How To Dye Your Beard White – 5 Simple Steps in 2024

You’ve reached the point in your relationship with your beard where you’ve done so much, tried so many different styles, and now you’re thinking about going for a different color. And maybe you are looking for how to dye your beard white? Well, read on.

How To Dye Your Beard White
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Everyone thinks about dyeing their hair at one point, and many even go through with it at a certain age or just for fun.

Yet, not a lot of people consider dyeing their beard unless it’s going grey and they want to reverse it back to a darker colour to look younger, not you though, you want to dye it white! Should you? Why not?

See also: How To Dye Very Short Beard.

Whether it’s for a costume, for fun, for a new look, or because you’ve already got some greys in there and you just want to go the whole way and just embrace it, there are a number of ways to dye your beard white.

How To Dye Your Beard White – Simple Steps.

How Do I Temporarily paint my beard white?

Say you want to go for the cool grandpa look, but you’re just not sure or you don’t want to commit for the long-term. Well, it’s simple. There are a number of temporary dyes out there right now for both hair and beard.

They’re easier to apply, and they only last for a short while before coming off on their own or through your washing.

A temporary dye is a good idea if you’re only doing this for an event or for a temporary scenario. Temporary dyes come in two forms: paste and spray.

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Whether you’re using temporary dyes, box dyes, pastes, or sprays, it’s important that you first take care of some safety precautions:

-Wear gloves to protect your hands

-Make sure you’re either shirtless or wearing something preferably old that you don’t care about.

-Apply petroleum jelly around your beard to protect your skin from any smears that might have an effect on your skin. Petroleum jelly creates a sort of protective, insulating layer.

So, you’ve worn the gloves, taken off your shirt, or got the oldest shirt in the closet, and applied the petroleum jelly. Now let’s talk business.


This is sort of a big deal, whether it’s a spray-on temporary beard or a paste one, you need to find the good stuff.

Look around, read labels, find the exact colour and tone you want, and maybe splurge a bit as products like this need to be high quality. 


With almost anything that involves your skin or hair, there’s always the slight possibility that it can cause an allergic reaction or irritation.

For that, you might want to test the product first somewhere other than your face or beard. Once it’s been a few hours and there are no side effects, you’re good to go.


In order for the dye to stick evenly across your beard, you don’t want any dead skin, dirt, or tangled-up hairs in there.

Rinse your face and beard well with some warm water (Maybe skip the shampoo so as not to dry it out), and brush out any clumps of hair because you don’t want to brush it later and find out that you missed a spot. 


Listen, you really don’t want to spray yourself in the eyes with hair dye, that’s a given. You need to find a way to cover your eyes and mouth.

You can use some paper and ideally have a partner there to use the spray for you. You might also want to wear a hair cap or something to avoid getting it on the sides of your hair.


Now it’s time to spray. Read the instructions, but usually, you would hold the can about 10 inches/25 cm away from your face and spray. Ensure that the coating is even, and don’t forget your moustache.

If it’s a paste product, just distribute it evenly throughout using your fingers or preferably with a comb or brush. (And don’t touch your hair or face afterwards, obviously).


Look carefully, do you like it? Is it the right color? If it’s still too dark, you could apply a second coating using the same method.


You’re not a sharpshooter with that spray can, and you went a little over the beard line. Just use some cotton balls or a wet cloth to clean up your cheeks and neck, and to wipe off the petroleum jelly. 


Seeing as it’s temporary, you’ll have to wash it out eventually. When the time comes, you’ll want to use a good beard shampoo, not regular shampoo. Remember, any time you wash, you need to condition and oil.


permanently dyeing beard white

“But I don’t want to dye it temporarily, I want it permanent.” Well, there’s the option for that, too. Now, nothing is permanent, but there are box dyes that have a much longer-lasting effect than temporary dyes.

It’s important to note that they are beard dyes, not hair dyes, you can’t get them mixed up. While it works either way, whether your hair or light or dark does make a difference.

Darker hair requires the use of bleach, especially if it’s all dark without any grey or white in it. 


Should you leave it to the barber? You could, however, that doesn’t mean it’s unsafe to do it at home. Bleach can of course make your beard a bit weaker and rougher, but you can strengthen it back with maintenance and oils.

Of course, burns are possible that’s why you’ll have to apply petroleum jelly again and be extra careful with the bleach.

The skin on your face is more sensitive than your scalp and prone to irritation, so you can’t be doing this frequently. Bleach can also give off this yellowish color instead of a full marble white.

You may also be allergic to any ingredients in the bleach, so read the labels carefully. If you do it regularly, you may get a permanent effect, if that’s not what you’re after.

Same as the temporary one, you’ll have your gloves, use petroleum jelly, wear an old shirt, and everything. Next, you’ll mix the bleach well with the brush and make sure it’s smooth with no lumps.

Then carefully apply it to your beard with the brush and try not to get it on your cheeks. Put on an even coating and wait for the time listed in the instructions.

Afterwards, rinse your face with cold water until the water runs clear, add a toner, condition the beard, and add some beard oil to counteract that roughening effect of the bleach.

Overall, it might be a fun new idea if you want to rock a new look. Whether you’re going temporary or permanent, just follow the safety instructions and wear your beard confidently. While bleaching is good once or twice, you don’t want to do it regularly.

Instead, opt for the temporary stuff, or if your beard colour is already light or grey, just dye it with a brighter white colour without the need for bleach. Experimentation is interesting, and this one won’t hurt if you try!