An interesting fact that many men may not realize is that it is common for the hair in the beard to grow either lighter or darker than the hair on the head. While this may not bother some men, others like to make it a point to have their beard color match their hair color for a smoother transition and sense of uniformity.
Then you have the men who use beard dye on their long beards to hide grey hairs, which is actually the most common use for beard dye (i.e Just For Men). No matter what your reasoning may be, here are 10 easy steps on how to dye your beard properly in order to obtain the best results.
1. Choose the Best Color
This may seem like an obvious step, but it’s very important that you choose a color that is flattering to your skin and also matches your natural hair color. While achieving the perfect color is more of a trial and error type of thing, it is best to start a little lighter than your natural hair color and work your way down the spectrum.
The coarse nature of the hair causes it to soak up so much color that if you choose a color that matches your hair color, it may turn to appear very dark in comparison. By choosing a shade that is a little lighter than your own, it will eliminate the chance of your dye job turning out too harsh or dark.
Most beard dyes come in black, various shades of browns, reds, blondes and even grays, so be sure to choose the best color to achieve the look you’re going for. If you accidentally go darker, you can lighten the dyed beard.
2. Buy the Right Dye
Most beard dyes are semi-permanent, meaning that it will gradually wash out the more frequently you shampoo your beard. Conventional beard dyes (Just for Men, etc.) are all considered semi-permanent and will be the best solution for you if you don’t mind the color fading in between touch-ups.
If you’re looking for a permanent dye job, then your best bet would be to go to a professional salon to get it done. While permanent dye may seem like the best solution, it’ll end up being costly when you factor in the price it’ll cost to touch-up the roots.
3. Cleanse the Beard
Before applying your color, you will want to make sure the beard is cleansed and free of tangles and oils. This will remove any build-up that could get in the way during the dyeing process. It is best to shampoo and condition the beard the day before you dye it instead of the same day. The residue that’s left behind from the products can block the absorption, resulting in uneven coloring.
4. Soften the Beard
The hair in your beard is a lot more wiry and coarse than the hair found on your head. Since these characteristics make the hair more resistant to chemicals, you should try to soften the beard by conditioning or even with some 20 volume peroxide (not recommended for darker hair types).
Apply your conditioner and leave it on for 5-10 minutes so that the hairs have a chance to become more pliable. Rinse with cold water and blot the beard dry with a towel.
5. Test Dye on a Patch of Skin
A few days before attempting to dye the beard, always test a small patch of skin either under your neck or one of your sideburns to see if you have any reaction to the chemical. The last thing you want is to go ahead and dye your beard and then experience the pain of an allergic reaction or chemical burns all over your chin.
6. Apply the Color
Before applying the color, protect the skin surrounding the outline of your beard with a thin layer of Vaseline to prevent the skin from staining, and be sure to use gloves to avoid staining your fingers It is best to follow the directions as stated on the box. You can apply the dye with the brush that comes with the kit, a toothbrush, or even your fingers, but be sure to apply the dye to just the facial hair and not the skin.
7. Let it Sit
Again, it’s best to follow the instructions on the box, but let the dye sit for about 15-30 minutes. During this process, you can check the status of the coloring by wiping a little bit off of a small section of the beard with a wet paper towel or cloth.
Once you think the color is a close match to your own, go ahead and rinse the dye out. Be sure to use cold water to ensure that the dye is locked in to the hair follicles.
Every once in a while, your beard will require a touch-up if it doesn’t need to fully be dyed. Touch-up kits are usually available in the same section where you find the dyes at. Be sure to follow the instructions, but most kits only require the product to be combed through the beard and rinsed out.
If you find that the color didn’t turn out as you wanted it to, a few washes with a clarifying shampoo should remove it. However, if it turned out darker than you wanted, you can shampoo it once and allow it to fade over time.