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Why does the beard turn red?

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Why is my beard turning red when I'm brown? It is true that men who grow their beards, for several weeks or several months, find that certain hairs of their beards turn red. This is not the case, for the most part, of men who wear 3-day beards, the hair not being long enough. Moreover, we discover the red beard by letting the beard grow.


So having a red beard can be a deep embarrassment, especially if the man in question is very dark. The red side of the beard is thus accentuated and visually, the difference in color between the hair and the beard is obvious. Some men find it very ugly, others on the contrary like this difference and will play on it, letting the beard grow even more. After all, having a red beard is also a way to show off your personality!

But why does the beard turn red in some dark-haired men? Below is the explanation.

The MC1R gene responsible for red beard

If some dark-haired men have red beards when they grow, it's simply genetic. It is therefore not the result of chance, it is useless to shave your beard by telling you that by pushing back, it will resume its normal color. It would be a shame, especially since it will grow back exactly the same color!

This red color of your beard hair comes from the MC1R gene found on chromosome 16. This MC1R gene acts directly on melanin, responsible for the color of our skin, our hair, our body hair, our iris . Melanin is itself made up of two subgroups:

  • eumelanin, which gives dark colors, black, brown.

  • pheomelanin, which gives colors ranging from red to lighter.


Thus, people with black or brown hair therefore have more eumelanin than blond or red haired people who have more pheomelanin. Normally, either a person has more eumelanin, or they have more pheomelanin, which gives them homogeneity in the color of their hair and hair.


So, if you have  brown hair and a red beard, there's a ball in the pie! I'm kidding of course! If your beard is red, it is because it contains more pheomelanin than your hair. And the MC1R gene is precisely responsible for promoting pheomelanin.

If both of your parents passed on the MC1R gene to you, then you will be completely ginger, with fair skin. If, on the other hand, only one of your parents passed on the MC1R gene to you, then it is possible that the red color only intervenes at one level, including the beard.

What to do when you have a red beard?

Well, if you have a red beard, the choices are limited:

  • either you accept this red beard, which I will advise you because it gives you a certain personality,

  • either you do a beard dye , but it is a care for the beard that you will have to do frequently, the hairs grow quickly. And in addition, it is not said that you fall perfectly on a dye that matches the color of your hair, so the problem would be the same in the end.

  • trim your beard shorter and thus no longer have this red effect which is generally present at the ends of your beard.

In any case, it would be a shame to shave your red beard, you are lucky to have a beautiful beard, full, without holes. Believe me, many men envy you for having such a beard! And don't forget that a beard is a sign of virility and enhanced sexuality.

It is also advisable not to expose yourself to the sun, which tends to scorch the beard. If you ever expose yourself to the sun, don't forget to put sunscreen on your skin and on your beard! And yes.

How to maintain a red beard?

If you have a red beard, in order for it to be as beautiful as possible, as shiny as possible (this is important for a red beard), it is important to maintain it well. Here are my tips. This will be all the more important if you are a pogonophile , or a fan of your beard.

Wash your red beard

The first care to do on your red beard is to wash it. And this care is really to do if you have a long beard , like a hipster beard . Because you should know that by washing your red beard, you will also wash the skin under the beard, and this is important for its well-being, and the quality of the hair!

So of course, washing your red beard is essential if you play sports and you've sweated, or if you've been outdoors: dust and pollution can become embedded in your beard. But you must also wash your red beard to clean it of the bacteria that may be there: haven't you run your hands through your red beard several times during the day?

To wash your red beard, you have different solutions:

  • use a beard shampoo ,

  • use a shaving soap ,

  • in any case, do not use your shower gel or your hair shampoo, the hair of the beard is not made up in the same way as the hair.

Be careful, unless you have done sports, it is not necessary to wash your red beard every day, it will depend on your skin type:

  • if you have oily skin, then wash your red beard two to three times a week. This to clean excess sebum

  • if you have dry skin, wash your beard thoroughly once a week.

Of course, you can pass it with clear water, especially when you are in the shower.

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Refreshing beard and face wash with coconut water, argan oil and avocado oil. Menthol leaves the skin feeling refreshed and pleasant.

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3-in-1 cleansing gel inspired by the know-how of barbers for cleaning your beard, your face and your hair in a single gesture.

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Specially formulated to cleanse the beard, soften it, refresh it and condition it. Helps eliminate the feeling of irritation by nourishing beard hair.

Hydrate your red beard


Contrary to what one might think, moisturizing your red beard isn't just for men with long red beards. No, if you have a short beard , such as a stubble , then you are also concerned with moisturizing your beard. The benefits of moisturizing the red beard are as follows:

  • moisturize the skin under the beard, which will have an impact on the growth of your beard. You will thus grow the beard naturally more effectively.

  • have a more beautiful, brighter, stronger skin too. You will eliminate the risk of having ingrown hairs.

  • you will have less itchy beard , and you will avoid shaving to deal with it.


To moisturize your red beard , you will need to use beard oil . Do not hesitate to take a beard oil with essential oils to perfume your beard.

A mask on your red beard


In addition to the application of a beard oil, I also advise you to do a beard mask once a week, whatever the length of your beard, short or long.

The beard mask will indeed have several advantages:

  • it will optimize the hydration of your red hair

  • if you have dry or very dry skin, it will prevent the appearance of beard dandruff in your red beard, which will give the feeling of having a dirty beard .

  • Finally, if you have a dry beard , this is the best way to deeply hydrate it and regain a radiant red beard.

To make a mask of your beard, it's easy:

  • all you need is the beard oil you use every day. If you don't have any (it's not good!), you can take vegetable oil that you have in your kitchen: olive oil, sunflower oil, grape seed oil, walnut oil , etc.

  • apply a generous amount of this beard oil to your red beard, the hairs of which must be damp.

  • lay a hot towel over your beard. The heat will open the scales of your red beard hair.

  • leave for 10 to 20 minutes and then rinse with shampoo.


Erase your red beard

Finally, the last care to do on your red beard is the beard scrub ! Yes, a scrub for your beard, just like you can scrub your face. Erasing your red beard will have several impacts:


  • not only will you thoroughly wash your red beard, in particular by removing all the excess sebum that you may have if you have oily skin. This will also prevent the appearance of beard dandruff.

  • but by applying the beard scrub, the grains will also help activate blood micro-circulation and therefore optimize the work of the hair follicle. Not only will your red beard grow better, but your hair will also be more beautiful, stronger and shinier.

How to style your red beard?

Now that you've taken care of your red beard, it's time to style it. Because styling your red beard also has an impact on the quality of the hair and its appearance. Here are my tips.

The beard brush for your red beard


No matter how long your beard is, feel free to brush the beard. Brushing the beard, in addition to disciplining beard hair and having a beautiful beard, will also have an impact on the quality of the hair. Indeed, while you brush the beard, you also brush the skin under the beard, and, like a beard scrub, it will promote blood micro-circulation and optimize the work of the hair follicle.

Do not hesitate to brush your red beard morning and evening. You will also remove all dust, even beard dandruff, which may be there.

To do this, use a beard brush .

The beard balm for your red beard


Finally, if you have a long red beard (this is not going to be relevant for short beards), I advise you to regularly apply a beard balm . This treatment will have the effect

  • to discipline the hairs of your red beard to style it more easily. The beard balm will thus act as a wax for the hair

  • moisturize your beard hair: beard balms generally contain vegetable oil or vegetable butter, which have a moisturizing power.

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