Men’s facial hair is considerably different from the hair on their heads. It is thicker, coarser, and much more difficult to color than scalp hair. This leaves many men who wish to cover their gray or to change the color of their facial hair to wonder how to dye mustache, goatee, and beard hair.
There are products on the market that are manufactured exclusively for use on facial hair. Many men have used these with complete satisfaction. Others, however, have been less than pleased with either the results obtained or the rapidity with which the color fades. For this reason, I recommend salon products for coloring hair. These are usually longer lasting and stronger than the products designed specifically for facial hair.
To begin, you should choose the product and the color you want. Many dyes come with separate activators that must be mixed in before the color will adhere to the hair shafts. You must mix the components according to the directions on the package. More experienced individuals may be able to adjust the mixture to meet their specific needs. However, most should stick with the labeled instructions.
Many of these products are designed to be brushed into the facial hair. This allows men to color only selected areas or to apply the color to all of the facial hair for a more uniform look. For most, coloring all the hair is probably the best idea.
The dye should be applied so that you get even coverage from root to tip on the whiskers. Care should be used to avoid touching the skin and/or dripping the dye onto an area where the color is not wanted. Gray hair is more difficult to color than others, making it necessary to apply a bit more dye to gray areas.
Next, you should wait for minimum 5 minutes before washing the color agent out of the whiskers. If you use professional hair salon products, the minimum time would be 25 minutes. Following the directions in the box is recommended. You might also experiment with slightly longer times until you find the time limit that gives him optimum coverage without damaging the hair shafts.
Care should be exercised to ensure that you do not leave the dyes in place for too long as this can damage the whiskers and force you to shave them off and start over.
It is important to remember that one is working with chemicals that could damage hair or react with the skin. This will likely not be too difficult because these chemicals have distinctive odors that will be right in one’s face while the color agent is in the hair. Some are stronger than others and one can usually tell when a very strong chemical is in use.
Dying facial hair is, unfortunately, a process of trial and error for the most part. Salon dyes tend to last longer than those available in discount stores, including those created for use on men’s facial hair. It is important to follow the instructions to avoid chemical damage to the hair or skin.