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Beard coloring

April 20, 2021 · 5 min read

In this article, you can read practical tips and step-by-step instructions on how to best use beard dye for optimal results.

Is your hair a different color to your beard? Are you starting to go gray? Or do you want to color the light spots in your beard?

It may sound a bit crazy, but beard dye can be the solution.


Beard hair is often lighter or grayer than the hair on your head. Sporting gray on your jawline can look very distinguished, but there are also many men who are annoyed by their discolored beard.

Because it makes you older, for example (or wiser, however you look at it). Or because those light spots make your beard look less full.

Enter beard dye. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about. In fact, we believe it is a normal and sometimes even necessary part of your beard care.

Because what good is a beard if you are not one hundred percent satisfied with it? And for that, you need a step-by-step plan!

Choosing your color

Choosing the right color can be tricky. It is best to go for a color that is close to your natural hair color.

Or for a shade lighter: if it is too light, you can always color it again so that you get the right result.


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Whatever you do, it is usually unwise to try to color towards deep black (unless that is your original hair color).

Black dye often makes your face ‘hard’, pale and unnatural.

Once you have chosen the color, it is a good idea to test the dye on your skin first, for example on the inside of your arm.

If no allergic reaction occurs after 24 hours, you can safely use the colorant on your beard.

Note: it is not possible to completely hide or change the color of the natural beard hair color. It is possible to color a maximum of two shades of difference. Beard dye or beard coloring works best in addition to the original hair color.

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Preparing to dye your beard

Of course, you don’t just put the dye on your beard and wish for the best. First you wash it with a good beard shampoo.

That way you get rid of dead skin cells hiding under your beard. The dye can also take better to freshly washed beard hair.

Massage the beard shampoo deep into your skin and beard hair. Rinse the shampoo thoroughly, dry your beard well and put some petroleum jelly on the skin around your beard.

This will prevent the dye from staining your face, jawline and neck.

Tip: beard color packages usually consist of the dye itself and an activator. As soon as you mix these together (use a glass or mug) the dyes take effect and are ready to use.

It is recommended to use the mixture 1: 1 (i.e. 100% of the content). However, we recommend using half of the paint and activator so that the tint is less ‘intense’. This way you can easily experiment with what suits you.

Dye your beard

Then put on rubber gloves and apply the dye with a small brush or paint brush (these are usually included).

Make sure the brush is not too big or too coarse, because then you run the risk of coloring the skin under your hair as well.

Apply the dye all over the beard, making sure to cover all of the beard hair. So try to avoid your skin as much as possible.

Then you let the colorant soak in according to the instructions on the package (this is usually quite short). Dye often works within minutes and usually takes about 20 to 40 minutes.

In the meantime, pay close attention to the color of your beard and keep an eye on the time.

Are you worried that the color will be too dark? You can always test it in the meantime by dabbing away a little bit of dye with a damp cloth and checking the result.

Do you want a really dark beard? Then a second coloring session is sometimes necessary to achieve the desired color depth.

Rinsing out the beard dye

Has the color been completely absorbed by your beard or has it almost grown out? Then gently rinse your beard and massage your beard hairs to loosen any remaining color residue.

Keep rinsing your beard with water until the water is no longer colored. Use a clean towel to dry your face and beard or put the hair dryer on your face for a while.

If your beard is a bit too dark, you can lighten the color a bit by jumping directly in the shower and shampooing your beard.

But when you are satisfied, it is better not to shampoo your beard for 24 hours.

In a nutshell:

Buy beard dye

Interested in dyeing your beard and curious about the result? Always use a quality beard dye, such as that of Beardburys or the best seller of the moment.