Dying your beard can make you look 10 years younger, but only if you do it right. You don't want to end up with dyed skin or patchy coloring. So how do you guarantee that your dye job looks cool and convincing? Take a look.
1. Buy a brand that comes in multiple shades.
Some beard dye brands only carry two or three colors. These colors may match some men's beards well, but not others. Look for a brand that has a wider range of colors so you can more precisely match the color of your natural (non-gray) hairs. Most stores have mirrors; you can hold the color samples up against your beard to see which color matches best.
2. Apply petroleum jelly around your beard.
Before you reach for the dye, reach for the petroleum jelly. You want to apply a generous layer of it around the edges of your beard. This way, any stray dye will get on the jelly, not on your skin. You can just use your finger to apply it.
3. Brush the dye on.
Most beard dye kits come with a little brush and a squeeze bottle. You are better off using the brush than simply squeezing and smoothing the dye. The brush will more evenly cover every side of the hair strands, and it will also have less contact with your skin, so you don't get that underlying dye shadow.
4. Back brush the dye into your beard.
While you may first want to brush the dye on in the direction your beard hair lies, you should then reverse things and do a bit of backbrushing. This means brushing the dye in the direction opposite of the way the hair lies. This little tactic helps ensure the backs and sides of the hair strands get covered so your beard does not have that obvious two-toned dye look.
5. Don't wash it for a day or two.
After you rinse the beard dye out, avoid washing your beard for at least a day. This ensures the hair cuticle has time to close so that when you do wash again, you're not simply rinsing the dye out. When you do begin washing your beard again, use a mild soap, not a scrub.
With the five tips above, you can have a better, more convincing dye job. Best of luck, and enjoy your fresh, new look. For more tips, contact a company that sells products like brush-on beard dye.