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July 31, 2021

Beard turning gray? Bro, don’t sweat it… embrace it! Sure, Old Father Time keeps rollin’ along, but it happens to all of us. It’s impossible to turn the clock back, so we may as well rock the hell out of our new silver fox look and live each day to the max. 

Besides, as Indiana Jones said, it’s not the years, it’s the mileage. A well-cared-for gray beard is a sign of experience, wisdom, maturity, stability and dependability. It clearly separates the men from the boys with an attitude of “Been there, done that, got the t-shirt – and the beard!” 

While you may feel concerned about the look of your gray beard, we’re here to say that what matters more than just the changing color of your beard is how healthy it is. 

In this blog, we'll take you through the dos and don’ts of having a gray beard and give you sage advice on how to keep it looking sexy and distinguished.

Gray beard role models

Not yet convinced that a gray beard is hot? Need some inspiration? Then take your pick from so many legends who’ve openly embraced their white whiskers…

  • First there’s “The Most Interesting Man in the World” from the Dos Equis beer commercials. That dude is a meme hero.
  • How about those smokin’ gray-bearded beasts George Clooney, Pierce Brosnan, Idris Elba, Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck and Antonio Banderas? Or the sheer class of Morgan Freeman?
  • For the funny guys, you’ve got Steve Carell, Kevin Hart, Jon Stewart and Matt LeBlanc.
  • Are you an Avengers fan? Check out Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) and Taika Waititi, the outstanding director of two Thor movies.
  • On the rugged side, there’s icons like Jeff Bridges and Mel Gibson. And never forget Sam Elliott with his iconic gray walrus mustache.
  • Heck, even Santa kills it year after year!

Pssst… We can’t wait until Jason Momoa sports some gray in his beard. It’ll break the internet!

DON’T – Shave it off

Bro, leave that puppy where it is! It took time and sacrifice to cultivate your epic face forest. Don’t throw it all away. There are ways to make the most of the gray!

DO – Be careful with dye, or don’t dye at all

At the first sign of white hairs on your chin, you may be tempted to reach for a bottle of dye. Our advice is to forget that crap, focus more on keeping your beard healthy, and let nature take its course. The chemicals in those dyes are horrendous for your beard health, drying it out, making the whiskers brittle and frizzy.

Coloring a beard is tricky, to say the least. Matching the right shade of color to your beard is a friggin’ nightmare! Even a slightly mismatched shade looks ridiculous. You’ll look like a guy who’s trying to hide his gray, which is not good for projecting a rugged, confident style.

Plus, no matter how permanent they say a color is, it can still run. You really don’t want that Rudy Giuliani thing to happen. Awkward! And you really don’t want stained sheets and pillow cases. Cheap grocery store color kits just don’t stick. And professional dye jobs cost a fortune.

Besides, dye grows out. You just have to keep applying it. Forget it.

DO – Focus on beard care

Those gray hairs need love if they’re to project a debonaire image. Because there are so many shades and phases of gray in a beard, they can be featured through regular cleaning, grooming, trimming and shaping.

When in doubt, trimming and tightening your beard shorter may help more than developing its length. A neat gray beard may even help you appear younger. It looks sharp and easy to maintain, while a shaggy one can sometimes give off a crazy old man vibe. (Or worse, creepy.)

  • Wash it. Regularly. With a professional-grade beard conditioner shampoo that will preserve and enhance the health, moisture and condition of your hairs, follicles and skin.
  • Hydrate it. Beard moisturizer can enhance sheen and manageability, while reducing dry brittleness, beard dandruff, and split ends.
  • Oil and balm. Beard oil makes those whiskers glow with balanced moisture, health and vitality, while also making them easier to brush and tame into the shape you want. Beard balm provides the finishing touch of nourishment while holding hairs in place.
  • Brush it. Notice how women brush their hair obsessively? Notice it looks amazing? Do the same everyday for your beard, using a wild boar bristle beard brush. It feels sooooo goooooood.

DO – Choose wisely what you eat and drink

Some things you consume can impact and/or stain your gray beard’s coloration. 

  • Be really careful with oily and greasy foods.
  • Watch out for curries because turmeric will stain anything
  • If you’re careless with coffee, expect some staining to develop.

Other foods can wreck your beard’s health. Ever notice your head hair lacks life and luster when you eat crap and drink booze all the time? There’s a lesson there. Besides, poor diet and general health can even speed up the graying process.

  • Cut down the oily, greasy, deep fried stuff.
  • Cut down the sugary stuff.
  • More fresh whole foods.
  • More plain water.
  • Take supplements - vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

When you feel great, your gray beard looks great.

DO – Watch your stress levels

If you have a high-stress lifestyle, hormonal imbalance will work to reduce color growing in your beard hairs. In other words, stress can accelerate graying.

AVOID SMOKING

Don’t be Yellowbeard. And we don’t mean the pirate. Nicotine is the worst.

If you smoke, your beard will turn gray much faster. Then it will turn yellow. And it will smell. Yuck, man.

DON’T – Mess with toxins

Aside from cigarettes, avoid the vapes, too. The toxins are major color killers. 

Then there’s the facial and beard products you use. Nasty chemicals will strip your gray beard hairs of health, moisture, life and vitality. They’ll become dry, brittle, frizzy and tough to tame.

Then pay attention to your work environment. Heavy dust, smoke, fumes and pollutants will wreak havoc on any beard, let alone a gray one. But all that stuff can totally mess with a gray beard’s shading and dimensions.

It’s pretty simple, really. Look after yourself, look after your gray beard, and you’ll be hot to trot. What’s most important is to have a healthy beard. Some of the greatest beards ever known in this world have been gray. Yours could become one of those! Provided you work with nature, not against it.

So put aside your fears about aging and be the sly silver fox who is the envy of all the young wannabes!