Why does beard oil matter?
Well, growing a beard is hard work. It takes patience, time and dedication to grow a strong healthy beard.
And, after all of your efforts, you will be pissed off if your beard gets too dry, tangled or irritates the skin underneath your beard.
Lucky for you, beard oil can help you maintain a healthy, manageable beard that's soft to the touch.
As you well know, at Wild Willies we're like honey badgers when it comes to helping men grow the best beard possible. WE'LL NEVER QUIT.
We think it's important that every guy knows a little something about beard oil so we're going to break down some key facts for you.
In this article:
What is beard oil?
Beard oil is technically a liquid blend of various carrier oils mixed with concentrated amounts of essential oils for fragrance purposes. A really good beard oil will include nourishing ingredients to aid in facial hair growth.
Beard oil can be used by men of all ages and it's completely safe for daily use. It is used to supplement the natural oils that your body produces. These oils help avoid flaky skin and prevent dandruff.
Most men will use a beard oil to restore moisture and shine, remove the itch, and control the stray hairs on your face. Some beard oils are scented and will give a nice smell to your beard.
This product plays an important part in a beard care routine by offering numerous benefits that help you grow thick facial hair faster while keeping your beard hair looking well groomed.
Beard oil should be used on long beards as well as short beards. If you are using a beard shampoo when showering, you DEFINITELY want to apply some beard oil afterwards to avoid getting dry skin under your beard from the cleaning chemicals found in some beard shampoo.
How does beard oil work?
A good beard oil can work wonders for your beard game. Beard oil works in 5 important ways:
- Softens and hydrates your beard hairs
- Moisturizes the skin under your beard
- Makes your beard look fuller
- Helps facial hair grow
- Makes your beard smell great
No matter what beard style you are rocking, the 5 beard oil benefits listed above are an important part of beard maintenance.
Beard oil works by wicking down your beard and penetrating your hair follicles. The hydrating properties of the various types of oils commonly found in beard oil (covered in more detail below) help soften your facial hairs, reduce the chances of itchy skin, and prevent unruly hairs.
Furthermore, the nutrients and vitamins found in some beard oils will help keep your beard hair healthy which may aid in overall growth.
It is important to look for a beard oil that uses locally sourced ingredients to avoid purchasing a product with ingredients that might irritate your skin or that have gone bad.
How to apply beard oil
We get it, if you haven't tried beard oil before, it can feel alot like you're lubing up your beard for a date with destiny. So, follow these steps on how to apply beard oil properly:
- Apply after a hot shower
- Dry your beard completely before applying beard oil
- Don't use too much (2-3 drops will do)
- Spread it evenly in your hands
- Brush your hands along the sides and front of your beard first
- Work your fingers through your beard to reach the skin underneath
- Use a beard comb to straighten your beard hairs and work the beard oil in even deeper
One of the major benefits of a scented beard oil is that after application, you'll have no need for an aftershave.
Depending on the season or the climate you live in, you'll want to repeat the process more than once. However, the goal is to make your beard look natural and styled, not like you went apple bobbing in an oil drum.
Best beard oil ingredients
Even though some of our most rugged fans continue to suggest motor oil is the best beard oil, we've got a list of ingredients below to help you decipher the ingredients in your chosen beard oil.
If you have sensitive skin, make sure to look for beard oils that are safe for use on all skin types. An easy way to do this is to purchase from a reputable brand and avoid the cheap no-name products out there from other brands.
The best beard oil ingredients are:
The jojoba plant is a desert shrub from the southwestern United States. It can grow in Arizona and southern California and Mexico.
Jojoba can do a lot for your hair. It is rich in vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, B vitamins, vitamin E, copper, and zinc that help your hair grow.
Jojoba oil can make your hair stronger and some people even swear it helps grow hair and reverse hair loss.
Argan oil comes from a plant that grows in Morocco. The plant produces kernels that contain oil for cooking and cosmetic use.
Argan oil benefits for the skin include reducing acne and blackheads, moisturizing the skin, naturally fighting aging signs like wrinkles and blemishes, healing scars and stretch marks. It can also treat eczema, psoriasis and dryness typically associated with cold weather or air conditioning.
Grape seed oil is a byproduct of making wine.
Grapeseed oil is high in omega-6 fatty acids. It's great under your beard because grape seed oil is lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin.
Also, grape seed oil has powerful antioxidants that can help your hair grow.
Hemp seed oil
Hemp seed oil is not the same as CBD oil as it comes from hemp seeds that are not as potent and full of THC as other parts of the plant.
Still, hemp seed oil has many nutrients and useful compounds that are beneficial to your beard care.
Hemp oil has an omega-6 fatty acid called GLA. This is a powerful anti-inflammatory that also encourages the skin to grow and make new cells.
Vitamin E (Tocopherol)
Vitamin E is commonly found in beard oils because it is an antioxidant.
Antioxidants protect your skin and keep it from aging. Beard oil with Vitamin E may help slow down or reverse the process of turning testosterone into DHT, a hormone linked to hair loss.
Best overall beard oils for men
Surprise, surprise... Wild Willies products at the top of the list?
Well, we did try to be objective and did some research on our competitors and guess what? None of the other beard oils came close.
Our natural products are proudly made in the USA and our beard oils use natural ingredients that are easily absorbed.
If you’ve been underwhelmed in the past, prepare to be impressed now.
First, check out our Original Beard Oil
AWARD-WINNING ORIGINAL BEARD OIL Wild Willies one-of-a-kind beard oil is made of 10 natural vitamins and organic essential oils that condition and treat each follicle down to their roots. Our unique, easy to use, no waste, pump design enables minimal product usage… Read More
Next, for those into a beard oil with a cool (actually) twist, check out our Cool Mint Beard Elixir
Finally, if you remember from the ingredients section how powerful hemp seed oil can be for beard growth, you're going to want to check out our Hemp Beard Elixir
Hemp Beard Elixir
Wild Willies Hemp Oil is one of our best products that you can put on your skin and beard to achieve the greatest results but is probably the most widely misunderstood. The Hemp name tends to throw people off, so… Read More
Still need more convincing? Watch what Si Robertson has to say about our famous beard oil: