How to dye your beard – A step by step guide to dying facial hair
Dying your beard can be easy once you get the hang of it, but you can get some professional grade advice before you set out on the endeavor by stopping by a salon. Salons can give you advice on the type of dye to use based on your needs, colors to select, and how to apply dye on your type of beard. In this article however we’re going to give you a step by step guide on how to dye your beard from home.
Once you choose to dye your beard hair, the hair will never be the same (well…atleast until it grows out which can be a long time if you have a long beard). This is important to understand, once you start, the color of your hair has been permanently changed if you use anything but temporary dye. So, if you are choosing a permanent color, be aware that all that luxurious beard hair you have grown will now be a changed color so if you decide to change it again you might have to bleach it all (more on this later) or get professional advice about which color to choose to compensate for the dyed hair.
Always, always, always remember to follow the directions on the dye itself on how to dye your beard. For all dyes this starts by testing the product for an allergic reaction and spreading some Vaseline on the parts of your face sans hair to protect your skin from stains.
Permanent v. Temporary Beard Dye
When it comes to hair dye, there is permanent dye and temporary dye. As their names suggest, the permanent stuff is what you use to change the color of your beard to something (usually) more natural. Some people want to permanently dye their beards to match their heads, or just to have a different shade of awesome. Temporary colors are a good way to play around for different events, to add color for a costume, or to just add something fun to your face.
Temporary dye comes in different forms too. Some are just spray color that you spray onto your beard. Others require the same set up as normal dye, but they retain the color for a short period of time, naturally washing out after a few washes.
Temporary dye can also be a good option if you’re looking for a good beard dye that’s more suited to sensitive skin.
Your Natural Color
If you are trying to dye your beard to better match the hair on top of your head, or you are trying to get rid of greys, you want to find a dye that is roughly the same as your desired color. However, a tip for those trying to match their hair color is to pick a dye two shades lighter than what you really want, to account for the fact that our individual hairs are often lighter than we think.
Because of so many horror stories all tracing their roots—no pun intended—of peroxide and bright orange hair color, it is important to understand bleaching.
You might need to bleach your hair depending on the color you want to achieve. For men who are trying to dye their beard hair a lighter color, to match dyed hair or to give the darker beard hair a lighter tint, be aware of the color wheel.
When it comes to hair, color on one end is black, working its way from black to brown, to light brown, to red, to blonde. Every shade falls under that spectrum. So, if you have dark brown or black hair naturally and you are trying to dye it a fun blue, a light brown, or a red, you might need to bleach the hair first, then apply the desired color on top.
The reason for this is that, in spite of the momentary struggle of bleaching each time you want to touch up the roots, in the long term it is easier to work from a clean slate.
Your beard hair has color pigmentation in it. When you apply a dye, the new color goes on top of the natural pigment you have. For this reason, the same brand and color dye will give different results for each user. This is why the side of any dye box includes a rough color chart showing what your results will be based on your current color.
If, however, you opt to bleach your hair, the bleach gets into the root, the hair follicle. It goes inside, rather than sitting on top. When it goes inside, it removes any natural pigment from your hair. This essentially gives you a clean slate, or a blank canvas as it were, so when you dye your beard, you will get the exact color your want.
Dying your beard
When it comes to actually dying your beard, read the instructions. If you are doing it at home with store bought dye, just make sure you have everything you need and lots of extra towels. The boxes of dye typically have any trays, mixing containers, tools, and gloves. Read the instructions before you open anything.
Have spare towels on hand and remember that the dye will dye the towels too, so don’t use the nice ones that were a wedding gift.
Wash clean anything that came into contact with the dye, like counters, sinks, or your hands, as soon as you are done applying it to your beard.
Almost all instructions say the same thing which is why once you get the hang of it, dying your beard becomes pretty easy.
For the most part, dye instructions will tell you to open the two or three ingredients in the containers and mix them in a certain order. This achieves a particular chemical reaction.
Shake the container or stir it together, depending on the type. This ensures a proper mixture.
Wear gloves and put the Vaseline on your face, then section off the beard into little pieces, lathering each piece from top to bottom, front to back, in the dye.
Once you have applied it as per the directions, wait the designated amount of time. You should start to see the color change in the mirror, usually following the color wheel we mentioned above. If you think you have the shade you want, rinse clean a small piece of your beard from the underside where it is not as visible and see if it is the color you want.
Maintenance of your freshly dyed beard
Once you dye your beard, be prepared for some minor maintenance. If you are dying it permanently, you will have to get your roots done (so save the label from the dye you used if you did it at home) every week or two or so depending on how fast your hair grows. Because beard hair grows so quickly, knowing how to dye your hair at home can save you a lot on dying costs.
Be cognizant of hair colors. Red, for example, is a color that is very bright at first but fades to a brassy shade after about one week. The rate at which any color begins to fade or dampen in terms of brightness is contingent upon how often you wash your beard.
Overall, get advice picking the color. Follow the instructions. They almost always say the same thing. Hopefully this post has been useful to you in gaining a better understanding of how to dye your beard, let us know in the comments section below if you have any further tips or tricks.