Coloring Your Beard: How To Do It

Beard Trimming
Sander van de BaardmanBy Sander - The Beardmen
Updated on 12 Aug 2023

Does your beard not have an even color? Is your beard getting grayer and grayer and does it make you look older than you actually feel? Or do you just feel like experimenting with something new? Coloring your beard is becoming more and more common. How to go about it? The Beard Man tells you!

Can you color any beard?

In principle, you can color any beard, but if you keep your beard very short, your efforts will be short-lived. As you regularly trim back your beard hair, very little of the beard dye remains visible. Therefore, the advice is to color your beard when it is 2.5 centimeters or longer. This ensures maximum visible results and a coloring that is better retained.

What dye do you use to color your beard?

Theoretically, you could use ordinary hair dye to color your beard. However, because the skin on your face is much more sensitive, it may react differently. So it is best to opt for a special beard dye. This paint does not grow out, but fades.

This makes for a natural look. Because let’s face it: outgrowth in your beard looks at least a little remarkable, right? Special beard paint is also a thicker and easier to apply.

What color do you choose?

For convenience’s sake, you’ll want to achieve as natural a result as possible. This can be achieved by choosing a beard dye that is as close to your natural hair color. As a rule of thumb you can remember to deviate a maximum of two shades from it. This is also because you can never completely hide the actual color of your beard hair.

Do you choose a color that is too dark? This can give your face a harsh look. Do you have dark hair of your own? Then prefer to choose a dark brown beard dye instead of black. In turn, a color that is too light can make your skin look paler and make you look less expressive. So stay close to your own color even with a light beard.

Beard coloring: preparation

As a Beard Man myself, I believe in mostly natural ingredients and especially careful use. Then again, iit is not always possible to use products of natural origin. This is also the case when dyeing your beard. All the more important is good preparation. One of the most important tips is not to wash your beard prior to dyeing. This ensures that the dye will adhere better and that your skin and beard hairs suffer less from the treatment.

Combing your beard beforehand is advisable. Dust and remaining particles will be removed efficiently. Third, it is wise to apply a layer of petroleum jelly around your beard to prevent the beard dye from adhering to the skin around your beard.

What kind of brush do you use for coloring your beard?

If you buy a special beard dye, you usually get a brush with it. An ordinary hair dye brush is much too large to do this precision job with. With such a brush you cannot avoid unintentionally coloring parts of your face. Don’t have a beard dye brush? Then use a toothbrush to apply the paint.

The step-by-step plan for coloring your beard

Below is a concrete step-by-step plan for dyeing your beard. I have briefly listed everything.

  1. Read the instructions on the beard dye package so you know how to proceed.
  2. Does the package contain both a base color and a color developer? If so, mix them together before you get started. This will be indicated on the package.
  3. Gently apply the paint to your beard by moving the brush back and forth.
  4. Let the color soak in. The packaging will indicate how long you should do this.
  5. Rinse your beard under lukewarm water and pat dry with a clean towel.
  6. Do not wash your dyed beard for the next two days.

How is the result?

Are you satisfied? Congratulations! For the next few weeks you will be walking around with a beard you’ll be proud of. Is your beard too dark for your taste? Then wash it immediately with beard shampoo. Is it too light? Then repeat the above steps immediately.

Test beard paint before use

With my tips, I’m trying to make beard care more fun and efficient. It is always important to act responsibly. This is true when coloring your beard. Some beard paints, like hair dyes, can cause an allergic reaction.

Always test the dye on your skin first, for example on the inside of your forearm. Have no allergic reactions occurred after 48 hours? Then you can start coloring your beard with confidence!