Types of Hair Dyes
At-home beard dyeing requires that you choose the proper hair dye for your beard to ensure the best results and least amount of damage. There are two kinds of hair dye available: permanent and semi-permanent. Permanent dyes come in a variety of colors, and the color usually lasts for a few weeks. Semi-permanent dyes provide a softer look, and the color will die away after a few shampoos. Permanent dyes contain peroxide, which is an oxidative agent, and these dyes require special caution and protection; they should be applied with a quality facial hair product or special beard dyeing cream.
When shopping for at-home dye, read the packaging carefully to note any special instructions and precautions, as not all hair dyes are the same. It is important to note that a dark color requires more product than a lighter shade, and people with a light beard can get a more vibrant color with semi-permanent dye. Finally, depending on the brand, some dyes can be used with any type of hair and other brands may be formulated specifically for African-American or Asian hair, so read product labels carefully.
At-home beard dyeing is not hard to master, although it does require attention to detail and patience. Before you begin the process, make sure that you have adequate supplies. You will need a quality dye, a small container for mixing the dye, latex gloves, petroleum jelly and a comb. Before you start, cover your clothes with an old towel to protect from potential stains.
Be sure to read the instructions on your dye before beginning. Your beard should be clean, so wash it with a gentle shampoo to remove oils and dirt before you begin. Using the petroleum jelly, coat the areas of your skin around your beard line. This will help the dye from staining your skin.
Mix the dye according to the instructions on the package. Be sure to pay attention to the time you should allow the dye to take effect. Different dyes have different processing times, so following the instructions carefully can help you avoid over- or under-processing.
When the time is up, rinse the dye out with lukewarm water until the water runs clear. Make sure that you do not shampoo your beard until twelve hours have passed. After twelve hours have passed, you can use a gentle shampoo to remove excess dye and maintain vibrant colors.
Tips for Best Results
When it comes to at-home beard dyeing, there are some tips that can help ensure the best results. For example, make sure to use a clean and sharp pair of scissors to trim your beard before dyeing it. It is also a good idea to forgo the use of products that contain harsh chemicals such as strong hairspray. If desired, use a pre-dye oil treatment to help lock in color for more vibrant and lasting results.
Be sure to test the dye on a small area of your beard before applying it to your entire beard so that you can be sure you are happy with the color. Do not be afraid to start off light; it is easier to add additional layers of dye to achieve a darker color than it is to lighten color that has been applied too dark.
It is important to note that while you may be tempted to dye your beard several times in order to achieve the desired shade, it is best to use the dye once and then wait a few days before repeating the process. Repeated applications of dye can cause damage to the hair and skin of your beard.
Choosing the Right Shade
When it comes to choosing the right shade for your beard, it is important to consider your natural hair color and your skin tone. A good rule of thumb is to choose a color that works synergistically with both. Depending on your natural hair color, the right shade may be lighter or darker than your natural hue.
Digital tools can be used to experiment with various shades; try out different colors in an online photo editor and to get a sense of what they may look like on you. Additionally, speak to a stylist or barber to get a professional’s opinion on the best shade for your complexion and lifestyle.
Fading and Maintaining Color
At-home-dyed beards require maintenance to make sure the color does not fade too quickly or become patchy and dull. To help maintain your beard’s color, use a quality shampoo specifically formulated for dyed hair, as this will ensure that the color stays vibrant longer.
Additionally, opt for shampoos with moisturizing ingredients and refrain from using any heat-styling tools such as flat irons or curling wands. Too much heat can dry out hair and cause the hair to shrink, leading to color fading away. Use a conditioner to keep the hair nice and hydrated and always use a lukewarm temperature when washing your beard.
When it comes to fading, the rate and type of fading depends on various factors, including the type and strength of the dye used, the length of time the dye was left in, the amount of product used, and how often the dyed beard is washed. Generally speaking, the simplest way to slow down fading is to limit the frequency of washing the beard and using high-quality products.
Alternative Methods of Beard Coloring
Besides dyeing, there are other coloring methods available for achieving the desired look; color rinses, tints, and highlights and lowlights are some of these options. Using these alternative methods, it is possible to create a natural and subtle look.
Similar to at-home hair dyeing, the same at-home coloring safety precautions should be taken. Be sure to use quality products and read the instructions carefully before beginning. It is important to note that when using color rinses, it is best to have them professionally applied; the same goes for any chemical processes that are involved in using tints and highlights and lowlights.
Additionally, keep in mind that the effects of color rinses, tints and highlights and lowlights can be unpredictable and will fade away with time, so it is important to follow the aftercare instructions provided on the browning product to ensure the desired cover up is achieved.
Treating Dye-Related Mishaps
At-home hair dyeing can be risky and there is always the potential for dye-related mishaps to occur. If a mishap does occur, do not use any more dye in an attempt to fix the problem. Instead, try these tips for treating any dye-related mishaps.
Be sure to use a mild shampoo, such as a baby shampoo, to remove the excess dye. If you have used a permanent dye, you may also use clarifying shampoo. Alternatively, you can use a mixture of baking soda and water to help remove the excess dye. You can also use a white vinegar rinse to help balance out the pH levels of your hair.
If skin staining occurs, try using a lemon juice and water rinse to help remove the excess dye. Additionally, try using an ice pack to help soothe any itching or irritation that may occur. Finally, any over-dyeing of the hair can sometimes be remedied with a lightening shampoo or a toner.
Dyeing with Henna
Henna is a natural dye that can also be used to color the beard. Henna is created from the leaves of the henna plant, and it is completely safe to use. The process of hennaing is quite easy, although it does require some preparation. Start by mixing the desired amount of henna powder with warm water to create a paste.
Then, use a comb to make sure that the henna is evenly applied to the beard. Finally, allow the henna to dry for about five hours. After the powder has been removed, you will notice that the color will have changed after a few hours; it will take a few days for the color to fully develop.
Using henna is safe and it will last anywhere from 6-8 weeks. As henna is a plant-based dye, it is a good option for those who are looking for a more natural alternative to chemical hair dyes. Additionally, henna is known to help nourish and condition the hair and skin.
Nutrition for Dyed Hair
Adequate nutrition is important for nurturing and maintaining dyed hair. Eating foods that are rich in vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K can help ensure that hair stays healthy and vibrant. Additionally, incorporating omega 3 fatty acids into your diet can help to protect the dyed hair from fading and damage.
Fruits such as oranges and avocado, as well as fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel, are some of the best sources of vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids. Additionally, natural oils such as olive and coconut can be used to nourish and condition dyed hair, as well as to help maintain the color for longer.
Be sure to use a gentle shampoo and conditioner to cleanse dyed hair. Use a quality shampoo specifically designed for dyed hair whenever you wash your beard to help avoid too much fading and color loss. Additionally, limit the frequency of washing your beard and avoid products that contain harsh chemicals such as sulfates or silicones.