Grey beards eh! So you’re getting grey hairs in your beard? Don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with that! All hair goes grey at some point in life and your facial hair is no exception. There are few things that you could do to make it look and feel better, so read our guide to grey beards to get some wisdom!
What Causes Grey Beard Hair?
Men can start having a grey beard in their 20s but most start in their 30s or 40s. The most common reason why beards are turning grey is genetics. After a certain number of years, your genes give directions to your body to stop producing melanin in your hair follicles – the substance that gives skin and hair colour. The lack of melanin causes your hair to go grey (well white actually).
Since this trait is inherited, you can get a good idea of when you will go grey just by looking at your father’s and grandfathers’ hair. If they went grey early in life, you most likely will too.
New research shows that some men’s beard follicles produce excess levels of hydrogen peroxide that removes pigment from your beard hair. While it’s not yet exactly known why some follicles produce more hydrogen peroxide than others, it is believed that stress and dietary habits have a lot to do with it. So if you try to live healthy, you might be able to avoid a grey beard or even slow the process by reducing stress, increasing daily exercise, and improving your diet.
How to maintain a grey beard
The most important thing about maintaining a grey beard is to keep it neat and well groomed. There is nothing worse than a wild and messy grey beard! A neat silver beard can make you look younger and even more attractive.
We recommend going for a short beard style, because it’s easier to maintain and it will look neater. You’ll also need some good quality beard grooming products, like beard oil, beard wash and a bristle brush, to maintain it and keep it in a good shape.
We do understand that some men just don’t want to go grey. Unfortunately you can’t reverse the process, however, you can use some hair dye or beard mascara. Some men would even go as far as shaving that beard off. Ouch!!
Even though you have a grey beard or just a few hairs starting to turn, it doesn’t mean that you have to shave your beard off. It’s a natural process and with the right care, you can make it look just as awesome as any other beard. So embrace your grey beard and be proud of it!
If you want to learn more about beards and how to maintain them then please check out some of our blog posts below:
- How To Grow A Beard: A Beginners Guide
- How To Grow A Thicker Beard
- 3 Bad Beard Habits Affecting Your Beard
- 6 Benefits of Having A Beard
- How I Solved My Beard Itch: My Beard Journey