The Henna Guys Henna Hair and Beard Color/Dye, Medium Brown
Clairol Natural Instincts Beard Dye
Just For Men Mustache & Beard Brush-In Color Gel
There’s little doubt that beards are back with a vengeance. And why not? Facial hair when done right is a true masculine touchstone, capable of transforming the average male visage into something profound, mysterious, intellectual, sexy, tough and more. But just as guys want to ensure the hair on the top of their head always looks its best they want to make sure that when they’re sporting facial hair that it’s helping present them in the best light too. One way to perfect the look of your beard is to use a beard dye to give it just the right appearance and below we’re going to take a look at the 7 best beard dyes on the market today.
Our Top Picks Of The Best Beard Dyes in 2018
Just For Men Mustache & Beard Dye
Just for Men is a product of Combe Co, the same company that makes Grecian Formula. Combe has been around nearly 70 years and has a ton of experience with men’s grooming products. So it’s no real surprise that their Just for Men Beard Dye 3 Pack would make this list. This Mustache and Beard Brush-in Color Gel is easy to use and made specifically to penetrate and color coarse facial hair. The formula is ammonia free and contains aloe, Vitamin E and chamomile to help protect your skin.
Our experience with the product is that it’s easy to apply, doesn’t make the kind of mess you associate with dying the hair on the top of your head and the color stays put for a good long time. Don’t expect, however, to get everything perfect the first time. Like most things there’s a learning curve involved, though typically a short one to be sure. The company advise that if you can’t decide which shade of brown to use try the lighter shade first and we’d concur. Just For Men Mustache & Beard Brush-In Color Gel is probably best suited to guys looking to eliminate grey in the beard rather than guys looking to transition from one color to the next. So keep that in mind.
Grizzly Mountain Organic & Natural Beard Dye
Grizzly Mountain markets itself as “the original beard dye” although the ancient Egyptians might take issue with that. Nonetheless it’s a quality all-natural product. Like the Just for Men beard dye profiled above this one is designed for men with thick, coarse beards. The ingredients list sounds like the song list for a new age album – False Daisy, Neem Tree, Henna, Emblic and Indigo – but when combined in just the right amounts a strange kind of alchemy occurs and you end up with a great looking beard.
For best results you’ll want to mix the dye with water and apply. Wait for about 30 minutes and then wash it out. It takes the color a couple of days to settle down, then after that it will be good to go for anywhere from 7 to 10 days. If you are looking to cover a lot of grey or change colors entirely you may want to use the company’s base product before applying the dye.
RefectoCil Cream Beard Dye
RefectoCil has been around for many years and cut their teeth producing popular eyelash and eyebrow tints. These days they’ve ventured into the land of beard dyes and their Cream Hair Dye reflects the company’s experience and determination to get it right. Once you apply the RefectoCil color it only takes about 10 minutes to take hold and the color you’ll get will last up to 6 weeks, which is pretty amazing.
You will need to buy the company’s Refectocil Oxidant 3% 10 Volume Creme Developer to use with it. (Not sure why they don’t include it since it’s necessary.) Other than that this is a pretty remarkable beard dye that you can also use on your eyebrows if you want to bring everything on your face into the same color universe. We wouldn’t recommend using on your eyelashes however as the chemicals involved are pretty strong and you don’t want to end up getting any in your eyes.
The Henna Guys Henna Hair And Beard Dye
This is an all-natural product that’s not dissimilar in both composition and results from that of the Grizzly Mountain beard dye reviewed above. The Henna Guys beard dye product can also be used on sideburns, moustaches and the hair on the top of your head as well as your beard. Just in case you’re a stickler for color consistency.
Using the product is as simple as mixing and applying with your (gloved) hands. If you want you can do your hair and beard at the same time. Once the paste is in place just wait about 10 minutes and rinse. In most cases you’ll have all the coverage you need. The company recommend a spot check just to be sure you don’t have an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients; though in truth that seems unlikely. This is a cruelty free product so keep that in mind if you don’t want your grooming products tested on animals.
Zenia Indigo Powder Beard Dye
Clairol Natural Instincts Beard Dye
Barbers Choice Beard Dye
Things to Consider When Purchasing Beard Dye
Color - Depending on your hair color and the color of the bottle you choose, you’re going to run into a few issues. Lighter hair is easier to dye, darker hair takes more passes (especially depending on the color and shade of the dye). The basic rule is, going from light to dark is easier than going from dark to light.
Permanent or Non-Permanent Application - Henna just isn’t for ink anymore. These temporary beard dyes allow you to play around with different styles for a few days, and generally include 100% all-natural ingredients.
Ingredients - There are both harsh chemicals that go into beard dye, and all-natural herbal ingredients. The flip side is, many man have sensitivity to the natural ingredients used, so it’s really a toss of the coin.
Ease of Application - Nobody wants a hard time for grooming products. You do a lot to upkeep your appearance, so you should be taking as little time as needed to get that full color on your beard back.
Keep These 5 Things in Mind When Dying Your Beard
- Prep - Beard dyes work best when they have nice healthy hair to work on. As such you’ll want to make sure your beard is clean and oil free before applying any of the above products. You should consider trimming it back too if it’s at all unruly. This will help you distribute the color more evenly throughout your beard. In addition you may want to think about applying Vaseline to the skin around your beard just to protect it from absorbing any color from the beard dye. And lastly, always do a patch test to ensure your skin isn’t going to react badly to the dye.
- Make sure you’ve chosen the right type of dye - Temp color like Black Beard will help you touch things up quickly before a big meeting, date or presentation. Some of the more subtle dyes like henna are good for making gradual changes to your beard so that people aren’t shocked by a sudden, obvious change. And “permanent” beard dyes like RefectoCil will allow you to maintain a nice stable color palette for up to six weeks. Also, if natural and/or cruelty free products are important to you make sure you check packages and promotional materials carefully.
- Application method - Some beard dyes come in gel form, others have to be mixed while still others (though none of our favorites) are washed in like shampoo during your shower. If mixing beard dye isn’t your forte make sure you find a product that’s pre-mixed like Just for Men.
- Remember there’s more to facial hair than your beard - Sometimes guys achieve the perfect color for their beard only to scope themselves in the mirror and realize it doesn’t match with their eyebrows. If you’re going to go ahead and change the color of your facial hair then go ahead and change it all. If, however you’re just adding a bit of tint to your beard to mask a bit of grey then you may not have to do your brows.
- Take care of your beard after dyeing it - The process of dyeing your beard can take a lot out of it. As such it’s not uncommon for a beard to feel dry and rough after you’ve applied color. So be sure to treat it right by using a nice beard balm or beard oil after the coloring process is complete just to ensure that it always feels as good as it looks.
There’s more to dyeing a beard than picking a random product off the shelf and going to work. Make sure the product is to your liking as far as the manufacturer’s attitude toward animal testing goes, that it’s the right type of dye for your purposes and that the process doesn’t involve more work than you’re willing to do.
How Often Should You Dye Your Beards?
It’s up to your discretion; every man has a different rate at which their facial hair grows. For some of us here at Gear Hungry, beard dye is a sparsely-used item, about once a month. If you’re going for absolutely zero grays with a normal hair growth rate, you should be able to get away with only using it once every two to three weeks. As always, look on the package and check out any warnings. Some beard dye may state a specific window of time to wait between applications.
Can You Use Hair Dye to Dye Your Beard?
Your scalp is far less sensitive than your face. When you apply head hair dye to your face, you’ll feel a very unpleasant burning sensation. We have pores on our face, but on our scalp, they’re a little different. They’re less sensitive, and used to being completely covered with hair. The formulas are based differently, so we don’t recommend using hair dye on your beard. If you plan on doing it, go for a hybrid product (like our #4 pick) to get the safest and best possible results, reducing the likelihood of encountering irritants.
Is It Better to Dye Your Beard Before or After Cutting It?
If you’re growing your beard more than just an inch or so, there’s one upside and one downside to dyeing it after you shave (which we still recommend). If you do it beforehand, you’re allowing light to penetrate your hair and showcase the ends. It doesn’t make a huge difference, but if you’re going to the utmost consistency, especially if you have light-colored hair, it can make it look a little 90/10, taking away from all the hard work you’ve done.
The downside is that with your hair open-ended, the dye is going to seep in a little bit more, and potentially damage your hair. We’ll cover the importance of using beard oil in a section later on, but if you plan on dyeing your hair after trimming/shaving, you know where we stand on the topic.
How to Avoid Staining Skin
There’s no magic to it unfortunately. It’s all about being careful, and using the applicator that comes in the package with your dye. The key is to brush it in lightly, and simply do your best to avoid making contact with your skin. Make sure there’s a lot of light in the room you’re doing this in, and don’t be afraid to make a second pass if you feel like it wasn’t enough in the first run.
If it hits the skin, it’s going to stain it for about a week, or maybe a little longer. You want to avoid using your hands (it’ll stain those, too), and remember this last rule of thumb about applying: it’s better to have 90-95% of coverage on your beard, than 100% and stained skin. This could be the time you find out you’re slightly allergic to the dye, and the reaction is going to take away from the new color. Wash it out according to the package’s instructions, and you’ll be good to go.
Why is it Important to Use Beard Oil After Dyeing Your Beard?
Beard oil keeps tangles out, and keeps minerals locked-in to support healthy hair growth, and help thicken your beard over time. When you use any sort of dye, (and this applies to hair dye as well), you’re stripping your hair of its natural nutrients and minerals. You’re essentially forcing it to give up everything that makes it healthy, replace it with dye, and then heal over time.
We’ve covered a thorough beard oil guide that details the individual ingredients used, their benefits to your hair growth, and we’ve also put out a face moisturizer for men guide. You’ll be able to combat the mineral-stripping qualities of dye, and maintain your neighboring skin that may have caught a bit of it, and needs some repairing.
Beard oil helps to prevent split ends and that dry, coarse feeling you can get after using dye. It introduces essential oils into your beard to take the place of natural oils, which, over time, will start to come back (right around the time that you’re going to need more dye, usually). Consider beard oil as a shield over your sensitive beard hair.