Coloring Your Gray Hair Cartoon

1-16-Bearman-Cartoon-Grecian-Formula-StinksTime to admit something in today’s cartoon.  I have male patterned baldness grayness.   Yep, I have a beautiful head of hair but for some reason I started turning gray long before my much older brothers.   Turning gray (or “grey” for my UK friends) doesn’t bother me except for the fact that one side of my head has a larger patch of gray than the other side.  So while I didn’t want to dye it back to remove all the gray I decided to try a few things.

First up was Just for Men which was fine but it became way too dark and much more than my normal hair color.  Yikes.   Then I tried Touch of Gray which did a better job of keeping toward my natural hair color but it didn’t last that long.  With both these products once you open the package, you pretty much can’t use the tube of color again so it really was a waste of money since I used so little in one spot.   Both of  these products smell like the beauty shop my grandmother used to go to but the good thing is you immediately shampoo out the excess and for the most part the smell is gone.

Most recently I turned to Grecian Formula which promises to gradually remove the gray hairs.   Put it in dry hair and let it go.  Problem is, just like the other products mentioned, Grecian Formula smells.   Since they encourage you to keep it in rather than shampoo it out the stench stays with you.   Plus I noticed that if I didn’t shampoo it out each day that it seemed to transfer to my pillow.  I move a bunch in my sleep so invariably I am going to end up at some point with my face (and more importantly) lips in the pillow.  So I would wake up with a horrible taste in my mouth.   Not sure what I was ingesting, I looked at the ingredients to find that the active one is “Lead Acetate”.  Now I am not chemist but I can recall the ban on lead paint as a kid so ingesting lead anything can’t be a good thing.   While the company states it has research that Grecian Formula  is safe  and continues to sell in the U.S. the  formulation with lead acetate, back  in 2006 the ingredient was banned in Canada and the UK as  it was suspected of being a carnicogen.

On the bright side if no one comes near you because of the smell, they can’t see your gray hair.   I think I’ll just use a Sharpie from now on. 🙂


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  1. Chris K says:

    Well, at least she pointed a a positive point also.

  2. David Hurley says:

    Just remember, gray hair is a sign of wisdom! 😉

  3. Nate Fakes says:

    Funny you posted this today. I JUST noticed in the mirror a super-gray hair sprouting up (with the others) that is brand new. Oh well….. Looks like I’ll be joining you shortly.

  4. Binky says:

    You really would think that someone could come up with a simple solution to such a problem. It’s not rocket science, after all.

  5. Red Dwyer says:

    Vanity has its price… or in this case, smell. My grandfather used Grecian formula for the same reason, but he used cologne as marinade, so we could not tell unless we could get past the cologne. I think we were fortunate.

  6. George Ford says:

    Man, I am glad you posted this. I never thought I would turn gray so quickly. I still have some black up top, but my beard and any new hair growth is all coming in gray now.

    I wish I had started coloring it in way before it happened since everyone knows me now with a lil’ “salt in my pepper” so it would be way more noticeable for me to show up to work looking like I fell into a shoeshine kit.

    My wife says she likes my grays (they make me more distinguished), but I think she’s secretly happy that my groupie numbers appears to be going down (and not in that geechy-freaky way I prefer).

  7. My strategy is to blind everyone in a 100 foot radius.

  8. Ol' Gui says:

    Time to go for that Most Interesting Man in the World look.

  9. Dave says:

    I started losing my hair around 17 or so. I would take thick, funky grayed up hair any day. 😉

    I guess on the positive side at least I got the balding out of the way. Most men are going lose their hair to some extent. Of course, maybe it isn’t such a crises at age 40 or 50.

  10. Ed Rybicki says:

    Grey: the new black…B-) Seriously, I am presently putting up with a wife who stinks the bathroom out so badly every time she dyes her hair, I can’t use it for a day or more. So I point-blank refuse to do anything about the distinguished grey. Which is getting whiter and whiter and more and more by the month….

  11. Comedy Plus says:

    My father used that stuff, but I never noticed it smelled. Hubby has had gray hair since he was in his early 30s. It’s beautiful too.

    Have a fabulous day. 🙂

  12. benzeknees says:

    As I was reading this I kept thinking just use a Sharpie! Then I read your last line. Great minds think alike! Seriously – if you want to deal with a few greys, use some mascara. It will stay on until you wash your hair again & it doesn’t smell. If you use too much it might get a little crispy or lumpy, but it doesn’t damage your hair.

  13. Bill Murphy says:

    And here I always thought your real hair color was green! 😛

  14. lisleman says:

    What color does it turn the pillow?
    I had a patch of grey/white hair in my early 30’s. I blamed my kids. For awhile if I combed my hair a certain way it looked like I was hit by a snowball. Not that bad in comparison to my other flaws.

  15. Tony McGurk says:

    Sounds like un-greying is almost a hobby to keep you occupied. The easy way out is shaving it all off. No Hair – No Grey (gray)

  16. frigginloon says:

    Why don’t you just dye your hair gray.grey…problem solved 😉 Alternatively try getting your hair streaked, that will give you a more even look, without looking like Wayne Newton bwahahahhahahahahahahah

  17. frigginloon says:

    Hmm, I noticed you gave yourself a nice healthy head of BLACK hair in your toon. Hmm, your nose just poked me in the eye bwahahahahahahahaha

  18. Gruhn says:

    I had no idea that Grecian formula promised that. (A razor takes care of the issue all together.)

  19. Mark Stokes says:

    Everyone looks (and smells) better from a distance.

  20. Joseph says:

    I started turning gray in my teens. Now I’m full-on salt and pepper. But that doesn’t bother me in the least. I think you should embrace your grayness, Bearman!

    You’ll look more distinguishing!

    It IS a sign of wisdom!

    The silverback leads the pack!

  21. Shoe polish? Seriously…they make little hair color touch up pens/crayons that aren’t suppose to bleed.


  22. Nef says:

    I don’t mind the gray hair. I was actually looking forward to have a full head of pure white like my grandpa, but I guess it’s not going to be. At the rate I’m going, losing my hair, give me two more years and I’ll be another Dr. Phil, but shorter, fatter and uglier…

  23. Thanks for the reminder to go out and buy some GF! Stinkin’ but lookin’ good is my motto!

  24. The only noticeable gray I have is in my beard… and that deceives people into thinking I have some wisdom!

  25. Ahahah. “a larger patch of gray than the other side”… maybe you can start a trend!!! I’m sure it’s not that bad.
    You know what? I had my first “grays” at the age of 15. True story —> Mediterranean genes… thanks Mom!

  26. Andro says:

    It could be the Mallam Streak, or in your case the Bearman Hunch,
    actually it is said that grey / gray hair is an attractive trait for women
    with oversized breasts and a nest of creatures, whatever that means
    but just enjoy your graying and keep us up-to-date on the other 🙂

    No I mean the theory, not what you were thinking 🙂 lmao


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