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.
Rocky Mountain Beard Balm is made from all-natural ingredients sourced throughout Canada (where the company is headquartered) and North America, and packed with eight essential oils. It also includes beeswax and shea butter to help you on your quest for control.
At this point is when we lose the most amount of beards. Men will typically get a little ambitious with their razors, cut too much and then shave the entire thing off. Because of the risk of mistakes, I recommend waiting at least a month to trim if possible.
Now, how thick your beard is and how fast it grows vary a lot based on genetics. But the important thing for young guys to know is that if you’re under 21, you’re nowhere near the mature phase of beard growth, so if you’re expecting fine beard hair or patchiness, know that this isn’t a sign that you can’t grow a beard. Give it a few years, and you’ll likely be pleasantly surprised.
Another main moisturizing ingredient is lanolin, which deserves its section, as its excellent skin benefits have largely been forgotten. Lanolin is a natural moisturizer that comes from sheep’s wool, in the case of Beard Balm, Merino sheep. In the days of yore, shepherds and sheep farmers were known for their amazingly soft hands, and it was the lanolin all along. And since lanolin comes from the wool, it doesn’t harm the sheep, so it’s still animal-friendly by most people’s standards.
Dedicated factory, which means the product is pure without contaminants belonging to other unrelated products, which is great for those with allergies which often literally live and die by ingredient lists.
A wet beard is typically longer and if you try to trim it wet, you may end up cutting more off than you would like. Before trimming make sure the beard is dry so you’ll be accurate in terms of how much facial hair you need to cut off.
We’ve talked about using a blow dryer in our videos, but usually, it comes with a bit of a disclaimer to keep an eye on it and use it in moderation. If used too much it could dry up those follicles and cause split ends. To combat this, you can hold the hair dryer further away from your beard, use a medium heat setting, or even use the cool setting. All of this will help make sure your beard doesn’t get damaged. Just make sure you’re using an oil or balm to keep it moisturized after it’s dry.
Not sure if you’re ready for beard oil yet? Never fear my classy friend. Many beard oils come in sampler sizes so you can purchase smaller amounts to test before you commit to one brand. Here is a list of the beard oil sample packs I know of.
Finally, it’s important to note that you should be brushing your beard if you want it to be softer. (But really, just in general you should be brushing your beard to keep it well-groomed and stuff.) Use something like this Boar Bristle Beard Brush from Huntsman Beard to detangle and soften your beard like a boss.
Lastly, while you’re waiting for your beard to fill in, using a beard trimmer to keep all your beard hair trimmed to the same length will work wonders to keep your beard looking well groomed and to help disguise the patchiness.
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Presented in front of you, we had some of the best oils and balms for this year, as well as some useful information for those not yet acquainted with the routine. We introduced you to the basic rules of grooming and problems you might encounter once you start growing beard. We also tried to help you understand just what the bead oils and balms are and how and why you should use them. The reviews provided are of the products we deemed the best and are the ones we would advise you using, but they are also there to give you a better picture into what to expect and look for when choosing a product for yourself. This might help you find something completely new, in which case – write to us and let us know what you found and how is it, we’d love to know!
Begin by holding your beard comb so that the teeth are pointed upward. Use a relaxed grip – like you use your toothbrush – so that you maintain the necessary amount of control while you’re combing. Next, comb out the beard with an upward motion to “fluff” it away from your face. The goal is to separate the hairs of your beard so you can more effectively get rid of the bed-beard look.
This is a high-quality beard trimmer that performs well and gets the job done adequately. However, it does have a few drawbacks to consider, so if you’re holding out for perfection, then the search continues!
Beard oil and beard balm are also great beard softeners and should be among your beard care essentials. This beard oil and beard balm kit from Topher’s Beard Company come in their Drunken Pirate scent, which is their interpretation of Bay Rum.
Invest in a quality facial groomer, so that you can style the longer hair as it comes in. While it might seem counterintuitive to cut hair, keeping it in shape also promotes new growth. Much like the hair on your head, split ends and damage mean that your body is working overtime to repair that damage instead of creating new growth. So don’t be scared to trim things back or into shape, if you are looking for lofty facial locks.
Try “beard lube” to combat itchiness or dryness. While they’re not super-commonly used among men with beards, there are a variety of beard oils on the market, which can be combed into clean beards to keep them looking shiny, moisturized, and clean. It can be a desirable look, and it may give relief to men with sensitive skin who suffer from itchiness.
This oil softens and soothes hair, especially thick or long beards. It locks in vital moisture to avoid dryness, counteracting frizz (and preventing you from looking rough). This is particularly helpful for men who consistently stroke and play with their beards, which can lead to split-ends and build-up of dirt. For best results, apply after a hot shower.
The Remington MB4040 has multiple features all in one that makes it the clear winner among its competitors. While there are models that promise a long battery life and there are others that deliver a waterproof model, the MB4040 dares to deliver both. It is unarguably the best cordless beard trimmer.
Bottom line: If you want to try shaving to boost beard growth, don’t. If you’re looking for beard supplements, get a good multivitamin and some of these scientifically proven supplements. And instead of buying ineffective oils or sprays, consider making your own “growth oil” with some castor oil, ginger, and chili.
Maintaining your beard’s health is crucial for growing a longer beard. The key is preventing the hair from breaking before your beard reaches your desired length. Firstly, get enough vitamins and eat enough protein. Once you do that, you can look at topical remedies for breaking beard hair.