While some men are struggling to grow a full beard, yours grows out thick naturally. While some guys experiment with different facial hair styles to stand out, your beard is always the center of attention.
If you’re a man with a ginger beard, we’re sure you know exactly what we’re saying.
Being a bearded man with unique, ginger facial hair is so rewarding. You know your beard is a blessing and it makes you proud every single day.
However, there are a lot of tales and mystery around the ginger beards.
In this article, we’re busting all the myths, bringing all the facts and giving you the ultimate styling guide.
Yes, we know your beard is amazing anyway, but why not make it even more kick-ass than it already is.
Table Of Contents
- Famous and Popular Ginger Beard Styles
- What Is a Ginger Beard
- Benefits of Having One
- Pros and Cons
- Facts and Myths About Ginger Beard
- Mystery of Ginger Beards
- Luck of the Draw
- How to Grow and Style It
- How to Maintain Ginger Beard Style
- Do’s and Don’ts
Famous and Popular Ginger Beard Styles
Ewan McGregor’s Ginger Beard
Ask any Star Wars fan who they think has the most awesome beard in the galaxy and surely a majority of them will tell you that it is Obi-Wan Kenobi. This character was played by Ewan in the prequels.
Conan O’Brien’s Ginger Beard
Who can forget that time when Conan grew a beard during the Hollywood writers’ strike? That was one of the funniest beards in television history, which happened to be the ginger beard.
Seth Green’s Ginger Beard
Although this actor is known for portraying particularly whiny characters, he does not seem that way when he started sporting a ginger beard.
Michael Fassbender’s Ginger Beard
Known mostly for his performance as a clean-shaven Magneto in the recent X-men movies, Fassbender can actually grow a rocking ginger beard when he wants to.
Michael C. Hall’s Ginger Beard
Known best for his portrayal of the benevolent serial killer, Dexter, he is a prime example of someone having a ginger beard despite not having a single red hair on his head.
What Is a Ginger Beard
Strictly speaking, a ginger beard is one that grows naturally on a redheaded person’s face. However, several people are not redheaded yet somehow have ginger beards.
Some speculate that these are artificially done but it is actually a thing that occurs naturally in black-haired and brown-haired men.
If you are wondering why you have a red beard, even if you are not a redhead then the answer is in your genes. To become a full redhead, you need to get the red-haired gene from both of your parents, meaning you have to get two sets of this gene for it to be fully dominant.
However, to have just a red-haired beard you only need a set of the redhead gene from either one of your parents.
Benefits of Having One
Are you interested in growing a ginger beard?
Then here are some fascinating benefits you can get from doing so:
Protects the Skin
Gingers are very prone to getting sunburned, so having anything that can protect their sensitive skin from the harsh rays of the sun is always a good thing.
Also, the harmful UV rays of the sun tend to dry your skin and cause wrinkles, so having a beard will surely make you look younger.
Keeps You Warm During Winter
This is not just beneficial for those with ginger beards. It is something that benefits all bearded gentlemen out there. A thick beard will help insulate your face and keep it warm even without wearing a scarf or a balaclava.
Keeps Your Skin Moisturized
The skin has a natural way of keeping itself moisturized and these are the sebaceous glands, the ones that secrete natural oils that prevent the skin from drying out.
Having a thick beard will help moisturize dry skin under your beard by preventing you from wiping off too much of the natural oil from your skin.
Makes You More Confident
One of the reasons why men, in general want to grow a beard is that they want to feel more masculine and it really does help a lot. It is hard to look at the mirror and not feel instantly more manly when you see a majestic beard on your face, is it not?
Pros and Cons
Gingers Have No Problems Growing a Beard
Here is the thing. If you are a natural redhead growing a ginger beard will not be a challenge at all. Redheaded males are usually genetically predisposed to growing thick beards.
It Gives Your Face Character
Having a ginger bear makes it easier for you to stand out from the rest of the crowd. Not everyone can grow a beard or has the patience to grow one, so having a thick and luscious beard will make you recognizable, especially if you have a ginger beard.
Beards Make You Look More Mature
Gingers are naturally baby-faced, which means they look much younger than they really are if they are clean-shaven. If you have a goal of looking more mature having a beard will certainly help you with that.
Starting a Beard Can Be Very Itchy
If you do not use the right skin and hair products the stubble can be quite itchy. You may even need to deal with a couple of ingrown hairs during the process.
Beards Can Sometimes Be Gross
If you are not careful and groom your beard every now and then you might end up spending the rest of the day with bits of your lunch caught in your facial hair for an entire afternoon.
Ginger Beards Dry Out Faster
Red hairs are thicker and coarser than other hair colors, so they tend to dry faster. It also makes them more frizzy and hard to manage.
Facts and Myths About Ginger Beard
If you are truly interested in growing a ginger beard, then familiarizing yourself with this style is necessary. Gather plenty of information about it.
Here are just a few facts about a ginger beard that you have to be aware of:
Ginger Beards Do Not Turn Grey
You do not have to worry about getting gray hair in your beard. Ginger beards will turn blonde, sometimes even copper but never gray or white.
Ginger Beards Are Not Just for Redheaded Men
Even if you do not have a single strand of red in your head, if any of your ancestors had red hair, the chances are that you are carrying a recessive gene that will allow you to grow a ginger beard.
Gingers Are More Sensitive to Changes In Temperature
It is not just a fact about ginger beards, but of being ginger in general. The gene that causes red hair in gingers is also the one that makes them sensitive to temperature fluctuations.
Aside from that, know that there are some myths revolving around the beard style. It is advisable to know about these myths to improve your knowledge about ginger beards.
Here are some common myths:
Gingers Have No Soul
It is more of a running gag rather than a myth, but there are actually quite a lot of religious people who believe that redheads have no soul. The reason for this might be the fact that their skin is so pasty white.
Gingers Are Short-Tempered
This belief stems from them having fiery red hair, which many people correlate to being overly passionate over everything. However, the truth is that redheads have different temperaments, just like with all other normal human beings.
Mystery of Ginger Beards
The shade of your hair color is determined by the pigments in your hair.
Your individual DNA encodes the pigment of the hair color and the amount of that color. In white people there are two distinct pigments, black and red.
Dark-haired people have black pigment, blondes have less black pigment and redheads have only red pigments.
So then why do some dark-haired people have the red pigment in their beards?
Scientists discovered only recently that there is one specific gene, MC1R, that plays a huge role in the development of the red hair.
It only takes one of the mutated MC1R genes in your body for the red hairs to appear on different parts of the body.
Luck of the Draw
So to put it in the most basic terms, guys who have a thick flowing head of chestnut brown hair and sport cool ginger beards are just lucky.
It only takes a single mutated gene to cause the red hair to appear in the beard, allowing less black pigment and more red to appear in the facial hair.
If you know how many genes there are in the human body, you probably also know how remarkable it’s to think that a single gene can have such a drastic impact on the appearance of a ginger beard.
The good thing is that this gene is not dangerous, life-threatening and actually gives you the ability to really stand out in a crowd.
If you happen to be one of the guys who have the ability to grow red facial hair, definitely embrace your individuality.
Not only is a red beard, a head-turner, but it can also really add some mystery to your persona.
People will do a double-take when they see your dark hair and reddish beard and it will certainly give you a look that not too many men are sporting today.
How to Grow and Style It
Step 1 – Resist the urge to shave
This is the most important part of growing all kinds of beards. The stubble can be quite itchy, especially during the first week or so. However, if you can power through the itch you will be able to grow thick facial hair.
Step 2 – Eat more proteins and essential vitamins
Consuming more proteins is one of the natural ways of growing a beard faster, while vitamins like Vitamin C will make the hair stronger and less prone to breakage.
Step 3 – Get enough exercise
Physical activity will make your body release more testosterone, which, in turn will accelerate beard growth.
Step 3 – Use beard oils and balms
A good quality beard oil and/or beard balm will make the hairs softer and more manageable as they grow. These products will also help keep your skin from drying out and getting itchy.
Step 4 – Use a good quality beard brush
Brushing your beard while it is still in the process of growing will help train the hair to grow in the direction that you want.
Step 5 – Trim your beard when needed
More importantly choose your beard type according to your beard’s density.
How to Maintain Ginger Beard Style
Step 1 – Use a moisturizing beard shampoo and conditioner
Beard hairs dry out faster, so they need more moisturizing, more than what regular hair products provide.
Step 2 – Use a quality beard oil to keep the hairs soft and manageable
Beard oil is a great facial hair moisturizer and helps make it easier to style.
Step 3 – Cut your beard short
If you want to highlight the fiery color of your beard cut it short and keep it close to the skin.
Do’s and Don’ts
- Do resist the urge to shave your beard.
- Do condition your beard regularly to keep it from drying.
- Do shape your beard to match your face features. Do not let it get too wild and frazzled.
- Do use the world’s best beard comb and brush to keep your beard under control.
- Do not let your beard get too long as it will dry out faster.
- Do not dye your beard. These are harsh chemicals that can severely dry out your beard.
Are ginger beards attractive?
All styles of facial hair when kept properly are attractive, especially a ginger beard. In fact, balding or even totally bald men with a ginger beard look attractive and ooze with confidence.
How can I make my beard ginger?
Aside from dying your beard a fiery red color, the only way that you can get a ginger beard is if you are genetically inclined to growing one.
Are red beards rare?
Not really. It is just that not many men have the patience to grow a beard, which is why you rarely see men sporting a ginger beard.
What should I do with my ginger beard?
First of all, you need to prepare the best beard care products to make maintaining one more bearable. Also, you have to research on how to use them properly.
For instance, you need to rub a pea-sized amount of a specific beard product in your palms to melt beard butter and spread it evenly over your facial hair.
Should I dye my ginger beard?
If you are not a big fan of the color of your beard, it is highly advisable to avoid dying your beard a different color. You should either find a style of beard that complements your ginger beard or just shave it off.
Aside from making it look unnatural, dying your beard might also cause your facial hair to get damaged because of the product’s harsh chemicals.
No one can turn their beard ginger naturally. If they dyed it that way, it would not look right at all. The only way that you can sport a ginger beard is if you are lucky with the genetic lottery. If you are, then you should take care of your beard so that it will also take care of you.
Ginger beards are epic!
Ah … they are just lucky…
Awwww finally got a lucky somthin lol
I am proud of my ginger beard
@john.ivan.stekel, people with ginger beards are NOT leprechauns, we are NOT THAT LUCKY
similar but not that alike. I can’t see one being mistaken for the other.
my hair was mousy brown. The beard medium to dark brown. Seems to be going that way again.
My beard, when I was younger, was very bright ginger. Now as I’m getting older it is white more than ginger but still have some peaking through. I get lots of compliments on my coloring.
Its interesting as the shorter my beard the more you can see the red, but when I grow my beard out longer it tends to look brown.
My dad had a red mustache but a brown beard. interesting combo.
I have blonde hair but my beard hairs are dark black (with the odd grey few now).
Yubba Dabba Do,…. I’ve had two foot long beards now, growing my red hairs out again fort the 3rd time.,…
This article just spoke to me as I am a black guy with black hair and a red beard. I stick out in public like a sore thumb. Now more than ever, I see my beard as a gift.
I use to think my hair was strange too but Being an African American man with a ginger beard is AWESOME!
I have dark hair and my beard grows reddish, but I actually don’t like how it looks. I prefer to have my hair and beard match, so I regularly dye it. Whenever I’ve left it alone I started not to like the way I looked, and I’ve had more than one person tell me that dark looks better on me.
I don’t even remember what color the hair on my head is, but the beard sure is red. Sadly the gray is creeping through on the chin.
I have dark brown hair and LIGHT brownish/blondish eyebrows. My mustache and beard are tones of brown, ginger, and on my chin and backs of my jaws it is white. Growing it out to about 4 inches for the first time. I am going to have it dyed, but don’t know which color, probably dark brown to match my “hair”.
My husband is FINALLY growing out his Ginger beard and I am so happy. He looks ducking amazing! Serious post!
When I was a young man I decided to grow a beard (I am 63 now). It was the Bicentennial of our nation and I no longer had an obligation to Uncle Sam so I joined the ranks of the Bearded Nation who grew beards to celebrate 200 years as a Nation. I had a head full of dark auburn colored locks, many women said they wished they had the curl my hair had naturally. When my beard came in it was flaming red, I mean bright ginger. Many people ask why my hair was one color and my beard was red. I simply told them because my ancestors dictated it so. I got married at 30 and still had my beard, but soon after I went to work where I had to wear a respirator and had to shave. To make this story shorter I have now grown my beard and hair back. Both my sons have stated they wish they had the red beard I had. Notice that is past tense. My hair is now silver and thinner and most of my beard is silver also, but hints of the bright ginger beard still linger.
I have a red beard and my hair colour is chestnut brown. What explains it is rs1805009. Mine is rs1805009(C;G). That means that I’m a carrier of red hair.
I have a light red beard and are medium blonde. I just love my beard color.☺ Hate im getting bald though. ????
I’m Bald with a awsome ginger beard. Brown hair once though..
I was always blonde as a kid, but my hair has got darker as I’ve got older – it went from wheat coloured to mousy brown in my 20s, and my beard started out platinum and is now light ginger but it has some really bright red hairs in it. My hair has changed again from mousy brown to a deep auburn red, except for my eyebrows which are still mousy brown with a few blonde hairs. Interestingly my eyes have also changed colour as I’ve got older (I’m 48 now) – they were green/hazel my whole life (mostly green but my right eye has a brown streak in it) and they are now blue and I still have the brown streak. I used to always wish I had red hair when I was a kid – there was a family friend who had amazing red hair and a big bushy red beard and he was my favourite “uncle”, and I wanted to be like him. Guess I got my wish lol – I have long red hair and a red beard, and I even smoke a pipe just like he did 😀
I am Mexican/Latino. Red, blonde, brown and orange facial hairs. I have dark brown head hair. My wife loves it.
The hair on my head was blonde until I hit 15 when it started turning brown. My facial hair has always been red on the beard, blonde on the mustache/goatee area, and black on my neck
I am German. I have blue eyes, light blonde long hair and a full red beard.
As a teenager when the beard started to grow it was light blonde, later started to switch into reddish at the cheeks and years later almost all of the beard turned to red, there s just little spots around the mouth that are light blonde. The blonde of my body hair is different as well. arms and legs are light blonde, pits med blonde, chest dirty dark blonde, pubes reddish blonde and my eye browes have another blonde different from the other body parts oh and meanwhile some hair on the back, which is dark. 🙂
I’m Asian with brown hair but I have a ginger goatee and blonde moustache. People often even ask me do i colour it and they give compliments on it i just tell them that it’s quite common for some people to have ginger beards. It’s something i embrace and a great conversation starter on nights out
My beard was red when I was aboard a sip in the USN but now it is white.
I have dark brown hair and a red beard, probably to do with the fact my grandparents are Irish
I had a ginger beard along with the full head of hair , as i get older My beard has turned white .
it makes me look like an old man ,I was looking for some kind of dye for it , and hear i am on your page
Any way good luck to you gents that still have colour in your beards