When it comes to taming a beard, an often overlooked weapon in a man's arsenal is the ever-convenient beard oil. It's one of the best beard care products out there - able to soften and scent your facial hair. Check out some of the best options available to the modern man, and see for yourself the benefits of beard oil.
When you're growing a beard, it's imperative you care for it properly. One key component in this is getting the right beard oil. We're always trying to create the best on the market for all beard and skin types here at The Idle Man, so we've compiled our best picks to help you on your search to a perfectly groomed beard.
What is Beard Oil?
Beard oil is a hydrating and softening solution which moisturises both a man's beard and the skin underneath. Containing a selection of both nutrient rich and scented oils, they'll tame your mane while offering a little more control and a glossy finish.
The best beard grooming products are worth the few extra quid, so don't be afraid of investing in the right one. While there's a great number out there that will both look and feel the same, many will not give you the same benefits as the reputable names can deliver. So shop around, and remember - you get what you pay for. Finding the best beard conditioner that'll leave your beard and skin feeling smooth and soft may take longer than initially thought.
The Best Beard Oils for Your Facial Fuzz
Murdock Beard Oil
This argan and jojoba oil beard conditioner is the perfect product if you're looking for something lightweight yet nourishing. With its natural ingredients and clean, un-overpowering scent, it's something you can easily wear every day while reaping its moisturising benefits.
Bullfrog All In One Beard Oil
This adaptable and diverse All-in-one Beard Oil contains a rich mix of hydrating oils which ultimately can be used as a soothing shaving oil that gives you that closer shave or as a smoothing beard oil to keep the hairs intact and looking healthy. Bullfrog has the high quality essentials that have evolved from the Bullfrog Barbershop itself.
D.R Harris Beard Oil
Having trouble with a coarse textured beard? D.R Harris beard oil can help nourish, condition and tame those stubborn hairs. The oil contains a blend of Abyssinian oil, Jojoba oil and Vitamin E which contributes to leaving hair feeling hydrated and smooth and able to lock in the moisture throughout the day.
Haeckles Sailors Beard Oil
By providing nourishment and nutrition that keeps your beard and skin beneath feeling healthy and hydrated means this Haeckles Sailors beard oil has a reputation to live up to. The British brand uses a lightweight formulae that contains Seaweed extracts and plenty of vitamin E that enables the oil to sooth and repair while also keeping the hairs looking healthy.
Jack Black Beard Oil
Having a well cared for beard is an essential part of actually having a beard. Jack Black beard oil will keep the hairs and skin nourished which can help encourage growth. With a specific blend of Kalahari Melon Oil, Vitamin E, Brown Algae and Carrot extract the oil has beneficial antioxidant protection that will protect the skin and hairs from any environmental stressors.
How to Use Beard Oil
It may seem pretty self-explanatory, but when pouring beard oil it's best to slightly tilt the bottle into your open hand until you've got a few drops, rub between your palms and disperse evenly throughout your beard. It's usually worth running through your beard with a comb after applying your oil of choice, this will ensure that it's dispersed evenly throughout and not lingering in one corner.
DIY Beard Oil
While there's plenty of options available on the market, if you want a completely natural beard oil then why not make your own? With this in mind, we've sourced a pretty perfect homemade beard oil recipe courtesy of WelnessMamma so you can be 100% sure of exactly what it is your applying to your face. Simply combine all the ingredients below, then place into your container of choice.
- 14 grams of Argan Oil
- 7 grams of Jojoba Oil
- 7 grams of Sweet Almond Oil
- 7 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 5 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
- 3 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil
How to Grow & Maintain A Beard
Although growing a beard is thought to be a very simple task, most men realise this is not the case about two weeks into their beard growing experience. Should I leave it to just grow? Should I trim the longer strands? Will this itchy stage ever end? Should I be shaving my neck? What does beard oil actually do? These are the questions barbers invariably face during beard trimming services.
Beard advice comes in many different forms just as beards do, most will apply whilst some will not. We'll therefore try to give you some broad and basic tips that'll at some point in the growing process apply to you and your beard.
Growing a beard can be a scruffy business if, like most people, your workplace frown upon the hirsute - the best course of action is to keep that beard trimmed and as neat as possible. Follow these simple guidelines:
- Keep the lines on your cheeks and neck as tidy as possible.
- Shave away the flyaway hairs on your cheeks and keep the lines on the face quite natural with a nice curved line.
- Your neck line, depending on your beard type i.e. natural, styled or stubble, will vary. But try not to let the beard grow too far down the neck; taking the neckline higher will give the beard a fuller and thicker look.
To keep the beard looking neat and healthy use a shampoo and/or a conditioner and you will notice the difference straight away; managing your beard will become a lot easier and a comb will fly through those knots. To give the beard a healthy shine and also to soften up your hair, the only product you will need is beard oil.
To get the best out of beard oil though you need to apply the oil to the beard when it is wet, preferably after you have had a shower so the heat has naturally softened your hair. Pump a ten pence piece size onto the hand and spread evenly over the palms, run your hands over your beard making sure to get a full coverage of the hair from top to bottom.
How to Style Your Beard
Styling your beard can be frowned upon by certain people, but what most bearded people will not tell you is, the secret to a good looking beard requires a good styling and home maintenance.
A small beard kit is essential to keep that beard in line. A basic kit should consist of Scissors, a fine tooth comb, beard oil and a moustache wax. Now if you follow the beard oil regime seen above there will certainly be less maintenance work on your beard as it will be softer more pliable and easier to style.
1. Always trim the moustache along your lip line following the natural curve and lines of your top lip. This ensures a neat, trim moustache that leaves it looking very natural and not over clipped.
2. When styling your Moustache, always work from the middle (under your nose) outwards. Using your thumb and forefinger, twist the wax all around the moustache to get a good coverage.
The Best Beard Oils for Men
- It's important to maintain your mane regularly with a quick trim or run through of a comb.
- Beard oils with nourish both your facial hair and the skin underneath
- Argan oil is one of the best ingredients a beard oil can contain
- Really consider the scent of your beard oil before choosing it.
- Consider spending the few extra quid for a quality beard oil.
On That Note
And that's your lot! In recent years the market has been saturated with beard oils, balms, lotions and just about everything you can imagine associated with your facial fuzz. While it's always fantastic to have healthy competition in the marketplace, the best beard products don't need to be filled with every ingredient on the planet, so choose the one that works best for you and ignore the rest.