Whether you’re looking for a bold and daring change or simply dressing up for a wild night out, this is going to be fun. You’re about to learn everything you need to know about dyeing your beard green.
St. Patrick’s Day is the one that immediately comes to mind. A night where the color green takes on so much more meaning.
But it’s not the only one. Men look for ways to color their beard green for many different reasons. The problem is that it can be tricky to know how to get the best result.
It isn’t that common and there isn’t much guidance on how to do it.
Read on to find out how to choose your green beard dye, how to dye it in the most effective way possible, and more.
Let’s get to it.
What Should You Use To Dye Your Beard Green?
The main decision you need to make is whether you want a temporary green beard dye or a semi-permanent one.
Temporary Green Beard Dyes
Most men looking to dye their beard green are usually looking for a temporary one. They aren’t looking to commit to a green-bearded life just yet.
They’re looking for a one-night-only solution that’s easy to apply and easy to remove.
This is ideal for those festive occasions or parties. Nothing long-term.
For these situations, color wax is ideal. It’s a temporary dye that has a pomade-like consistency. It’s comfortable and quick to apply and gives you instant results.
Plus, it’s easy to wash off.
Check out Mofajang’s Green Color Wax (Amazon Link) for an example.
Semi-Permanent Green Beard Dyes
Although it’s more unusual, there may be situations where you want that green on your beard for several weeks.
A bold fashion statement, but not unheard of. It’s quite likely you’ll want to do your hair as well and you should be able to use the same dye.
Arctic Fox Phantom Green (Amazon Link) gives you a nice forest green and can be expected to last several weeks.
Plus, there’s no PPD, ammonia, or peroxide – this is great.
Also, it doesn’t need mixing – win.
Should You Pre Lighten Your Beard First?
It’s true that you’ll achieve brighter and more vivid greens when dyeing lighter hair. If your hair is already light (medium-blonde or lighter), you’re golden.
But if you’ve got darker hair, you should expect the green dye to mix with your original hair color. This can sometimes produce unexpected results, but it will show up as green in some form.
Maybe just green hues, or dark hair with an emerald tint. This may be absolutely fine.
In all honesty, if you’re only doing it for one-night-only, it’s probably not worth pre-lightening your hair.
But if you were going to do so, it’s usually best to get this done by a stylist at first if you’re not familiar with the process.
How To Dye Your Beard Green In 7 Steps
Now that you’ve gotten an idea of what type of green beard dye you should be using, it’s time to learn how to use it.
Here’s an easy, step-by-step routine you can rely upon for great results each and every time.
- Green Beard Dye – Choose one using the advice above.
- Application Brush – If your product doesn’t come with one, you can get them pretty cheap off Amazon. Or you could just use a toothbrush (last resort). Color wax is fine to apply using your hands, however.
- Wet Wipes – Colortrak (Amazon Link) is made for wiping off dye stains. But cotton balls and soapy water would be fine on fresh stains too.
- Beard Comb – They’re great for distributing the color through the deeper parts. But use one you don’t mind staining a little.
1. Perform The Sensitivity Test
Always so important. Do it before you apply any new product to your face or hair.
Using your application brush, apply a small amount of the green dye to the back of your elbow. Do this at least 48 hours before you intend to use the dye on your beard.
After 48 hours, review the area. If there’s any soreness or inflammation, don’t use the product on your beard. You may have reacted to it.
But if the area looks fine, you’re fine to use it on your beard. However, you should do this test before each application – not just the first one.
2. Consider A Strand Test
What the strand test allows you to do is get an idea of what color your beard might end up.
You do this by removing a small tuft of your hair or beard and applying the dye to it. If you’re a fan of the shade of green you end up with, go ahead and apply it to your beard.
If you aren’t a fan, consider whether you need to pre-lighten to get the color you really want or consider a different beard dye altogether.
3. Trim And Wash Your Beard
This is particularly important if you’re using a temporary dye like color wax. Trying to trim a color-waxed beard isn’t fun.
You’ll want to ensure your beard is trimmed the way you want and washed clean before dyeing it.
Clean beards are easier to color than greasy ones. Wash your beard with water only and dry it off. Avoid beard shampoo at this point as it’ll dry the beard out too much.
A bit of natural oil should (in theory) help to absorb some of that glorious green dye.
4. Apply The Green Beard Dye
The beauty of most green beard dyes (such as the examples I gave earlier) is that they usually don’t need to be mixed.
The dye is ready to use right out of the box which is very convenient and relatively mess-free.
At this point, you’ll want to put on your latex gloves and prepare to apply it.
Green color wax is quite fun to work into your beard using your fingers. You can really work it into the roots and distribute it evenly. The pomade-like consistency really helps.
But semi-permanent green dyes like Arctic Fox aren’t as easy to apply using your fingers. You’ll want to use the application brush it comes with.
Using the brush, apply it to your entire beard – try to get a nice even coating (unless you just want highlights).
Don’t worry if you notice the occasional green stain on your face or neck. Clean-up time is coming up soon.
5. Try Combing It Through
This isn’t essential. You should be able to get a nice distribution of color just using your fingers or an application brush.
But if you’ve got a particularly large or full beard, you could try combing the color through to get the color into the deeper parts of the beard.
It’s best to use a beard comb for this – ideally one you don’t mind staining.
6. Wipe Up
Now’s the time to wipe up those green smears of dye on your face and neck. If you haven’t got any, nicely done.
But if you do, beard dye stains on skin are best removed sooner rather than later. They can sometimes be a pain.
Color wax is great because it’ll wash off pretty easily. But anything more permanent should be wiped early.
Use your wipes or cotton balls to deal with them and neaten things up.
If you’ve used color wax, you’re done. The results are instantly visible and you can go about your green-bearded fun.
But if you’ve used a semi-permanent dye, you’ll need to wait for the dye to set in before rinsing out the excess.
7. Wait And Rinse (If Necessary)
Again, if you’ve applied color wax, ignore this step completely. But if your dye needs rinsing out, read on.
The amount of time you need to leave the dye in before rinsing really does depend on the specific product you’re using.
Arctic Fox usually recommends leaving it in for around 40 minutes. Remember, the longer you leave it in, the darker the end result will be.
Once you’ve left your dye in for the recommended amount of time, rinse it out with cold water until it runs clear.
Then, dry and style your beard as you normally would.
Don’t forget to admire your work.
Additional Tips For Dyeing A Beard Green
Using the routine you just read should give you great results. But there are some additional tips you could follow to take things to the next level.
- Green beards go so well with splashes of green throughout an outfit. Green ties, green necklaces, green socks, and so on.
- Avoid overusing beard styling products when using color wax. It can feel quite heavy and overbearing when all mixed together.
- Don’t overdo it with the color wax. You want to use the minimum amount to get the job done. Again, you don’t want it feeling heavy or uncomfortable.
- Consider the need for pre-lightening your beard if the end result isn’t as vibrant or vividly green as you would have liked.
Sometimes, a change is exactly what you need in your bearded journey from time to time.
Coloring it green may not be the most subtle change you could go for, but boy is it a fun one.