How Often Should You Dye Your Beard?
As men get older, most of the times their beard turns grey. And sometimes it can even happen to younger people, creating a bit of confusion about their real age. Whether they do it to hide the grey hair or simply to have a very dark and strong beard that captures attention, many men choose to dye their beards.
But this process is not as simple as it first seems, and lots of guys do not know exactly how to dye their beards. There are quite a few things to consider, and we will discuss more them in this article.
How Often Should You Dye Your Beard?
Unfortunately, the color wears off pretty quickly. Not only does the paint fades away each time you wash your face, but the hair is growing continuously, revealing your natural color at the bottom. When using semi-permanent colors, they last for 2-3 weeks before another treatment is needed.
Using a barbed color shampoo may extend the color life for a bit more, but don’t expect it to last for more than 1 month. If you want to have a fresh-looking beard every single day, then you have to apply the color every 2 weeks.
But this may depend on the product you are using, so make sure to read the label carefully and see how often you can apply it.
If you notice small spots of gray hair just in some places while the rest of the beard looks great, you can only apply the color in those areas. Applying the color too often is not ok either, as it might damage the hair and the skin.
For occasional touch-ups between each dying session of the entire board, you can also use mascara. This is the product used by women to color their lashes, and it will give you a temporary color that will last you through the day, without damaging the hair or the skin.
If you have decided that you want to have your beard colored on the long term, it’s better to do this before the entire beard reaches its natural color again, because then you will need to apply more dyer.
If there is already some color left from the previous dye, then you only need to apply less substance in order to get the same color.
How To Choose The Right Color?
If you dye your beard for fashion reasons and want it to really stand out, then you should go for a shade darker than the original color of your beard. For example, if your beard is light brown, you can pick a medium brown tone.
If you only want to cover the gray areas without being too obvious that you dyed your beard, then you can choose the same shade as your natural beard. A shade that is much darker will make your beard look artificial.
In case you have dark or black skin, then you can choose a dark brown shade. Dying your beard in dark black will make it look unnatural. But this look is quite fashionable these days, so it really depends on what you are trying to achieve.
If your beard is blonde, then choose a dark blonde instead of a lighter one. If you are not really sure about which is the right shade, choose a lighter one and see how it looks. If it is too light, you can always apply a darker shade afterward.
But if the shade is too dark right from the first attempt, then there is not much that you can do. You can either stay like this for 3 weeks or so until a new beard grows, or you will have to trim your beard completely.
Before Applying The Dying Product
If this is your first time dying your beard or if you are trying a new product that you never tried before, you should always do a patch test first. The purpose of this is to test if you are allergic to that product and to avoid a serious irritation of the face.
In order to do this, add a small quantity of the dying product on your elbow and leave it there for 15 minutes.
Then rinse it off and check for any irritations or anomalies on the skin. If everything looks normal, then you can proceed and apply the substance on your face as well.
How To Use Dying Products For Your Beard?
Most products come with a base developer container and a color tube. You then have to combine the two, until the solution thickens. Always combine the products in a clean tray and use a clean brush. Do not use a brush that you already used before, especially if you previously applied a darker shade and you are now applying a lighter one.
Make sure to blend enough dying substance to cover all your beard, depending on its size. Once you mixed the ingredients and blended them together, you can apply the mix on your beard. Apply it with the brush, making sure that all areas are covered equally.
If you don’t have an applicator brush, you can also use a toothbrush.
If the product you are using is designed for hair coloring, it is probably mentioned on the instructions to keep the substance in your hair for 20 to 40 minutes. But when it comes to the beard, it’s not necessary to keep it for that long. If your beard is short, 10 minutes are fine, and if your beard is really long, you can go for up to 20.
Once ready, rinse it off thoroughly.
There you go! Now you know exactly how often should you dye your beard and other useful details about this process. Let us know about your beard dying experience in the comments area below.