This is a question we’ve had over and over again. People, including this author, have wondered why our beards can be a different color than our head and body hair.
In fact if you have any of the following traits then read on:
- Red beard with different color hair
- Black beard with brown hair
- Blonde hairs in the beard
- Technicolor beard
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No matter what color your beard is, if it’s a different color there is usually a simple explanation.
Every Hair Follicle Has Pigmentation
Just like your skin, your hair follicles have their own pigmentation. Depending on various levels of pigmentation within each individual hair will actually determine what color that particular strand of hair is.
This is why some beards have red, blonde and gray all mixed into one.
Stress Can Cause Hair Color Changes
If you’re young and your beard is turning gray rapidly it could be a sign of stress. A man should spend time in thought to determine if he’s stressed out. If so, it’s time to start looking for ways to relax. Of course, gray beards are not always caused by stress and can very likely be caused by age. As you age your hair follicle pigmentation levels can change and this, of course, leads to those well earned gray hairs.
The older a man gets the more likely the hair is to change colors. It’s life – don’t sweat it!
If you’re in the sun a lot it can actually cause hair damage. Of course, you probably already know the sun can cause skin damage if you get over exposed to it so it’s only fair that it can cause damage to our hair and beards as well. Limit yourself to extreme amounts of sun exposure whenever possible. This means wearing a hat to cover your hair and scalp and try to keep the beard out of the sun as much as possible.
Consider wiping in a little bit of sunscreen with SPF 30 in the beard to help keep the sun at bay. Just remember if you do apply sun lotion to the beard you’re going to want to wash the sunscreen out of the beard later to avoid blackheads, skin rash and other blemishes. Use our tutorial on how to wash your beard the proper way here.
You’ll also want to rehydrate the beard with beard oil in the morning and evening anytime you’re exposed to extreme weather. You can find a wide array of great beard oils here. This is important to keep your beard from drying out and becoming unhealthy.
Other issues that can change your beard hair color are by having a deficiency in certain vitamins. These issues are rare but you’re going to want to make sure you’re eating correctly to fix this. Dull boring beard hair can be caused by lack of protein, eating too much junk food/fast food as noted in our Guide To Fixing Patchy Beards. Many men are simply missing out on the proper amount of protein.
Protein is one of the building blocks of muscles, masculinity and you guessed it; hair. So scarf down that chicken! Of course, ultimately you’ll want to eat well-balanced meals and avoid over eating fast food, high sugary foods, and super high fat. All of these things are fine in moderation but it’s easy to go overboard here.
Should I Dye My Beard?!?
If your beard color is changing or has always been a different color you might wonder if you should dye it. While I’ll admit that a man looks younger when his beard is the same color as his head but dyeing the beard can make the beard look fake. So keep in mind that there may be a slight downside to dyeing the beard to match your head.
Honestly, I say let it show! I think us bearded men look better with some character in the beard and shouldn’t be ashamed if the colors change slightly or are always different. This is coming from a brown haired man with a full red beard.
If you keep the beard evenly trimmed the character in the beard can also make you look very distinguished.
Now you know why your beard is red, blonde or gray or speckled with all sorts of colors.
In closing here is a review of why your beard might be a different color than the hair on the rest of your body.
- Hair Pigmentation
- Stress / Age
- Sun Exposure
- Vitamin Deficiency / Nutrition
Share your thoughts or questions below!