Beard Oil for What ??
But why is it all that? What does Beard Oil do that makes it so important?
What is beard oil?
Beard oil is a product that is designed to moisturise and hydrate facial hair and the skin underneath.
It’s made up of two core ingredients:
- A carrier oil like jojoba oil or grapeseed oil that makes up the bulk of the product
- Essential oils like sweet almond oil and oils that make up the woody, fruity or citrusy scent
When applied to your beard, the oils work to add some much-needed nourishment to the hair — nourishment that it doesn’t really get on its own.
That’s due to hair growth being promoted by androgens such as testosterone, which make it more coarse and thus more prone to becoming dry and brittle. With beard hairs trying desperately to feed themselves the nutrients they need to stay healthy, they draw moisture from the skin, leaving it dry. However, as the beard grows, it becomes harder to send nutrients from the follicle right through the strand, meaning the ends of the hair are also left as dry as desert dust.
The result? Damaged, rough hair and irritated skin.
Neither of which you really want.
With carrier oils acting as nature’s complement to the sebum oil produced by your body and essential oils adding nourishment in the form of vitamins and minerals, a few drops of beard oil applied to the hair picks up shortfall — injecting hydration and moisturisation where the skin’s natural oils can’t in order to prevent itchiness, dandruff and damaged hair.
Plus, a beard that’s well moisturised with a scented beard oil looks healthy and smells great.
What else does beard oil do?
By moisturising the hair, beard oil makes your beard a lot more manageable. Combing becomes an easier task and by reducing itchiness, damaged hair and hair loss is much less common.
You’ll also add a shine that says “get a load of my healthy beard” and the instant respect from other beardsmen that comes along with that.
Is there anything beard oil can’t do?
Yeah. As brilliant as it is, beard oil isn’t a miracle product. It doesn’t clean your beard (you’ll need a beard wash for that) and it’s not made for styling (you’ll need a wax for that).
It also won’t give you a fuller, thicker beard. That’s a lifestyle thing that involves eating, sleeping and exercising right.
When should I apply beard oil?
Every day. Multiple times a day if you wish. Go wild.
For best results, you should break out the oil first thing in the morning after washing your face. After that, any time you feel that the hair is dry or the skin is itchy.
Treat beard oil like your wallet — you don’t always need it, but it’s good to have it on you just in case.
How do I use beard oil?
Applying beard oil is simple.
- Apply three pumps of oil to the palm of your hand and rub your hands together
- Massage the oil into the skin and beard, working it into the root of the hair follicles
- Take a moment to admire the brilliance of the oil
- For longer beards, use a beard brush or beard comb for even distribution. Whether you should use a comb or brush depends on what stage of beard growth you’re at: a brush is best in the early stages, with a comb doing a more complete job once the beard is of a decent length (3-6 months onwards).
Which beard oil should I use?
- The choice is yours, brother. And there is no shortage of choice.
- It should always be a product that uses natural products like grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil and jojoba oil, as these are sensitive to skin.
- You’ll also want something that’s not tested on animals, because — well, animals are great.
- As for scent… Experiment. Try them all and stick with the ones you like. Be sure to also ask your significant other which scents they prefer