Dye Facial Hair

Completed: #16. Dye Facial Hair 

I was not fortunate enough to be born with a lot of facial hair. Ever since I was a wee lad, I’ve wanted it. I thought that one day I would be able to grow something, but as life would have it, it has not been the case. Add my baldness to the mix and I can’t transform my look in any extreme way. I can grow a little something under my chin, but it’s not a significant transformation like those with beards.

But I can dye my hair…

I went to a beauty supply store and checked out all the different colors.  Every employee of the store couldn’t stop laughing at the idea of me coloring my beard.  I didn’t care, I was determined to make this happen. 

When I got home and applied the bleach, I was scared. I didn’t want to permanently ruin the little amount of hair I have on my face. I put the bleach on my hair and waited for 30 minutes. At the end of the 30 minutes, nothing. What the hell?  I then realized I had to bleach the dye with peroxide. Sooo, I did and waited for another 30 minutes. After the first application, my hair was reddish/brown. It kinda matched my skin color.  I wasn’t too happy with that, but I left it for a day and applied the bleach/peroxide a few more times to attempt lighten it further (side note: my chin was on fire!). 


Keep in mind that my big plan was to strip out the color, then dye it grey. So after I bleached it to a blonde, I applied the grey dye. I waited another 30 minutes, washed it out, and no grey took to my hair, so blonde I was.

Here I am with my dad and his luxurious [and real] grey goatee
 That is, until I cut it off.

It wasn’t great, nor did turn out how I wanted it to, but I thought it was pretty cool and learned about the science of hair dye in the process.  Maybe when my shaved goatee grows back in a few decades, I’ll do it again.

– Kris



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