Self-confident beard bearers know that the good piece needs to be taken care of – this includes covering gray hair or adjusting the color of the beard to the hair of the head. What needs to be considered, explains professional barber Martin Spork.
You want to leave a handsome beard , but in color you are not satisfied with the result? You are not alone with this problem: In many men the beard hair is lighter than the main hair, sometimes even reddish. Even gray hair in the beard disturb many a man. Barbers and hairdressers, on the other hand, have an effective remedy: in a few minutes the whiskers are dyed.
The right color: rather a shade brighter
The whisker has a different structure than the main hair and can not be quite as good color. This is why hairdressers and barbers use special beard colorants or color for eyelashes and eyebrows. Adjusting the whisker to the natural tone of the main hair takes only about five minutes.
The color mixes barber Martin Spork for each customer individually: “I prefer a shade brighter and then color something.” The professional avoids too dark tones. Even with black hair, he would dye the beard only dark brown. “Otherwise, the face looks too pale due to the strong contrast to the skin.” The beard itself does not appear denser or more voluminous due to the color.
There are no color trends like the hair on the beard. As natural as possible he should look, after all, the coloring should not attract anyone.
Since the beard hair grows much faster than other hair, coloring is less suitable for a three-day beard . “In three days it will be twice as long and the actual color can be seen again,” explains Spork. That makes a rather unkempt impression. For all other beard lengths and shapes, however, dyeing is appropriate.
Color the beard at home
Surely you are in the best hands with professionals like Spork, if you want to make sure that the result is as natural as possible. Nevertheless, with a little time and a lot of patience, you can also dye the beard at home.
Special beard dyes for home use are also available on the market. You should then strictly follow the instructions on the leaflet. Spork advises, “Be sure to stick to these exposure times, and the result will not improve if the color lasts longer.” It is also important to wear gloves when applying the paint – otherwise the paint will stick to your skin and fingernails longer than you would like. In addition, the professional recommends that you work in the paint with a brush and do not massage it with your fingers. So make sure the color does not land on the facial skin.
Colorant for the beard
Although cosmetic dying products are also suitable for the ladies, this does not mean the mascara of the partner. “This is too sticky and therefore certainly quite uncomfortable for beards,” says Spork. Manufacturers like Tana Cosmetics have better remedies on offer: With the Tana Color set, you can cover gray hairs in the beard, temples or individual strands (around 11 euros). The series “Just For Men” also produces some special (mustache) beard dyes (from seven euros). RefectoCil is another brand of eyebrow and eyelash colors that are equally suitable for beard hair.
Be sure to observe before coloring
Whether at the barber or at home – for an optimal color result, the beard must be free of oil and grease, that is to say, clean. Then the color can better adhere to the hair. To protect the facial skin from discoloration, you can apply some cream or oil to the outer contours of the beard. Then you flush out the paint faster if you then jump into the shower.
How often to retouch?
If you like the result, the procedure should be done once a week. Otherwise the beard hair grows in its original color and causes a less beautiful approach.
The manufacturers promise a lightning quick top result – but you should take some time to really work absolutely clean. Especially with longer beards care must be taken. “Coloring completely over and over again, as the approaches grow out, leads to an irregular appearance,” warns Spork. The lower part is darker because of the repeated coloring than the lighter, freshly regrown hair piece. Therefore apply the color only at the base.
You must also be careful when dyeing with the natural product henna. It works much longer and is harder to wash out. Here is always a proportion of red contained, which could turn out to be stronger than desired. To cover henna is hardly suitable, because gray and white hair does not take it completely. Let yourself be advised by a professional before the home experiment.