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August 28, 2023

Learn How To Dye Your Beard at Home

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Whether you’re over the salt and pepper beard look, wanting to dip your toes in the at-home hair color category for the first time, or are just dying (see what we did there?) to try something new, beard dye for men is a really great way to change up your look without fully committing to dying your whole head. Plus those grays do come first on the beard, don’t they? The good news is that there are products out there that make it incredibly easy for you to dye your beard in your own bathroom, and you’ll be amazed by how much coloring your beard can take years off your appearance. Below, you’ll find the step-by-step process on how to dye your beard at home. 


First off, you need to figure out your ideal beard look. How much gray do you currently have in your beard, and how much dying experience do you have? and how much gray do you want to keep (if any)? What’s your current beard length and hair type? The answers to each of these questions will determine which beard dye is the best fit for you. 


Types of beard dye

  • Permanent dyes: These provide long-lasting results and are ideal for those seeking full gray coverage. They penetrate the hair shaft and generally require less frequent touch-ups.
  • Semi-permanent dyes: Perfect for a more natural look or if you’re experimenting, these dyes fade gradually and offer a less intense color change.
  • Temporary dyes: Great for short-term changes or special occasions, these wash out after a few shampoos and are a low-commitment option.
  • Salt-and-pepper dyes: Specifically designed to blend grays and natural hair, these dyes give a subtle, natural look without covering all the gray.



Step-by-step beard dyeing process

1. Preparation:

  • Select your dye: Choose the beard dye that matches your desired outcome. Brands like Cleverman offer customizable kits that cater to various needs and are highly recommended.
  • Patch test: Conduct a patch test on a small area of skin to check for any allergic reactions. This step is crucial to avoid skin irritation or allergic reactions.
  • Gather supplies: Ensure you have all necessary items: beard dye kit, gloves, old towels, a comb, a beard scrub, and a mirror.

2. Application:

  • Protect your skin and clothes: Wear gloves to avoid staining your hands and cover your clothes with an old towel.
  • Mix the dye: Follow the instructions on the dye kit to mix the dye properly. Use the provided tray and spatula for an even mix.
  • Apply the dye: Begin applying the dye to the gray areas of your beard using the applicator brush. Work from the roots to the tips, ensuring full coverage. Use a comb to distribute the dye evenly and ensure all grays are saturated.

3. Exposure time:

  • Leave the dye on for the time specified in the instructions. This usually ranges from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the desired intensity and the product used.

4. Post-application:

  • Rinse thoroughly: Rinse your beard with lukewarm water until the water runs clear. Avoid using shampoo at this stage to allow the color to set.
  • Deep clean: Use a beard scrub to remove any residual dye from your skin and to clean your beard thoroughly.
  • Clean up: Wash the applicator brush, tray, spatula, and gloves. Store them in your dye kit for future use.


Dying your beard at home truly couldn’t be easier, especially when using a direct-to-consumer service like Cleverman. Named one of the top beard dye solutions by Men’s Health and Spy Magazine, Cleverman is a fully customizable solution that works with professional-quality dyes. Not only do their kits come with everything you need for natural results at home, but they are also super easy to use, with results in about 7-10 minutes (yes, really!). If you’re not ready to commit to dying your hair, or if you like the beard dye for salt and pepper look on your head but want to take a few years off your look, dying your beard is a foolproof, easy option.


Jorge Buccio
Celebrity hairstylist Jorge Buccio is Cleverman‘s Senior Colorist. He has over 20 years of experience in Hollywood, including celebrities Salma Hayek and Matthew McConaughey, and has worked with industry giants such as Schwarzkopf Professional and Revlon Professional. His avant-garde approach further aligns with Cleverman‘s commitment to style and personal taste.

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