Last Updated: January 2nd 2018
Perhaps some of you gents are unsure as to what is beard oil and what it actually does. Other than hearing a lot about it from connoisseurs such as ourselves, it isn’t mentioned in the mainstream as an essential piece of kit for your face. Firstly, let us just say that IT IS.
Also, while we’re at it, it’s VERY different to beard balm.
Basically, it’s a mixture of a number of different oils that increase the quality, strength and health of your facial hair AND the skin that is under the hair. At the end of the day, people neglect the skin, but it can’t be an easy task carrying all of that wonderful delicious hair for months or years at a time. It not only improves and nourished the skin and hair, but you will notice a stark improvement in your skin.
What is in it?
Usually, beard oil is a mixture of castor oil and a number of other natural oils coming direct from nature. Grapeseed, Almond, Tea Tree and Lemongrass are all types of oils that can be found in a high quality beard oil.
There are lots of different options when it comes to the types of essential and natural oils that can be found in beard oils.[wp-subscribe]
There are many different types of oils, and we’ll explain some here:
Tree/Plant/Leaf Based Oils
- Tea Tree
- Rosemary Oil
This is just an example of what you can expect to find. These will give off a pleasant and calming woody smell. It certainly smells natural and from the earth. We’re NOT saying that the scent is one of mud or dirt. They’re awesome and for the laid back but confident gentleman.
Example: Mountaineer Brand Natural Beard Oil-WV Timber
Fruit Based Oils
These smell fresh and familiar and actually last a lot longer than other scents. Fruit based oils are basically great fun, and in no way less masculine than wood based oils.
Example: Grave Before Shave Beard Oil (Bay Rum Scent)
Flower/Herb Based Oils
These scents usually smell as you would expect them to smell, and seem to be (from our extensive experience) the most popular with the ladies. When two of these are blended, they really do make for a fantastic scent and will sort your beard out for sure.
Example: The Fresh Man Beard Oil – Spearmint & Eucalyptus Beard Oil
Beard Oil and Beard Balm – What’s the Difference?
There’s quite a big difference, although we can totally get why they’re confused. They both fall under the ‘beard conditioner’ term, which in itself is misleading.
Basically, you apply oils to moisturize your skin in order for the hair to be softer and less wiry and for your skin to become less dry and flaky. It is in a bottle usually in an oil form.
You apply beard balm to stop knotting and frizzing in your beard, and also to stop (or more specifically, to control) split ends. It is usually in a round tub (much like a tub of Vaseline for the chapped lipped guys or sex wax for the surfers) and is in wax, foam or cream form, and not in oil.
“Do I Really Need It?”
Yes. You knew we were going to say that, but still. Yes you do, if you want to have healthy, strong and quality facial hair.
People forget that beards are attached to your skin, which can become tired, dry, flaky and worn just like anything else. Beard oil will bring moisture back into your skin which will promote hair growth and produce healthy follicles.
In terms of your actual beard, it adds moisture to that too. Have you had issues with a really tough beard? It grates your significant other or kids and is generally not a nice thing to brush up against? Who wants that! Beard oil will soften your hair and moisturize it, allowing it to grow correctly and in turn will decrease in grown hairs and wiry beards.
If you do even the most basic search on Google you will see that the vast majority of guys out there agree with us. We know what we are talking about – pick up some and be bloody delighted with it. Your face and those close to your face will thank us.
REMEMBER that you will also need a good trimmer. We have some good choices here.
How to apply it
And so we come to the important part – how to properly use it and apply it so that you get the most from it. A lot of gents simply don’t know how to apply it properly. They use it just before shaving, trimming or before a swim, exercise or a shower. Don’t do that.
The idea is to keep the oil on the beard and skin for as long in the day as possible. If you use beard oil just before shaving or trimming, or before exercise or a shower, then it will more than likely not have a positive impact on your facial hair and overall is a waste of your money and your time.
The Proper way to use Beard Oil
- Wash your face and beard with lukewarm water thoroughly so that it is clean and wet
- Pat down your face and beard with a towel. We wouldn’t recommend using a hair dryer for this
- Put some drops of oil into one hand. The amount will be about 3-5 drops for a short beard and 5-7 drops for a longer beard, but whatever you find is best yourself, go for it. These are just guidelines
- Thoroughly run your hands and fingers through your entire beard for a while so that all of the beard has been touched by the oil. Do not neglect the skin under your beard as this is vital to the condition of your overall beard
So there you have it! Four small and simple steps to applying it for a WAY better beard. Do this every day for a couple of weeks and you will start seeing and feeling real tangible results.
We’re pretty confident that once you purchase a high quality oil, you won’t go back to not using it. It will improve your beard, and therefore your life, exponentially.
We hope this made you understand what is beard oil and got you on the road to a better beard!