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Just like the hair on your head, your beard hair also requires maintenance and care. This is where beard oils come in handy. These nifty grooming products help reduce itching and dandruff, leaving the hair smooth, silky and neatly kept. By moisturising and conditioning the hairs, it also makes it even easier to style.
Applying beard oil is a rather simple process. That said, there are some things to keep in mind especially if you’re a beginner to beard oil or grooming in general. In this Academy article, we’ll teach you how to correctly apply beard oil in 4 easy steps.
- Less is more. Pay attention to the length of your beard. Generally, the longer it is, the more beard oil you need
- Take your time to ensure the beard oil has been applied to both the hairs and the skin underneath it for full benefits
- Beard oils are a great option for men who want a lighter consistency that easily spreadable
- Use beard oils whenever you feel your beard is dry, itchy or flaky. You don't have to use it only in the morning or at night - use it when you feel like it!
How to apply beard oil for beginners, step by step
1. Start with a clean beard
Your beard should be clean, towel-dried but still slightly damp from water or after a shower (but not too wet or the beard oil won’t stick). Begin by applying a few drops into the palm of your hand. We recommend around 3-6 drops, depending on the length of your beard. If you're a beginner though, less is more and as you familiarise yourself with the process, you’ll eventually get a good idea of how much you need.
2. Apply to the skin first
Rub your hands together to spread the product evenly, then run them through the beard area. First, you want to press the beard oil into the skin to ensure it moisturises the roots of your beard and the skin surrounding it.
3. Apply to the beard
Once you’ve applied to the roots and skin, start applying directly to the beard. Start with sides of the beard and work your way down by moving your hands in a downward swipe motion. Brush your hands down the front in the same downward swipe motion. Then brush your hands upwards from the neck to get the bottom of the beard too.
4. Finish with a comb
If you have a moustache, use your pointer fingers and swipe them down the front a few times. To finish, use a comb to continue evenly distributing the product across the beard until soft and conditioned.
The (optional) last step is the best step: admire your handiwork and the finished look!
Beard Oil FAQ’s
What are the benefits of beard oil?
Beard oils have a slew of benefits including (but not limited to):
- Reducing itchiness by moisturising the hairs
- Preventing dandruff by moisturising the skin beneath the beard hair
- Keeps the beard looking healthy and neatly kept
- Most, if not all, beard oils have a pleasant scent to make your grooming routine extra enjoyable
When should I apply beard oil?
The best time to apply beard oil is straight after a shower. This is because your beard is completely clean and your pores have opened up from the steam, making for easier absorption of the product.
What is the difference between a beard oil and beard balm? Is beard oil for me?
We actually wrote an article about their differences which you can read. Simply put, the difference is mainly in texture - beard oils are lighter whereas beard balms are heavier. Beard oils are best suited for men with short to medium-length beards.
Can I apply beard oil after shaving?
You certainly can. Beard oils have moisturising factors in it that can soften your skin and prevent dryness even if you have little, or no, beard hair. It’s especially beneficial as whiskers will start to emerge as the hair regrows.
Should I use beard oil every day?
It’s honestly up to you, but we generally advise applying it every time after you shower and whenever it feels itchy and uncomfortable.
So what is the best beard oil for me?
There isn’t a “best” beard oil per say. It just comes down to personal preference and what kind of scent you like. Nonetheless, here are some options and customer favourites: