Beard bleaching – Riscs and Method

Beard bleaching

Yeah, I admit: the picture of this blogpost is shopped. I just created it because I wanted to get an idea of how I might look with a white beard before I do a beard bleaching. I think it looks kinda cool, maybe I let it become reality one day when I’m getting grey LOL. 

In any case, I did some researches about beard bleaching for you. Whether you are looking to bleach your beard for a one-off event, say as a Christmas treat, or as a way to change your look, then there are a few things you should be aware of.

Here’s a quick rundown of the best way to bleach your beard, some risks to be aware of and a product you could try.

Method of beard bleaching 

Depending on the product that you use (see tip below) the instructions may vary a little but this give you a general idea of the process.

But before we dive in, an important disclaimer: the following method is just an example and completely done on your own risc! If you’re not 100% sure what you’re doing, let a barber do the bleach. 

Ok. Here’s the method:

  • Apply petroleum jelly to the skin next to your beard – this will help to protect it from the bleach.
  • Wear the gloves provided before you open the bleach container.
  • Mix the bleach and the developer to the product instructions until it is a smooth paste that coats the brush well.
  • Apply a single coat to the whole of your beard.
  • Leave it on for the minimum time indicated then begin checking the color in a mirror until you reach your desired color. Do not exceed the maximum time indicated. Remember you can give it another go another day to get a more intense effect if needed.
  • Rinse your beard until the water runs clear.
  • Apply the provided toner.
  • Rinse your beard once more.
  • Apply some beard oil.
  • Consider using a beard conditioner as your beard may have a much rougher texture than before you bleached it.


Bleaching facial hair is trickier than bleaching the hair on your scalp. This is because the skin on your face is far more sensitive. If you were to use the same sort of bleach as for your head, then you would likely end up with red raw skin at best and at worst you could end up with blisters all over your face, not a great look and very painful to boot.
Sore eyes are another risk as bleaches are often quite pungent. These pesky fumes can make your eyes water, or cause them to become irritated and red.

There is a small chance that once you bleach your beard some of the effect may be permanent. This is only likely to occur if you regularly bleach your beard, so you are safe to give it a go and see if you like the look. Just be aware that if you keep it up you may not be able to go back to your original color.

You should also check the products of any product that you choose to use as they do contain some known allergens. If you are prone to allergic reaction then its best to use the small patch test. Apply a small amount of the product to a small section of skin and wait to see if you have a reaction. If there’s no sign of pain or redness after a couple of days then you know that you are safe to dive in and get the whole of your beard bleached.


Manic Panic Flash Lightning 30 Volume Bleach Kit Lightener – This is a product designed to bleach your beard prior to using the brands vegan semi-permanent hair color.

What about you? If you have bleached your beard on your own, let us know about your experiences in the comments section!


Beard addicted, graphic designer, project manager, teacher, cat lover, coffee drinker, iphoneographer and photographer, instagramer, blogger, world traveller, eater, cook and a happy bear. Born in Germany, living in Switzerland. I hope to share my passion for beards with the help of this blog with you. Enjoy :)

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