How to Make Facial Hair More Visible

by Barbie Carpenter ; Updated September 28, 2017

After investing the time and energy to grow, groom and shape your facial hair, your effort should at least be visible. However, if you have naturally-light hair, your beard, moustache, or goatee might go unnoticed. A few strategies can help you create facial hair that truly stands out and transforms your look.

In the Dark

One of the most effective ways to make your facial hair more visible is to artificially darken it. While you can visit your salon for a professional dye job, you can also tackle too-light facial hair at home with a beard-dyeing kit from the drug store.

There are two different types of beard coloring kits. One tackles gray hair to restore your original hair color. Others dye over the lighter hairs, instructing you to brush on a new, darker color, which will make that facial hair stand out. These dyes come with convenient brushes, allowing you to easily apply the dye to your beard.

But with whichever treatment you use, always closely follow manufacturer's directions. Leaving the product on for the wrong amount of time may impact the effectiveness of the coloring.


  • Consider your natural facial hair color when choosing a coloring kit. If gray is your problem, look for one that specifically targets this issue. If you're a natural blonde with a too-light beard, you'll need to alter the color of your beard to make it stand out.

Patch Work

Not every man grows a thick, even beard. Some facial hair comes in unevenly, which can result in hairless patches on your face. Time might be all you need to make that facial hair more visible. A new, short beard might include several bald patches, but they will be less noticeable over time. As you allow your beard to grow in, the patchy areas may begin to blend in better with the beard.

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About the Author

Barbie Carpenter worked as a technical writer and editor in the defense industry for six years. She also served as a newspaper feature page editor and nationally syndicated columnist for the Hearst Corp. Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida and a graduate certificate in professional writing from the University of Central Florida.