Enhancing or changing the color of your beard can provide men with a fresh look, grey coverage, and a boost of confidence. There are many benefits to making such a change. However, it is very important to weigh out the pros and cons of altering the color of your beard. Whether you choose to bleach or use standard hair dye each, they each come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. 

Advantages of Coloring or Bleaching Your Beard

1. Grey Coverage 
Bleaching or coloring your beard can be a fantastic way to enhance a youthful appearance and cover up the grey hairs. This change can enhance a man's overall vitality and self-esteem.

2. Balancing Color Tone
Even if you don't have any grey, perhaps the color of your beard is uneven. Dying or bleaching your beard can level this issue out and provide a nice solid tone.

3. Change Your Look Altogether
Perhaps you want to change your appearance altogether by coloring your beard a completely distinct color from your natural color. This can provide you with a new look!

4. Boost Confidence and Self-Esteem
While this often goes together with grey coverage, the boost to confidence that a more youthful appearance provides can make the change and maintenance completely worth it. Looking younger can help with dating, finding work, and provides a very clean-cut appearance. As the saying goes, "When you look good, you feel good."

5. Coloring and Bleaching is Quick and Easy
The color kits that can be purchased over-the-counter are very easy to mix, apply, and use. Once mixed and applied, the solution will only need to be left on for anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. Bleaching typically takes a little longer, with applications lasting anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes.

6. Inexpensive
Over-the-counter hair color kits are also inexpensive to purchase. While the cost varies depending on the brand, beard color kits typically vary anywhere from $5 to $20.

7. Specific Advantages of Hair Color vs. Bleach
Hair color will eventually fade, is not as damaging, and is much easier to match to a specific shade.

8. Specific Advantages of Bleach vs. Hair Color
If you are attempting to reach a blonde shade or a lighter hair shade, especially going from a very dark shade to a very light hair color, bleach is necessary, as hair color will not do this alone. 

Disadvantages of Coloring or Bleaching Your Beard

1. Maintenance
If you want to keep your color maintained, you'll have to continue to touch up your hair as it grows out. This can be more difficult than the initial color application because you'll have to specifically touch up the untreated area. However, you can allow your beard to grow out, trim off the color-treated or bleached area and start fresh each time you want to color your beard.

2. Damage to the Beard Hair
Depending on how often you dye or bleach your hair, how your hair takes the treatment, and how thick your hair is, the treatment can damage your hair and this damage can be apparent. If your hair becomes damaged, the texture can become brittle. Damage is more likely to occur with bleach than with hair dyes.

3. The Outcome Is Not What You Expected
One common coloring problem is the color you picked is not the color you get. And, there's not a lot you can do about it until it grows out a bit or you go to a specialist that can fix the color. This is especially a problem if you are trying to bleach, or if you are going from a darker to a lighter shade of hair. 

4. Chemicals and Allergic Reactions
Some dyes used in hair color treatments are potential carcinogens. By sitting on your skin for several minutes, you are taking a risk. Allergic skin reactions do occur sometimes but are usually mild.

While there are many internal and external benefits of changing the color of your beard hair, the risks and disadvantages are important to consider. With careful planning and consideration, the appropriate measures can be taken to achieve the look you desire.