We’ve recently released a new addition to our Beard Care line, a Beard Balm. We’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding the difference between Beard Oil and Beard Balm, so I thought I’d help clarify in this post.
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The extent of the beard is from the cheekbones, level with the channel of the ears, until the bottom of the face. It includes the hair that grows on the cheeks. Hair on the neck is not considered a part of the beard and can be removed. 
Would you guys recommend beard balm for a thiner starter beard with a few patches? I am looking into a way to fill in a few of my stubble gaps but don’t want something caked onto my face. I am prone to skin redness and occasional acne so trying my best to find something that will increase thickness, fill in patches, but not cause irritation.
Moisturize daily. If you have sensitive skin, try several moisturizers before you start growing your beard, and continue moisturizing your beard follicles and your face after you grow a beard, to keep your skin healthy underneath. A healthy beard needs a healthy base from which to grow.
Healthy pores allow for hair to grow faster and more naturally, and this can be accomplished through exfoliation. The Real Shaving Co. makes a great, affordable face scrub that purges dead skin cells and impurities. It’s designed to be used prior to shaving for optimum smooth shave results and to reduce ingrown hairs.
This oil includes argan and jojoba oils, which are essential ingredients for proper beard care, as well as cedarwood essential oil that’s a natural antiseptic and provides a mild, woodsy aroma. A must for dry beards, Cedarwood Beard Oil Conditioner cleanses and moisturizes.
Let’s be honest not everybody can grow a full beard. Facial hair will vary depending on the shape of your face and genetics – whether you’re naturally hairy or not. Remember that in essence growing a beard is a fashion statement. The last thing you want is a beard style that will not fit the shape of your face.
In addition to vitamin B supplements, you can promote hair growth with a diet anchored in proteins, vegetables, whole grains, cheese, and yogurt. This will ensure that you get all the right nutrients for sturdy, efficient hair growth. You’ll want to focus on foods rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E in addition to proteins. Here’s a shortlist for your next grocery run: eggs, almonds, whole grains, cheese, yogurt, salmon, chicken, leafy greens, carrots, legumes, avocadoes, onions, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes. Round out that roster with other nutrient-dense foods, and you should be sending all the right vitamins and proteins into your blood stream for maximum hair growth and strength.
Beard growth is tied to your health, your genes, and actually your testosterone levels. Unfortunately, the same hormone that grows thick beards also affects the thickness of your head hair in the opposite direction. But those are all things you can’t control – let’s talk about what you can control. You have heard this time and time again, but the reasons to take care of your body continue with beard growth. Beards aren’t at their best when you are stressed out, missing nutrition from your diet, and not properly exercising. For maximum growth, you need to take care of your body, eat right, and exercise.
3. Hydrate – You want to regularly moisturize your skin but also, adding oil to your beard and to the skin below is important for hydration. Putting on a natural moisturizer will help regulate oil production on your skin (Argan oil is great for this), will keep your skin from drying out and getting cracked, and will stimulate your cells to promote hair growth. It is really important to use a natural beard oil that will hydrate your hair just like the natural oil your body produces.
Virgin coconut oil was traditionally used for feeding mammals. However, now this oil is gaining popularity in many different markets and it’s used for domestic purposes like cooking as well as natural cosmetic products.
Eggs – Rich in protein and are a natural source of Biotin which is known to strengthen hair and is a well-known supplement which helps with beard growth. Eggs also have many minerals in them such as iron, calcium, and zinc.
I recommend the Kent Boar Hair Brush. Boar’s hair is natural product (sorry vegans) that is not rough on your skin. The brush bristles are uneven so you can reach root to tip in a single stork. Kent also makes a quality product that will last a life time. Yes, you might spend $25 to $200 (expensive brushes are 100% handmade) for a Kent Brush, but you will be using this brush every day. The Kent Brush will probably out live you.
4. Style – Here is where you will incorporate balm and a comb or brush. First, balm is a lot like beard oil, only with added wax. Use this to style, soften, or add extra hydration to your beard. Then use a comb or natural brush to comb through, shape, and style as desired.
Your beard is little pieces of dead you growing out of your face. That may sound like some weird Alien shit for a second, but just trust me it’s cool. It’s a direct result of the hormones your body produces, specifically testosterone and subsequently DHT. So the more testosterone you create, the more DHT you’ll have, and the more likely it is your beard will grow in. We’ve compiled some great tips with help from an article from Art of Manliness.
The big difference between beard balm and beard oil is that balm is thicker and can be used as a styling agent. Some say balm is better during the early stages of beard growth when it’s more scruff than the real thing.
The Philips Norelco 4500 that was earlier known by the model name Power Touch w/Aquatec AT830/46 is loaded with features that are guaranteed to win your heart when it comes to getting a smooth and a comfortable shave. It gives the user the convenience of both the wet and dry shave and has dual precision shaving heads to get rid of the most stubborn stubble or the longest hair in the beard. A perfect idea for gifting, the electric beard trimmer has multiple features.
According to Bosselman, “Quality oils like this can help to rebalance your skin’s own oil production. It’s a sort of fight-fire-with-fire situation — oils can make your skin less oily. If you’re concerned about an ingredient, Google it with the word ‘comedogenic.’ If it contains a pore-clogging ingredient, don’t buy it.”
It’s hair, so you need to clean it or dirt can get trapped underneath. Olvera washes his beard in the shower every time he washes his hair, about twice a week. Try a gentle shampoo and conditioner, like those from Martial Vivot. We’re also fans of these new chemical-free personal-care brands.
The key to proper overall growth is a balanced and healthy diet that your teen takes on a regular basis. Make sure that your teen’s diet is rich in essential minerals and vitamins. Ask him to eat a mix of fruits, vegetables and meat to get all the nutrition he needs.
Carrier oils will make up the bulk of your beard oil recipes. They’re a base oil that carries the more potent essential oils and dilutes them to make them more palatable for your skin. When not diluted, essential oils can actually cause irritation and burning. There are a variety of carrier oils out there that provide different benefits, and most have just a faint scent (unlike the potent essential oils). My choices for carrier oils — jojoba, sweet almond, and coconut — were chosen mostly on availability, but they’re also the ones that are most common in beard oil recipes.
That said, finding the right trimmer to execute this not-really-shaving look is a challenge. You want one that will last for years while still holding its charge, preferably with a lithium-ion battery. The blades should be sharp — for morning efficiency, mostly — and the tool should feel good in your hands without seeming cheap, or getting too easily clogged with hairs. My last trimmer recently went kaput, so I decided to check out all of the options on the market to find the best replacement. After researching more than 30 trimmers, and testing a dozen from major electronics brands and digital upstarts alike, these five stood out. And not just for simple things like having the most power, or the strongest blades, or ample battery life, but for otherwise being a cut above the rest. (Sorry.)
Even for those of us with signs of dense facial hair, we still might not let our beards grow out in fear of uneven growth. It doesn’t matter who you are, there isn’t a single beard out there that naturally grows out in perfect uniformity from side to side, top to bottom, or chin to cheek. To think otherwise is silly and will put you on the fast track to disappointment. This gents is why we have beards trimmers and electric clippers, to help even out unruly corners of our facial hair and achieve the desired looks that we want for our beards. The only way you’ll know how your beard grows is if you let it do its thing and then adapt. Your beard is unique for a reason, it’s time to make peace with it.
The Prospector beard oil by Burroughs is one of the oldest and most trusted brands of beard oil. It has some of the best beard oil reviews around. Its earthy scent gives your beard a rich, manly presence, and naturally it’s one of my favorites.
Nothing too interesting here. Just a solid combination of carrier and essential oils. They are listed as: grapeseed oil, almond oil, beeswax, shea butter, cocoa seed butter, coconut oil, vitamin E oil, pure honey, orange peel oil, grapefruit peel oil, and clove flower oil. Nothing too crazy, and all these are pretty common. The product is handmade, cruelty free, and vegan friendly.
Tip: It may seem counterintuitive when you’re trying to grow your beard out, but you can use a beard trimmer to keep all your facial hair trimmed to a shorter length closer to your face, which will help make those sparse patches less apparent while they’re filling in.
Once you’ve finished trimming your chin, comb your beard again to identify any stray hairs that you’ve missed. Use your trimmer to remove those hairs and also shave your cheeks, if needed, to get rid of any excess hair.