I've been using this product since it first came out and I'm completely satisfied with it.
1) Place a "expiration date" on the packaging. I've purchased some product in the past that I'm sure had sat on the store shelf too long. Older product tends to take up to 20 minutes to darken and fades prematurely.
2) Offer a lower cost "refill" version with just the two tubes (and maybe the gloves although I never use them) in reduced packaging. The brushes and trays last forever and I'm still re-using a set from many years back. The old black brushes work better for me anyway.
After many years of use, I experimented and discovered some easy tips to make the coloring last as long as possible (which is about 3-4 weeks for me):
1) Your facial hair has to be clean and dry before applying Just For Men. Facial hair can absorb skin oil and perspiration which can cause uneven shading and premature fading. Wash it with baby shampoo and dry thoroughly (use a hair dryer if needed). Hair is absorbent, so clean dry, hair is "thirsty" and will absorb the coloring much better.
2) If you're like me and have a partial, trimmed beard, apply a light amount of the coloring to the bare skin areas as well. This will actually dye any stubble and avoid a "shadow" effect that may appear around the edges of your beard after washing it out.
3) Avoid washing your face with anything harsher than baby shampoo. Regular hand soap will fade the color. Too much sunlight will also cause the color to fade as will swimming in chlorinated pools.
4) If you have a trimmed partial beard, it's best to color your beard before shaving the rest of your face. Otherwise, shaving can make the skin sensitive to the coloring and could cause mild irritation.
ProsGentle, Easy to use, No Mess, Makes hair feel better, Color looks natural, Gets rid of desired amount of gray, Works Fast, Long Lasting, also makes my skin softer.
I like the product. Although, the lack of having a mega superstar like MC Hammer or Mr.T on the cover doesn't make me a very satisfied consumer. I think that the product would become a more trustworthy brand at that point instead of random male models. I even think it would be great to see Chuck Norris on the cover of a box. Heck, I might buy anything with Chuck Norris's face plastered on the label. That means this company is great if they got Chuck Norris to support their product. And I trust a Chuck Norris opinion any day.
Now as far as the actual product. I think the instructions are a bit annoying. They seem to just overexplain obvious things. It became very uneasy to read by the uneasiness it created at overdoing easy. Also the bottle should be better. I think I would like the colors to aslo green, blue, bright red, yellow, purple and orange would be great. I think this could create trends among old men seeking to be youthful. It will sell billions. I have recorded this entry and submission to you on December 17th, 2013 at apprx 9:55pm Eastern Standard Time. Contact me to change the world and the way you target an audience based off of building more than a need, a want or desire. By actually reaching brain patterns that shall act as a medium in order to influence purchasing within any targeted consumer prospects. I may be able to quadruple your sales.
ProsMakes hair feel better, Color looks natural, Gets rid of desired amount of gray, Works Fast, Long Lasting
ConsStains Skin, Drip/Runs, Color doesn't last long enough
Easy to use with very good color consistently but two problems
Percentage of Grey:90%
Length of Use:5 Years or more
Ease of Use
I have used this product for many years. I like and recommend this to others. It gives consistent results and provides very good natural color if not left on too long. One complaint is that though my beard isn't very long, an inch or so, there is sometimes barely enough to brush on and get adequate coverage. If there is any left over, there certainly isn't enough for a second application. This could be fixed by larger tubes of color/developer. Being less expensive would also help. The other difficulty is that the color only lasts a couple of weeks at the very most so, combined with my fast beard growth that shows white/gray roots, I could use it weekly to really maintain the color. I don't, doing it every two weeks instead, but that means I have to let the beard get longer and not keep it as trimmed as I'd like. I have tried color helping shampoo and a UV protection spray but without much of a change. I don't know the solution to this, other than using it weekly, but I don't want to expose my skin/hair that often. Making it less expensive would help. (Which you can see is a theme. Times are hard and every little bit helps, especially for something like this.) It can be a little messy and can stain the skin but with practice it isn't hard to do.
ProsGentle, Easy to use, Makes hair feel better, Color looks natural, Gets rid of desired amount of gray, Works Fast, coupons help cost
ConsStains Skin, Color doesn't last long enough, expensive
Excellent product.. I'm one of those guys with a full head of dark brown hair and a beard that comes in almost completely white. My wife encouraged me to try this product and it works very well. The longer you leave it in, the darker the color will set.
I'm not very meticulous with my appearance, and I usually wait until the color fades and a lighter brown/grey burns through before I color again. By doing that, I only have to use the product maybe once every 1.5/2 months. I can get about 3 uses out of the container, so it's not a very expensive ordeal. Word of warning though: before resealing the tubes, squeeze out as much air as possible... if you don't, the color agent will turn darker in the tube instead of the honey brown when first opened. I don't know of this shortens the life, but I like to see that light brown when I reopen a tube 2 months later.
Also be VERY wary of using a white towel to dry your face after rinsing... it takes 10-15 minutes, but you'll get some nice dark stains on it. I usually rinse off in the kitchen sink and then immediately wipe my face and the countertop with paper towels. I usually color at night so any stains on my face will wash off in the shower next morning.
ProsEasy to use, Color looks natural, Gets rid of desired amount of gray, Works Fast, Long Lasting
I have a bit of face hair that I am always trying to keep looking right. I like your product as it does color pretty well, but I have always had a problem with control of the color. It is really hard to tell just how long to leave the stuff on your beard. Sometimes I have been surprised to see it a LOT darker than I expected and then it doesn't match with my hair. Also! I am of the opinion that once the tubes are opened to the air, the contents immediately starts going bad. I never use the entire tube as I don't have that much to color. So I open the tubes to color a small bit and then by the time I need to color it again, the remainder has gone bad. I would like to have maybe 3 "pods" of A and B coloring gel rather than one tube of each. If you packaged the stuff as 3 A & B pods of color, then I would just open one pod set at a time and not waste the rest because it would still be sealed. I think part of my problem with not getting the right shade of color is because of the aging of the product and it not working the same after it has been opened and then closed back up again. The POD packaging would solve this.
ProsGentle, Easy to use, No Mess, Color looks natural, Gets rid of desired amount of gray, Works Fast, Long Lasting
Consgoes bad once opened, color is uncontrolable to some extent
I have been using these products for 4 years, since my mustache started turning on me like a mad dog. My hair is still dark brown and I won't color it but my mustache is a different story and it just looks too inconsistent so I use this product. I found that mixing a dark brown with real black in about a 3 to 1 proportion gives the perfect color. One thing though, to make it much easier to apply to my mustache and maximize the time the product lasts, I do not use the little brush. I take a toothpick to mix, then use a rubber glove to apply, use toothpick to remove product from tip of gloved finger and use the toothpick to feather the product into mustache. To remove I take a table knife (not steak knife) and scrape off and wipe knife into paper towel. Then wipe excess from mustache with the paper towel. Then as soon as I get in the shower I take a bar of soap to remove remainder. Now I know the instructions say not to use soap but I found it's ok. One coloring lasts two weeks. I'll stop using this when my hair starts turning gray. One box of product if I used just one color would last me almost a year.
ProsEasy to use, No Mess, Color looks natural, Gets rid of desired amount of gray, Works Fast, Long Lasting
I just turned 61. Fortunately, I'm blessed with a full head of gray-tinged dark brown hair (for which I started using Touch of Gray) and good skin. I take care of it and I quit smoking at age 33. But all that can't fix how old your hair looks, particularly if you've grown facial hair. I enjoyed having a beard and moustache in my twenties, but my second wife hated facial hair so I never tried it while with her. After we divorced, I met a woman twenty years my junior and we fell in love. About a year and a half later, I grew the beard back, which she found very sexy, but I felt so old with it being full of whites and grays. I tried Just for Men for facial hair and was so incredibly astounded at how young it made me look. Nobody ever comes close to guessing my real age. The typical guess is between 42 and 50, never higher than that. I do find that my hair tends to resist the colorant somewhat and so I do have to leave it on about twice as long as suggested, but at the same time it seems to last longer. I am a believer and so is the love of my life!
ProsGentle, Easy to use, Color looks natural, Gets rid of desired amount of gray, Works Fast, Long Lasting
I use Medium Brown specifically for my mustache, beard, and sideburns. Although I follow all directions carefully, I have found that the results are somewhat inconsistent insofar as attaining the desired shade and, the somewhat less than desirable time frame before another touch-up is needed.
Again, it appears that the tube of dark mixture loses it's chemical properties not long after opening, regardless of resealing the tube. This cuts down the usability significantly over a relatively short time period resulting in a poor value when considering the cost of this product.
Additionally, coloration occurs slowly at first yet rapidly darkens within the allocated time frame. One must be extra careful in order to achieve the desired shade, watching the clock diligently.
Although one understands that not all facial hair absorbs color in the same way, improving the product so that gray stays away longer would be welcomed and much appreciated. When examining the volume of product vs. the cost, it is not inexpensive.
ProsEasy to use, Makes hair feel better, Gets rid of desired amount of gray, Works Fast
ConsStains Skin, Color doesn't last long enough, Too Dark
Yes, I recommend this product.
Response from Just for MenBy Consumer Resources, June 20, 2013
Thanks for letting us know what happened. We would like to help. When you have a moment, please call us at 1-800-431-2610 between 9AM – 5PM Monday to Thursday or 9AM – 1:30PM on Fridays. We definitely want to help fix this.
Would I continue to use it if I didn't approve of it?
Percentage of Grey:80%
Length of Use:1-5 Years
Frequency of use:Weekly
Ease of Use
The product is reasonably good and uncomplicated to use. I didn't say easy, I said uncomplicated. It provides good coverage, for a short time (2 to 4 days). By that point, both growth and fade suggest you need to do it again, at least in my case. I have real black hair, and thankfully, lots of it. My beard is about 80% plus grey. My hair less than 20% grey. If I do my beard, my hair shows its grey (not my age) :-). Otherwise my beard ages me, and my hair keeps me young. The point is, I feel better and believe I look better when I use the product. The product requires you to be exceedingly careful as it will destroy anything it lands on other than your facial hair. If you are not careful it will alter the color of your skin for a day or two. However, if you cover the area, work carefully and gain familiarity with the product, it will make you look better, perhaps younger...and with familiarity it becomes easier to make the product work for you, without a lot of complication. Enjoy!
ProsGentle, Gets rid of desired amount of gray, uncomplicated to use
ConsStains Skin, Messy, Color doesn't last long enough
but:...lol....Have been using your beard product almost since you started. I stared with dark brown, but as I aged, my hair (still not 1/4 gray) lightened up overall. As it did this I would have to go down a notch, so my beard didn't look darker than my hair (also left it on a shorter time, etc#. I had gotten down to light brown, around age 65, and had to be careful with the amount of time I left it on. Then a year or so ago you came out with dark blond!!. Just right. But you seem to have removed it? I haven't been able to find it for a few months now. Is this just a local thing or nationwide? I can manage as I have done down through the years, adjusting the time left on, etc, but just wondering... Thanks. #I still miss the original black narrow brush. ..lol... I always saved them, to have some on hand when you changed to the wider brown ones, and only last year started using the new brush...lol...They ain't to bad and guess I am used to them now......Don't change back...lol)
ProsGentle, Easy to use, No Mess, Color looks natural, Gets rid of desired amount of gray, Works Fast, Long Lasting
I use this product about once a week on my goatee only. I like that I get multiple uses, still the tubes are rather small.
Recently I've noticed the caps on the tubes have changed. Before it was difficult to unscrew the cap on the first use. Now that the caps have changed, I realize why the old ones were on so tight. Maybe I didn't screw the new one back on really tight, because I had to throw it out before it was all used. If any air gets it, it will cause the color tube to turn black. I had to throw it out even though I had at least one more application left. So there's a balance between too tight (old caps) and too loose (newer caps). It could be operator error, but since I've done this so many times, I tend to doubt it.
This hasn't happened to me recently, but once was enough.
Overall, I'm happy with the product. My girlfriend didn't know I colored for the longest time until, one day, she saw me buying it and I had to come clean. Best right out of the shower.
Been using the Just For Men Mustache and Beard (Light Brown) product for several months now. Friends and family say it looks so natural that they didn't even know I'm coloring my beard! EVEN my BARBER couldn't tell my beard was colored until I told him! Up until this past spring, I've been clean shaven for 15 years. When I recently decided to start growing a beard and mustache, I discovered that my facial hair was no longer the SOLID brown color it once had been. Instead, it was a mixture of varying shades of brown and LOT'S of WHITE. Before the beard grew far enough for others to see, I RAN to the store and RELUCTANTLY bought Just For Men for Beard and Mustache. As a 44 year old man, this was a long feared and dreaded day. Alas, my fears were not necessary as the application process was fast, easy and so effective that no-one even knew it was colored (except those few that I told - mainly to brag!). Thanks, Just For Men! You have my recommendation!
ProsEasy to use, No Mess, Makes hair feel better, Color looks natural, Gets rid of desired amount of gray, Works Fast
Consit only rarely stains skin if left on too long, color would last longer if didn't keep short beard
Beard is 90% grey, 'stache about 25%, hair (and lots of it) still waiting for the grey to show up. Pretty much every two and half to three weeks, the beard gets treated. Usually a double dose, with a light brown, and a light-medium brown combo; never use the same color for both. When it's done, be sure to hit the shampoo quick, as if left on too long, your beard can get too dark. 'Stache gets colored once during every other combo beard treatment, as I wear it a bit longer than the beard.
Only gripe is that my skin is kinda sensitive sometimes, and with the combo treatment needed for best results, occasionally the adjacent skin gets a little raw. It helps not to shave closely beforehand, and to wait a day or two between phases of the combo treatment, so the knowledge base does exist. Waited a lot of years to write a review... mainly because I'm about to try the new no-mix "Touch of Grey" product, so I may not be using this two part stuff anymore.
ProsEasy to use, Color looks natural, Gets rid of desired amount of gray, Works Fast
I have had grey in my beard for almost 10 years and now its pretty much all grey. Recently, I got a free sample from Smiley 360. I had never even considered trying it. It looks very natural and is very easy to apply with the included applicator brush. The excess color washed right off my face, but stayed in my beard. I was really surprised how much younger I looked after using Just for Men. My friends didn't notice that I colored it, but they all told me that I look different, but "couldn't put their finger on it". My wife says I look 10 years younger. The only bad thing is that when my whiskers grow back they are gray. So when I shave if I don't get close enough to my beard I have a silver lining so If I get too close my beard gets a little thinner. I think I'm going to buy a dry shaver because I really like my new look and plan to continue coloring my beard.
“I received a free sample of Just for Men® Mustache & Beard from Smiley360.”
ProsGentle, Easy to use, No Mess, Color looks natural, Gets rid of desired amount of gray, Works Fast, Long Lasting
I use this product to dye my eyebrows every two weeks instead of using an eyebrow pencil, which looks really unnatural on me. I am a natural strawberry blonde with colorless eyebrows & lashes. The light brown color gives my brows a definitive shade without looking out of place with my hair color.
Since I only use small amounts of the product, I probably twist the tubes tight more frequently than most do to store them. The plastic necks of the tubes tend to break very easily after two to four uses, rendering the remaining majority of the product unusable.
That being said, this product is waaaay easier and less expensive than going to a salon, with great results.
As a female user of the product, I suggest that it would be profitable to market Not-Just-For-Men to a new demographic: 40+ women. Our eyebrows tend to thin and gray as we age, losing the definition necessary to highlight our eyes. I'm just sayin'...............
ProsGentle, Easy to use, No Mess, Color looks natural, Works Fast, Long Lasting
I use Mustache and Beard weekly to cover my facial hair, which would otherwise be completely white. It covers perfectly, and honestly, no-one knows. The key is not to over-color. I use it for a little less time than stated on directions. That way it isn't too dark. The color does seem to slightly fade over the week. So, I do a slight trim of the beard, and recolor. That's what works for me. It's a bit pricey for the amount you get. Wish I could get maybe a few uses out of it. How about offering a double pack, 4 tubes in one package(2 color/2 activators? That would save on materials, and help diminsh overhead. Just a thought. The coupons offered by JFM do help a bit. Overall, I love this product! I never want to run out, and keep a few back-up boxes, just in case I can't find it in my store. Sometimes they are out of medium brown. Must be a popular color. Would absolutely recommend this product!
ProsGentle, Easy to use, Color looks natural, Works Fast
I have used both original formula and Auto Stop. I only use it for my sideburns. The biggest disappointment for me is that the color lasts for only 2 weeks. Then if I try to use it again (from the same tube because I really do not use much); the ingredients, being exposed from the air, turn dark and the product then has a limited and even shorter time effect. So in reality I would have to buy a package for a one time use every 2 weeks just to use for my sideburns. I even squeeze the tube to eliminate all the air from it to hopefully limit the exposure of the ingredients in hope that the 2nd and thereafter applications will be more effective. I cannot say though that it really matters. I have never used the mustache and bean formula but suspect it would not make any difference. It would be so much better, and cost effective, if you could get multiple uses out of the tube.
ProsColor looks natural
ConsColor doesn't last long enough, one time use
Response from Just for MenBy Kathy, Consumer Resources, June 30, 2016
Thanks for sharing your experience with us. We are sorry to hear that the product isn't lasting as long as it should for you. If you haven't tried this already, we recommend using a shampoo made especially for color treated hair. Some shampoos or bar soaps can be harsh and actually fade color from the hair. Autostop should last approximately 3 months once opened. We are not sure why it's only lasting two weeks after being opened. Since you're coloring a small area, we would recommend that you use Just For Men Mustache & Beard instead. Once again, thank you for taking the time to post your experience!
This was the first hair color product of any kind that I have tried and I was very skeptical. I read the directions, prepared the mix as instructed and was very happy with the results.
My hair is dark and the grey is bright when it shows. I don't have a beard at all times. My hair grows fast so I can go from clean shaven to a decent scruff in a few days. Usually about the 3rd day the gray around my chin is very noticeable. I can use a little Just for Men even at that stage to blend as it grows. I keep a tight beard usually trimming once a week or more. I will touch up with grey areas after each trim and the grey is not visable until my next trim. I can even use it on my sideburns to blend into my beard seamlessly.
My experience has been concistant results and color I am very happy with Just for Men Moustache and Beard Real Black and will continue to use it.
ProsColor looks natural, Gets rid of desired amount of gray, Works Fast, Long Lasting
I am a 44 year old engineer. My beard recently turned about 75% gray, while I only have slight graying on my temples. It was a very noticeable and distracting look. I began using Just For Men Mustache and Beard coloring. I started slowly, easing out the gray over a 4 week period just a little bit each week. No one at work noticed. I keep about 10% - 20% gray in the beard to match the temples.
Before I started coloring my goatee, I was having difficulty with job interviews. I would get a first interview and always end up on the short list. Since I colored the goatee to match the hair on my head, I have had 6 first interviews and they have all led to 2nd interviews and positive feedback. I look like I am in my 30s now, which helps get me past the HR people who are screening candidates.
Thanks Just For Men for a great product that works and looks natural.
ProsGentle, Easy to use, Color looks natural, Gets rid of desired amount of gray, Works Fast
Product works for me but not as per instruction promises. Although the color is natural for my beard, mustache and sideburns, I have to apply it weekly to keep the color semi consistent. Further, I have to leave it on for double the amount of time on the instructions, i.e. instead of 5x minutes, I have to leave it on 10-15x minutes to obtain full color coverage. I also note as soon as the facial hair begins to grow back, I lose the color in that spot or spots. If I apply today, in one week the color needs to be reapplied; if left 10x-14x days, all the color fades and the natural gray hair is 100%. If would be better if the color wait time after application really is 5x minutes and not the 10-15x minutes I must wait. And I do follow the instructions exactly on mixing and quantities. I also belive that it should last more than one week.
ProsEasy to use, No Mess, Color looks natural, Gets rid of desired amount of gray