My fellow reader, did you find your first gray hair in your beard? Yes? Good. Resist the urge to pull it out. First, it’s going to hurt like hell. Second, if everything our granmas told us were true, three new gray hairs would grow immediately, like Hydra’s heads. At least use electric razors while you cut them.
But most important is, you will have a unique opportunity to grow a salt and pepper beard. It has nothing to do with your culinary skills, tho. But one thing at a time.
Use your imagination now. Or actual spices, if your imagination abilities are not quite your strong side. Imagine a plate with salt and pepper mixture. Or mix them yourself. You won’t go bankrupt.
You will get a beautiful mixture of black and white, accompanied by some gray nuances. That, my friend, is how a salt and pepper beard looks like. That’s your black beard, enriched with some gray hairs.
Gray facial hair is nothing you should be ashamed of. It is a natural process. It also adds a large amount of mature sex appeal to your face. Salt and pepper beard style for the elegant look is for men who don’t fear getting old but embrace the maturity that comes with years.
So, the best time to try it is in your thirties. Wearing a salt and pepper beard means you mean serious, but you haven’t forgotten how to have fun. Imagine Peter Pan in a corporate suit. Or take Jim Carrey as an example.
We can rant about how salt and pepper beards are sexy AF, and they are, but people want proof. How to measure the raw sex appeal? By using the People’s magazine edition – “Sexiest Man Alive” – of course.
Let’s look at some honks who won the prestige SMA title and wear (wore) salt and pepper beard:
It is a nice-looking bunch of alpha males. Right? And you are just a few silver hairs far from joining the club.
Not every salt and pepper beard is born equal. Here is the most simplistic beard division by the mixture of colors:
Every man will get gray hair. Some just earlier than others. Dyeing your beard in gray doesn’t make any sense.
It goes for any type of beard. A healthy diet, hygiene, and beard cosmetics will give you the best results. Premium beard balm should also find its place in your cabinet.
Opposite to urban myth, you won’t grow three more. If only it were that easy. Most likely, besides a sudden spike of pain, you can damage your skin and get some pimples later, as a bonus.
Not everyone has the identical shape of the face, or fashion style, for that matter. Your barber will give you the best advice when it comes to the styling of your soon-to-be salt and pepper beard.
With every new gray hair, you will be one step closer to wizard cosplay. And as it gets even whiter, choose #TeamGandalf or #TeamSauron
The best time to use it was yesterday. The second best is right now.
After all, a good beard set costs much less than a dinner and a movie. And you won’t be getting any dinner or movie if your beard is not neat.
Salt and pepper hair is not taboo but a trend in men’s fashion.
Even if you know a thing or two about beard trimming, you will need some advice at the start. It stretches from choosing the world’s best beard shampoo to some style tips.
We have prepared a quick guide on that, too. You can find it further in the article.
Wax and sprays are more for putting out the fire than actual help.
It depends on many things, from your natural beard color to the amount of gray in your beard.
Leave it overnight to check if you have an allergic reaction to the dye. It’s not that rare.
And we mean it. Wash all the debris, remove all the shampoo and dry the hair. Protect the skin around the beard with baby oil.
If you don’t have one, a new toothbrush will serve the same purpose.
Most of the famous beard dyes take around 20 minutes for you to see the results. More if your beard is thicker and darker.
If you covered all the silver hair, wait a few minutes more. Then, carefully wash out the excess dye from your beard. Use a towel to end the process. It will end up with some color stains.
A safe bet for almost all face shapes. Short boxed salt and pepper beard only need to be neatly trimmed to look astonishing. A short boxed beard is usually the first beard shape anyone tries.
Oh-la-la. The French beard will visually enhance your chin. That’s why it is popular among slim men with smaller jawlines. French beard demands a little more work, but the result is worth it.
A full beard will give you the total color mixture effect. If you shave your head, it will put the beard on the frontline and give you the style of a metal bend drummer. Somewhat similar to the lumberjack beard style.
Or how to mature with style. It has class, and it has shape. And Tom Hanks is the best model. A medium beard with a mustache demands often trimming. Otherwise, it will transform into Tom’s beard from Cast Away. You DO NOT want that.
Short salt and pepper beard are almost exclusively famous among younger men. Great if you aspire to that music producer look or have a TikTok account. Looks astounding when natural. With dye, not so much.
You can look at this as a variation of the French beard. Imagine a French beard, but the lower part goes to your neck. It puts your jaw in the focus and corrects the first traces of a double chin.
George Clooney beard. The best way to describe it. It looks like a week-old beard, but not messy. Just spikey and raw and irresistible. Most popular salt and pepper beard among most men.
Bushy, wild, and messy beard. But the chin areas are neatly trimmed, so the owner has proof he takes care of its beard. Surprisingly popular among IT guys. For taming it, the affordable solution could be a beard comb, some quality beard oil, and an everyday combing that lasts 10 minutes.
You need to have some luck on the genetic lottery for this one. Full-fledged, yet curly. Ruffed, yet perfectly trimmed. Not everyone can pull this one.
Perhaps the dankest expression in beardology. Yeard is a beard that is at least one year old. Of course, it is neatly taken care of. Otherwise, it would turn into a Kraken and start devouring the neighbors and innocent bystanders. If you ever wanted to look like a nordic sailor, now you have the chance.
Very easy achieved with a full beard and a hair trimmer. But other types of beards can also look great in this combination. Just make sure you picked the right shape.
With a long beard, you can play a little bit. For instance, dye the edges or the half of it. Skinny guys look amazing with the long beard. Chubby ones look like American wrestlers.
It is a neverending facial hair stream that connects your hair, mustache, beard, and sideburns. Suppose you run out of luck, your eyebrows too. Evenflow looks svelte on men whose facial hair is becoming gray step by step. It gives you a chance to demonstrate all fifty shades of gray.
Some time ago, only lumberjacks wore these beards. Now you can’t distinguish hillbilly from CEO or a neurosurgeon. Nevertheless, it is one of the most alpha beards. It goes well with a round face and even more with a round body shape.
Yeard, but precisely trimmed yeard. Looks even better as you grow older. Especially when the edges are silver, but the roots still have some of the original colors. Imagine Karl Marx, but with a Youtube channel and a personal barber.
Perfect for everything. From the everyday look to business meetings or tea at five with the British queen. Easy to pair with current fashion, easy to keep looking great. A safe bet.
A tricky one that is not easy to master. Thin lines, and it needs to be perfectly trimmed. Will highlight your jaw in an instant. One step further from having no beard.
So what if your beard grows uneven? Who cares? Wear it with pride, my friend. Just take your trimmer and try to achieve some form of symmetry. Or don’t. Your beard, your choice.
And let’s get back to the genetic lottery. Full beard, but enriched with wavy, fluffy hair. You don’t have a beard, but a masterpiece. People want to take pictures with you. Just don’t let it tangle, and you will rule the world of beards.
We would say, American poet from the 90s. Right? Well-groomed mustache pairs surprisingly well with a gray beard if you are lucky to achieve this symbiosis. Try it if your beard goes gray first. Not the other way around. It will look unusual. Not in a good way.
Combine all the styles listed above, and you will get something like a hipster beard. Messy, but carefully taken care of. Raw, but sophisticated. It can be a yeard but doesn’t have to be.
The term was adopted to describe people whose hair started going gray. It looked like someone sprinkled salt on a pile of pepper. In some cases, the term was almost insulting. But luckily, men around the world embraced the trend and now proudly wear their silver.
No, and no. To wear the salt and pepper beard, you need to be a man in every sense of the word. You need to have style, self-confidence, a strong personality, and maturity. That comes with a certain age. Salt and pepper beard is for men in their prime, not teenagers.
You can visit your favorite barber. Discuss sport and politics while he dyes your hair with some fine silver dye. Or you can be patient and wait for nature to take its course.
Although gray hair is usually a mark of the mature years for men, there is nothing wrong with that fact. Men are in their prime when they reach ripe age, not when they are 15.
Proudly embrace your salt and pepper beard, as it’s attractive and a sign of a true man—a man with some life experience.
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