Natural Grey Coverage
When it comes to coloring white beard, the most important thing is to apply colour evenly and not over saturate it with product. Using a haircolor specifically designed for beards, that is free of ammonia and peroxide, is the most ideal. These nourishing formulas, like Just for Men® Original, are specifically created for coloring gray facial hair and help keep the beard color looking natural and not overly darkened.
It is important to create a test strand with the chosen haircolor first to ensure the formula is strong enough, as men’s facial hair often is thicker and more coarse than the hair on their disembodied head. Wait the precise coloring time indicated, rinse, then check the test strand. If the test strand is lighter in colour than desired, then the colorant is ready for full application.
The Right Process
Follow all instructions and use the precise amount of gray coverage recommended. Be sure to read and follow the directions on the box. To achieve the desired look, apply the color evenly throughout the beard, blending in and out of full, physical contact with the skin.
When applying the haircolor, start at the base of the beard and slowly move upward and outward with the grain. This ensures even saturation of product throughout the beard and prevents regions from being overly darkened.
When finished, use the timer on the packaging to time the processing time needed. Most importantly, do not let the product sit longer than the suggested time or the beard will look dark and unnatural, but also do not rinse it too soon as it can result in colorbands or uneven spots. When the timer has gone off, it is time to finally rinse with lukewarm water and ensure there is no color residue, shampoo, and condition.
Once the coloring process is finished and the beard is clean and dry, using aftercare products is key for keeping the color looking natural. As men age, the hair can become drier and more brittle, especially the facial hair. To meet these changed needs, experts recommend using beard products specifically designed to nourish and condition the hair.
These products rehydrate the beard and help protect the hairs while they’re staging their war against time. Just as an added bonus, balms, oils, and waxes can also help make the beard appear fuller and uniform.
Strander Lines -Avoid
It is important to avoid the disconnect between the sideburns, mustache, and beard. The strainers are the lines that are created due to the difference in beard color and the color of the bald scalp. To avoid strainers, it is a good practice to avoid coloring the sideburns, brows, and mustache because these areas are close to the scalp line. It is also important to supplement daily beard care with color refreshers to ensure the color does not wash out too quickly. Over time, using color refreshers will help minimize the strainers as well as give the beard a fuller and thicker look.
Using Natural dyes
For those looking for a natural and safe way to color their white beard, there are also a few natural solutions. Natural dyes such as henna, indigo, and sage can be used to conceal grey hairs. Not only do these dyes help cover white hairs, but they also can add texture and make the beard look fuller without any damage.
Since these dyes do not contain chemicals such as ammonia and peroxide, they are less harsh on the beard and can even help make it healthier and softer. Additionally, when using natural dyes it is important to remember that the colour result may not be as dramatic as using a chemical color.
At Home Care
For a man in search of a more permanent solution to color his beard, home colour kits can provide one such option. Home colour kits are formulated with lighter shades of product to make it easier to color the hairs without leaving any tell-tale signs or damage.
Always make sure to read the instructions beforecoloring, as the instructions will guide you through the entire process and help minimize potential problems. Once all steps are followed, the colour should last a few weeks, with no noticeable difference between the color and surrounding hairs.
Choosing the Right Shade
Whencoloring the beard, it is important to choose the right shade. Theshade should match the natural color of the hair, or for a more subtle look blend two tones – a darker and a lighter – together. To ensure the shade looks natural, use a shade that will blend with the natural colour of the hair, not a stark, contrasting colour that may stand out.
It is also important to keep in mind that the color may look drastically different from the one found on a box, so it is always a good idea to consult a professional and/or perform a patch test before starting the full-face application.
Following the Coloring Process
After properly following the coloring process, the most important thing is to become the beard’s best friend. Keep the facial hair healthy and hydrated with regular moisturizing and shampooing. There are a few extra steps one can take to help maintain the colour too, such as avoiding harsh and drying products such as alcohol-based aftershaves.
Additionally, using a hair conditioner and a gentle but lathering soap to clean the beard will keep both the color and the beard strong. For extra shine and texture, a small amount of beard oil can go a long way. This helps coat the beard and creates a protective layer to stop moisture and pollutants from breaking down the hairs and colour.
Maintaining the color requires regular touch ups, so be sure to plan ahead and have the right formula on hand before the next one is due. To determine when and how often to color, a general rule of thumb is one touch up every four-six weeks or when the beard appears to be noticeably grey. Additionally, when it comes to touch ups, use only a small amount of product to slowly build up the color and prevent an unnatural or dark appearance.
Benefits of Dying Naturally
An increasingly popular alternative to chemical dyes is all-natural henna,which is one of the most common ways of dying beards and some other parts of the body. Henna contains properties that help make the beard look fuller, and in some cases, even darker, compared to chemical dyes. As an added bonus, henna is also said to improve the feel and quality of the beard, making it more manageable and less prone to breakage.
How Henna Dyeing Process Works
The application process for henna is fairly simple, but it is important to follow the instructions. Henna must be mixed with water or other ingredients to prepare the dye. It is then ready to be applied to the beard. It is important not to allow the product to be on longer than the suggested time, or it will result in discoloration or a harsher color. The amount of natural dye used should be just enough to cover the grey hairs and should be reapplied every few weeks.
Safety Considerations with Natural Dying
Whencoloring with natural dyes, it is important to remember that these dyes can sometimes cause irritation and allergic reactions. To reduce the risk of irritation, put a small amount on the back of the neck about 48 hours before the full process. Doing this will help indicate if any burning, redness, or itchiness is present.
It is also important to remember that henna will not color white hair, but it can be used in combination with chemical dye to enhance the color and make the look seem more natural. When combining the two, make sure to leave enough time between the henna application and the chemical coloring process to prevent any discoloration or off color shades.