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How Often Should You Wash Your Beard?

how often should you wash your beard

 

Head hair and Beard hair are not the same things, and need to be treated differently.  Because of this fact, this leads to some confusion with how to handle those facial follicles you've worked so hard to keep healthy.

So, here are 3 General Guidelines for deciding if it's a 'beard wash' day or merely a 'rinse it out' day.

1) You have a very physical job that can get messy, like construction, and/or you workout regularly?  Wash daily. 

  • You will want to use a daily-wash product like our Liquid Beard Wash or our Beard Wash Bars
  • We recommend a good stripping 'reset' wash 1-2 times a week, and our Obsidian Soap Bar is a popular choice for this.  Make sure you follow up with beard oil and butter after the stripping wash, as Obsidian will truly remove any previous product buildup on your beard.
  • NOTE: If your job is exceptionally messy, you could use Obsidian up to 3 times a week.  

2) You have a job that interacts with large groups of people on a daily basis?  Wash daily.

  • You will want to use a daily-wash product like our Liquid Beard Wash or our Beard Wash Bars
  • Depending on the amount of product you use in a week, we recommend a good stripping 'reset' wash 1 time a week with our Obsidian Soap Bar.  Make sure you follow up with beard oil and butter after the stripping wash, as Obsidian will truly remove any previous product buildup on your beard.

3) You have an 'indoor' job, are less active, and/or don't interact much with a lot of people?  Wash every other day, alternating with a rinse-only day.   

  • As for the two above, we recommend any of the daily-washes we have in our shop for your wash day.
  • On a 'rinse day' just thoroughly rinse your beard while you're taking your shower.
  • Do not strip more than 2 times a month. And, if you are someone using oil-only for most of your day, you could skip a stripping wash entirely.

We do not recommend 'washing' just with conditioner, as that is not a product that cleans, it just conditions.  Conditioning should come after a wash, as necessary, not in place of it.

Remember, general guidelines are only that-- guidelines. You know your skin and beard best-- if you experience a lot of dryness, dial back your stripping washes first, and use more post-shower beard butter.  If you are someone with far more oily skin, you may find a daily wash situation fits better, no matter how active you are. 

The important part is knowing that you can (and in most cases SHOULD) wash your beard pretty regularly.


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