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Old 10-13-2002, 12:55 PM
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Why can't I use Grecian Formula on my beard?

My otherwise youthful appearance is ruined my the grey hairs that are peppered within my beard. I have absolutely no grey in the hair on my head.

The makers of Grecian Formula warn not to use their product on the beard, but they give no reason why not.
Anyone here know why not?


http://www.grecian-formula.com/faq-grecian.html#Q7
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Old 10-13-2002, 01:24 PM
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You're just using the wrong product. As shown on this web page, several other brands either allow for use on beards or offer separate products specifically for beard use, including Grecian 5.

Many years ago I used some of these to dye my beard. Worked fine. Of course, now I am happily natural and distinguished.
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Old 10-13-2002, 01:27 PM
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I suspect they are not permitted to tell you, "Go ahead, use it near your mouth! It won't hurt ya!" Whether it will hurt ya is another story; I suggest you read the label and see what's in it.
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Old 10-13-2002, 01:36 PM
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I've noticed many over the counter beard dying products. You shouldn't have trouble finding one.

Now, if may hijack a bit:

How does one dye their eyebrows?

My hair only has a bit of gray in it currently, but my EYEBROWS have decided to get noticeable white hairs in them, which looks dumb. There are severe warnings on all hair, beard, moustache dying products not to dye your eyebrows because if you get the stuff in your eyes, horrid things happen. I tend to believe it.

Any suggestions?
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Old 10-13-2002, 02:00 PM
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I don't want to dye my beard. I want to replenish the melenin so it changes back itself naturally, which is what Grecian sort of does.

First of all, dye is a damn mess.
Second of all, I have red hair (I'm Red Beard the Pirate) and none of the dyes on the market match my hair color.

I noticed that some of the "generic" Grecian formulas also say not to use on beards. Why? Will my head fall off? What's in this stuff that's so bad?
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Old 10-13-2002, 02:19 PM
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What's in this stuff that's so bad?
Lead acetate.
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Old 10-13-2002, 02:19 PM
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I think one Grecian Formula's competitors (Just for Men, mayhap?) sells a kit with a slightly "pastier" formula and a don't-call-it-a-mascara-brush brush, specifically for use in moustaches and eyebrows. Let me search, I'll see if I can come up with it.
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Old 10-13-2002, 02:24 PM
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Et voila!

Contrary to my remembrance, however, it says nothing about eyebrows - I'd be careful near the ol' peepers, if I were the type to need hair coloring.
::bronx cheer smiley::
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Old 10-13-2002, 02:58 PM
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I'm in kind of the same boat. I'm going gray on my sideburn areas. The hairs there are sort of tough and wiry like facial hair. Anyway, I use Grecian on it, it darkens them, it just takes multiple applications. Oh, and be sure to wash your hands after use, because one of the active ingredients in Grecian is a form of lead.
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Old 10-13-2002, 02:59 PM
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OK, I apologize for the highjack, but I tried two bottles of Grecian and it never changed my hair. Two full bottles. No one noticed a difference, including people who only seem a few times a year. Has anyone else experienced this? Anyone have a conjecture as to why this might have happened.
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Old 10-13-2002, 04:50 PM
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Well I do know that you have to shake the bottle constantly, because the active ingrediant seperates from the rest within a few seconds.
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Old 10-13-2002, 05:35 PM
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Grecian works fine on your beard.
Just For Men, though is cheaper, because you get 3-4 controlled doses from the squeeze tubes they use, and especially since it's on sale usually every other month.
Clairol for Men is OK, but harder to measure, and seems to take a lot longer to reach the color on the box, despite the same "5 minute" directions.

One tip- The color develops as the solution dries in contact with air, so don't put it on too thick or those parts won't get dark. If it's too thick, you can use a hairdryer to speed up the drying - it won't spatter.
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Old 10-13-2002, 07:40 PM
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I've used the 5 minute Beard Stuff by Grecian. It works nicely, but it doesn't really make the gray go to dark brown, it makes the gray to do very brownish gray. Big difference. In a week, it's gone and the skunk stripes I have in two places in the beard are back.

I'll live. Okay, okay, I'm vain.

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Old 10-13-2002, 09:42 PM
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Et voila!

Contrary to my remembrance, however, it says nothing about eyebrows - I'd be careful near the ol' peepers, if I were the type to need hair coloring.
::bronx cheer smiley::
That's one of the products that tells you not to use it on your eyebrows - if you read the directions INSIDE the damn box after you've already bought it, IIRC.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:20 AM
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Because it doesn't work...

Tried Grecian2000 on a very grey beard / moustache for Movember. My hair is mediterranean black. Didn't hurt me but didn't do anything at all. Facial hair is just too thick. There is Grecian5 which is a 2 part dye or "just for men - for beards" which is another 2 part dye. Both work. Process takes 5 minutes and works fine.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:36 AM
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Wow. A ten year old thread where most of the people who originally posted in it are still active.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:59 AM
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OK, I apologize for the highjack, but I tried two bottles of Grecian and it never changed my hair. Two full bottles. No one noticed a difference, including people who only seem a few times a year. Has anyone else experienced this? Anyone have a conjecture as to why this might have happened.
But did you drink it with water?
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:59 AM
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Wow. A ten year old thread where most of the people who originally posted in it are still active.
And probably have grayer beards (or not).
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:01 PM
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A gray zombie thread.
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:42 AM
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Grecian formula was once rumored to contain arsenic. I cannot find a reference to arsenic but Wikipedia entry says it has been banned in Canada because of lead acetate - and that it doesn't work well on facial hair.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:21 PM
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You wind up with a green beard, don't come running to us.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:23 PM
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Grecian formula was once rumored to contain arsenic. I cannot find a reference to arsenic but Wikipedia entry says it has been banned in Canada because of lead acetate - and that it doesn't work well on facial hair.
I thought it was banned for the really bad commercials with Maurice "Rocket" Richard...

"Hi Lheave just a hlittle grey haround de hedges."
"Hey, Maurice, two minute penalty for looking so good!"
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:36 PM
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And probably have grayer beards (or not).
BOY HOWDY is this depressing. Yeah. The beard runs all white now. Moustache about 75% white. I use Touch of Gray on the beard. It says do not use it on beards. Tough darts.

The regular beard coloring products made me look like a GI Joe doll. Frighteningly uniform beard color under my salt and pepper head of hair. Ech. Obvious and weird. Using the Touch of Gray, a bit of gray is removed and it looks salt and pepper like my head.

Poifect.

Apparently Just For Men is coming out with a new product called Hint of Pudge. Used gradually, the ginormous belly/ waist tire melts away and there's just a Hint of Pudge.

I can't wait.
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:40 PM
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Apparently Just For Men is coming out with a new product called Hint of Pudge.
Oh good lord, gimme some of that!

Seriously, thanks for the best laugh of the week. From one white beard to another.
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:32 PM
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I use the Just for Men dye on my facial hair. Works fine. I'm probably 30% grey (salt and pepper) in my facial hair. It does always feel like a race against the clock (mix, quick! apply!, rinse!) and I always bring home nitrile gloves from the lab to wear when I'm doing it but the results are good.

For my head hair - that I leave up to professionals. Much easier for me, and much greater potential for catastrophe if I try to do it on my own.

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Old 11-19-2012, 11:41 PM
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Huh. Zombies wear beards.

If you really want to look youthful, then shave. I've always thought facial hair made a man look older.
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:53 PM
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If you really want to look youthful, then shave. I've always thought facial hair made a man look older.
This is why I shave. I need all the help I can get.
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:21 AM
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Huh. Zombies wear beards.

If you really want to look youthful, then shave. I've always thought facial hair made a man look older.
Well, a beard, maybe. Wearing a Circle Beard makes me look like my own evil twin, and I'm fine with that.
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:26 AM
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The secret to Just For Men is to not leave it in very long. Rinse after 90 seconds or so and it kills the grey without looking "dyed."
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