It seems beard oils have been popping up everywhere, as of late. So many shops and man-boutiques have been crafting their own special beard potions; promising everything from hydration to hair growth. And, as contemporary as they seem, beards oils have been around for a long time. It’s only with the recent explosion of beard growing popularity that we’ve seen a rebirth of beard oil popularity.
So, you’ve got a beard. You keep it clean. You comb it on the regular. Do you need a beard oil? How do you apply it? How often do you apply it?
Look no further, dear bearded reader! We’ve all the answers to your pressing beard oil questions!
What is beard oil?
Beard oil is a combination of essential oils and carrier oils designed to hydrate the hair shaft/follicles in addition to the sensitive skin underneath. It helps to soften and smooth the coarse, denser hairs and can also be used to help style and shape one’s beard.
What are the benefits of beard oil?
Well, that depends which one you’re using. In addition to hydration and reducing dandruff/flakiness – each of the ingredients in your beard oil have different properties that effect your beard. Here are some of the most popular carrier oils;
Grapeseed Oil: Moisturizing, Anti-aging, prevents acne, contains Vitamin E and Antioxidants.
Argan Oil: Reduces Inflammation, Anti-Aging, Hydrates, Prevents Split Ends. Contains Vitamin E and Vitamin A.
Castor Oil: Hair Growth, Prevents Split Ends, Hydrates. Contains Fatty Acids and Vitamin A.
Sweet Almond Oil: Anti-Inflammatory, Protects from In-Grown Hairs. Contains key B Vitamins.
Coconut Oil: Moisturizing, Great for Dry Climates/Seasons. Contains Vitamin E and Vitamin K.
Hemp Oil: Moisturizing, Protects hair from becoming Brittle.
What are the best essential oils?
Essential oils are combined with the carrier oils listed above to complete a beard oil. In addition to adding the scent profile to one’s oil, they also offer some great perks. I’ve sorted the most popular essential oils by their features, below;
Acne Fighting: Cedarwood, Lavender, Thyme
Astringent: Eucalyptus, Pinewood, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Sage
Fights Itching/Dandruff: Tea Tree Oil, Rosemary,
Refreshing: Lemongrass, Peppermint, Clove, Vanilla,
What is the best beard oil?
Well, the Straw Boss Crew have been working hard behind the scenes to launch our own line of 100% organic, natural, and vegan Beard Oils (which we’ll be launching very, very soon! Follow us on Instagram for an exclusive sneak peak) …so we may be a little biased. But in all honestly – the best beard oil changes beard to beard.
Different oils have different properties that affect the skin. It’s always best to do your research and know what carrier oils will pair best with your skin and hair needs before buying an oil.
Know that not all oils are made the same; they can vary widely in price and ingredients. Ultimately you are the one that knows which beard oil is best for you. Read your labels, and know where the quality lines up with the value.
What is the best way to apply beard oil?
There are three key steps to using your beard oil;
1. Application. The best time to apply oil and/or balm is right after washing your face with a non-abrasive cleanser. After a morning shower is ideal, as the hot water will open your pores and follicles, allowing the oil to easily penetrate.
2. Technique. A dime-size of product will do. Use only a small amount as to not overdue and create a greasy, over-saturated beard. Warm oil/balm between palms and massage into beard in a circular fashion from the chin upwards and out towards the temples. Apply evenly, and ensure to work the product into your skin.
3. Finish. Using your Straw Boss Beard Comb, comb in downward strokes to re-set and lay the hairs back into place. Your wooden comb will also help to disperse any heavy pockets of product without leaching it, which would leave your beard thirsty. Style as normal.