We have had lots of questions about dyeing beards with our natural hair dyes. Unfortunately, all the dyes we sell are designed for hair, not beards, which react very differently to natural beard dyes. None of our dyes are recommended for use on beards.
However, we do know that some men have managed to dye their beards with some of our powdered henna based dyes, but if you want to use something a bit easier than mixing up henna or indigo, you could try our It's Pure Herbal Hair Colours - such as the Very Dark Brown, Dark Brown, Chestnut Brown, or Natural Brown.
Why are people opting for natural beard dyes?
There is a huge selection of natural beard dye on the market, which can make it difficult to choose the right one for your style, aesthetic and lifestyle preferences.
Until recently, studies show that chemical based beard dyes were most popular, until complaints that many people were having allergic reactions to the products. One of the potential reasons behind this is a common allergen found in chemical beard dyes, called PPD. PPD is known to be an allergen that can cause mild dermatitis, itchiness, swelling, chemical burns and even anaphylaxis.
With this is mind, natural beard dye seems to be the way forward. There are no nasty side effects, no itchiness, and no harsh chemicals.
What are the benefits of natural beard dyes?
Most chemical hair dyes are loaded from top to bottom with harsh and harmful chemicals such as peroxide, ammonia and resorcinal. When it comes to using natural beard dyes, it's not only much better for the environment, but for your skin and hair health too.
They contain no harsh chemicals or additives, natural beard dyes are free of PPD and other chemicals which can be harmful to your hair and skin. Natural hair dyes can also improve the health of your hair in a short period of time. They are also generally less harmful to the environment, and give better results due to the absence of fillers that are found in commercial synthetic products.
What are the disadvantages of using conventional (toxic) dyes?
Conventional hair dyes are one of the most popular ways of colouring your hair. Unfortunately, dying your hair with conventional dyes come with lots of risks.
Conventional dyes can be much more damaging on your hair than natural hair dyes. The chemicals are much stronger and actually penetrate the hair shaft, reaching the cortex. Most chemical hair dyes use ammonia to penetrate the hair shaft and increase the pH level.
Chemical hair dyes can also cause a lot of people allergic reactions, they contain paraphenylenediamine, which is a common allergen. People who have contact dermatitis are particularly prone to reactions because of the PPD and other chemicals present in dyes. People with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis should also refrain from using chemical hair dyes to colour their hair.
A few other risks of using conventional dyes, include the risk of asthma, conjunctivitis, and even possible effects on fertility. Research is inconsistent in this regard, though a few studies show that there is minimal systemic absorption of hair products, chemical hair dyes may not actually affect fertility or pregnancy. However, since they show a possible risk of being exposed to hair dyes for prolonged periods, it is better to avoid chemical hair dyes if you are looking to conceive or are pregnant.
Why natural dye may be more suitable for people with skin conditions
Conventional hair dye can cause various irritations for people who suffer with skin conditions. At least half of people with psoriasis get it on their scalps, and when symptoms flare up, the scalp can become very sensitive.
However, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation in the US, having scalp psoriasis may not rule out changing hair colour.
Chemical hair dyes do not necessarily damage the scalp, or exacerbate symptoms. Psoriasis affects the scalp, rather than the hair. With a little preparation, a person can typically keep styling their hair as usual after developing psoriasis. However, the chemicals in some dyes can irritate the scalp. Conventional hair dyes can contain different chemicals in various combinations, and every case of psoriasis is different. For this reason, it's a lot safer for people with skin conditions to use natural hair dyes, such as our It's Pure Henna Hair Colours, which contain no nasty chemicals or PPD.
How can I know what colour outcome to expect?
If you want a very dark colour on your beard, it would probably best to use a mixture of pure henna and indigo, which can give varying shades of brown to black. Our henna and indigo are totally pure and natural, organic certified, and have high dye content, so would work great as a natural beard dye! – you can read more about how to use them here.
If you want a lighter shade you could try Logona Natural Brown or Logona Brown Umber powders (but not the Logona Colour Creams – these would probably not be strong enough to dye your beard). We warn you away from trying Palette by Nature, as it has a tendency to stain the skin, which could be a problem if applied to the face!
We cannot guarantee that any of these products would work effectively as a natural beard dye, we only offer these guidelines in case you are really keen to try a natural dye, even knowing that it may not be as successful on a beard as it is on hair.
A final note - in our own research, we came across this video of a man dyeing his beard with henna and indigo. We don’t know him personally, so can’t vouch for his dyeing technique, but we thought it might be of interest to you in your natural beard dye research. Good luck!
If you’d like any more advice on any of our products, please do email us – firstname.lastname@example.org - or call 01638 714953 – we’re here to help!