Why Is My Beard Hair Turning White?

Why Is My Beard Hair Turning White?

noviembre 20, 2020

Why Is My Beard Hair Turning White?

You may notice that your beard hair is quite different from the hair on your head. Beard hair and other hair on the body is an androgenic hair type. Androgenic hair is dependent on hormones. The testosterone hormone supports beard hair growth!

Why is Beard Hair Different to Other Hair?

Androgenic hair does not only differ by growth and is unique to hair found elsewhere on the body. Facial hair tends to be thick and wiry. The reason for this is due to the follicle shapes. Testosterone affects the follicles on the face as they're much more sensitive to those on your scalp. The combined sensitivity twists the follicles and kinks the hair. 

Not only varied in texture, but beards can also grow in a different colour to that on your head. It's not unusual for men to find red or blonde hairs in their beards but have brunette hair on their heads. This colour difference can remain true when hair begins to grey. A man can find that his head hair remains dark yet he grows a full grey or white beard. 

Why Does Beard Hair Turn White?

When hair turns white, it is due to melanin depletion. Over time, you produce less and less melanin, obviously leading to grey, white, or silver hair. 

As beard hair grows much faster than the hair on your head, you'll likely notice graying in beards first. Melanin depletion can speed up depending upon several factors. 


Genetics is one of the most influential factors, influencing the depletion of melanin. 

The rate at which a man produces grey hair is a hereditary feature, meaning it's linked to genetics. Looking at the beards of family members, you can see when you will likely begin to grey. 

Your genes not only dictate the stage at which graying begins but also determine other factors. The intensity, progress, and shade of gray are affected by your genetics.

A build-up of hydrogen peroxide

A recent study linked the levels of hydrogen peroxide. Hair follicles all produce hydrogen peroxide, but that can build up over-time. The study discovered that build-up can block the natural pigment in the hair, resulting in greying.

Normally, you produce an enzyme that breaks down the hydrogen peroxide to water and oxygen. The enzyme ensures that the hydrogen peroxide levels remain balanced.   

As you grow older, you produce fewer enzymes, leading to the build-up of hydrogen peroxide. 


Some studies indicate that stress can be the causation of greying. However, not all scientists support this connection.

Stress will not likely cause your hair to turn white. However, anxiety and other stress-related factors can affect your hair. Anxiety can lead to hair loss, and regrowth tends to have less pigmentation. As a result, prolonged stress and anxiety can lead to hair turning white.


Previous studies have established a relationship between premature greying. A study in 2013 discovered people who smoke are two and half times more likely to develop premature hair graying than non-smokers. 

How To Prevent Beard Hair From Turning White?

As the most influential factor for gray hair is genetics, it is hard to prevent it. However, you can work to slow it down. Positive lifestyle choices and activities can help improve your health and aging. 

Healthy living, like diet and exercise, can counteract premature greying. 

Using natural products and eating the right foods can directly impact the health of your hair. Eating foods that include Omega 3's strengthens the follicles. Beard care is crucial for a healthy beard, but it is important to apply products that only include natural ingredients.

Tough Ombre's grooming products help you to maintain a clean, nourished, and healthy beard. Products like the Barbarian Beard Conditioner ensure that the products you're putting on your skin will condition and moisturize your hair and skin. Products like this keep skin young and healthy, preventing premature aging.

Style Options for White Beard Hair 

While white hair can be unwanted by some, we believe white beards can be effortlessly cool if cared for correctly.

Committing to a beard care routine can take your white beard from questionable to sophisticated. 

Several classic styles particularly suit white beards, with many bearded icons rocking those looks.

Long Goatee

The goatee is a classic beard shape. Represented as a partial beard with a combined mustache, and the sideburns shaved. 

The Long Goatee is a lengthened version of the classic that is favored by many. 

The defined shape is a great beard for those with white facial hair. The stylized shape creates a clear definition and sense of character. Actor Jeff Bridges is often seen with a long goatee. Sometimes known as an Old West Goatee it helps to maintain an effortlessly cool and laid back look.

Van Dyke Beard

The Van Dyke style is named after the 17th-century Flemish painter Anthony van Dyck. Initially popular in the 17th century, the beard reflects that era of prestige and splendor.

A very creative style, the Van Dyke requires precision grooming, leaving the cheeks smooth. With such detail to the beard, it provides a great contrast when styled by men with white beards. 

Pierce Brosnan is a perfect example of a white Van Dyke beard. The elegant styling reflects the former bond's character, exuding elegance. To style the mustache like Brosnan you can use Tough Hombres Beard's Magnus Premium Beard Balm. Apply the beard oil to the mustache and artfully curl the ends.

The Hemmingway

The Hemmingway beard is named after the writer that wore the beard so well. Ernest Hemmingway is well-known for his full white beard. The distinctive feature of the beard is the shape. Trimmed to an even-length, the styling of this beard is simplistic yet effective. Forgetting to maintain the beard can lead to a messy and unruly shape, so upkeep is crucial. 

This beard is perfect for men that want to confidently show off their white facial hair. With such an infamous origin, this beard is a symbol of maturity, wisdom, and worldliness.