Beard Coloring

Tips On Beard Coloring

            There are many reasons that can lead to a man considering beard coloring; maybe he is reentering the dating world, looking for a job or just wanted to appear more youthful.  The goal is usually an attempt to feel good about oneself and hair coloring is one of the most popular means toward this end.  It can, however, lead to serious complications unless certain information is understood.

            Just as with the hair on our heads, facial hair may begin to gray at any age.  It is often a gift of heredity; if older members of your family gray early in life, it is more likely that you will as well.  Stress can also create hair graying, as can too much sun exposure.  Virtually all people will experience graying at some point in their lives for whatever reason.  This is because the pigment cells located in the hair follicle of every shaft of hair begin to die as we age.  The pigment cells, or melanin, are the cause for color in the hair so the lack of these cells results in the lack of color in the hair.  Instead of new hair shafts emerging in shades of brown, black, blond or reddish hues, they appear in silvers, grays or whites.  Graying hair often has the effect of making people look older than their actual age, and men and women alike will resort to dyeing; hair for women, and hair and beard coloring for men.

            Most common hair dyes contain a substance called PPD, or para-phenylenediamine.   Essentially, PPD is coal tar dye.  In addition to hair dye, PPD is also used in gasoline, ink and photo developer; not exactly an ingredient that could be considered as mild.  It has not been approved by the FDA for direct applications to the skin and therefore should never be used to color facial hair.  There are a few manufacturers that do not include this substance, so labels must be clearly read to determine it before using.  A particular product designated specifically for use in mustache and beard coloring for men does contain PPD, and as result has been the cause for rashes and intense itching of the face after use.  These symptoms are indicative of an allergic reaction to PPD, and can begin or intensify with any subsequent use.  Allergies to PPD can also trigger additional allergic reactions to many other common products, including deodorants and soaps, even though they do not include the harmful element.

            Symptoms of a PPD reaction can be as slight as itching and rash.  In some, however, it can carry much more serious.  Swelling and burning sensations can also be experienced.  The most severe cases will involve cross sensitization, a complication that can cause an individual to become highly sensitive to anything chemically related to PPD, such as cosmetics, perfumes, preservatives, inks, sulfa drugs and more.

            To ensure your safety, simply make sure when choosing a product to color hair, mustache or beards that the product does not contain PPD.  Many hair salons also use dyes with PPD, so it is not always safer to request coloring products from them instead of purchasing dyes.  The best method is to read manufacturer’s labels for the ingredient.  If unsure, contact the manufacturer using the number listed on the product.

            Although many people color their hair every day, many are unaware of the dangers of doing so.  When it comes to mustache and beard coloring, even more precautions must be made to avoid serious complications.  Choosing products that are free of PPD will ensure your safety as well as giving you the youthful appearance you seek.