Thinking of flaunting a kickass beard? Has the lockdown given…
Thinking of flaunting a kickass beard? Has the lockdown given you an opportunity to keep a beard that you never could otherwise due to your work? If you are thinking of not stopping your beard journey and growing your manly mane, make sure you are taking good care of it. A key element of your daily beard care routine is the use of good beard oil.
If you already have a full beard, a medium one or a stubble, there aren’t two opinions when it comes to taking care of it. As an old English saying goes, “Beards and Bikes cannot go without proper maintenance. And the one thing common in maintaining both of them is “OIL”. Yes, you heard us right, its oil.!
Just like good motor oil keeps a bike running smooth, a beard oil is a complete essential when it comes to sporting a smooth, rich & healthy beard.
But, with such a wide range of beard oils available in the market, it can get really confusing on, How to choose the best beard oil? Well, don’t worry on that, we will help you choose the best beard oil for your beard.
Any beard oil has one main function, that is to provide nourishment to your beard hair & follicles and in turn support it to grow healthy, long & shiny hair.
Before we go to the actual factors responsible to hep us choose the beard oil, let us understand how a beard oil actually works.
A beard is a home to thousands, perhaps lakhs of beard hair. These hair are “living” on your face. By living we mean that they require nutrients to sustain and grow. They pull these nutrients in the form of “Sebum Oil” from your skin underneath. The skin can naturally produce only a limited amount of sebum oil every day. Depending on your skin type the sebum may be more or less. Less oil makes the facial hair frizzy, dry and brittle. Resulting in a poorly kept unconditioned beard.
More oil can cause the hair to be oily and excess oil can clog the pores causing the hair to strip down. This would result in hair-fall and unkempt sticky beard.
Good beard oil acts as a substitute for the skin’s natural sebum oil and nourishes the facial hair. It helps balance the skin’s oil production so that the beard hair doesn’t become brittle or over oily. Thus giving your beard a good growth over time and a lustrous sheen to it.
So how do you choose the best beard oil on these parameters? Without wasting much time let’s start.!
The longer the length the more oil the beard will require. So you should consider the length as an important parameter. Some oils are formulated for longer beards and some for shorter or stubble. Some oils contain ingredients that help keep them clinging on the beard for a longer time, protecting it from dust and dryness. Some oils contain ingredients that help the skin moisturise and maintain the oil balance.
Interchanging the short & long beard oils can pose a lot of problems for your hair as well as the skin underneath. That brings us to the second factor.
At the end of the day, the oil that you are applying is actually working more on your skin than your hair and gets absorbed into it to reach the roots of your hair. This in turn nourishes the hair. Some oils can be really “Oily” while some can be “Lighter”. The nature of the oil mainly depends on what goes into the oil contents. Remember a bad beard oil can cause rashes, pimple outbreaks, and dull skin.
Choose the oil depending on your skin type so that it doesn’t mess with your skin’s pH levels and cause further damage. This brings us to the next factor.
The beard oil usually comes under the segment of “Cosmetics”. Be sure to read the contents of the beard oil before making a purchase. There are a lot of brands out there that claim 100% natural ingredients and some who use synthetic materials in the formulation.
The most common beard oil contents used in most of the brands are Coconut oil, Almond oil, Thyme, Argon oil, Castor oil, sunflower oil, Jojoba oil, and frankly, the list goes endless.
Some brands also use synthetic base oils or synthetic fragrances in natural oils. Both of them need to be taken with a pinch of salt. Anything synthetic is always bad in the long run, even for you and the environment. Be sure to check out the label before you conclude on your buying decision.
Though it is always recommended to use as many natural products as possible, but a blend of fewer synthetic ingredients, if properly used can give good results. It all depends on the cost vs. the quality of the product. This brings us to the last factor.
This can be one of the top priorities when deciding on the beard oil brand to buy. However, we suggest that you also give equal importance to the ingredients, the quality of the products, the reviews, and your actual expectation from the oil.
Striking the perfect balance between these factors can make or break the game for you. So the next time you are looking to buy that perfect beard oil for your beard you already know what to look for in it.
We wish you all the best in your beard growing journey.
Always use beard oil after washing your beard with warm water. Pat dry your beard and then apply the oil. Warm water opens up the pores of your skin and it helps in better absorption of the oil in the skin.
Apply only 5-6 drops or 10-12 drops depending on the length or density of your beard. Make sure you never over apply the oil.