Taking care of a good beard requires slightly more than simply ditching the razor and turning things over to time. While this method will eventually have you looking like you narrowly missed out on the Castaway role, you might not quite get the look you’re after. Good beard products are a fantastic aid in both growing & maintaining a solid beard, and are a must-have for the modern beard wearer.
One of the most common questions we get round these parts is - do I need a beard oil or a beard balm? The answer chaps, is (ideally) both. But just what are the benefits of each of these beard-boosting products’ key purpose? Read on.
The chief purpose of a good beard oil is to treat both the beard hair and the skin beneath it. Beard oil moisturises, softens and conditions the beard, making it both healthier and easier to manage. In the process, it also deals to the skin underneath your beard, providing the moisturising and skin-healing benefits common of oils such as Jojoba & Argan oil which are mainstays in beard oils - regardless of the brand.
Over time, beard oil contributes to growth through providing a healthier & better platform for the hair to grow. On top of this, it instantly helps tame the beard, give it a healthy sheen and stops it looking frizzy & dry. If you have a beard, you really need beard oil.
Beard balm is usually made up of beeswax, shea butter or similar, as well as often containing similar oils & fragrances to standalone beard oils.
Beard balm has a stronger hold than beard oil, and due to its texture provides a more noticeable thickening effect when applied. For unruly beards, a balm is often more effective at taming stray hairs & keeping the desired shape all day.
Some aren’t as fond of beard balms as they are of oils, simply because it does add a little weight or feeling of “thickness” that can be noticeable early in the day. Usually this feeling disappears fairly quickly, at least in my experience. It tends to be worth it for the fuller, more groomed looking beard it provides anyhow.
So, one or both?
As mentioned early in the article - the dedicated beadsman may indeed see good results using both beard oil & beard balm. In terms of application, the beard oil should go in first to hydrate and condition the beard, followed by the balm to thicken, style & groom.
Shameless plug: it goes without saying that we stock a range of both beard oils & beard balms, so if you’re new to the game or short of supplies - go and have a look at the shop.