The use of beard oils have spiked in popularity online since 2006, even if the use of this dates back to the time when Rome still ruled the old world.
What is beard oil?
Basically, beard oil is the oil you put on your beard to keep it healthy looking, and smelling good. It is also one of the most popular beard conditioning products that take care of the dry skin under the beard.
Beard oil use in olden times were mostly essential oil that was available in the regions in Middle East and Europe. These oils were extracted from the fragrant parts of the part, be it root, leaves, bark or flowers. These are very light oils and would evaporate as time passed. Full bearded men would rub essential oils often to protect themselves from the elements and beard lice.
In the other part of the world, carrier oils were used for beard health by Native Americans to moisturize their ‘winter beard’. Contrary to popular belief, Native Americans are able to grow beards – not full beards though. And when they did grow it, the carrier oils like Jojoba, Argan, and Almond were used to keep the beard healthy. They are completely natural and often fragrance-free.
It was only in 1930 that beard oil was infused with carrier oil. This was done to dilute the light but potent essential oil. Since then applying beard oil was safer and you don’t have to do it as often. Carrier oil makes up about 90%-95% of your beard oil while essential oils make up the rest of the actual oil mix.
What does beard oil do?
Beard oil contributes to your overall look. Even if you are going for that Thor look, you would want to make it more appealing and well kept. Face it, you’d love to see the look on their faces when they touch your beard amazingly soft to touch.
There are just 4 beard oil benefits you can get from using beard oil:
- It prevents flaking of the skin underneath or in short ‘beardruff’.
- It makes your beard smell good.
- It makes your beard grow healthier and nicer.
- It helps make beard softer and tamed.
How to use beard oil?
Mentioning the benefits above, beard oil can do all that if you make it a part of your overall beard grooming.
First, wash your beard with beard shampoo. Massage beard area for a while then rinse off. Do this every other day, at the most.
Second, spread a dab or two of beard conditioner on palms and spread over your beard. Let it stay for a minute or two, then rinse off. Do this once or twice a week- depending on how full our beard is.
Third, would be to dry off your beard – not blow dry just dry with clean cloth. Do this every time you take a bath ;).
Fourth, would be to put 2 to 3 drops of beard oil on your palms and rub some heat into it. Then spread over your beard and mustache. The heat helps hasten the absorption of the beard oil. Do this often even in between shampoo and conditioner days.
How often you use beard oil would depend on how thick and long your beard is. Beard grooming depends on your lifestyle, you can use beard oil everyday – especially if you have beardruff. To be safe, read the beard oil label for the maker’s recommended use or dosage.