Changing the color of pubic hair is fast becoming a trend. Whether it is to match your pubic hair color with your beard or head hair colour, or even to cover up some grey hairs, you can spice up your life by changing the color of your pubic hair.
Having grey hair is part of aging and it will happen to all of us at some point in our lives. If your pubic hair is turning grey, you shouldn’t fret; nature is only taking its natural course. Or maybe you dyed your hair blond, and you would also like your beard and pubic hair to be blond. Don’t be afraid to try new things.
Wondering if you can use beard dye on your pubic hair?
The simple answer is yes! You can use a beard dye on your pubic hair as long as you protect the skin underneath and the dye doesn’t contain harsh chemicals. If you want to do this, ensure you choose the right products.
Besides choosing the right products, there are other things you need to know before coloring your pubic hair. Find out all about those things in the following section.
Causes of Greying Pubic Hair
If the color of your pubic hair is changing, some factors may cause it, and this is what we will be discussing in this section.
Our genes play a role in almost everything about us, and the color of our pubic hair isn’t left out. If you have a family member with grey hair at an early age, you will likely experience the same.
The color of your pubic hair may not change at the same rate or time as that of the hair on your head. It may start changing color much later.
If you have a poor diet, then there is a chance that it is making your pubic hair change color. Inadequate Vitamin B12 and protein can speed up the hair’s greying process on your head and “down there”.
If you are a vegetarian, getting enough Vitamin B12 can be a little bit tricky. This particular nutrient is mostly found in poultry and meat, so you can understand how hard this can be to get. Fortified foods and supplements can be taken daily to add Vitamin B12 to your diet.
Foods that contain proteins are pork, beef, lamb, turkey, duck, yogurt, milk, cheese, tofu, and beans.
Your pubic hair experiences the same effects as the hair on your head. There is melanin in your hair follicles. Melanin is the pigment that gives skin and hair its color. Your body will produce less melanin as you age, and this will make your hair start turning white or grey.
According to studies, there is a link between stress and the discoloration of your hair. A study found that long-term stress can affect one’s DNA, and these can tweak our genes to give our hair another color.
If you are stressed, there are many things you can do to de-stress. First, you need to find out the root cause and work on it. Then there are some mindfulness techniques you can use to unwind and improve your mood.
Smoking is bad for your body, and this can directly speed up your hair’s greying process. According to a study by the University of Jordan, it was revealed that smokers are 2.5 times more likely to have grey hair earlier than people who don’t smoke.
Can I Dye My Beard at Home?
Coloring your pubic hair isn’t recommended by health care professionals, and many prefer to have an aesthetician do it for them. However, many people are doing it at home with good results. If done incorrectly, infections and skin irritation may occur, so it is very important to follow safety tips to prevent any of these problems from happening.
To find out if it suits your skin down there, you can apply a little beard dye to a specific area to test for sensitivity. Use a dye that is free of paraben and ammonia.
To get started, the things you need are:
- Dye applicator brush
- Hair color product that is free from paraben and ammonia
- Petroleum jelly
- Cotton balls
- Moisturizing shampoo
You will need to select a hair color. You may want to match your pubic hair’s natural color or you may select any color of your choice. You can get dyes at hair and beauty supply stores, and sometimes, you can get them at drugstores.
The hair color kit should come with instructions on how to use it. Don’t forget to do a skin patch test (the kit should also have instructions for it). You may think you don’t need to do the skin patch test because you’ve been coloring your beard at a professional salon or at home, but it is very important you take the test to find out if you have any potential allergic reactions to the dye.
Once you do the test and see that there wasn’t a reaction, you are ready to start.
Coloring Your Pubic Hair
The process of coloring your pubic hair isn’t complicated. However, it is not the same process as coloring your head hair, eyelashes, or eyebrows. A well-experienced and licensed cosmetologist should be consulted before such areas can be colored.
Now it is time to color your pubic hair…
- Protect your sensitive parts: Apply a small amount of petroleum jelly to your scrotum and penis. These are sensitive areas that should be covered to prevent skin irritation. Ensure you don’t apply the petroleum jelly to the hair you intend to color.
- Put on gloves: There should be gloves that come with the hair color kit. Put them on and carefully read the instructions that come with the package too.
- Mix your dye: Following the directions on the product leaflet, mix the hair color. Add the same amount of moisturizing shampoo to it. This process will make it less irritating to your skin since it has been diluted. Make sure you stir until the dye and shampoo are well mixed and blended.
- It’s time to apply: Apply the dye to your pubic hair gently with the brush applicator that comes with the kit. A paintbrush will do a perfect job if an applicator brush wasn’t included in the kit.
Ensure you don’t rub the dye into the skin and that it doesn’t enter any of your sensitive areas where you applied the petroleum jelly.
The directions on the instruction leaflet should say how long the dye should sit on your hair. Usually, it shouldn’t exceed 30 minutes. You don’t need to wait that long if you experience any irritation or burning. Wash the hair dye off immediately if you notice any of these signs.
You can repeat this process after a week if you didn’t achieve the color shade you want with the first try. Ensure you don’t have an infection or skin irritation before you repeat the process, and during the second attempt, let the hair color sit in for an extra 10 minutes before washing it out.
Washing it Off
Use warm water to wash the dye out. After washing with warm water, you can then use a body wash to clean the entire area and remove any residue and excess petroleum jelly. You can also use astringent such as witch hazel and to remove any excess hair color on your skin.
Are There Any Side Effects From Coloring My Pubic Hair?
Generally, hair coloring has no life-threatening side effects, but there are still some effects to watch out for.
Here are the side effects of hair coloring:
- Irritation: This is a common side effect among people using dyes for their pubic hair. Dermatologists have warned that people should immediately abstain from using dye when they notice any irritation. Symptoms that come with irritation are flaky skin, burning sensation, itchiness, redness, and discomfort.
- Allergic reactions: If you color your pubic hair to enjoy the look or experiment with it, you may be at risk of having severe allergic reactions. Paraphenylenediamine and paraphenylenediamine are common allergens found in hair dye, and these could lead to allergic reactions.
- Fertility issues: Lead acetate is an ingredient found in many permanent hair dyes. Studies have shown a connection between the chemical and fertility issues in both men and women.
Also, pregnant women are advised not to use hair dyes because there might be impacts to their unborn child due to the chemicals in hair dyes.
If you plan to color your pubic hair, here are some safety tips to help you.
- Ensure you cover your penis and scrotum with petroleum jelly before applying the hair dye. It will provide protection for those sensitive parts.
- It is very likely for the hair pigment to require two applications before getting your preferred color.
- Try shaving or trimming your pubic hair a few days after coloring it rather than before coloring it.
There is a recent trend in using dye to color pubic hair, either to cover grey, or to match a hair or beard dye. Coloring your pubic hair is easy and very similar to how you color your beard. If you already color your beard, you will find it a similar process.
If you want to dye your beard stubble but don’t want to use a professional, you can do it yourself. Follow our step by step process here.
When coloring your pubic hair, the most difficult part is really seeing and accessing the parts you are trying to color. Always do a patch test before applying a dye to the entire area. This is essential to ensure you are not allergic to the product. After all, the skin “down there” is very delicate.
Always follow the product instructions and most importantly, always cover up your genitals with petroleum jelly to avoid dying them and irritating the skin.