Considering how often we mention beard oil on this site, and how freakin’ awesome it is, we should probably give you the rundown on how to actually use it for maximum benefit. That would be a cool, neighborly, bro-like thing to do.
So, here’s your Rugged Bros step-by-step guide on how to apply beard oil. Follow the steps and you’ll have your face forest looking and feeling dope af.
If you’re brand new to beard oil, or even new to bearding itself, and don’t really know what the stuff is, here’s the scoop...
A quality beard oil is a specially formulated blend of essential oils and carrier oils that will help your manly mane and the skin beneath in so many ways. It will:
The trick is to (1) choose the best beard oil, (2) use just the right amount, and (3) know how to put it on.
Oils ain’t oils. In other words, no two beard oils are the same, especially when it comes to quality. Choose wisely because not any old product on the grocery store shelf will do.
You’re a discerning dude who deserves the best. So to find the best, look for the ideal blend of organic essential oils and carrier oils, especially:
When an oil has this combo, you’re set to nourish your beard like never before.
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A general rule-of-thumb that works for most beardsters is every second day, up to about three times a week.
But there are several factors that go into determining more precisely how frequently you should use this liquid gold: how long your beard is, the climate you live in, and your lifestyle.
Whatever works for you, though! You are the master!
Wash with good beard wash and warm water. Not scalding hot and definitely not cold water. The warm water and steam will open the pores of your skin so it’s ready to receive the beard oil awesomeness.
Pat your beard dry with a towel. Slightly damp is okay for applying oil. Soaking wet hair is not okay. And remember, never use a hair dryer on your beard because it may damage the hairs and their follicles.
Use a dedicated beard wash. Grocery store shampoos must never touch your beloved Canadian scarf. They will strip it of all moisture and make it (and your skin) a living hell. Here's more info on why our bearded pros never use regular shampoo on their beards: Can You Use Regular Shampoo on Your Beard
As for when to wash, timing is everything. Trial and error will teach you if morning or evening is better for your beard.STEP 2: Apply the right amount to your palms first
That’s right, squeeze from the dropper into your palms first. Then rub your hands together to create an even coating on your palms and fingers.
Never drip the oil directly into your beard, because it’s almost impossible to spread it evenly through your beard after that. You want to have control over how you spread the oil.
How much do you use? It depends on your beard’s length. Here’s a rough guide:
We recommend using fewer drops to begin with. You can always add more. But if your beard becomes greasy, you can’t do anything about that until the next wash, when you’ll want to cut back a little.STEP 3: How to rub it in
You can wash your hands now if you like.
Take your wild boar bristle beard brush and work from the top down. Use long strokes from your cheeks and sideburns all the way to the bottom of your beard.
Always brush downwards on your beard – unless you’re going for a different shape.
Use the brush to spread the oil evenly and to tame and shape your beard. This is where you can coax hairs to grow in the direction you want.
Be sure your brush bristles massage your facial skin.
To finish, use shorter strokes of the brush to get the shape and neatness you want.
Avoid plastic and metal combs at all costs. (1) They can snag and pull. (2) They don’t spread oil effectively. (3). Their rough ends can damage your hair follicles.STEP 5: For a medium to long beard, apply Beard Balm
Rub a little knob of balm (about half a fingernail to a full fingernail size) in your fingers to soften it and spread it evenly.
Rub your fingertips into your beard hairs, massaging deeply.
Brush again to shape your beard and tame any flyaway hairs.
The balm provides more nourishment and also a protective barrier to keep the oil in longer so it can do its job effectively. Here's more info on how to apply beard balm.
And that, my friend, is all you need to know about applying beard oil. Couldn’t be simpler! If you still have questions, feel free to drop us a message and we’ll gladly give you more bro-tips.
Beard well, my friends!
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