Beard Dyeing: Should You Do It?

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Chances are, if you’ve ever considered dyeing your beard it’s for one of two reasons: you spotted a gray hair and weren’t happy or you’re deliberately daring to be different. Typically, there are no in betweens in the beard dyeing world. Sure, maybe you’re dyeing your hair black from being born a blonde and need your beard to match, but more often than not the dyeing of one’s beard is either to conceal a color or wildly reveal one. And sure, many men take grays in stride, suggesting it’s more of a distinguished attribute than an entry level sign of aging. Others aren’t yet comfortable and want to cover them up readily, as if to dip their faces into a Fountain of Youth almost immediately. That’s fine too. Or perhaps you’re just the kind of guy who wants a navy blue beard to match the color of your favorite sports team. Either way, beard dyeing is a task that requires careful consideration. Scotch Porter Co-Founder and CEO Calvin Quallis provides some pro-tips for venturing into the world of altering your natural beard color.

Stay Away From Sulfate

“Dyeing your beard can leave it dry, leading to breakage and excessive shedding. Be sure to keep your beard moisturized and healthy by using a sulfate-free shampoo or wash, such as our Scotch Porter Moisturizing Beard Wash. Sulfate-free washes and shampoos also help your color last longer. Those shampoos and washes containing sulfates will only cause more dryness and strip the dye color faster.”

Condition Condition Condition

“Make sure to deep condition your beard frequently after you have dyed your beard. Your goal should be to deep condition your beard every time you wash it, using a deep conditioner such as our Scotch Porter Hydrate & Nourish Beard Conditioner.

Begin With The Ends

“Pay close attention to the ends of your beard when you shampoo and condition, as the ends are the oldest and weakest part of your beard. If your ends are not taken care of, they will break off.”

Don’t Wash Before Dyeing

“Do not wash your beard before you dye it. The natural oils in your beard will help prevent excessive drying.”

Break-Up With Touch-Ups

“Try to avoid touching up your beard with frequent dyeing, as you need to give your beard hair a break from the very damaging chemicals in the dye. When you do touch-up, focus more on the roots of your beard, and then spread the dye to the rest. This helps to avoid over-processing your beard hair, which will leave you with a dry, brittle and overall unhealthy looking beard.”