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The Difference Between Beard Oil and Beard Balm
Alrighty Fam let us talk about the difference between beard oil and beard balm.
Although the benefits might seem similar between a beard oil and beard balm, the purpose of these two amazing products are unique. What Hairy Man Care recommends is a beard oil and beard balm for a longer beard to moisturizer the skin and beard and the balm to tame those flyways. For a shorter beard, a beard oil will be perfect.
If you are having trouble choosing to get balm or oil, read on to learn about the benefits of both. Specifically, we will discuss what beard balm and oil do, when to use them, and how to apply these grooming products effectively to moisturize, condition, soften your beard.
Let us dive in to learn the difference between a beard oil and beard balm, its benefits and what it does.
What Is Beard Balm?
Beard balm is a wax of moisturizers and sealants that are mixed, double boiled and cooled. Balm is designed to condition your beard with every use, but it also makes your beard more manageable, meaning it works as a styling and shaping product to tame your mane.
A great beard balm should moisturize and soften your facial hair, get rid of beard dandruff, stop itchiness and flaking, provide a good hold for styling and grooming, and make your beard look thicker and shiny. The latter is particularly crucial for men with patchy or thin beards. By preventing your hairs from drying out or becoming brittle, balm can also help you stimulate beard growth.
Eventually, when you apply beard balm, it is possible to take your beard from scruffy to maintained, shiny and smooth. When it comes to buying beard balm, you will notice that these products come with various ingredients, so choose the one that best suits your needs – hence why at Hairy Man Care, we handcraft our products with the best ingredients nature provides.
At Hairy Man Care, we highly recommend you only get a balm with all-natural ingredients to avoid irritating your skin. An organic balm is especially helpful for guys with sensitive skin. Here are the core ingredients that make up beard balm:
- Shea Butter – Shea butter is an all-natural ingredient that makes your beard appear thicker after application. In addition to improving the thickness of your hairs, shea butter is a sealant that will keep your beard hydrated and healthy all day.
- Beeswax – Beeswax acts much like shea butter does, but it requires less processing and is therefore not as likely to irritate your skin. It is also somewhat thicker than shea butter for some added manageability and styling power.
- Jojoba and Argan Oil – These carrier oils are common in beard balms in small amounts, and they serve an especially important purpose. Argan and jojoba oil are all-natural moisturizers that provide the hydration the shea butter and beeswax will seal in. Failing to use a balm with a quality oils can make your beard brittle and dry, resulting in breakage and slow growth.
What Is Beard Oil?
Beard oil is a moisturizing product made with blends of carrier oils. Because of its liquid form, a good beard oil is more effective in absorbing into the skin and hydrating the skin under your beard as well as reaching all parts of your face and hair. Furthermore, a quality beard oil will also stop beard itch, get rid of dandruff and dry flakes, promote growth, and soften your beard.
When picking between beard oil and balm, it is critical to remember that using both on thick, full facial hair is ideal and can maximize the benefits. While beard balm is designed to lock in moisture while providing you the ability to shape and manage your beard, beard oil is purely a moisturizer and conditioner.
Another important consideration for beard oil is the scent and ability to deodorize. If you prefer a scented oil, be sure to pick a product with essential oils and not artificial fragrances. Those fragrances contain harsh chemicals that can dry your skin and beard, completely reversing what the oil was designed to do in the first place.
How To Use Beard Balm and Beard Oil
For best results, guys will need to learn how to apply beard balm and beard oil properly. Firstly, take the time to wash your beard with a natural shampoo and conditioner. Towel dry and let it air dry naturally for a few minutes before you use the beard oil. A few drops of the oil or a little scoop of the beard balm goes a long way. Go with the beard oil first by running it into your beard ensuring it is rubbed well into the beard and the surface of the skin. Then scoop the desired amount of beard balm to your palm, rub it between your palms to make it warm and soft.
Now run your fingers through your beard from the neck up, paying close attention to rub the skin where your beard is growing. Not only does this help to coat individual hairs, but it also protects and nourishes your hair follicles at the root.
After spreading the beard balm and beard oil as evenly as possible, brush the balm through your beard with a quality beard brush and comb. Keep is mind, for a shorter beard – go for the beard brush and for a longer beard – go for both beard brush and the comb to target the longer beard hair.
A brush will ensure you distribute the balm throughout, touching all the hairs and gently penetrating down to the skin.
You can apply most forms of beard balm as many as three times per day as needed, and as long as your balm of choice contains only natural ingredients, there is no harm in leaving it in until your next shower. If your balm contains petroleum jelly, you should wash it out every night to avoid damage.
To end Fam, you can use both a beard oil and beard balm to condition, nourish and style your mane – tame your mane with Hairy Man Care!