Let’s put our cards on the table right from the start – you need beard oil. Your beard needs beard oil.
Beard oil does so much after all. It moisturizes and conditions. It stops itching and prevents beardruff. It makes your beard easier to style.
It makes your beard look good.
We’ve talked in previous posts about the effectiveness of beard oil while reviewing thebest beard oils in the business – such as the Honest Amish Classic Beard Oil – and now we’d like to discuss how to apply beard oil.
While there’s nothing overly complicated about how to use beard oil, there is a right way and a wrong way, as with almost anything. Let’s take a look at applying beard oil while briefly touching on its benefits and how it differs from other beard products, such as beard balm and wax.
- How to apply beard oil the 6 easy steps
- Why beard oil is serious business (The benefits of using beard oil)
- So, what’s the difference: Beard Oil, beard balm, and beard wax?
HOW TO APPLY BEARD OIL IN 6 EASY STEPS
1. WHEN SHOULD YOU APPLY IT?
The best time to apply beard oil is right after you get out of the shower. Your beard will be its cleanest and the pores of your skin will have opened up nicely. Gently towel dry your beard before applying oil but leave it slightly damp. You don’t want to apply oil when your beard is too wet.
2. GETTING STARTED: HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU USE?
The first steps in applying beard oil are pouring the oil in your hand and then applying it to your beard. Simple enough, right?
Well, not so fast.
Determining how much beard oil to use should never involve guesswork. Specifically, the length and thickness of your beard determine how much oil you’ll need. Here’s a general guide:
- A new beard up to 1 month – 3 to 4 drops
- 1-3 months of beard growth – 4-6 drops
- 3-12 months – 6-10 drops
- One year and over – 10 drops and up
Keep in mind that the above guide is just that – a guide. You may find the right amount for you and your beard through trial and error. In most cases, less is more when it comes to beard oil (and beard balm, for that matter). Also, remember that oil doesn’t evaporate like water. Applying too much of it may lead to dripping and unwanted embarrassment.
That said, if you’re using beard oil for the first time – or first few times – apply a small amount at first and then use more only after you’ve become adept at applying it. When you’ve applied enough oil, your beard will feel softer and fully-coated.
3. HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU USE IT?
The question of how often to use beard oil is a little like how much oil you should use, i.e., it depends on a variety of factors. And not all beard oils are alike. Many bearded gents use beard oil every day. Some other things to consider:
- Men who live in humid climates and have shorter beards may get away with using beard oil every couple of days.
- If you live in a dry climate, you may need to apply beard oil more than once a day.
How often to apply beard oil is, again, sometimes a matter of personal preference. There’s certainly nothing wrong with applying it every day. Most experts encourage daily use to help keep your beard as healthy and attractive as possible.
And here’s another thing – you can even it apply it to your hair and neck (and other areas of your skin). One of beard oil’s many benefits is that it helps keep your skin healthy.
4. POURING THE OIL
Pouring the oil into your hand isn’t overly-complicated, but you need to be careful not to pour out too much. A typical bottle of beard oil is from 1 to 3 fluid ounces, and different brands use a variety of caps or mechanisms to make the pouring job easier. Again, the goal is not to waste any of the oil while lessening the risk of applying more of it on your beard than you need.
If your bottle comes with a dropper, be sure to immediately put the dropper back into the bottle once you’ve dispensed the right amount into your palm. Don’t set it on a countertop or other surface where it may attract contaminants.
5. APPLYING THE OIL
OK, you’ve taken a shower and the skin underneath your beard is warm, ready, and waiting. You’ve patted your beard with a towel but left it damp.
And now, here comes the fun part – applying your beard oil. How to apply beard oil:
STEP 1: Once you’ve poured the oil, spread it evenly on your palms and fingers.
STEP 2: Work the oil into your skin before spreading it onto your beard. It’s important to get the oil to the roots of your beard to help keep it healthy and strong.
STEP 3: Distribute the oil evenly in your beard by applying it across and with the grain.
STEP 4: Brush your palms along the sides of your beard and then do the same down the front of it.
STEP 5: Bring your hands up through the bottom of the beard as you continue to spread your beard oil evenly.
STEP 6: Use your fingertips to coat the hairs of your mustache.
6. THE FINISHING TOUCH: COMBING YOUR BEARD
If you don’t already have a quality beard comb, we suggest buying one because it’s an excellent tool to use in the process of applying beard oil. Combing your beard has many benefits, including that it 1) prevents ingrown hairs, 2) lines up hairs to make your beard appear fuller, and 3) it keeps stray hairs from getting into your mouth – and trains them to grow away from it.
Last, but not least, combing your beard makes it easier to distribute beard oil evenly.
Like most things, however, there’s a right way and wrong way to comb your beard. We’re going to focus on the right way:
- Go slowly
You’re not in a race here, even if you’re short on time after sleeping through your alarm. But comb your beard slowly to untangle any knots you may encounter along the way. Don’t force the issue if you do hit a snag; instead, remove your comb and gently try again until you’re able to pull through the knot without yanking out beard hair in the process.
- A quick note about beard combs
Remember, the wider the teeth on your comb, the easier it will glide through your beard. Combs typically have smaller teeth, as well – making the ideal for mustaches – but begin the combing process by using the wider teeth.
- Start low and work your way higher
Holding your comb with its teeth upward, start by combing from the bottom of your beard. Start by your neck and work your way toward the chin and cheeks. This will separate your beard’s hairs and give you a full, “fluffy” look.
- Comb downward
After you’ve separated the hairs and given your beard a fuller look, comb your beard downward and into the style you prefer. Also, don’t forget your mustache.
Note: Beard combs work best with longer beards. Give your beard time to grow in fully before getting serious and using a comb.
And that, friends, is an outline of how to use beard oil, whether you’re a longtime oil user or a newbie who’s just getting the hang of beard care. Beard oil is one of many tools available to help you – and your beard – to look your best, and is among the valuable beard products every beardsman should own. There are many choices when it comes to beard oil; in the end, however, it comes down to the oil that works best for you and your type of beard.