How to Dye Your Beard – Quick & Easy

There’s no getting around aging. When grey hairs come for your facial hair, beard dye is an old standby that helps you look younger. It’s also the key to making your beard look thicker and fuller. Many men dye their beards just to get rid of greys, while others use this method to change up their look.

Beard dye is one of the best solutions for grey hair and patchy beards. You can use beard dye to fill in and create a thicker beard while also enhancing your facial hair color. Whether you want to change up your look or reverse the signs of aging, beard dye has a ton of benefits.

To find out if you should color your beard and see how it works – read our guide below. You can also check out the 8 best beard dye products for more information.

Easiest Ways to Dye Your Beard

How Does Beard Coloring Work?

Beard dye kits make it super easy to cover up gray hair or change your beard color completely to match the hair on your head. From going to a bright blonde beard to opting for a darker, thick beard, beard dyes offer a range of color. There are even some hair dye kits that work with beard hair, too. So choose a color that’s the best match for your hair.

There are a few different methods for beard dyeing as well, including:

  • Permanent dye powder and processor/base (typically included with a beard dye kit like Grizzly Mountain)
  • Semi-permanent hair dye creams (like Clairol Natural Instincts)
  • Henna powder dyes
  • Cover-up or touch-up spray
  • Instant brush-on beard products (like Blackbeard for Men)

Can I Dye My Beard with Hair Dye?

In most cases, you should use a beard dye that is specially formulated for your hair type. However, there are some products like Clairol Natural Instincts and Style Edit Touch-Up Spray that offer benefits for men who want to cover greys and enhance their beard color.

Avoid irritating ingredients

There are some ingredients in hair dye that may irritate the skin under your beard or create an allergic reaction. So, you should stay clear of dyes with the following ingredients:

Bleaching your beard?

Avoid horror stories from hair dye gone bad and stick with professional help.If you have sensitive skin, it’s best to try out the dye you want to use before going all the way. You can try beard dye doing a small patch test or use it directly on the skin of your forearm to see if it will work for you.

We’ve found a few looks to check out if you need ideas on beard colors. However, if looking to cover greys in your beard, it’s best to go with a dark brown or black color depending on your hair color.

How Do You Dye a Beard?

There are several different kits out there that have specific instructions. We’ll cover the beard painting or traditional beard dyeing method that uses a dye color and a processor to color your beard hair.

Note on prep: To wash or not wash your beard before coloring? Some believe you should wash your beard beforehand, cleaning hair follicles and removing dead skin cells. Where others believe washing removes essential oils from your skin leaving it exposed. I can make an argument for both, so I’ll defer to your favorite dye product’s instructions.

1. Prepare the Dye

Most beard dye kits come with the base color, color developer, and an applicator brush. However, there are those like ReflectoCil that sell this separately. Before you apply the dye, you must follow the instructions and mix the dye in a glass or plastic container.

Don’t use a metal bowl to mix your dye, or it will change the color.

You should mix the solution with the plastic end of the brush if you don’t have a plastic utensil to do so. You shouldn’t use the bristle side of the brush because it may cause your color to be uneven once you start painting on the color.

When mixing your product, you should make just enough dye to cover your beard once. Most dye kits come with multiple applications, so you can always go over it without another application if you want your look to be darker.

2. Applying the Beard Dye

You should always read through the instructions first and follow the technique suggested. Here is the basic way to apply beard dye using an applicator brush and the dye solution.

After you have mixed up the dye solution, take the applicator brush and dip the very tip of your brush into the mix. You should only do a little bit at a time, using just enough to cover your beard hair.

When applying, you’ll use an up-and-down movement, applying the dye deep into the beard strands. You may want to start at one side and work across systematically to cover all parts of your beard and mustache.

You also want to avoid getting the dye on your skin as much as possible. In this case, use light strokes with the brush to apply the dye to each strand.

3. Wait for Color to Set

Every beard dye kit has a set amount of time to wait for the beard dye to “set” or change the color of your hair. If it’s an instant or quick application, it may take only 10 minutes. With dye solutions as described above, it can take 20 to 40 minutes typically.

Once you have waited the suggested time on the box, you can use a cotton swab or paper towel to wipe a small section of your beard hair. If your beard color remains and you like the shade, then you’re done. However, if you want to go darker, you may need to do another coat and wait again.

It’s best to start with a shade lighter and gradually dye your beard to be darker, to match your eyebrow and hair color. Remember, your color will fade after each shampoo and rinse, so keep that in mind.

4. Rinse After Color Sets

To remove the dye completely, you can jump in the shower and rinse your beard with lukewarm to cold water. This gets out any of the excess dye. Once finished, pat your beard gently with a towel or rag to ensure that the color has set in and doesn’t run down your neck.

5. Wash with Color Treatment Safe Shampoo

You can extend the length of your beard hair dye by using a color-safe shampoo. Dye has a strong scent, so you will want to wash your beard after the first day.

6. Continous Grooming

Beards grow quickly so it’s best to stay on top of new gray or original color hairs. Get yourself a good beard oil as it will help smooth and soften your beard.

How Long Does Beard Dye Last?

This depends on the brand and type of beard dye. There are creams, sprays, dye solutions, and henna powders. However, there’s one key difference you should look for when purchasing a beard dye.

Permanent or Temporary Beard Dye

Permanent Beard Dye

This includes any product that’s meant to stay in your hair from 4 to 6 weeks. While these aren’t exactly permanent, they last a lot longer between applications than a temporary or semi-permanent hair dye. It also doesn’t wash out easily, so you may be stuck with a permanent beard color if you don’t test it out first.

Semi-Permanent Beard Dye

Also called temporary or non-permanent dye, these dyes vary in their length of time. Some last for just two weeks, while others can last up to four weeks. The big characteristic of these dyes is that they tend to look extremely dark or colorful at first, then fade with each wash.

How Often Should You Dye Your Beard?

If you have never dyed your beard before, then you should probably test out a kit and see if your skin is sensitive to the ingredients. We chose safe beard dyes with natural ingredients and no PPDs for our beard dye reviews.

For those who experience no skin issues after the sensitivity test, you should be able to use beard dye every 2 to 4 weeks or as needed if your greys keep showing up. If you want to wait longer in between colorings, then you may want to look for a stronger permanent method for dyeing your beard.

We also don’t recommend the Just for Men beard dye products because of the potential to burn your skin and diminish the health of your hair. There have been multiple lawsuits showing that these products aren’t safe.

Have You Dyed Your Beard Before?

Natural beard dyes work the best and won’t stress out your beard. There are also quick and easy methods of painting your beard using beard dyes like Blackbeard products, which work best for covering up greys.

However, if you want to fill in your beard and add a darker color, we suggest going with Grizzly Mountain or Clairol Natural Instincts because of how natural the colors look. You may also want to save some dye to color in your eyebrows.

If your skeptical about dyeing your beard or want a professional opinion, your local barbershop should be able to show you photos and talk to you about the right color to match your beard to your hair.

By Eric Melillo

I'm the co-owner of B&B. I live in Guilford, Connecticut and I've been obsessed with bald & beard styles & trends for over 20 years..