Even if you are the worst when taking care of your beard, you must admit that an unruly mess is not a pleasant sight. Moreover, it’s not a pleasant feeling either! Therefore, if you’re thinking of just letting loose of the trimmer and growing a beard that tells its own story, you should stop right there. How about considering some extra care in order to make your beard the spectacular style statement it was meant to be? Beard oil, for example.
Did you know that beard oil is among Australia’s most used products in barbershops and hair salons? Let’s find out why.
Why You Need Beard Oil in Your Bathroom Cabinet
If you love your beard neatly cut, combed, styled, and saturated with the good stuff, beard oil is a helpful companion to grow it healthy in all its shine, without dandruff and flakiness.
For those among you who are used to applying beard balms, the beard oil will be a surprising and welcome refreshment. You won’t want to leave your barbershop without getting that final oil treatment! Even if you are an at-home hair and beard master, you will be pleased and amazed at how quickly beard oil is absorbed into the facial skin and the facial hair at the same time. The effect is a matte one, without the greasy residue which can sometimes accompany a poorly chosen beard balm. While we are at self-mastery, check this guy’s impressive styling skills and the winning face he puts on after putting a few drops of his favourite beard oil to complete the look:
If you are like most people, you probably have difficulties choosing the right products for your beard. Unless your barber recommends something, or you have a real beard enthusiast as a friend, you will stick to the first product from your local drug store.
Only if a problem occurs, or if you no longer want to suffer from constantly scratching your dry face, especially from a newly grown beard, you would consider asking for some expert advice. We hear your woes, and to help you, we have prepared an overview of the quintessential qualities of the best beard oils in Australia.
Is Beard Oil the Same as Beard Balm, Wax or Clay?
Above all, don’t confuse the effects of beard oil with those of a beard balm, clay or wax.
Beard balms are often convenient to nourish and protect shorter just-out-of-the-oven beards. A balm may work wonders on stubble, like Chris Hemsworth’s, for example:
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Clay, on the other hand, has a more matte appearance and will be a great match for those with oilier skin or if you want to keep an extravagant style in place.
Keep in mind an important point: beard oils go with almost any other facial hair product, as they can be applied before or after the balm for maximum activation of the nurturing ingredients contained inside the bottle. And they can be plenty – from mint and lavender for a refreshing effect, to bergamot for calming and soothing a cut skin, all the way to argan oil for protection and growth.
That’s right – there is a way to support your beard on its way to long awesomeness and if you want it big, you should take care of it in its infancy. Unfortunately, that sexy lumberjack look is not always a gift from the heavens.
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When and How to Apply Beard Oil: Australia Barbers’ Trademark Advice
The best time to put beard oil on is after you get out of the shower. It can be in the morning, which means you can apply the oil daily. However, you can also do it every other day or twice a week. Find your own frequency. Of course, you can also drop some oil if you feel the beard getting too coarse, regardless of the time of the day. Right after getting your haircut is also a great time.
Don’t put it on fully wet hair. The beard should be damp. Use a towel or a dryer to remove the extra humidity before application.
Now comes the big secret of effective beard oil application. You can go overboard. Little goes a long way for beard oils. Start with one or two drops, put it on your palms and spread it evenly by rubbing your palms against each other. Then just loosely pass with the fingers through your hair, making sure you cover all areas, the front, sides, as well as underneath. Don’t forget to caress the moustache, too.
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Since the beard oil needs to get to your skin, you’re not done at this point. Use a comb or a brush (a comb usually works better) to distribute the oil close to your skin. Avoid combing the oil to the hair tips. Massage the skin with the comb to help it absorb the oil faster.
You can consider yourself all done!
Beard Oil Types and Their Benefits
Australian beard oil brands come in many varieties. Such richness of choice can make your decision complicated When brawling with the bottle ingredients on a full supermarket shelf, keep in mind the healing properties of most popular beard oils:
- Mint oil: cooling, antimicrobial, antiseptic, relieves dryness and supports hair growth. (Proraso Beard Oil Refresh).
- Lavender oil: anti-inflammatory (removes redness), calming, mood booster. (Ned Beard Oil The Lavender One)
- Bergamot oil: improves circulation and alleviates pain (good for those small shaving cuts!)
- Argan oil: restores, softens hair and keeps it elastic, stimulates growth.
- Lime (citrus) oil: treats dandruff, smooths hair, relieves stress, and enhances oxygen supply. (Proraso Beard Oil Azur Lime)
- Sandalwood: promotes hair growth, coos down the face and smells fantastic.
Obviously, it is not only your beard that will say thank you when you use a beard oil! You will get additional benefits for your skin, your mood, and even your respiration!
Then again, some people choose to live without beard oils and seem to be hopping along nicely. The most important thing to remember is that beard primarily targets your facial skin, and only then your facial hair. Depending on your beard style, you may choose to drop the oil and stick to your pomade or cream. However, for a face mane that leans towards the long, voluminous style, beard oil is a saviour – it will keep your hair in place and those curious looks coming without too much hassle. If you want to read up a little more about male grooming, see our manscaping article.