Consider this point of view – your friend asks you to get beard oil to supplement your beard growth. Taking his advice, you get some for yourself. You try to apply it. However, the routine doesn’t sit right with you.
You either end up feeling so-so after the application. Or worse, your face feels too sticky and oily due to the oil.
Sound familiar? It might. It might not. But for those of you who relate to this, here’s some advice – Apply Your Beard Oil Correctly.
At this point, you might be thinking – “What is so difficult about applying beard oil anyway?” And you are right. There isn’t. But it isn’t as easy as most people think it is either. Applying beard oil is not only about taking the oil in your hands and rubbing them all over your face.
You have to follow a suitable routine to get the best results. You have to consider certain factors and follow proper application techniques. But don’t worry. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this routine, this article will help you out.
Applying Beard Oil (The Correct Way)
To apply beard oil correctly, you will need:
- Beard Oil (obviously)
- A comb (any regular comb with a wide and a narrow section)
- A boar brush
- A dropper (a lot of brands include one in the packaging)
Once you are done acquiring all of these products, it is time to follow the steps below.
Step 1: Preparing your beard
All beard maestros know that applying beard oil is never just about rubbing the oil in your beard. Your beard should be ready for it. Preparing your beard should be the first step of your beard-care routine.
Damp It Up!
The first thing you need to do before you even pick that bottle of beard oil up is wash your face/take a shower. Damp skin is the best surface for beard oil. Hot showers tend to open up the pores of your skin. Open pores allow the beard oil to seep in and settle quickly. They also ensure that the oil reaches the roots of the beard.
Showers also soften the hair strands, which allows uniform and easy application of oil to the beard. It also ensures the removal of dirt particles from your beard. Oil works best when applied to clean hair.
Hence, this is the best time to expose your skin to beard oil.
- The surface to which the beard oil is to be applied should be DAMP, NOT WET. You should ensure that you pat dry your face before working with the oil. The oil won’t stick to a wet surface because water and oil don’t mix. Just ensure that your beard is dry but still retains some moisture from the shower.
- You should use lukewarm water and not cold water while showering. Coldwater tends to tighten the pores of the skin. Lukewarm water, on the other hand, opens them up.
Step 2: Applying the Beard Oil
Applying beard oil requires two things:
- The right quantity
- The right application
If done right, this method will make you look like Chris Hemsworth in the blink of an eye. We are just kidding! No one can become Chris Hemsworth in the blink of an eye. But you get the point.
Use a paraben-free and sulfate-free beard oil. These are undesirable chemicals and can damage your hair.
Choosing the Right Quantity
What is it with beard oil and quantity? Can’t you directly take some in your hands and rub it all over your face? No.
The amount of beard oil that you should use depends on three things –
- The thickness of your beard
- The length of your beard
- Your beard growth
To take the correct quantity of beard oil, take a dropper and fill it with the oil. Now, follow the guidelines below to determine how much beard oil you need.
- If you have a short-length beard (anything less than an inch), use 3-4 drops.
- If you have a medium-length beard (1-5 inches), use 6 to 10 drops.
- For anything more than that, fill the dropper to its peak and use all of it.
If the hair strands on your beard are thick, use more oil.
Another thing that determines the ideal quantity is your beard growth. If you have:
- 1 month of beard growth – use 3-4 drops.
- 1 to 3 months of beard growth – use 4-6 drops
- 3 to 12 months of beard growth – use 6-10 drops
- If your beard is older than a year, use more than 10 drops
Once you have decided how much oil you need to use, all that is left is its application. To apply beard oil properly, squeeze the oil from the dropper into the palm of your hand. Doing this ensures that you use the right amount of pressure on the follicle region.
Then, follow the steps mentioned below:
- Rub your hands together and evenly distribute the oil. Cover both the palms in oil.
- Now, rub the oil in your beard. Try and get to the surface of your skin first. Beard oil is most effective at the roots.
- Start with the fingers at the end of your beard near the ear. Then, drag your hands in a semi-circular motion and converge at the chin.
- Don’t forget the lower jaw and the neck region. Massage your hair and ensure that you leave no area untouched.
- Now, rub your hands over your mouth and chin. Work on the front. Start from below the nose and go all the way towards the chin.
- Work on the area beneath your chin.
- Caress your hair from the bottom up – Spread your fingers about 1 cm wide. Then, start from your Adam’s apple and work your way up to the top of your beard.
- Caress your mustache and the tip of your hair strands with your fingers.
After giving a neat coating of the oil to your beard, it is time to straighten it out. Use a comb or a brush to get your beard in line. Groom it the way you want to. Distribute the oil evenly using the comb/brush.
Doing this has several benefits-
- It leads to the distribution of oil evenly through the beard.
- It helps the oil reach the pores.
- It allows the beard to grow fully due to the successive arrangement of the hair strands.
First, comb your beard from the bottom to the top. Brush against the hair strands. Then, move from the top to the bottom and groom your beard accordingly.
- Use a wooden comb instead of a regular plastic comb. A wooden comb does not have rough edges and will not damage your follicles.
- Do not comb your beard more than twice per day. Too much combing can damage your beard.
Step 3: Setting a routine (same routine for all?)
One of the most important things to keep in mind is the overall routine. To get the best results, maintain a consistent schedule and follow it to the grave. Keep the following things in mind while making a routine:
- Apply the oil every two days if you live in a humid climate. There are fewer chances of your beard drying out due to humidity. So you don’t need to follow the routine every day.
- If you have a thicker beard and live in a dry area, you can apply the beard oil daily.
Keep in mind that every beard is different. With regular usage, you can figure out the best settings for your beard. Once you are acquainted with what suits your beard, follow that routine.
Can I apply beard oil after shaving?
Yes. Beard oil softens your skin. The presence of moisturizing ingredients prevents dryness. The pores on your skin are also exposed right after a shave. Hence, it is beneficial to apply beard oil after shaving.
What should my beard oil ideally contain?
Oils containing jojoba, almond, and argan are the most beneficial. The rest depends from user to user.
How is beard oil different from beard balm and beard wax?
Balms and waxes have a heavier texture as compared to oils. They help in styling the beard. Oils work towards the better growth of the beard.
Do keep in mind that every beard is different. While we have tried to explain the best way to apply beard oils, you can always tweak it according to your needs. Beard oils are useful products for beard care. Using them properly can give you really good results. With the right application, beard oils can give you a sharp and clean look. So work on your application and grow that beard!