The beard is having a moment right now, and as we embrace our hairy faces, it seems there are now countless products being spruiked to help it.
One of the most popular, and worthwhile, of those products is beard oil and if you’re new to this new type of hair care, there’s plenty you need to know.
How do you use beard oil and what is it for?
The main purpose of beard oil is to keep your skin and hair conditioned which can prevent irritation, itching, and dandruff.
When applied correctly, beard oil can help to maintain your facial hair and help it grow, and it’s as simple as rubbing it over your face where the hair grows to make it work.
Beard oil is a product that’s been waiting to happen, considering how many ways there are to take care of the hair on your head.
Our facial hair is just as important, sometimes more so for those of us who are bald up top, so it makes sense to start giving it the attention it deserves with its very own hair care product.
There’s so much more to beard oil and if you’re a man who takes pride in his facial hair then you’ll want to know all about it.
We’ve covered the basics of this revolutionary product including the other uses for it, how to apply it the right way, and what you should look for when choosing an oil to coat your beard with.
Can You Use Beard Oil for Hair Growth?
For many men, growing the perfect beard can be hard to do. You might find certain areas are patchy or that the hair just isn’t as lustrous as it needs to be to achieve the right look.
This is an area where beard oil can help, so if you choose the right one it can help you attain that dream facial hair you’ve been trying to get.
There are many types of beard oil and each with their own list of ingredients so they might not all be ideal for hair growth. However, choosing one with vitamin E, coconut oil or another nourishing oil is going to be great for growing your beard.
The key with beard oil is sticking to a routine with it, just as you would with any other part of your skincare or haircare.
It’s this consistency that will deliver results, especially if you’re trying to grow your beard longer or thicker. Commit to applying it once a day as directed and you’ll be able to see results faster than if you only apply it every now and then.
Technically, nothing can speed up the rate at which your hair grows, even on your face, so it’s not a miracle worker. However, beard oil will be able to make it healthier.
A beard regularly conditioned with the right oils will prevent breakages and result in a thicker beard. The thickness of the hair will fill it out and reduce the patchy look, thus giving you the facial hair you’ve always dreamed of.
Can You Use Beard Oil on a Bald Head?
If you’re a man who cares about his facial hair but doesn’t have any hair on top, you’ll be pleased to know it has another use.
Beard oil is a multifaceted product that can be used not just on facial hair but also on bald heads and those with hair on them, too.
Beard oil soaks into the skin and conditions and soothes it, so it’s ideal for men who shave their heads completely or those without any hair growing on top.
Most hair care products will dry out your skin if you apply them there, but beard oil is a hair product that works the exact opposite.
This is because beard hair and head hair are made up of different types of hair. Beard hair is made of androgenic hair and it grows continuously, around 3mm a day in some cases.
It’s thick and curly and requires more moisture and conditioning than your head, which is precisely what beard oil provides.
Beard oil also contains so many nourishing ingredients that work more on the skin underneath than the hair itself, so it’s perfect for bald heads.
You simply apply it just as you would on your beard being careful to use only the smallest amount for the best effect and rub it in completely.
The Important Ingredients of Beard Oil
No two beard oils are made the same, but if you spend some time shopping around, you’ll find that a few familiar names of ingredients continue to pop up.
If you’re in the market for beard oil that will work just as well on your head, try finding a product that contains the ingredients that will work for both.
- Jojoba oil: A popular choice for beard oil, jojoba resembles human sebum most closely and is least likely to leave a greasy feel to your beard.
- Argan oil: Deep conditioning thanks to its high levels of vitamin E, most beard oils will feature argan oil.
- Coconut oil: Coconut oil has many uses and as well as being moisturizing, it’s antimicrobial and antifungal so it’s perfect for post-shave.
- Castor oil: Although not as commonly used as other carrier oils, castor oil can stimulate circulation which helps with hair growth.
- Grape seed oil: Grapeseed oil is good for beards and heads, thanks to its natural ability to block DHT, a hormone responsible for hair loss.
- Peppermint oil: A fresh smelling oil and anti-itching miracle, this is ideal for beard oils to prevent irritation.
- Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil smells great but is also antifungal and antimicrobial so it’s perfect for freshly shaven faces.
- Cedarwood oil: This emits a more masculine smell making it a very popular choice of essential oils.
- Vitamin C: C is a less common choice for a preservative in an oil and not as absorbent as E, but still found in some beard oils.
- Vitamin E: Another oil used as a preservative as well, Vitamin E oil is known for its nourishing and conditioning properties. Almost every beard oil on the market will feature this miracle oil.
The Correct Way to Apply Beard Oil
The key to making beard oil effective is knowing when and how to apply it for the best results.
Experts recommend putting beard oil on directly after you’ve had a shower or cleansed your face, giving it a better chance of working because the hair follicles can absorb it optimally.
Apply one or two drops into your hand and rub them together to warm them up. Put a hand on either side of your face where your beard is and rub them both around in a circular motion together.
Make sure you get all parts of your beard and the surrounding areas, as these also require conditioning.
To use beard oil on your head, it goes much the same as on your beard. Warm a drop or two of oil in your hands but rubbing them together in your palms and then massage directly into your scalp.
If you find that your hair looks too oily, halve the amount of beard oil you put in the next time you apply it. As with most beard oils, a little goes a long way, and this is true on top of your head as well.
Beard oil is a gamechanger for men, offering a simple haircare and skincare product in one that maintains their most valuable asset.
If you’ve never used beard oil before, either on your face or head, we’ve got the answers to some common queries that men have about it to help you on your way.
What Else Can I Use Beard Oil For?
In addition to being applied to your head and face, beard oil can also be used to protect your hair from heat styling, as sun protection, to condition your eyebrows, and moisturize dry skin on other parts of your body.
However, you should always check the ingredients of your beard oil before determining how else you can use it safely.
Should You Use Beard Oil Every Day?
The frequency you use beard oil will depend on your circumstances, so there’s no direct answer for everyone.
If you find your beard is constantly dry or irritated, you can apply beard oil up to three times a day. For other users, you might only want to apply the oil once or twice a week to keep it conditioned.
For best results, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the product label.