Is it okay to color your beard?

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    Jun 14, 2009 9:54 PM GMT
    Alright - the recent eyebrow topic has me curious: Is it okay for a guy to color his beard to hide the grey? I'm only 44, have a full head of hair with minimal grey, but my goatee is at least half grey. Am I allowed to camaflouge, or is it just cheesy-looking?
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    Jun 14, 2009 10:06 PM GMT
    funny pictures
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    Jun 14, 2009 10:20 PM GMT
    Ha! Caslon you crack me up :-)
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    Jun 14, 2009 10:33 PM GMT
    sure, as long as you do it properly and lot all splotchy icon_smile.gif
  • Timbales

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    Jun 14, 2009 10:41 PM GMT
    Mine has a lot of white in it. I tried the Just For Men gel made for coloring your beard and it would only stay colored for about a day. I shave clean now instead.
  • torontoguy222...

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    Jun 14, 2009 10:42 PM GMT
    My mom colours her eyebrows lol. So I don't see the harm in doing the beard :p
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    Jun 14, 2009 10:48 PM GMT
    torontoguy2222 saidMy mom colours her eyebrows lol. So I don't see the harm in doing the beard :p

    funny pictures
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    Jun 14, 2009 11:28 PM GMT
    Ok, finally a topic that is close to my heart...icon_lol.gif
    It seems to kick in every 3 or 4 years. I go in and find the closest color to my original color and give it a shot. I don't know I'm standing there looking at myself and I'm just really creepy looking. I know it's all in my head. I've been told by some I look great. Younger and all. Others well they think it's creepy looking at me w/hair color after knowing me so long as grey/white. It's kinda untruthful at least in my case I think. It's such a procedure and it's stinky and ya have to keep doing it forever... So now it's all back to it's original grey/white. Ya know my damn old man didn't go grey till he was over 60 damn it... Now I do keep my head shaved cause I do feel a bit younger not having to look at my grey, no wait, white hair on my skull...
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Jun 14, 2009 11:40 PM GMT
    Fundamentally: it's hair. As long as you keep it clean, I don't see what business of anyone else's it is what you do with it. If it makes you feel better to color it, dye away.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 15, 2009 12:02 AM GMT
    Absolutely.. do what ever you want.
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    Jun 15, 2009 12:08 AM GMT
    WillFTL saidAlright - the recent eyebrow topic has me curious: Is it okay for a guy to color his beard to hide the grey? I'm only 44, have a full head of hair with minimal grey, but my goatee is at least half grey. Am I allowed to camaflouge, or is it just cheesy-looking?

    I don't see a philosophical problem with dyeing, just a practical one for me. I colored for a while when I quickly went white starting about 3 years ago. Just for Men worked OK, I used it very sparingly to keep a little lightness, and prevent a phony painted look, plus that way the kit would last a month.

    But as I got even whiter I had to do it every 4-5 days with my very short beard, too much hassle. Here are some pics:

    Age 53, still not using dye but I was plucking the few stray white ones (never grey, went right to white):

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    Last year at 59, getting a gay community award. I hadn't dyed in 2 months, now 75% white, and when I saw this pic, the beard was (and remains) history:

    atfounders_2.jpg
  • AdmNaismith

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    Jun 15, 2009 12:37 AM GMT
    I've done it myself a couple of times. I find that Just For Men doean't even penetrate the grey hairs, and in about a week I'm just back where I started.

    I suspect that if I knew how the world REALLY reacts to my 80% grey beard, I'd run to a colorist every two days.

    In the meantime, ignorance, and simplicity, is best. I keep it trimmed neat, and otherwise just let it be.
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    Jun 15, 2009 12:56 AM GMT
    I think it is fine to do whatever you want. Mine has grey in it when I grow one and I will sometimes dye it to make it match the rest of my hair .. it also looks fuller when it is darker. Also it makes me look much older with grey which doesn't bother me, but when looking for a job or something I think that there is age discrimination so I try to look as young as possible.