November 30, 2022

Does shea butter really deserve the hype it gets in the beard care world? Boy does it ever! Saying shea butter is good for your beard is like saying air is good for breathing!

Read on to find out why shea butter is so phenomenal for both beard and skin health - and why it’s the prime ingredient in our sumptuous, luxurious Beard Balm.

What Even is Shea Butter?

Shea butter is an oily fat extracted from the nut of the shea tree, which is native to Africa. (The tree is sometimes also called the karité tree.) In its natural form, shea butter looks a bit like coconut oil in its solid form, except a little more ivory in color.

This wonder-moisturizer has potent antioxidant properties and is packed full of vitamins E, A, D and F - everything your face and beard needs to grow soft, strong and smooth.

Not only is this supercharged natural moisturizer a major factor in many cosmetic products, it’s also literally good enough to eat! Yep, you read that right. Shea butter can even be used as a substitute for cocoa butter in making chocolate.

What are the Benefits of Using Shea Butter on Your Beard?

How long have you got? Seriously, the list of benefits is long and distinguished.

Shea butter:

  • moisturizes dry, damaged whiskers
  • provides a protective layer to lock in moisture in hair strands
  • softens whiskers
  • conditions and strengthens beard hairs to reduce/prevent breakage and split ends
  • nourishes with essential nutrients - especially good for repairing hair strands damaged by dryness, harsh products, punishing environment, etc.
  • is loaded with vitamins E, A, D and F
  • has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
  • is lightweight
  • softens and moisturizes skin
  • helps reduce beard itch caused by skin dryness and flaking
  • moisturizes skin to prevent unsightly beard dandruff (beardruff)
  • helps soothe beard acne
  • cultivates healthier hairs, which means less hair loss
  • can help hair grow more evenly
  • creates a smooth, flowing beard and helps manage that mangy, wiry or frizzy look
  • tames and trains beard hairs with firm but pliable texture that’s neither liquid nor solid
  • tames and holds hairs to avoid tangles, knots and snags
  • brushes through a beard like a breeze
  • adds a layer of protection against heat and extreme weather
  • provides “Goldilocks” shine to you beard - not too little, not too much, but juuuust right
  • adds volume
  • is never oily or greasy on hairs
  • reduces skin rashes

Does Shea Butter Help with Beard Growth?

Well, the jury is still out on this, but it sure can’t hurt your beard growth.

Because shea butter can help reduce inflammation and irritation, while nourishing and moisturizing hairs and hair follicles, it creates a better environment for luscious hair growth that can mature into a healthy, full beard.

That means a reduction in breakage, split ends and bare patches.

What’s the Difference Between Beard Butter and Beard Oil?

It would be easy to think that beard butter (shea butter) and beard oil are pretty similar. After all, both help moisturize and soften hairs and skin, removing flaking and itching, reducing irritation, reducing frizz, training hair growth direction, etc. 

But butter feels more like a pomade than an oil. It’s much thicker, so it can style your beard with some all-day shape and confidence. It provides a layer of protection on your beard against the elements and is especially effective at keeping the wildest, coarsest wild flyaways in line.

So think of the two products like this…

  • Beard oil absorbs into your skin more and provides softening shine and moisture to your whiskers.
  • Shea butter absorbs differently and stays on longer while providing a sturdier layer of protection, fullness and control.

Together, they make an epic team for sexy, touchable softness and complete 360-degree beard and face health!

Shea Butter & The Rugged Bros are Besties

The Rugged Bros Beard Balm wouldn’t be seen dead without shea butter as its #1 ingredient! It’s what makes it pure magic!

  • Shea butter goes on easily with no gunky buildup, no stiff hairs and no frizz.
  • It stays pliable so you can re-brush and/or re-shape your beard at any time of the day or night.
  • Our Beard Balm has no scent, so it won’t  interfere with your cologne or your natural aromatic magnetism.

The Rugged Bros Beard Balm teams up shea butter with the silky goodness of virgin argan oil, golden jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, hemp seed oil and many more heavy hitters to give you luxurious conditioning. Plus we add a tiny dash of pure white beeswax to give you that extra confidence in its holding strength.

Use our shea butter beard balm to not only to soften and shape your beard, but to give it a deep conditioning infusion of antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids - everything a growing beard needs! Check it out here: The Rugged Bros Beard Balm

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