TMZ.com reports that Taylor Hicks (the old-looking dude on American Idol) is going to gradually dye away his gray hair for a more youthful image. Now while I agree that dyeing out the gray in phases is a smart choice for any man who decides to ditch gray - I don't agree with this overall decision.
First of all, why are so many men afraid of gray hair? Plenty of men look distinguished with gray hair, such as the dreamy George Clooney, the neurotically hot Steve Martin, and the short sweetie John Stewart. Why not just go with it? And in a competition where standing out from the rest of wannabes is the surefire way to stick around, why blend in?
Taylor has a fantastic advantage over other men who color away gray - he has access to professional colorists. Most men prefer to spend their hard-earned money on internet porn and beer, so when it comes to hair dye they pick up a $10 box of Just For Men and do it themselves. The color on the box doesn't always equal the color that goes on your head, so sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. Gray hair doesn't pick up color as easily as hair that has more natural pigment in it, so high quality color is key. There's no shame in going to a colorist to take care of your gray, but it probably means you'll spend more than $9 on your haircut. You might have to cut down your internet porn subscriptions from 4 to 2 to fit it in your budget, but trust me, it's worth it.