The best beard care is using both a beard growth oil and a beard growth serum for a soft beard and hair growth.
In this guide, I’ll break down what beard oil is and the reasons to use it. I’ll also tell you what types of ingredients to look for and how to use beard oil.
What is Beard Oil?
Beard oil is a specific type of hair oil that moisturizes and manages beard hair. Some can even encourage hair growth. The best beard growth oils will promote hair growth and deeply moisturize beard hair. They also help hydrate the skin underneath your beard, deterring flaky beard dandruff.
Beard oils are usually a combination of essential oils, carrier oils and plant extracts. The essential oil ingredient offers therapeutic benefits or can simply add a nice fragrance to your beard. Carrier oils are the base that dilutes the essential oil and makes it easier for your skin to absorb. Carrier oils are products like coconut oil or avocado oil.
Beard oils are most commonly used as a beard softener, for beard styling, or to help beard hair grow.
Beard Oil vs. Beard Balm
Sometimes beard oil and beard balms can be confused. Unlike beard oil, beard balm has a butter base, typically shea butter, and is used for moisturizing and styling. Below are some similarities and differences between these two types of products.
- Both are beard softeners.
- Both moisturize the skin beneath.
- Both can help tame a frizzy, unruly beard.
- Both contain carrier oils and essential oils.
- Beard balm is a thicker consistency because of its butter base.
- Beard balm doesn’t offer hair growth the way beard growth oil can. Since beard balm is thick, it can inhibit hair growth and cause breakouts.
- Beard balm is more commonly used for the styling capabilities that beard oil doesn’t always offer.
- Balms are usually designed for longer beards and won’t suit shorter beards.
10 Reasons to Use Beard Oil
The best beard oil, like my favorite Wonder Beard™ Grooming Oil, will offer many benefits like:
The best beard oils will hydrate both the beard hair and the skin beneath.
Beard oil is a great beard softener to help prevent breakage since it’s coarse and it can easily get dry and brittle.
3. Hair Growth
Some products work as a beard growth oil by making your beard appear fuller and encouraging hair growth, due to their content of additional active ingredients for hair growth.
It's essential to wash your beard regularly, but washing your beard too often can strip it of its natural oils. Beard oils can replenish the stripped oil and help restore healthy sebum production.
5. Reduces Itch
Dead skin flaking under your beard can create an irritating itch or inflamed redness. Beard oil can soothe the skin below, moisturize it, and reduce flaking skin.
6. Tames Hair
Unruly, flyaway hairs are very common and using beard oil can help contain these hairs.
7. Hair Nutrition
Beard oils usually contain essential oils and vitamins like biotin and vitamin E that nourish the hairs and keep them healthy.
8. Adds Shine
Beard hair can look dull if it’s not properly conditioned. Beard oil will help bring some shine back into your beard, giving it a healthy appearance.
9. Good for Sensitive Skin
The best beard oils are made with quality, all-natural carrier oils and therapeutic essential oils that can be beneficial and soothing for sensitive skin.
10. Good Smell
Beard oil is a great way to add fragrance to your beard. Try replacing your cologne with a fragrant, moisturizing beard oil.
Who Should Use Beard Oil?
If you prefer to keep your beard groomed, soft, and smelling good, then beard oil is for you. Beard oil is designed for all beard lengths and textures, so anyone with a beard can use it.
If you only have a slight stubble, Wonder Beard™ Growth Serum might be a good additional product if your goal is to grow out your beard.
Beard hair, like the hair on your head, has its specific texture and type. Below are some beard hair types and how to care for them using beard oil.
Identify Your Beard Hair Type
Straight Beard Hair
Straight hair beards typically grow very long and are sometimes called Viking beards. To care for this hair type, regularly comb it to remove tangles and concentrate the beard oil at the ends so the hair continues to grow healthy.
Wavy Beard Hair
Wavy beard hair can easily become untamed. Trimming this type of beard regularly will help keep the hair in place. Beard oil will also help keep those stray hairs firm in place. Brushing through your beard can also help keep those flyaways groomed.
Curly Beard Hair
Curly beard hair appears coily and springy. This is a dense hair texture and can be prone to dryness. Beard oil will help keep this hair type hydrated and shiny. Use it daily and apply it before brushing through the hair.
Patchy Beard Hair
Having patches where hair won’t grow is completely normal. Beard oil can help make any sparse areas appear fuller. Using a beard oil and a beard growth serum together can even help encourage hair growth.
Gray Beard Hair
It’s not just the hair on top of your head that will start to gray, your beard will also become gray over time. Gray hair can tend to be dry and brittle and beard oil is a great beard softener option. It should be used from the tip to the root of the beard and into the skin to help your skin from drying out.
The Best Beard Oil Ingredients to Look For
Here are the best beard oil ingredients broken down into carrier oils, plant extracts, and vitamins.
- Shea butter esters – High in fatty acids and has a smoothening and moisturizing effect.
- Avocado oil – Helps keep hair detangled and can help repair cuticle damage, while replenishing the skin beneath.
- Argan oil – Great for thicker hair strands to keep them moisturized and shiny.
- Apricot kernel oil – A light oil that acts as a natural moisturizer that’s an ultimate beard softener.
- Sweet almond oil – Can help reduce beard dandruff by calming inflamed skin and offering soothing hydration.
- Sunflower seed oil – It’s anti-inflammatory and helps smooth split ends for healthy hair growth.
- Coconut oil – Can penetrate the hair shaft to deliver a lot of moisture and protect from hair breakage.
- Marula oil – Another light weight oil that can help heal acne due to its antimicrobial benefits.
Plant Extracts and Vitamins
- Rosemary leaf extract – Has anti-inflammatory properties and can help improve circulation.
- Vitamin E – Contains antioxidants to help defend against free radicals.
- Densi’Beard™ – This naturally sourced active ingredient is clinically proven to increase beard density. Densi’Beard™ is developed from a variety of grain millet grown in France. This ingredient is essential to making the best beard growth oil.
So if you’re looking for a great beard oil, keep an eye out for these ingredients. Besides, I recommend going for a 100% natural, organic and vegan certified product, so you avoid any potentially harmful ingredients, such as silicones or synthetic fragrances that can cause irritation. Wonder Beard™ Grooming Oil fulfils all of these criteria, so in my opinion it is the best beard oil out there.
How To Use Beard Oil
While it can depend on your hair type, length, moisture retention, and climate of where you live, I recommend using beard oil daily.
Ideally, it should be used after showering or after washing your face. Your skin and hair have softened from washing and will allow the beard oil to penetrate deeply.
Here is a routine for how to use beard oil:
Take 2-3 drops of Wonder Beard™ Grooming Oil and massage it in your hands. This will help spread the oil evenly throughout your hair.
Begin to massage the oil through your dry beard, focusing on the ends where it tends to be driest. If you have a short beard, simply brush your palms directly along the sides and front of your beard hair evenly.
Once you have applied the oil to your beard hair, use any remaining oil on your hands to massage it into the skin beneath.
Use either your fingers or a comb and work the oil through your beard to ensure it was distributed to all your hairs.
If your beard is particularly dry, use this routine before going to bed in addition to after showering.
More Beard Care Tips
Here are some additional tips for keeping your beard hair healthy and strong.
Use Hair Growth Formula Supplements
Getting the right nutrients is essential for growing out your hair. Taking supplements like Hair Formula Gummies or Tablets formulated specifically for men is an easy way to ensure you are receiving the right vitamins and minerals for healthy hair growth.
Use a Beard Growth Serum
Adding a Wonder Beard™ Growth Serum to your routine can help stimulate healthy hair growth. It’s also a great skin and beard softener.
Use a Beard Shampoo
Keeping up beard hygiene is vital for healthy beard hair and skin. Use Wonder Beard™ Shampoo formulated with stimulating ingredients like caffeine and CAPIXYL™ to help remove dead skin, excess sebum, and any other debris, while promoting healthy beard growth. Always end your washing ritual with a hydrating beard growth oil.
Brushing daily will deter tangles and will help hair grow healthy. Using a Wet Hair Detangler Brush in the shower will gently untangle your beard without breakage. If your beard hair is dense, use a bristle brush when it’s dry to get stubborn tangles.
Split ends can deter healthy hair growth so make sure to trim your hair regularly. For beard hair growth, trim your beard hair every 6-8 weeks. If you are interested in maintaining your current beard style, trim once a week or once every two weeks.
So, Does Beard Growth Oil Really Work?
The best beard growth oil can help create an environment on your face that encourages hair growth. While your hair growth can depend on genetics, environment, health, and other outside factors, the most effective way to promote hair growth is to use products that support healthy hair.
Want more resources on how to use beard oil for growth? Here are more tips to grow a beard faster.
I hope I have provided you with helpful information on how to use beard oil and why it’s so beneficial. So go experiment and find your method and routine for how to use beard oil!