How to Dye Your Beard White, According to Pros

You’ve decided to dye beard white, but you’re not sure where to begin. First, you should know that you can dye your beard white one of two ways: permanently or temporarily.

Temporarily dying your beard white is best for one-time occasions, like costumes or holidays. It is a simple process that won’t leave you with a permanent result.

However, you may have noticed that your salt-and-pepper beard has a lot more salt and a lot less pepper. Choosing to permanently dye beard white will give you a solid white color that you can easily manage with a little routine maintenance.


How to Temporarily Dye Your Beard White with Spray

dyeing beard white with spray

The easiest way to temporarily dye your beard white is to use a spray, like the Siberian White Punky Colour Spray or any other temporary beard dye.

These are the steps you’ll need to follow to dye your beard white with temporary beard dye:

Step 1: Cover Your Clothing

Any time you spray color, you run the risk of the hair color landing on your clothing. Therefore, you will need to cover your clothing with a smock or towel to catch any overspray of color and keep it off your clothes.


Step 2: Prepare and Protect Your Skin from the Dye

Spraying color on your beard can also cause you to inadvertently dye the skin on your face around your beard. To keep this from happening, you will need to protect your skin from becoming dyed.

You will need to apply petroleum jelly to the skin around your beard before beard coloring. The petroleum jelly will keep the dye from staining your skin and can easily be wiped away when you are finished.


Step 3: Cover Your Lips

You can either purse your lips together to bring them into your mouth to protect them from the spray, or you can place a cloth over your mouth. Just make sure that your lips are protected from being directly sprayed by the white spray dye.


Step 4: Spray Your Beard

Holding the can several inches away from your beard, begin spraying your beard. Apply one even coat to your entire beard and let it dry so that you can see the results. You can apply a second coat if the results from the first coat are not as white as you want.


Step 5: Wipe Off the Petroleum Jelly

Once you are finished spraying the dye, you can take a damp cloth and wipe off the petroleum jelly.


How to Permanently Dye Your Beard White

If you are ready to embrace the white in your beard, you should use a permanent hair dye. The Manic Panic Lightning Hair Bleach Kit is recommended for beards, as it contains both bleach and developer to lift your beard color to the brightest white possible.

Permanently dyeing your beard white requires a little more work, so make sure you follow these steps when it comes to applying a permanent beard dye:

Step 1: Perform a Color Test

performing a color test

It is easy to perform a strand test if you have a long beard, as you will just need to remove one strand of beard hair to see how it will react to the chemicals being used to dye it.

If you have a short, well-kempt beard, you won’t be able to perform a strand test. Instead, you will need to perform a patch test.

To do this, you will need to dye a small patch of hair on your beard and see how your skin reacts after 24 hours. If your skin has no allergic or adverse reaction to the chemicals being used, you know it is safe to dye your beard with the dye you have chosen.


Step 2: Dye Beard White

coloring beard white

Before getting started, make sure that you cover your clothing with a smock or towel so that any excess dye that may drip during the application process gets caught on the towel or smock and not on your clothing.

Follow the directions included with your dye, making sure that you wear gloves during the process so that the chemicals don’t inadvertently get on your hands. 

Check the color of your beard every 10 minutes to see how fast the color is lifting. If you have performed a strand or patch test, you will probably have a good idea of how much time it will take for your beard to lift to white; however, you should check the color every 10 minutes to ensure your beard is lifting to white.


Step 3: Rinse

rinsing beard

When your beard has finished lifting to white, you will need to rinse the hair dye with water only.



How often will I need to reapply the dye to keep it white?

You will need to touch up your beard color every three to six weeks to keep it white.


Will I cause damage to my beard hair if I dye it white?

The use of any chemicals on your hair, like those found in hair dye, can cause damage, so you should use beard balm or beard oil to restore your beard to keep it as healthy as possible.


Does a white beard make you look older?

Some may argue that a beard, in general, will make you look older, and you don’t often hear how a white beard can make one look younger.

However, it has been found that men with more facial hair are often perceived as more masculine and older.


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