You’ve patiently watched your beard grow longer and longer and have managed not to lose your temper when you get asked for the 2 millionth time when you’re going to shave it off. You are truly starting to love the furry friend that has taken over your face.
It might be tempting to think that all the hard work is done now. You probably think that you can just sit back and wait for all of the positive comments to flood in about your wonderful facial fluff.
In reality it’s not that easy. Once your beard gets to a certain length, it will need to be maintained properly.
Simply washing it everyday just won’t do. The skin underneath your beard will need to be moisturised and I’m sure you will want your beard to keep its shine. The best way to do this by far is by using beard oil. This beard oil guide will hopefully cover any questions you have.
What is beard oil?
With male grooming now a multi-billion pound industry, it is no longer seen as strange that men like to take care of their appearance.
But what might come as a surprise is the amount of products available for beard care. When I first started growing a beard for the first time at university I would never have dreamt that so many products would be available. Even now, family and friends sometimes find it hard to understand why you need beard oil or specialist shampoo to look after your beard.
Amongst all of these products, for me beard oil is the most important. To explain it in the simplest terms, it is cosmetic oil that you put in your beard to help keep it shiny and the skin underneath nice and moisturised. Which leads me nicely onto…
The benefits of beard oil
OK. So you know what beard oil is. You will now naturally be intrigued to find out what the benefits are of using it on a daily basis.
Finding out the answer to this question took quite a few beard growing attempts. At first, I didn’t use it at all. In fact, I had never even heard of beard oil when I first started growing a beard at university! To be honest, even if I had known about it back then the money would have been more likely spent in other places anyway!
But now I use it on a daily basis without fail. It is a key part of my daily beard regime and I have noticed a number of benefits:
Like millions of men everywhere, I moisturise my skin everyday.
For clean shaven men, this is a simple task. With a beard however, things become trickier. Rubbing your standard moisturiser into your beard seems like the logical option. However, you are fighting a losing battle as it will not reach the skin buried deep within the hair.
That’s where beard oil comes in. Simply rubbing and then combing it through your beard will ensure that it reaches your skin. If you currently experience bad beard dandruff or dry skin, doing this twice a day will help to improve the situation. It certainly did for me!
This is what it’s all about right? There is no point spending the time growing your beard just to look like a scruffy mess. Unless that’s the look you’re going for of course…
If scruffy isn’t the look you’ve always wanted, then beard oil should be your best friend. Once you start using it, the first thing you will notice is that your beard will appear shinier, healthier and more fuller looking. If you choose an oil with a lovely scent you get the added bonus of smelling nice too.
Easy to maintain
What do I mean by that? Well before I started using it, beard maintenance used to be a painful experience. If I tried to comb my beard, it would inevitably get stuck in the knots and would literally feel like I was ripping the hair straight from my face. Not good at all!
Now thankfully the situation has improved. I can now comb without tears in my eyes, (which is always a bonus,) as it no longer gets stuck in my beard. Instead, I now have more control over how I want it to look as it is much easier to style. It actually does what I want it to do!
No more itchiness
The ‘itchy stage’ is well known amongst the beard community. For some it is the point where their beard growing dreams die. In fact over 89% of men shave theirs off when the itch begins to take over.
Although that stat isn’t truly accurate, (sorry about that,) it is true to say that itchiness is one of the main problems you’ll have to overcome when growing a beard. It used to drive me up the wall. At times it was unbearable!
That was of course until I discovered beard oil. Some will claim that it is just a phase that you have to go through when growing a beard. To be fair, I used to think the same.
That was until I tried beard oil. After only a few days of applying it to my mane, the itchiness simply disappeared. Just like that. Who would have thought it was that easy?
Beard oil ingredients
So now you know what beard oil is and how it can make your beard look its best.
But what ingredients actually go into it? The simple answer is – it depends. There are hundreds, probably thousands of oil manufacturers out there and they will all have different viewpoints to what makes the perfect beard oil.
I am not going to provide you with the perfect answer. One major part of growing a beard is selecting the grooming products that are right for you. What works for one beard, might not work for another.
Instead I will give you an overview of what ingredients go into beard oil and more importantly why are they used.
There are two primary ingredients when making beard oil – carrier oils and essential oils.
Carrier oils are essential as they make up the majority, (sometimes up to 99%) of the final product. Basically it forms the base of the beard oil. Some of the more popular carrier oils include:
• Almond oil – Known for its ability to soften and smooth inflamed skin
• Coconut oil – Conditioning and protective
• Jojoba oil – Can help control acne and oily skin
• Argan oil – Rich and nutritious oil , high in Vitamin E
• Castor oil – Acts a moisturiser and can help to stimulate hair growth
Because of the sheer amount of oils available and the fact that your skin and beard is unique to you, it is hard for me to suggest which one you should look out for when buying beard oil.
Personally, I have noticed the benefits of coconut oil the most, but to help you make a more informed decision I would check out this very useful guide from the Garden of Wisdom. It goes into great detail about the benefits of each carrier oil and you should hopefully find one that is suitable for your skin and beard.
Just from the name you should be able to tell that this is important.
But what makes this oil so essential? To put it simply, it’s the difference between having a lovely smelling beard and one that’s not.
That’s not all. They can also help with conditions ranging from eczema and rashes to acne and dandruff. Not bad eh?
Some of the more common essential oils include:
• Lavender – Very soothing and healing for skin
• Cedarwood – Particularly good for acne and oily skin
• Rosemary – Helpful for greasy hair
• Black pepper – Stimulates the circulatory system to help with beard growth
• Tea tree – Good for healthy skin in general
This list is certainly not exhaustive. If you’re thinking that these aren’t manly enough for you, I would seriously recommend that you check out Growing Up Herbal’s blog post.
Although you might not be quite ready to make your own beard oil, it will at least give you some idea of what ingredients go into a manly smelling oil. Everyone wants that right?!
What beard oil should you buy?
I could name hundreds of places where you can buy beard oil. There are so many I would probably have to write another blog post about it! Not such a bad idea actually….
But for now, I will give you a quick preview. As I have said previously in this blog post, I can only really comment on products that I have used before.
I have tried a few different ones out, but these two so far have been my favourites.
By My Beard – I bought the beard oil as a set with beard shampoo and conditioner. Besides the price being incredibly cheap, (only seven pounds on Amazon with free delivery) it is also a fantastic product. Since I started using it my beard has never felt softer and has the added bonus of being vegan friendly.
OKAY Professional Beard Miracle Oil – This was bought for me by my girlfriend and boy was I grateful! What I like so much about this beard oil is the smell. Made up with no less than 9 different oils, the company who mad e it has done a great job at blending all of the ingredients.
How to apply beard oil
Have you had enough yet? That is a lot of information to take in. Well done for getting this far!
Now it’s time to learn how to apply it to your beard. Before I begin, I must say that this is the way that I do it that has worked well for me so far. I am sure there are other websites that would do things differently, but I can only speak from my own personal experience.
Let’s get started!
1. The best time to start putting on beard oil is after having a shower, as your hair will be at its most softest and will be easier to manage.
2. Next put 2-3 drops of the oil in the palm of your hand. Depending on how long your beard is, you might need to use more. Just make sure that you have enough to coat all of the hair.
3. Now spread it evenly in the palm of your hand.
4. Starting at the bottom of your beard, (near your chin,) slowly work your fingers through it. Ensure that you coat all of the individual hairs, from where they meet the skin to the tips of the hairs.
5. Next is your moustache. Use a similar technique and then take the opportunity to style it the way you want. If you like experimenting, you could always try something like this.
6. Now use a comb or beard brush to evenly distribute the oil and set any stray hairs back in place.
7. Repeat this process in the morning after a shower and before you go to bed for best results.
So that’s it. Hopefully I have covered most of the questions that you might have about beard oil. If you do have anything you want to ask me, please feel free to leave a comment or send an email to [email protected]
Disclosure: I have not been paid for mentioning any of the products or websites mentioned in this blog post. If I am paid in future, I will disclose this in full.