The good things in life require some patience and effort, and keeping a well-groomed, glistening beard that’s worthy of praise is no exception. Yes, growing a beard can seem a bit straightforward, but properly grooming a beard entails patience, self-discipline, and consistent care.

Luckily, products such as beard oils and balms help provide a savvy beard grooming and maintenance framework. As we’ll discuss in this article, beard balms and beard oil serve various functions and apply them correctly to maximize their benefits on your beard.

While there’s nothing complicated about applying and using beard balm or oil, there are right ways to go about it. 

What Is Beard Balm?

A beard balm combines the conditioning components of oil with the hold of wax. Most quality beard balms carry beeswax and butter (usually shea or cocoa butter).

It has a similar consistency to that of a lip balm or lighter hair wax and comes in a paste-like substance that’s easy to shape in your fingers before putting it on your beard. A beard balm also carries essential and carrier oils, hence the connections with beard oil.

But while a beard oil moisturizes your beard, a beard balm has the added benefit of helping to hold your beard’s particular “style” in place after you’ve styled it with a beard brush (or comb). The beeswax helps keep the balm in a solid-state and provides enough hold to let you style it as you please.

What Is Beard Oil?

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The main distinction between beard oil and beard balm is that beard oil doesn’t provide the “hold” that a balm does but instead supplies your beard with the proper nutrients, allowing it to be smoother and softer to the touch. A quality beard oil settles deep within the beard follicle’s shaft to the hair’s root and skin.

If you have an itchy beard, a regular occurrence in the initial stages of beard growth, beard oil is your best bet at taming the itchiness. Furthermore, beard oil is also a good option when you want to soften your beard and make it less rough. Beard oil usually consists of essential and carrier oils that work with other ingredients to help you maintain your beard.

How Much Beard Oil to Use?

There are no universal rules on how much you should use, as it depends on your beard’s length and thickness. If it is your first time applying some beard oil, 3-4 drops of beard oil should be enough, and a fingertip-sized dab for beard balm will work just fine. There’s a chance your beard might need more, but we recommend you start small until you find out what works for you. 

How to Use Beard Oil?

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There is no special trick to apply beard oil correctly, but we have a few hacks for prime time application. Because beards are naturally thicker and rougher than the hair on your head, and you want to make sure every follicle gets some nutrients. First, you want to shower and dampen your beard.

Using the dropper in your beard oil, pour a few droplets into the palm of your hand and rub them together. Make sure to get the good stuff between your fingertips. Then apply to your beard in an even manner, working in and massaging into every follicle. We recommend using a beard brush to help spread the oil evenly and exfoliating your skin while you’re at it for maximum results.

How to Apply Beard Balm?

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Rub your finger on the balm until you have a small ball of balm on your fingertip. Work it between your palm and fingers until it feels supple. After that, apply it to your beard, styling it into your desired shape. We recommend using a beard comb to help you make sure your beard looks as good as it possibly can.

Can I Use Beard Oil and Beard Balm Together?

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Try to avoid using the two of them together on your beard. The shea butter from the beard balm and some ingredients in the beard oil simply do not blend well together and may leave your beard looking notably greasy.

How Often Should I Use Beard Oil and Beard Balm?

It’s going to be different for everyone as it depends on your lifestyle, but we recommend using beard oil at least once a day to keep your beard fresh and flowing. Not using beard oil regularly can leave your beard dry, and this will result in itchiness and soreness.

Takeaway

No matter the length of your beard, it has its needs, and as a man, it’s up to you to see to those needs. Your facial hair is not the same type as the hair on your head. It’s much rougher, plus the skin beneath is more delicate than the skin on your scalp. That’s why beards require a specific grooming regimen and products. 

Bossman Brand Products answer the unique necessities of beards, no matter what stage of growth. Whether it’s scruffy and short or long and magnificent, Bossman has got your back.