Is it safe to dye beard

How to properly dye the beard: tips and tricks

Self-confident beard wearers know: the good piece needs to be well cared for - this also includes covering up gray hair or matching the color of the beard to the hair on the head. Professional barber Martin Spork explains what needs to be considered.

You want to have a handsome beard, but you are not satisfied with the color of the result? You are not alone with this problem: in many men the beard hair is lighter than the hair on the head, sometimes even more reddish. Gray hair in the beard also annoys some men. Barbers and hairdressers have an effective remedy for this: the beard hair is colored in a few minutes.

The right color: prefer a shade lighter

The beard hair has a different structure than the main hair and cannot be dyed quite as well. This is why hairdressers and barbers use special beard dye or dye for eyelashes and eyebrows. Adjusting the beard hair to the natural tone of the main hair only takes about five minutes.

Barber Martin Spork mixes the color individually for each customer: "I prefer to take a shade lighter and then dye something." The professional avoids too dark tones. Even with black hair, he would only dye the beard dark brown. "Otherwise the face quickly looks too pale due to the strong contrast to the skin." The beard itself does not appear thicker or more voluminous due to the color.

There are no color trends for the beard like those of the main hair. It should look as natural as possible, after all, nobody should notice the color.

What length is suitable for dyeing

Since the beard hair grows much faster than other hairs, dyeing is less of an option for a three-day beard. "In three days it will be twice as long and the actual color can be seen again," explains Spork. That makes a rather unkempt impression. However, dyeing is suitable for all other beard lengths and shapes.

Dye your beard at home

You are certainly in the best hands with professionals like Spork if you want to be sure that the result is as realistic as possible. Nevertheless, with a little time and a lot of patience, you can still dye your beard at home.

Special beard dyes for home use are also available on the market. You should then strictly follow the instructions on the package insert. Spork advises: "It is essential that you adhere to the exposure times mentioned, the result will not be better if the paint stays on for longer." It is also important to wear gloves when applying the paint - otherwise the paint will stick to your skin and fingernails longer than you would like. The professional also recommends working in the paint with a brush and not rubbing it in with your fingers. Just make sure the paint doesn't land on the skin of your face.

Dyes for the beard

Cosmetic coloring products for women are also suitable, but this does not mean the partner's mascara. "It's too sticky and therefore certainly quite uncomfortable for bearded people," reports Spork. Manufacturers such as Tana Cosmetics have better products on offer: With the Tana Color set, you can cover gray hairs in your beard, temples or individual strands (for around eleven euros). The "Just For Men" series also produces some special (mustache) beard dyes (from seven euros). RefectoCil is another brand of eyebrow and eyelash colors that are also good for beard hair.

Be sure to note before dyeing

Whether at the barber shop or at home - for an optimal color result, the beard hair must be free of oil and grease, i.e. nice and clean. Then the color can better adhere to the hair. To protect the facial skin from discoloration, you can apply some cream or oil to the outer contours of the beard. Then you'll have rinsed the paint out quicker if you jump in the shower afterwards.

How often to re-dye?

If you like the result, the procedure should be done once a week. Otherwise the beard hair will grow back in its original color and cause a less attractive approach.

Common mistakes

The manufacturers promise a lightning-fast top result - but you should take some time to work absolutely cleanly. Care should be taken, especially with longer beards. "Always completely re-coloring when the roots grow out leads to an irregular appearance," warns Spork. The lower part is darker than the lighter, freshly grown hairpiece because of the repeated coloring. Therefore, only apply the color to the roots.

You must also be careful when coloring with the natural product henna. It works much longer and is harder to wash out. There is always a red component here, which could be stronger than desired. Henna is hardly suitable for covering, because gray and white hair do not absorb it completely. It is therefore best to seek advice from a professional before attempting it yourself at home.