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The 10 Best Beard Dyes for Men in 2023, Tested by Grooming Editors

Best Overall Beard Dye

Hair Dye for Men

Hair Dye for Men

Best Overall Beard Dye

Hair Dye for Men

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Pros
  • Foam formula is easiest to apply
  • Designed for head, beard and body hair
  • Minimal dripping

Beard dyes are designed to be thinner for a reason, but that also means they tend to drip or run easily. True Sons solved that problem by putting their dye in a foam, which makes applying it more like shaving cream than a goopy, drippy mess. It’s perfect for quick, easy beard dyeing (which is why we gave it a Men’s Health Grooming Award), but you can also use it on your head and other areas like your chest.

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Best Drugstore Beard Dye

Just For Men Mustache & Beard

Mustache & Beard

Best Drugstore Beard Dye

Just For Men Mustache & Beard

Pros
  • Easy to find
  • No mixing
  • Applicator brush is easy to use
Cons
  • Limited color options

Just For Men is a classic for a reason—it just plain works. Choose from a wide variety of colors to closely match your hair color (pro tip: this one is formulated specifically for covering grey, so if you’re looking for a more drastic change, this isn’t for you). The easy-to-use mix goes to work in just five minutes—use it a second time for deeper color—and the applicator brush makes detail work on your mustache or patchy areas a breeze.

Best Custom Beard Dye

Cleverman Customized Beard Dye For Men

Customized Beard Dye For Men

Best Custom Beard Dye

Cleverman Customized Beard Dye For Men

Pros
  • Customized for the results you want
  • Easy to understand instructions
  • All-inclusive kit

The first step in the best beard dye job is knowing what color is best for you, but choosing it just from a picture on the box might take a little trial and error. Each Cleverman kit, on the other hand, is custom mixed just for your hair and the results you’re hoping for. Take a quiz online and a colorist will create your mix. In a few days, your personal kit (and extensive instructions) arrive at your door.

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Best Subscription Beard Dye

Colorsmith Custom Hair Color

Custom Hair Color

Best Subscription Beard Dye

Colorsmith Custom Hair Color

Pros
  • Customized for the results you want
  • Subscription option makes reordering easy
  • Easy to understand instructions

This customized dye kit is like getting a professional color job without hightailing it to a hair salon (and spending hours in the colorist’s chair). Professional colorists mix up your unique dye based on how you answer the online questionnaire. Best of all, you can set up automatic shipments so you never run out (and your greys never have the chance to show up again).

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Best Gray Coverage Beard Dye

MR

MR

Best Gray Coverage Beard Dye

MR

Pros
  • Quiz to help color match
  • Specifically designed to cover grays
  • Good customer service for troubleshooting
Cons
  • Kit isn’t as inclusive as some others
  • Must mix yourself

If you don’t want to go to the custom route but are still unsure about what color is best for you, Madison Reed MR offers not only a color-matching quiz but also a video consultation with a professional colorist to answer your questions. Once you get your color, it’s easy to apply, and the subscription option makes remembering to refill your dye a moot point.

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Best Beard Dye Wash

Just For Men Control GX Grey Reducing Beard Wash

Control GX Grey Reducing Beard Wash

Best Beard Dye Wash

Just For Men Control GX Grey Reducing Beard Wash

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Pros
  • Easy to apply, in-shower formula
  • Gradually deposits color for a natural look
Cons
  • Results are not immediate
  • Best for long beards

If you have a beard, you probably use a beard wash, right? (If you don’t, it’s probably time to get a beard wash.) This innovative beard wash, which is made for covering greys, requires nothing more than what you’re (hopefully) already doing. The wash gradually deposits color each time you use it, so after a few uses greys disappear. It’s ideal for anyone who wants to reduce greys but is pressed for time, or for guys who want a more gradual, subtle change.

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Best Natural Beard Dye

Hair & Beard Dye

Hair & Beard Dye

Best Natural Beard Dye

Hair & Beard Dye

Pros
  • Good for sensitive skin
  • Natural ingredients
Cons
  • Limited color range
  • Can be messy

The skin on your face is already more sensitive than your scalp, but guys with sensitive skin might find traditional hair dyes irritating. This natural beard dye uses henna, instead of the usual chemicals, to subtly dye hair and camouflage greys without irritation. While it’s mostly suited to brown and red hair colors, it’s a solid option if you’re worried about skin reactions.

Best Beard Dye for Black Men

Softsheen-Carson Dark & Natural Hair Dye For Men

Dark & Natural Hair Dye For Men

Best Beard Dye for Black Men

Softsheen-Carson Dark & Natural Hair Dye For Men

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Pros
  • Specifically designed for textured hair and beards
  • Powerful gray coverage
  • Quick application process
Cons
  • Limited color range
  • Must mix yourself

Specifically designed for men of color with dark hair and coarser hair textures, this powerful dye covers greys with ease. Even though it’s powerful stuff, it’s easy to use (just shampoo it out after it sits for five minutes) and won’t stain your skin (which is a bigger risk whenever you use very dark dye). One application will last you six weeks before a touchup is needed.

Best Beard Dye for Touchups

Volt Grooming Instant Beard Color

Instant Beard Color

Best Beard Dye for Touchups

Volt Grooming Instant Beard Color

Pros
  • Instant gray coverage
  • No messy dye
  • Portable
Cons
  • Not permanent
  • May rub off on clothes

Sometimes you just don’t want to go through the whole rigmarole of actually dyeing your beard, we totally get it. Volt’s instant hair color is temporary but brushes on easily and can cover everything from sparse greys to patchiness in a flash. It’s perfect for special events or when you know you’ll get photographed without the commitment of a permanent dye job.

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Best No Mix Beard Dye

No Mix No Mess Hair and Beard Color

No Mix No Mess Hair and Beard Color

Best No Mix Beard Dye

No Mix No Mess Hair and Beard Color

Pros
  • No mixing required
  • Applicator brush is attached to the bottle
  • Minimal dripping
Cons
  • May irritate sensitive skin

The thing about coloring your hair at home is that it can get messy —most kits ask you to mix the color and developer yourself. Cremo’s beard color, on the other hand, comes out of the tube already mixed and ready to apply with the innovative brush applicator built right on the tube. The process is lightning fast, but the color lasts about six weeks.

How to Dye Your Beard at Home

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Just because you’ve decided to dye your beard doesn’t mean you should run out and grab any old box of hair dye. The cardinal rule of home beard dyeing is to always use dye that is specifically designed for your beard. There are a few reasons for this. First, the skin on your face is more sensitive than the skin on your scalp. Box dyes that are formulated for your head could be too harsh and irritate the facial skin underneath your whiskers. Second, box dyes for your head are very opaque in order to better cover a larger area. Beard dyes, on the other hand, are thinner and semi-permanent, which means they can camouflage greys without turning your beard one uniform color (which ends up looking fake). But facial hair also tends to be more coarse than the hair on your head, which is why beard dyes are powerful enough to penetrate that hair, but completely wreck it.

The good news is that home beard dyes are generally designed to be easy to use. Some come pre-mixed, while others require you to mix yourself (and some, for the commitment-phobic, are temporary). Whichever you choose, the most important thing you can do is follow the directions exactly. Leave it on for the amount of time the package says and no more (most beard dyes are meant to be “buildable,” which means you can always add more if you want more color). And if you get dye on your skin, remove it with rubbing alcohol followed by soap and water—but wait until after you’ve washed out the dye, of course. And if you’re still nervous about taking matters into your own hands, you can always make an appointment with a professional colorist to get their advice.

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Garrett Munce

Garrett Munce writes about men’s style and grooming. He’s written for Esquire, New York Magazine, Spotlyte, and Very Good Light and held staff positions at GQ and W. Follow his skincare obsession on Instagram at @garrettmunce.

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As Men’s Health’s Deputy Editor, Commerce, Christian Gollayan oversees all shopping content on menshealth.com. He relocated back to New York by way of Portland, where he was the Associate Managing Editor at TheManual.com. Christian’s work has also been featured in InStyle, Food & Wine, the New York Post, and Tatler Asia. 

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