So, you've got a beard (congrats, by the way) and you keep seeing all these promotions for beard oils, beard brushes and balms.
What gives? How do you use all these? Do they go together?
We'll tell you how to use Beard Oil and Beard Balm (AND why you should). We even have some tips from actual bearded users, too.
Why use beard oil at all?
Have you started growing a beard to have it get all itchy and "bearddruffy"? It's gross and uncomfortable. That's why so many guys don't even bother messing with a beard at all - because they don't know how to maintain it.
When you're growing a full beard, you need to remember where it's coming from - out of your face through those hair follicles. Even though there's beard hair over it now, you still need to take care of it.
Beard oil will keep your beard growth strong and full. Take care of the skin beneath the beard and you and your beard will both look and feel better.
Our natural Beard Oil will soothe your skin, soften the beard, and make your beard more manageable.
How to apply beard oil
After you've showered and towel dried off your beard, take a few drops of Beard Oil in your palms, which should be about the size of a dime. Rub the oil into your fingertips and reach through your beard to the base skin. Massage throughout your chin area to get good coverage and then pull your fingers through your beard.
You'll probably have some leftover a bit on your hands so either continue to pull it through your beard or even pull it through your hair. If you're using a high quality beard oil, like we have at Leven Rose, it should be made only out of pure oils so it'll be good for your beard and your mane. (Our oil only uses Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Rosehip Oil and pure essential oils if it's scented.)
I am impressed with the shine and conditioning that this oil gives my beard. I apply a little more than directed because my beard is thick and ranges from half an inch by sideburns to about 4 inches at the chin. It helps to have your beard damp as well, to help disperse the oils. I have not experienced any clogged pores or acne as I have with other products.
Give it a good brush.
Boar Bristle Brushes are big now too. You've got your chin all prepped with great oil, now you need to make sure you get it all through your beard. Plus, you've probably bushed your beard all up rubbing the beard oil to your skin so now you need to brush it to lay it down for a groomed and manly look.
Beard brushing will also keep that "beard-druff" down and pull your natural oils through your beard evenly. It is great for exfoliating the skin underneath your beard and getting rid of those dead beard hairs, too.
I'd previously figured that a comb was enough. After using this beard brush, I must admit I was wrong. The Leven Rose oil does a nice job of softening up the beard, but the brush completes the process. The combination of the two leaves my beard really soft.
Got a crazy beard? Use balm next.
Massage a small pea-sized amount of the balm between your fingers (like you would a wax) and apply it to the outside of your beard. This is for added shaping and hold.
Choose a Beard Balm that uses natural ingredients, like Leven Rose. If your beard needs some help staying in place throughout your day, put a Beard Comb in your pocket for on-the-go styling help. If you need more styling help, read about the differences between Beard Balm and Beard Wax
I usually use the balm after washing and then touch up with a little oil on the following day. The oil reanimates the balm so you don't need much.
Revel in your awesome beardness.
Do this everyday. Regular care and maintenance of your beard will ensure that it grows the fullest and awesomest it can, while making it soft for your kissing buddies. It'll also cut down on split ends and dryness that makes you look more homeless than sexy.
What You Need to Know
- Beard Oil is great for taming beard itch and "beard-druff." Massage a dime size drop through your clean beard.
- Use a Beard Brush to help pull the oils all the way through your beard, to help with beard-druff, and to shape your beard.
- Beard Balm is great if your beard is wild - rub a pea sized amount through your beard and shape with a Beard Comb.
BE A MAN. LOVE YOUR BEARD.
Special thanks to Prim & Prep who named us one of the Best Beard Oils!