could post this question in the forum. Someone there could give you a product recommendation.