We like our statements like we like our beards: bold. And this right here is a bold statement: Beard oil is as important as facial hair for a healthy beard.
Beard oil is AS important as the hair itself. Let that sink in.
That’s how much we revere this stuff. And not just because we sell it, but because we’ve used it and we talk to bearded bros every day who use it and say the same thing: beard oil is a MUST.
But why is it all that? What does Beard Oil do that makes it so important?
Those are the questions we’ll be answering in this blog post. Before we do, though, we should probably answer the biggest question of all: what even is beard oil?
What is beard oil?
Beard oil is a product that’s 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?
It also won’t give you a fuller, thicker beard. That’s a lifestyle thing that involves eating, sleeping and exercising right. We've put together some tips on that here.
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
Here’s that process carried out on a real-life beard by The Big Rig, aka Mo Bro Trev:
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).
We’ve broken the brush vs. comb thing down for you in this blog post.
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.
If you want to keep it Mo Bro’s, you can check out our ever-growing range of beard oils here.
Need to know anything else?
If you’ve got any more questions about beard oil that demand answers or you’re still unsure about what beard oil can offer your mo, head on over to our Facebook community.
We’ll be there, along with a few thousand other beard oil-using beardsmen to help you out.