Reviewed & updated: October 19, 2022 by Jamie Wilson BA
With aging, come the gray hairs. To be honest, most of us do not like having to deal with gray hair. If it were only the hair on our head that turned gray, life would be a bit easier. Unfortunately, beards tend to go gray as well. If you are a beard lover, then you probably do not like this change. So in case, you have ever considered doing a beard dye, whether, for fashion or aging reasons, you are at the right place. In today’s article, we are talking about What Every Man Needs To Know About Beard Dye!
Steps in Achieving the Perfect Beard Dye
Step #1 – Picking the perfect color
In case you want your beard color to match your skin, eyes, and hair, then it is crucial to choose the right shade of your beard dye. It is tough to find the perfect match, but if you get close enough, you should be fine.
In case you are just dying your beard out of fun into some fresh color, then it is essential to choose the best beard dye product. Yet again, it is tough to achieve the same color as on the box. So be prepared to have a few deviations.
Step #2 – Picking the perfect product
When you figure out what color you are looking for, then you have to make sure to choose the ideal product. There are a lot of beard dye products out there. From those with natural ingredients to those with harsh chemicals. We recommend getting a beard dye for men. They are usually advertised as “Just for men beard dye” or “Grizzly Mountain Beard Dye.” The reason for this is because they are more effective than just ordinary dye. Obviously, the same formula isn’t going to work the same for everybody. We would recommend checking the product reviews online before purchasing it.
Step #3 – Prepare your beard for the dye
If you have ever dyed your hair before, you know that this is a process. Unfortunately, there is no easy way for dying a beard, unless you get it professionally done. So here are some of our tips and tricks for a more natural beard dye.
First, do not shower before dying your beard. When you shower, your natural oils weaken, and that isn’t good because they help the beard dye absorb better, as well as helping prevent skin irritation.
Then, make sure you have everything you need for a clean beard dye. Wear an old shirt, so you do not get the dye on your skin. Latex gloves usually come with the beard dye you buy, but in case they do not, make sure you understand them. Also, a towel or paper towels should be around to clean up any mess fast before it drys.
Lastly, apply vaseline anywhere around your face where you do not want the dye to stain. Depending on the size of your beard, you are probably going to apply it on your cheeks and neck.
Step #4 – It’s time to dye your beard
Now that you have picked your color and everything else is set, it is time to apply the dye. If you have ever dyed your hair before, the process is reasonably similar.
Most dye products come with two bottles: one contains the color base, and the other contains the color developer. You will want to mix these two. Make sure that you mix them in some old bowl since you won’t be able to wash it out. You want to mix it until it becomes the same color. Also, the color that you get is not what it will look on your beard, so do not be afraid if it seems slightly off.
Now it’s time to apply the dye. This process is relatively simple. You want to thoroughly brush the dye throughout your beard and avoid the skin. Do not use your hands to apply the dye. Also, use light stroking motions. You do not want the application to be uneven. Some parts of your beard are going to need more dye because they have more hair.
After applying the die, you should wait for a couple of minutes. It usually says on the box how long you should wait. Do not wait too long because it will start to burn. Then hop in the shower and wash it off with hot water. Do not worry if the dye looks too dark or too light immediately. It does take some time for it to fade.
How Long Does Beard Dye Last
This depends on the beard dye you use, as well as your beard size, and how fast is your hair growth. But usually, it lasts somewhere from 3 to 6 weeks. Beard dye is often not that expensive, and most of the time, one package can be used for two applications. You can always read that product’s review to see how it worked or others. In case you do not want to dye your beard, you can always go for a less impermanent option – henna guys dye. Henna is the organic option for beard dye, and it lasts up to 2 weeks. Some people call it the henna dye while others call it the henna guys dye. Either way, it is an excellent option if you are looking or something 100% natural and something that will fade faster. The application for henna guys dye is a bit longer since it takes from 30 to 60 minutes. Obviously, the choice is yours, but it is always nice to have options!
How to Take Care of Your Beard
Whether you have been dying your beard for years or are just getting started, you always need to take care of it. The same goes for your natural beard.
First of all, do not use regular soap or shampoo to wash your beard. Make sure to find a beard shampoo that works for you. Usually, the best beard shampoo is the one with natural ingredients. Beard care is critical. In case you do not know what products to buy, you can always find the review online.
The second step; use a conditioner. If you want your beard to look soft and for that gray hair not to be as visible, beard conditioner is the way to go. Yet again, make sure you choose the formula that works for you.
Lastly, use beard oil. It will soften your beard even further while helping with dandruff, as well as keeping the right oils in your beard. Do not let days pass by without you not going with your beard care routine. It is essential to do these steps two times a week to achieve a flawless beard.
Beard Tips For Beginners
In case you are just starting to grow your beard, then we have some tips for you. Maybe you have been shaving your beard because of the gray hair, or you couldn’t maintain it. Keep in mind that every beard is different, and there are just some general tips and tricks which should work for most beards. Either way, we have some beard tips for beginners. Especially if you have decided to dye your beard.
Tip #1 – If you want a long beard, then stop trimming it. There are always going to be awkward phases before your beard gets to the length you want it at. Just let it grow until it reaches its full potential. You can always do clean-ups, but not full trims.
Tip #2 – Do not rush it. While you might have to dye your beard every month, you might have to wait for the perfect beard for six months. It takes time for a beard to grow, and it will also take you some time to learn how to maintain your beard. So be patient, and you will get the beard you want sooner than you know it.
Tip #3 – Use the right products. Most men use all-in-one products for their hair, body, beard, and mustache. That is a bad idea, especially with beard coloring and beard dye. There are a lot of different products out there. There are beard products for dark hair, for gray hair, both beard, and mustache. So it is essential to choose the one that is going to work for you and your beard. It depends on the formula, but as always, an online review is your best friend.
Tip #4 – Style your beard the right way. Many people think that they can grow a beard, and they are going to look more cool, more attractive, and as much as we all wished, it was the case. Unfortunately, it is not. You have to style your beard, so it complements your face and your body proportions. You have to comb or brush your beard. That is one of the easiest ways to make sure your beard looks neat. Also, you can find inspiration for your beard online. Do not stress too much about it; you can always change it!
Tip #5 – Protect your beard. As fun and as relaxing as it may be to touch and play with your beard, do not. It will only harm your beard. It can break hairs, and it can fall out. So be careful, and if you want it to look the best, you have to take care of it. It isn’t made of stone, and constant touching can ruin it.
Tip #6 – Do not compare your beard to others. It can get very discouraging when you compare your beard to someone else’s. None of us have the same characteristics, so it is crazy to think that we can have the same facial hair. Your face, hair follicles, beard – everything is different. It is always nice to find some inspiration in someone else’s beard, but you won’t gain anything by making comparisons.
Frequently Asked Questions About Beard Dye
Question #1 – Is it okay to use regular hair dye for your beard?
No. Can it be used? Yes. Do we recommend it? Not. Since facial hair is different than the hair on your head, it can ruin your beard because of the specific formula. Also, dark and light colors do not work the same for hair dye as they do for beard dye. All in all, it is a very bad idea to use a hair dye for your beard.
Question #2 – Will the beard dye stain my face?
If used correctly, then no. As we said earlier in the article, you can add vaseline on the skin around your beard to protect it. If not, most hair dye brands, such as “Grizzly Mountain Beard Dye” and “Just For Men Beard Dye,” do guarantee that you can wash the dye easily. Just do not keep it on your face for longer than 30 minutes, and make sure to use hot water to wash it all off.
Question #3 – What if I do not like how it turns out?
There is always a chance that you do not like the way your beard dye turns out. Maybe the application process didn’t go as planned, or the base color didn’t work with your beard. First of all, do not worry. Maybe you just let a couple of days go by because sometimes the color can look too dark, and the gray hair might not be entirely covered after the first try. You can always shave your beard, or wait a couple of weeks for it to grow out. We wouldn’t suggest trying to dye it again. If you really can’t wait for that long, go and see a professional. They should be able to fix it.
Question #4 – How many bottles do you need and how long does it last?
You will need only one package, and that package usually contains two bottles: one for the base color and one for the color developer. These bottles can be reused, and most men get 2-4 uses out of them. It will depend on your beard size and the application process of how long these bottles will last. Usually, most beard dye companies have an email address, so you can always contact them there for more info.
Question #5 – What if I make a mess?
Clean it up immediately. The longer you take, the less likely you will be able to clean up any stains. If you work quickly, you should be able to get rid of all of the stains. We do recommend using paper or ordinary towels around the sink, so you do not have to worry about stains. If you get some dye on your shirt, it will be almost impossible to take off. Do not worry too much about making a mess, since it is pretty much unavoidable when working with dye.
Question #6 – Can I use the same dye for both my beard and mustache?
Yes. It is entirely safe to use the same dye for your mustache/beard. Everything we said before about the beard dye application stands for mustache dye as well. In case you are dying both your beard and mustache, then follow the steps we mentioned at the beginning.
Question #7 – What is the best beard dye?
Well, this depends on many factors, such as your beard type, as well as your preferences. In case you want to get rid of gray hairs, you are going to need a different dye than if you were looking to change your beard color. It also depends if you are looking for natural ingredients, as well as your budget. Almost every product has an online review, and we would recommend that you check them out. But some of the favorite dye product brands are “Grizzly Mountain Beard Dye,” “RefectoCil Cream Hair Dye,” “Henna Guys,” and “Godefroy.” All of these have different specs that make one better than the other. Yet again, we strongly recommend checking an online review first.
Our Favorite Beard Looks
Now that we have answered most of the questions about beard dye, as well as provided some tips and tricks, we want to share with you our favorite beard looks. Also, we want to give you a bit more insight into different beard styles and how you can achieve and maintain all of them. So here is the list of our favorite beard looks!
Having Said All of That,
There is a lot to consider when it comes to beard dye. You have to think about the color, the products, the way to do it, etc. Some men do it to hide gray hair, others to look more stylish. Some like natural products, while others don’t mind chemical ingredients. Whatever the reason is, we believe you should always do your research before dying your beard. Hopefully, you found everything you needed to know in this article, from how to dye the beard, to how to style it. And don’t forget, good things come to those who groom.