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How To Remove Beard Dye: 8 Methods To Remove Colorant Easily


A strand of gray hair on your beard can make you panic. You start to question if you're genuinely getting old or looking old. You resort to dyeing your beard which ends up disastrous.

You now hate how you look! What to do now?

Don't worry. Help is on the way via this article! Bad beard dyeing is more common than you think and can be easily remedied. Continue reading to learn how to remove beard dye from beard using the following practical methods.

Eight Practical Tips On How To Remove Beard Dye

I'll show you how to lighten beard dye, especially semi-permanent and permanent dyes, in eight ways. Temporary dyes aren't a big deal because they are easy to remove with ordinary shampoos.

1. Use Hair Color Removal Products

Hair Color Removal

When attempting to remove beard dyes, this should be your first choice. This is because they include substances that can deactivate the dye and remove the color. It's usually best to get one simultaneously as the beard dye.

Redbook hair color removal is a particular brand that I recommend. 

It is highly effective and can lighten beard dye. All you have to do now is follow the instructions in the manual. If you don't have this, you can use the other natural techniques listed below to make up for it.

2. Use Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohols are effective bleaching agents that could be used to remove dyes from surfaces. It is, however, more suitable for use after a few days of dye application. 

If you have sensitive skin, you should avoid using rubbing alcohol because it tends to produce moderate irritation and skin responses.

A patch test is required to determine whether or not you will react to it.

How To Use

  • Apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball.
  • With the cotton pad, rub the dyed beard and your entire beard.
  • Afterward, wash off with a shampoo and watch the color come off.
  • Apply beard oil or butter to prevent skin irritation caused by alcohol.
  • Continue usage till you get your desired results.

3. Use Beard Shampoo And Dish Soap Mix

Beard Shampoo And Dish Soap Mix

As weird as this may sound, it is effective for removing beard dyes. Dish soaps are formulated to remove grease stains and dirt, dyes inclusive. However, dish soaps are harsh to the skin and facial hairs and can deplete your beards of sebum oil.

To avoid this, beard shampoo should be added to the mix. Make sure you don't just wash your face with dish soap.

How To Use

  • Add 4-5 drops of gentle dish soap to the amount of beard shampoo you usually use to wash your beard.
  • Use the beard shampoo-dish soap combination to clean your beard thoroughly.
  • Rinse your facial hair thoroughly with warm water until clear.
  • Apply beard oil.
  • Repeat till you get good results.

4. Try A Dandruff Shampoo And Baking Soda Mix

Baking Soda

Yes, I am referring to regular baking soda you find in stores. Baking Soda is an excellent cleansing agent. Combined with the stronger acting dandruff shampoo, it provides fantastic results in removing dyes from beards.

Dandruff shampoos treat dandruff by stripping off excess sebum oils from hair. Therefore, using it when you are dandruff-free isn't advisable, and as a result, adding baking soda is necessary.

How To Use

  • Mix equal parts of dandruff shampoo and baking soda.
  • Apply the mix and allow it to sit on your beard for 5 minutes before washing it.
  • Rinse off. (You'll notice the color dripping off from your beard)
  • Repeat the process for the next few days.
  • Ensure you always use beard butter, cream, or oil to replenish the depleted sebum oil.

5. Use Vitamin C Paste

Vitamin C Paste

As amusing as it may appear, ascorbic acid has more functions than you may have realized. When applied to a wet dyed beard, vitamin C, a potent oxidizing agent, penetrates the hair follicle and loosens and oxidizes the dye.

This causes the dye to fade, resulting in lighter facial hair. 

It's also appropriate for all skin types. However, it will be more effective if you use this approach after 48 hours of dye application.

How To Use

  • Fill a basin halfway with vitamin C tablets.
  • Add just enough boiling water to cover them.
  • Using a spoon, crush them into a paste.
  • Apply the paste to your damp beard and leave it on for an hour.
  • Wash it off.

6. Try Hydrogen Peroxide and Beard Shampoo Mix

Hydrogen Peroxide and Beard Shampoo Mix

If you're confused about how to remove Just For Men's beard dye, then hydrogen peroxide mix is one of your ideal options.

Hydrogen Peroxide is a mild bleaching agent that releases oxygen to the beard root when applied to your dyed beard. Thus, it reduces the pigment color and lightens beard dye. This is more effective when combined with beard shampoo. 

Conducting a patch test on a small area of your beard before usage is essential. 

However, if you experience any adverse effects such as excessive itching, redness, or swelling during use, ensure you discontinue and see your doctor.

How To Use

  • Combine one part hydrogen peroxide, and two parts beard wash in a mixing bowl. 
  • Apply the mixture to your dyed beard.
  • Before washing off with warm water, let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash your beard until all of the mixtures are gone.
  • Repeat the process till desired results.

7. Use White Vinegar Solution

White Vinegar

Dyes are made to withstand alkaline mixtures like shampoos and conditioners. However, they do not work well with acidic mixtures such as white vinegar, which can assist in removing the dye.

Make sure you use white vinegar and not apple vinegar because apple vinegar is less acidic and won't be that effective in removing the dye from your beard.

How To Use

  • Combine the same quantity of warm water and white vinegar in a mixing basin.
  • Slowly pour the mixture on your beard and gently comb in a downward motion.
  • Make sure the solution is spread evenly on your beard. (Amount of time needed depends on beard thickness)
  • Let dry on your beard for 20-30 minutes.
  • Wash your beard and repeat for better results.

8. Use Toothpaste


I am sure you're confused and wondering how the regular toothpaste lying in your cabinet can help you remove dye from your beard.

Toothpaste is a cleansing agent that cleans your teeth by combining baking soda with additional chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide. Baking soda, as previously said, is a natural cleansing agent. When combined with the other elements found in toothpaste, it can aid lighten beard dye.

It is also important you note that not all toothpaste brands would do the magic. Gel toothpaste will not work in removing dyes from your beard.

How To Use

  • Take an old toothbrush and toothpaste and begin circularly massaging your beard.
  • Allow 10 minutes before washing off.
  • Use warm water for rinsing.
  • Repeat until you get the desired result.

Factors To Consider Before Dyeing Your Beards

Some men may decide to dye their beards on the spur of the moment, while others may have given it considerable thought. However, before purchasing a beard dye to change or improve your beard color, there are several things to consider:

1. Purpose Of Dyeing Your Beards

You can decide to dye your hair if you're trying to cover up that gray hair you sighted a few days back when combing your beards. No one desires that feeling of aging and maturity that gray hairs trigger; thus, dyeing it is the following action. 

Some might not even be experiencing graying of hair. They only want to change their looks and experiment with a new color and trend. This is great and most common among young adults. Another reason for dyeing your beards might be because you want to darken the color. 

Whatever your reasons, if you're doing it to cover your gray hairs, it is best you go for the permanent solution. You indeed don't want to be applying it every week before going out. Temporary and semi-permanent solutions are what I would suggest to anyone doing it to have a change of look. 

This is because the thrill of it might go away and washing it off is easier with these solutions. 

2. Beard Dye Solution Type

Before dyeing your hair, ensure you know the exact type of dye you're purchasing. Dyes could be temporary or permanent, but most commonly are the permanent dye solutions on the market. 

If you want to dye your hair for just a few days, you should not buy the permanent solution. This is because they're hard to remove, and most times, trimming growing beards is the most effective way to remove them. 

Temporary or semi-permanent dyes are easier to wash off after a while.

3. Dye Color

Before dyeing your beards, you must be sure of the color type you want to use. Darker colors are great for a color change; however, they are harder to wash off. They leave a residual tint that takes time to fade off.

If you don't want a color change but rather darken it, ensure you choose a dye color of similar color and shade to your beard's color. You surely don't want people knowing that you're spotting a dyed beard.

4. Facial Hair Type and Texture

Every man has a different facial hair type - coarse and soft hair. These hair types determine how easily they would absorb hair color. Very coarse and stubborn hair has a slower and harder time absorbing dye color. Therefore, you are likely to spend more time trying to dye your beards if you have coarse hair.

This is very different from soft hair which can easily take on color. Using too much dye solution on this type of hair would cause it to become too dark than your preference. Also, leaving it on for a longer time might cause facial hair damage.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does Beard Dye Last?

These dyes come in different types - temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent. Temporary beard dye should last for two to three days before it fades off; thus, if you're interested in dyeing your beards for a particular occasion, temporary dyes are your best bet.

Semi-permanent dyes, on the other hand, can last for one week or more, depending on how you apply them. If you want something that would last for a while without always having to renew it, then you should go for the permanent beard dye, which could last you for 3 weeks to a month.

How To Remove Just For Men's Beard Dye From Hair?

Just For Men's dye is a known brand of beard dye used by most men to color their beards. This brand also produces dyes that can be used on hair. Therefore, if you're looking for ways to remove the dye from your hair or beards, follow the DIYs mentioned above, then you're good to go.

However, you must know that those methods have a high chance of working, and not all might be effective for you. So, it would be best if you tried them out till you find the best method that works for you.

Can I Completely Remove Beard Dye?

No. Beard dyes can be extremely difficult to remove, especially permanent ones. So, I doubt you can completely remove that dye from your beards. Nevertheless, you could wash it off till it fades and becomes non-obvious. 

Suppose you want to remove beard dye completely. You should wash it off a few hours after application using your regular beard shampoo. It also applies to the temporary dye. Letting it stay for a long time would mean an entirely greater effort to remove it.

Is Removing Beard Dye Safe?

Yes, it is safe to remove beard dyes. Suppose you don't want to use known commercial products intended for that purpose, there are easy-to-do home methods that are equally safe and effective. So, you don't have to worry.

However, you might experience mild effects like irritation, dry skin, and beards. But these can be avoided by carrying out a patch test before using any of the above methods. Also, these methods are only used in emergencies and not every time you apply a beard dye.

What Happens If You Leave Beard Dye On Too Long?

Most dye formulations take approximately 15 minutes for them to be activated. Thus, you should apply it and leave it for a long time before rinsing it off, extending the application time to 25 to 30 minutes. 

However, if you leave the beard dye on too long, exceeding the suggested time, there is no proof that it would damage your beard. On the other hand, it has been known that permanent dyes contain Ammonia, and the process of oxidation would do more damage to your beards or hair. 

Therefore, you must follow the manufacturer's instructions and manual before using and applying the beard dye.


Permanent beard dyes can be difficult to remove, especially if you dislike how you appear with a dyed beard. However, you need not be concerned because this is a common occurrence among guys and can be reversed.

You should be able to remove the dye colors using the methods listed above until they are completely gone. However, while some of these strategies have worked for me, they may not work for you. Still, it's not a bad idea to experiment until you find the ideal one.

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