Nothing conveys the image of rugged manliness quite like a well-groomed beard. However, when beards are not groomed properly, they can become unattractive and coarse. Just like hair, regular washing is necessary, but that can present challenges, as traditional shampoos and conditioners are less than ideal for beard care. These products have chemicals that can strip the hair of its natural oils causing it to become excessively dry, brittle and wreak havoc on sensitive skin. Fortunately, beard grooming products designed specifically to address these issues.
Quality beard oil should be made from all natural botanicals. The beard oil should be cold pressed to ensure the highest quality. A blend of Argan oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, castor oil and vitamin E. is recommended. A great oil may be the only product you need to shape, grow and enhance your beard. This guide will show you why, when and how to use it to achieve the best results.
Why You Should Use Beard Oil
The essential oils typically used have a myriad of properties that can improve the health of the skin and encourage hair growth. Here are a few commonly used oils.
- Argan oil has been used for centuries in Morocco. The serum is legendary for its ability to fortify skin and hair.
- Jojoba oil is native to the western US and Mexico. It’s rich in antioxidants and fatty acids that make it a superb moisturizer and skin conditioner.
- Sweet almond oil is packed full of nutrients like calcium, zinc, and magnesium. Deficiencies in these nutrients have been known to cause hair loss, so using sweet almond oil may help minimize that issue.
- Grapeseed oil is a common additive to traditional hair care products due to its ability to treat flaking associated with dandruff.
- Castor oil has long been used as a safe and effective way to promote hair regrowth.
- Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant; it reverses the effects of aging on skin and hair by stimulating blood flow to hair follicles.
When to Use Beard Oil
The best time to use beard oil is at night, just after a warm shower. The warm steam opens pores in the skin so that it is more receptive to the oil. Healthy skin leads to healthy and supple beard hair.
How to Use Beard Oil
Each person absorbs oil differently; however, use this as a guide and adjust as you see fit to achieve your personal beard grooming goals.
Apply the appropriate amount of oil to the palm of your hands. Using a sweeping motion starting at your neck move upward to your chin and lip area. Work the oil into the skin. Do not rinse. Reapply as needed.
Low Stubble or Shadow: Apply 1-2 drops to skin
Medium to Long Stubble: Apply 2-3 drops to skin
Full Beard: Apply 4-5 drops to skin and roots then using your fingers, pull the oil through the beard to the ends.
Full Beard + 1 inch: Apply 5-6 drops to skin and roots then using your fingers, pull the oil through the beard to the ends.
Full Beard > 2 inches: Apply 6-8 drops to skin and roots then using your fingers, pull the oil through the beard to the ends.
Additional oil, in lesser amounts, can be used to style and shape your beard any time. You may find that when using a high-quality beard oil you need to apply less frequently. We recommended that you use the oil after every shower, however, to maintain healthy new growth.
Beards aren’t for the meek. Beard oil and similar grooming products are excellent for men who have a “no excuses” attitude about their personal care.