Beards have been grown and worn by men since antiquity. They were a sign of maturity, an item of convenience, and many become symbols of power or status. Today, more and more American men are growing and maintaining beards.
Despite the coolness and novelty of growing a beard, the actual process of growing one can be uncomfortable. For the uninitiated, beard itch, flakiness, and general discomfort are common symptoms that affect would-be-beard-growers around the world.
Regular washing and shampooing are crucial to general beard hygiene and preventing unwanted odors.
Beyond that, modern beard oils can be true lifesavers.
Like any other products, the range of beard oils is simply staggering.
There is everything from mass made synthetic products that promise all sorts of results to natural based products that are sold locally or online.
For beginner beard growers, we recommend picking an unscented beard oil. Unscented is crucial because many products have a tendency to project their scent heavily throughout the day (and overpower any other scents you may have on). Further, unscented products are great considerate choices for those who are sensitive to perfumes or other strong odors.
Ingredient wise, there are three essential oils that are excellent for moisturizing skin and hair. Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Grapeseed Oil are excellent natural and organic choices for keeping skin and hair healthy, soft and unscented. Other oils can help too, but they often have strong and pungent odors which can be off putting for many.
In regards to application, normally a drop of beard oil in the palm of your hand is enough to massage into a growing beard. The focus is to reach the skin beneath the hair and then massage outwards. Repeated usage will help minimize the amount of beard itch and also help to promote hair growth and healthy beards.
Depending on where in the United States you live, the places where you find and buy beard oil can differ. Large cities may have specialty stores, or luxury men’s goods stores that will carry various brands. However, if this is not the case, simple Google searches will yield a variety of results. A general rule of thumb is – look for brands with a strong return policy and money back guarantee when purchasing online. The last thing you want is to spend $15, wait a few days for shipping, and then realize you hate the way that the oil feels.