How to Reverse a Gray Beard

by Nikki Fiedler

Many men choose to grow beards some time during their life. As a person ages, hair color fades and begins to grey and whiten as hair strands cease to hold color. As a man increases in age, his beard will begin to turn color as well. In today's job market, youthfulness is thought to be an added advantage for work productivity and for a worker's longevity; thus a non-grey beard can be a hiring strategy for a job applicant. There is no way to reverse the aging process as we know it, but there are ways to combat the greying of your beard.

Items you will need

  • Paper towels
  • Beard trimming scissors
  • Plastic gloves
  • Beard hair dye
  • Hand towel
Step 1

Clear a workspace around your bathroom sink and keep paper towels handy as beard dye can be messy.

Step 2

Trim grey beard hairs with beard trimming scissors.

Step 3

Wash your beard.

Step 4

Put on plastic gloves to protect your hands from beard dye.

Step 5

Spot test the beard dye on a small inconspicuous portion of one of your sideburns to check for allergic reactions and to match the correct color of your beard to your hair. Apply a small dime-sized dab of beard dye to your sideburn and leave on for the recommended time. Wash off with water and pat dry with a hand towel.

Step 6

Apply dye to the beard with the boxed applicator. Apply to mustache, sideburns and eyebrows as well if these are greying and need additional color to match.

Step 7

Leave dye on beard for the recommended time on the packaging.

Step 8

Wash the beard dye off with water and pat dry with hand towel.

Step 9

Re-dye your beard as often as necessary to maintain the color and appearance of your beard; usually every three weeks to a month is recommended.

Tips

  • Wear garments you do not care about when dying your beard as beard dye can be messy and stain clothing.

    Beard dye can run from $6 to $20 depending on brand and dye specifications.

About the Author

Nikki Fiedler started writing professionally in 2004. She has been published in "The Vegetarian Journal," "Collegebound," "The Sandspur," "Orlando Style Magazine" and "Rollins Alumni Record." Fiedler graduated from Rollins College in 2008 with a double honors Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations and studio art.