It goes without saying that you’re here because you either have a beard, or love someone who does. But the concept of ‘beard oil’ may be mystifying for you. If you don't know what it is or how to apply it, you've come to the right place.
First—What Is Beard Oil?
If you are a new beardsman, or have a pretty decent sized beard, but haven't been using any product on it, get ready to take that facial masterpiece to the next level. Beards need love and attention just like the hair on your head. A well formulated beard oil is a moisturizing and conditioning product for both the beard and skin on your face.
Not only does it moisturize and condition, but it doubles as a styling agent! Beard oil can quickly tame flyaway hairs while keeping your beard soft and healthy looking. It'll make your beard feel better, feel less itchy and help your face be less prone to flakes (the dreaded ‘beardruff’).
How to Properly Apply Beard Oil
Applying the oil isn't rocket science, but there are a few basic tips to get the most out of your product and make you a beard oil believer. Our friend, Dan C breaks down the process in the following short video—
Step 1 — Start With A Damp Beard
You'll want to apply either after a shower, or cleaning your face and beard. Your beard should be towel dry damp, but not dripping wet. The reason for this is that your beard hair follicles and pores open up with the steam of the shower or washing, so the beard oil will be more easily absorbed.
Step 2 — Add Beard Oil Into Your Hands
How much to use depends on your beard length and thickness. You may need a period of trial and error to see what works best, but the rule of thumb is:
- New growth — 2-3 drops
- 1-3 months growth — 3-4 drops
- 3-12 months growth — 4-6 drops
- Over 1 year — 6-8 drops
However, you don't want to go overboard. Ever hear the term “less is more?” That applies to beard products, as well as life. You can always add more oil if necessary, but it's harder and more time-consuming to take it away, if you use too much.
Even if you only have a little bit of stubble-beard, the oil will help to hydrate your skin, soften the hairs, and prevent flakes or the dreaded “beardruff."
Step 3 — Massage Oil Into Fingertips
After applying the right amount of drops, massage the oil into your palms and fingertips. This is important as you want the oil to be evenly distributed on your skin and beard hair.
Step 4 — Apply Oil to Skin and Beard
Work the oil into your skin first. This helps condition your skin and also keeps the root of your beard hair healthy. After that, work the oil into your beard. Be sure to distribute it evenly, and don't forget your mustache and sideburns!
The final part of applying beard oil is to work your fingers through the underside of the beard. Sometimes it's easy to forget that part, but if you want a well-groomed look, keep that step in mind.
You should immediately see limited flyaways, and your beard should feel softer and more manageable. Within 30 minutes, a quality beard oil should have fully absorbed into your beard. If this isn’t the case, you should dial back the amount of oil you used.
Step 5 — Comb The Oil Through Your Beard
The final step includes combing through your beard with either a wide tooth comb, boar bristle brush, or specially designed beard comb. The purpose of this is to distribute the oil more evenly across all your beard hairs. This step can also help to prevent ingrown hairs and make your beard appear more full.
You can follow up with additional beard balm, mustache wax or even beard butter for a more enhanced styling effect. Just remember to start out with smaller amounts first!
Whether you're new to beard oil or a long-time user, beard oil application is simple and straightforward.
Stay Bearded, Brothers!