State of the Tresses: Does Obama Dye His Gray Hair?

The president's salt-and-pepper strands take on a darker shade

Last week's White House dinner with the Chinese Prime Minister prompted a not-so-hair-raising question: Does President Obama dye his locks? The commander-in-chief's graying 'do looked decidedly more peppery during the foreign leader's visit later that night (pictured right), creating a bit of a buzz.

Back in 2009, Obama's barber Zariff told the New York Times that the president's hair was "100 percent natural. He wouldn't get it colored." (There has been no official word yet on whether his latest look was Just for Men or just a trim.)

Could the stress (and accompanying grays) of the past year have changed Obama's opinion about dyeing? According to a recent NYT article, from 1999 to 2010, the number of men (age 50 to 64) who color their hair has risen from 3 percent to 10 percent. Some speculate it's because, in these tough economic times, many older men are competing with younger fellas for the same jobs and need to appear more youthful.

But rather than eliminating grays completely, the trend among guys is to simply reduce them. Since, unlike women, who are pressured to cut, color, repeat, men and their manes are considered distinguished and still sexy with a few salty flecks. George Clooney in 2012, anyone?

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