Having a grooming routine and staying consistent in the care of your beard is vital to making sure it grows thick and healthy, but where do you start?
The rise in beard popularity amongst black men has meant a rise in beard care products being introduced into the market. From oils, to balms, to butters, there is a vast range of product types and brands to choose from. Many men often wonder which product to buy and what the actual difference is, so we have made a simple guide to explain the differences allowing you to make an informed decision when buying products for your beard.
Beard Oil: What Are Beard Oils?
This one is pretty self explanatory. Oil products consists mainly of essential and carrier oils, and also have a fragrance to give it a nice scent. It’s great for softening the hair and making sure the skin below the beard is nicely moisturised. Beard Oils are a great source of nourishment for your facial hairs. When looking for an oil, make sure you look for those containing Argan, Almond or Jojoba Oil, as these soak quickly into the beard and hair follicles without weighing down the beard.
Beard Oils are perfect for short stubbles and sharp facial hair as it softens the hair shaft and leaves your face not as prickly. Use it in the mornings or after washing your beard because the hair follicles and pores are open and so the oil will easily be absorbed.
Beard Butter: What Is Beard Butter?
Butters are normally a mix of oils and butters, like Shea or Cocoa. The natural butters used in beard butters are used to help lock in moisture whilst making sure the beard remains soft and manageable.
Butters also provide a light hold so that you can tame and style your beard. It’s therefore the ideal product for styling and will keep your beard nicely in place.
Beard Balm: What Are Beard Balms?
The Beard Balm is a mix of oil and wax. It’s essentially a butter mixed with beeswax for maximum hold. Allowing you to shape and style your beard how ever you like. If you have unruly hairs that need taming or need to lay down like the rest of your beard, then this is the ideal product to do that with. Be careful not too use too much of it or to use a product that contains too much beeswax, because this can leave you with a crunchy, hard and dry beard.
What you should use is dependant on that results you’re looking for. A Balm or Butter will give you a more matte-like finish whilst offering styling capabilities. An Oil will leave you with a shinier finish whilst softening, nourishing and moisturising your beard. Let us know in the comments what you use!
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