Ask the Guru: Can I dye my moustache?

One of the main excuses for not growing facial hair is that men don’t like the colour of it. For some, it’s the fact that flecks of grey give the game away about their age. For others it’s simply that their facial hair is ginger (personally I don’t get why this is a problem but then I do have a touch of the copper in my own facial fuzz). Anyway, if this is the only thing putting you off growing a moustache this Movember then there is an answer – just dye it!

What you need, however, is a dye that’s specially formulated for facial hair which tends to be courser than the stuff on your bonce. I like Trevor Sorbie MG Beard, Moustache & Sideburn Colours (£7.45 from trevorsorbie.com) which are a cinch to use, work in just five minutes and give great results. You simply mix the contents of the two tubes to activate the dye, apply with the small brush provided and rinse off.  If you’re just dying your ‘tache you’ll probably get three or more applications from it too so it’s pretty good value. They appear to work well on body hair as well, should ever you ever feel the need to disguise the grey chest hair. Etc.

So that’s one excuse dealt with for not growing that Mo! Next!

dying for something different

I’m a patient person, I really am. But the wait for a male hair dye company to come out with some decent packaging is seriously beginning trying my patience.

I know I was moaning about how bad the TV adverts are for these products last week but I think I was actually missing the point – the problem starts with the packaging. The thing is, when I buy a pair of Calvin Klein briefs it’s because I fancy myself looking like the man on the packet. In a moment of (admittedly rather tragic) body dysmorphia I see myself as that man with the six pack and eye-popping bulge. Most men do.

So, if I’m a man scouring the shelves in Boots for a product to disguise my ever increasing grey hairs do I come across L’Oreal’s Excell 5 and really think “Blimey, I wish I looked like that man with the bouffant hair and pink lipstick?” Or do I look at a Just For Men packet and think “Wow, if I used that product I too could look like a cheesy American version of Nick Clegg!” You know the answer and so do I.

Sadly, I suspect the poor UK marketing peeps at both these companies know it too. The problem is the head honchos in Paris, America or what other foreign land they originate from don’t.

Thank goodness, then, that Trevor Sorbie has a clue. His hair dyes for men are the only ones I can find that actually feature blokes you’d remotely want to emulate. Okay, so I’m never going to look like the guy on the pack but at least he’s attractive and vaguely approachable. And look, not a hint of lipstick in sight!