How Long Do Beard Dyes Last? [The Ugly Truth]

Are you interested in dyeing your facial hair but first you want to know how long beard dyes last?

If yes, you are in the right place!

First, keep in mind that millions of men dye their beards nowadays for various reasons; therefore, you are not alone.

Dyeing a beard is challenging, and many things can go wrong if you are not careful. Having said that, the process frequency is crucial to all of you, so we created this guide for you.

In this article, we will discuss the following:

  • The factors that affect the longevity of beard dyes
  • How long do most beard dyes actually last
  • How to make them last longer

Without further ado, let’s get into it!

Categories Of Beard Dyes

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When it comes to dyeing your beard and assessing how long it will last, I should ensure we all know the different types of beard dyes.

The categories of beard dyes that currently exist on the market are the following:

  • Permanent Dyes
  • Temporary Dyes
  • Semi-Temporary Dyes
  • Henna Dyes

First things first, I want you to know that even the permanent and highest-quality beard dyes will not last forever. That’s because we always wash our faces, shower, brush our beards, we oil them, we trim them, etc so, obviously, we will need to dye our beards again and again.

Having said that, permanent beard dyes can last from 4 weeks to several months, depending on a man’s grooming routine and the quality of the beard dye. These dyes offer a long-lasting and dramatic color change.

Of course, you will need to touch up your beard’s roots as it grows, but generally, permanent beard dyes are the most long-lasting dyes that offer the best results for an extended period.

On the other hand, there are the temporary beard dyes. Temporary beard dyes last about 1-3 washes, so it is safe to assume they last 1-2 days.

These dyes are suitable for first-timers who want to see if they like the ending result, for guys that are still searching for the optimal beard color shade and for special occasions like X-mas (Santa Claus beard) or Halloween.

Also, if you like to try different colors, temporary dyes are your go-to way!

The third main category of beard dyes is semi-permanent dyes. Semi-permanent dyes are not my favorite whatsoever. Their main characteristic is that they last a bit longer than temporary dyes, for about 1 week to 10 days, depending on how often you wash your beard and how hard you rub it afterward.

These dyes offer a bold color, a drastic change in your beard’s color (it can turn white to black if applied 1-2 times), but it only lasts a few days before it fades. Good for testing colors and good for first-timers. Nothing special here.

Last but not least, a new category of beard dyes is Henna dyes. Henna dyes are organic beard dyes made from natural ingredients only, making them an amazing option for men that don’t like chemicals on their faces or have sensitive skin and want to dye their beard naturally.

Now you think. Organic beard dyes will not last long, right? Wrong! There are specific henna dyes that last as long as permanent beard dyes (about 2-4 months), which is awesome. More on that later on.

In short, these are the types of beard dyes that you should know. Each one of these beard dyes has each benefits and drawbacks. By understanding each one of them, you can choose the one that’s right for your situation.

Let’s now move on to the factors that affect how long beard dyes last.

Factors That Affect How Long Beard Dyes Last

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There are several factors that affect how long a beard dye will last. Here are the most important of them:

  • The type of the beard dye
  • The quality of the beard dye
  • The color of the beard dye
  • The length and thickness of your beard
  • The natural color of your facial hair
  • The frequency of washing your beard
  • The frequency of combing and oiling your beard

As we have discussed above, the type of beard dye you choose plays a vital role in its longevity. Permanent and henna dyes last longer but not forever.

Another important factor affecting the time a dye will stay on your beard before fading is its color. Lighter colors tend to fade faster than darker colors. This happens because the dye has less pigment from the very beginning; therefore it fades faster.

Moving on, shorter beards tend to lose their color slower than longer beards. This is because the dye has less hair to wash out of. Thicker beards may retain the color better in the beginning; however, they lose it faster than short beards.

Last but certainly not least, the frequency of washing, grooming and combing a beard plays a significant role in its ability to maintain the new color. As you can easily understand, the more you wash and rub your facial hair, the sooner the dye will be gone. It is that simple.

This is not to say you shouldn’t wash your beard but don’t overdo it.

Pro Tip: Hot water and straighteners that use heat make the dye fade way faster.

Tips To Make Your Beard Dye Last Longer

If you want to make your beard dye last longer, here are some things you should take into consideration:

  • Choose a High-Quality Beard Dye
  • Choose The Right Color
  • Be careful When Washing And Grooming Your Beard.
  • Touch up Your Dye Regularly (Don’t Wait For It To Be Fully Gone)
  • Protect your Beard From Sun And Heat
  1. Choosing a high-quality beard dye is an obvious one. If you have sensitive skin, look for dyes free from chemicals that only use natural ingredients like Henna dyes. High-quality dyes tend to look more vibrant and last longer.

The (only) Henna dye that lasts long is this one.

  1. Choosing a darker color is very important. Of course, you should choose the color that you like and suits you the best however, keep this tip in mind when making the final choice.
  2. When washing your beard, avoid harsh shampoos with chemicals. Also, avoid hot water. If there is no need, don’t wash your beard; obviously, be gentle with it when drying it. Similarly, use beard oil once per day gently.
  3. Make a few touch-ups on your facial hair here and there. That’s also a big one. Most men wait for their dye to fade off completely. That’s completely wrong. If you make a few touch-ups every few weeks your beard will look more vibrant and fresh.
  4. The last thing you should avoid to prolong your beard dye’s lifespan is heat in general. Sun, warm water, masks, etc everything that increases the temperature of your face.

If you follow this advice you will get the best results. Trust me cause here we never say bs. We always speak the truth.

Read Also: How To Remove Beard Dye If You Don’t Like It

To Sum Things Up – How Long Do Beard Dyes Last?

In conclusion, how long beard dyes last depends on a variety of factors including:

  • the type of beard dye used
  • the color of the dye
  • the color of your natural hair
  • the length and thickness of your beard
  • the frequency of washing and grooming

By choosing a high-quality dye, choosing the right color, being careful when washing and grooming your beard, touching up your dye regularly, and protecting your beard from the sun and heat, you can help make your beard dye last longer.

And that’s it for today’s article! I really hope you found it useful and interesting.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to write them in the comment section below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Until next time,

Stay safe,


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