Other than possibly children, a car or a luxury watch, a beard is something a man can take great pride in. Being able to sprout a thick mane of facial hair and to keep it looking tidy can not only completely transform a man’s look, but it becomes a hobby and something that requires regular maintenance.
Sorry, by the way, to any guys reading this who don’t rock such follicular prowess.
But growing a beard isn’t as simple as just growing a beard. Just like the hair on your head needs looking after, so too does the hair on your face.
Yet, we understand if guys feel a little too metrosexual investing in skincare products designed specifically for a beard, such as beard oil. Moustache wax gets a similarly bad rep, despite the fact that both of these two products are absolutely key in keeping your beloved facial hair in check (and more importantly, healthy) should you decide to have a proper crack at growing a beard.
Because let’s be real, there’s nothing wanky about growing a beard, and there certainly isn’t anything wanky about wanting to be comfortable while growing said beard.
The hair on your jawline is as important as the hair on the top of your head, so you may as well treat it with a little more respect. Here’s how.
What is beard oil?
You’ve almost certainly heard of beard oil before but you might not know exactly what it is, what it does or why you need it. Well, let us enlighten you.
Beard oil essentially acts as a leave-in conditioner for your beard, moustache and the skin underneath your facial hair as well. Most beard oils are made from natural oils that have long been used for moisturising and conditioning purposes, such as jojoba oil, argan oil, grape seed oil and coconut oil, which are used to essentially replicate the natural oils your skin produces.
They’re also occasionally given a (usually) masculine scent (unscented versions are available too) and can effectively replace an aftershave or cologne.
What does beard oil do?
“A beard oil is just the same as a moisturiser then?” you may be thinking, and in a way, yes a beard oil does act in a similar fashion. However, if you’re serious about growing a damn fine burly beard, we strongly recommend you look into beard oils as they have myriad benefits over a run of the mill moisturiser.
Beard hairs are thinner and wispier than the hairs on your head, making them much more prone to dryness and damage from day-to-day exposure to the elements (especially in cold winters). Beard oil helps to combat such factors by nourishing your facial fuzz in the same way conditioner does your hair.
Not only does this help to keep it feeling softer to the touch, but oil also has your beard looking more full, healthy and luscious. Yes, luscious is a word that can’t just be applied to long hairstyles.
Your scalp is much tougher than the skin around your face, and as anyone who’s tried to grow a beard will passionately tell you, it can get bloody irritating after a while. Beards and moustaches tend to suck the moisture out of your face like nothing else, and once you go past a certain length, no amount of moisturiser will help the inevitable itch that every avid beardsman must endure.
Beard oil can help this, not only softening the hairs meeting your face, but leaving a moisturising layer of oil on the skin below to soothe it. They’ll make the inevitable itchy phase a whole lot more endurable.
And don’t think it’s just the guys who are sporting full-bearded manes that need to use beard oil, as guys who choose to (or have to) rock some stubble and a 5 o’clock shadow can benefit from it as well because the oil will still work to keep the skin underneath the stubble moisturised.
Beard oil also generally smells awesome, making it a great, subtle alternative to cologne if you don’t want to get Eau de Parfum all up in your whiskers.
So now you (hopefully) understand the benefits to using beard oil, it’s time to head out and buy some for yourself. But which brands should you be looking out for?
Once again, we here at DMARGE are more than happy to come to your aid. These are some of the best beard oil brands around.
Beard Oil FAQ
How do I use beard oil?
The beauty of beard oil is in its simplicity. After giving your beard a good wash (you can use face wash or shampoo, but more gentle beard wash is available), simply rub 4 or 5 drops of the oil through your beard with your fingertips, combing after to ensure even application. Voila.
Will beard oil make my beard grow faster?
Sorry, no. Beard oil will make the hair that does grow on your face much healthier, but the speed at which your beard grows is pretty much down to your genetics alone.
What is beard balm?
Beard Balm is essentially beard oil if it were turned into a moisturiser. Instead of coming oil through your beard, beard balm takes a more classic, moisturiser-like approach to things, allowing you to work it into your beard hair and surrounding skin.
Beard balm also sometimes has a slightly firmer hold than normal beard oil, which makes it great for those looking to control longer, unruly beards or short, scraggly beards that have more flyaways.
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Products bearing the Captain's name can err on the more expensive side of men's grooming, but the products you get in return are some of the absolute best in the business. It's with this in mind that Captain Fawcett has collaborated with some of the most famous beards in the business, including Jimmy Niggles and Ricki Hall, and it's the Ricki Hall's Booze & Baccy Beard Oil that we particularly love.
You'll be hard pushed to find a more masculine scent than the combination of honeyed tobacco leaves, vanilla bean and woody oak moss.
Brickell's beard oil contains Algae Extract and Vitamin E to both hydrate and condition your facial fuzz, while Aloe Vera soothes the skin underneath. You're left with scents of peppermint, eucalyptus and lavender.
The dedicated bear range includes washes and foams, as well as the Clean & Fresh Beard Serum. This specially formulated serum will leave your beard feeling weightless and looking full by strengthening the hair, from just a couple of drops.
Recognising that the Australian heat can wreak havoc on men's facial hair, Benjamin had to formulate some exceptional oils to help fight the effects and since he was the only man for some distance who used them, his local pub dubbed him 'Weirdy' and thus the brand name was born.
Weirdy Beardy products all focus on beards and moustaches, and with a range of scents available to choose from, finding a suitably masculine one for you will be easy.
Unfortunately for Australians, Beardbrand isn't the easiest to track down Down Under, but find yourself a retailer and stock up on beard oils, beard washes, shampoos, cologne and practically any other male grooming product you can think of.
Truefitt & Hill
Their Gentleman's Beard Oil combines several natural oils into one product: coconut, avocado, sesame, jojoba and Argan. The result is a thoroughly conditioned beard and irritation-free skin.
Duke Cannon Supply Co.
The Best Damn Beard Oil uses Apricot kernel, argan and jojoba oils, combined with a selection of vitamins and antioxidants the help fight skin blemishes, as well as conditioning your beard, of course.
Made from a range of natural oils and vitamins to help prevent dry skin, the Jack Black beard oil promotes a well-hydrated beard with just the right amount of shine.
Made with sunflower, sweet almond and avocado oils, this beard oil ticks off the trifecta of moisturising, strengthening and protecting, while also adding a touch of shine and leaving a black pepper fragrance.
Baxter Of California
Baxter's beard oil is infused with squalene and avocado oil and can comfortably be used on all skin types and beard styles. Your beard hair will look thicker and fuller in no time, and your skin underneath will be well hydrated too, and you'll give off a delightful scent of sandalwood, jasmin and cedarwood.
The Groomed Man Co
Along with this, in true Aussie fashion, Daniel's brand injects some humour into the naming of its scents, which include such niceties as Morning Wood and Cloves Off.
STMNT Grooming Goods
The company's beard oil will most likely be used by men, of course, and can be used on all beard types. It's silicone-free and use a blend of natural oils to create a highly moisturising effect.
Milkman Grooming Co.
All products are made in Australia using local ingredients and not only does the company produce an extensive range of oils and shaving gels, but it also has a comprehensive range of scissors, combs, brushes and bags, meaning sculpting your perfect bit will be a piece of cake.