Tips and Tricks: Coloring Your Beard Or Mustache
At one point in our lives, our hair turns gray and our beard, mustache or facial hair in general is no exception. Graying of the hair usually occurs later in life but it can start as early as your teens depending on genetic makeup, climate, toxins, pollutions, chemical exposure and stressful lifestyle. What happens is that the hair follicles decrease the production of melanin which is a substance responsible in providing color or pigment to the skin and hair. Eventually, these hair follicles will completely halt melanin production resulting to our hair being transparent in color which looks grey, silver or white in various lighting.
A gray beard can add credence and authority to the wearer but sometimes, it can rob years away from a person’s appearance and make him look way older than he actually is. For this reason, some don’t feel like sporting a “salt and pepper” facial hair, you can always conceal them through dyes and hair colorants.
Your mustache or beard is more coarse and wiry than the hair on your head and other parts of the body. The facial hair is thicker and denser which makes them very resistant to regular hair chemical colorants so when dyeing facial hair, we suggest you use a dye special made for your whiskers. Then again, some men have an extremely coarse beard that won’t absorb or soak up facial hair dyes. We have a traditional, yet effective trick to resolve this issue. If dyeing facial hair becomes a challenge, you have to soften your beard or mustache using a 20 volume hydrogen peroxide. Dab some of this solution to a cotton ball and apply to your facial hair to open the hair cuticle and help the color settle in. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then rinse with water. Towel dry facial hair and get ready to apply the beard dye.
When choosing a beard dye, go for a color that is 2 shades lighter than your natural facial hair color in order to darken the gray strands and make them appear like natural highlights. Using a colorant that is the same shade of your natural facial hair color will create a very flat and one dimensional result. Also, choosing a beard dye that is similar to your natural hair color will only deposit more pigmentation to the hair resulting to darker hair color results. Your beard will look way darker than the hair on your head which is not at all flattering. Be reminded that beard dyes can strip off the natural oils on your facial hair and weaken them. Keep your newly dyed facial hair healthy and free from dryness and damage with beard oil and beard conditioners.