Having a beard is a popular fashion choice these days. Unfortunately, not every man finds it easy to "grow" facial hair - many are left with flawed areas or other problems. With that in mind, you can try darkening your beard with paint or alternative methods. Read the tips below to learn more.
Method 1 of 3: Coloring the Beard
Step 1. Choose a color that is a little lighter than natural
If you choose a darker shade, it will stand out and look artificial. Choose a lighter color, and if you don't get used to it, change it later.
If you paint the beard too dark, the result will be very apparent and artificial
Step 2. Test the ink on your skin to see if you have any allergic reactions
Mix some of the paint and apply a droplet behind your ear or on your forearm. Then wait about 24 hours and wash the area.
If your skin is red, itchy, or irritated, you are probably sensitive to ink
Step 3. Buy a natural shaving paint
If you have an allergic reaction to commercial paint, it's best to use a natural product such as henna (vegetable paint sold in several different colors).
Step 4. Read the instructions on the ink box
Strictly follow the mixing, application and rinsing guidelines.
Step 5. Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly around your beard
The product will prevent you from soiling the skin in the region with the ink.
Apply Vaseline to cheeks, neck, ears and sideburns
Step 6. Prepare the ink
Depending on the type, you may have to mix it with water. Follow the instructions to the letter and don't overdo the amount. Generally, an ink pack has multiple uses.
Step 7. Apply the paint with the brush that came in the package
Cover all the hairs you want to darken in the same direction they grow. Don't change direction.
- Just apply ink to your beard and avoid touching the skin that is close to it.
- If the kit doesn't include a brush, use an old toothbrush to apply the paint.
Step 8. See if you like the color of the paint
After applying it, wait the recommended time (about five minutes) before rinsing. After this period, pass a sheet of paper towel to remove some of the ink and see if you like the result.
- Rinse off the rest of the paint if you like the color. If you don't like it, reapply it to the test area and wait a few more minutes.
- Keep doing this test until you get the expected result.
Step 9. Rinse off the ink when you are satisfied
Only stop when the water comes out clear. Most paints are temporary and begin to fade after a few washes.
Step 10. Touch up the ink once a week
The retouching period depends on the thickness of your beard and how fast it grows. Reapply the same color at least once a week.
Method 2 of 3: Growing a Fuller Beard
Step 1. Let your beard grow for four weeks
Hopefully, it will also get darker. Many men have flawed beards but are able to correct the problem when they wait at least a month.
Step 2. Exercise often
The practice of physical activities increases the level of testosterone, which stimulates blood circulation and hair growth and makes them thicker. Train for at least 30 minutes a day and focus primarily on strength training such as weight lifting.
Step 3. Combat stress
Stress affects hair growth and quality, as it constricts blood vessels and hinders the distribution of nutrients through the hair follicles. You can meditate for ten minutes a day to relax: sit in a secluded environment and concentrate on your breathing to clear your mind.
Step 4. Sleep eight hours a night
Sleep helps restore testosterone levels - which in turn makes the beard fuller. This is even better for those who can rest for at least eight hours a night.
If you sleep less than five hours, your testosterone levels can drop by as much as 15% and leave your beard flailing
Step 5. Eat healthy
Take vitamins and proteins to increase your testosterone levels. To do this, eat lots of fruits, vegetables, etc., as well as cabbage, Brazil nuts and eggs.
Method 3 of 3: Trying Other Alternatives
Step 1. Have a beard transplant
This is the ideal option if your facial hair does not grow as expected or is very flawed. In this procedure, the professional removes hairs from the back of the neck or sides of the head and transplants them to the face. It is quite expensive and can take anywhere from two to five hours.
The hair will fall out after about two weeks and grow back in three months
Step 2. Darken the beard with black walnuts
Crush 7-8 black walnuts (a spice found in some places in Brazil and on the internet) and mix them with 7-8 cups of water. Then cook them for about an hour and a half and wait for the product to cool before straining. Soak the beard in the liquid for 5-20 minutes, depending on what color you want.
Be careful as walnuts can stain your skin and clothing. Wear gloves and old parts so you don't get injured
Step 3. Darken the beard with a cocoa paste
To do this, mix a little cocoa powder with water until it forms a thick substance. Apply it to the beard and wait 15 minutes. The longer she acts, the darker her hair will become. Then just rinse your face.
Step 4. Fix beard flaws with eyeliner or eye shadow
This way, you'll be able to hide the flaws and have a fuller beard.
- You can also go to a barbershop to darken your beard, although this option is more expensive and time-consuming.
- Wear rubber gloves to handle the ink without getting your hands or skin dirty.
- If ink gets on your skin, wipe it off with a cotton swab and a little isopropyl alcohol.