Blame it on societal influences, but for years now, guys didn’t give two sh*ts about self-care.
Of course, now that the “beardo” look is back in fashion, most of us try to catch up, usually starting with the tried-and-true beard oil.
However, there’s a secret to using this whiskers-saver like a pro.
So, here’s everything you need to know on how to apply beard oil the right way.
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Do You Really Need Beard Oil?
If you’ve ever grown a full beard, you know that the one thing you can’t miss among the lust-filled side-looks and the extra boost of confidence is spending half your paycheck on over-priced beard oils.
The truth is, though, that using a facial hair balm comes with a lot of benefits that go way beyond a well-groomed face.
It Moisturizes Your Skin
The #1 perk of using beard oil is that it moisturizes the skin underneath your beard as well as the whiskers themselves.
You see, at the root of every hair follicle, there’s a pair of glands, which are known as sebaceous glands.
Among others, these glands produce sebum oil which lubricates the skin around the hair follicle and the hair itself.
This way, your scruff can thrive without hurting the surface it sprouts from.
Unfortunately, as your beard grows longer, the amount of sebum oil produced isn’t enough to hydrate your facial hair from top to bottom – which is where the beard oil steps in.
It Prevents Beard Dandruff
By moisturizing your skin, beard oil keeps your face from drying out, flaking, and causing beard dandruff – which, FYI, isn’t a good look on anyone.
It Nips Itchiness in the Bud
As it stops flakiness, beard oil is also a surefire way to kick itchiness and inflammation to the curb.
It Boosts Beard Growth
Since it prevents dehydration, flakiness, and inflammation, the pomade provides your skin with the optimal conditions for maximum hair growth.
It Helps You Style Your Whiskers
More than that, beard oil softens your whiskers, making it easier for you to groom and style them.
It Keeps Your Beard Sweet-Scented
In some cases, brands infuse their oils with fragrances, helping you smell good throughout the day.
So, How Much Beard Oil Should You Use?
Not to be Captain Obvious here, but knowing how much beard oil to use is one of those things you should never leave to chance.
As you may know, oil is thicker and denser than water, which means it doesn’t evaporate that quickly (or better yet, not at all!) and tends to stick around for longer.
That being said, applying too much of it could make your beard look greasy, soggy, and “heavy”.
And frankly, such a look is irreversible – unless, of course, you go ahead and wash the thing on the spot.
So, to avoid such scenarios, take a good look at your man mane.
How long is it? And most importantly, how think is it?
If your beard is relatively new (at about one-month-old) and is as dense as most guys out there, 3-4 drops of oil are enough to do the trick.
However, if it’s not thick enough and you live in a slightly humid area, you may need to tone it down a bit (say, 2 drops per application). #LessIsMore
Now, if your whiskers are older than that (between 1- and 3-months old), you should up the count to 4-6 drops.
Again, if it’s patchy and weak, 3 drops may be more than enough.
Lastly, if you sport a beard for more than 3 months and up to a year, my experience tells me you will need anywhere from 6-10 drops of oil per use.
If that sounds too vague, start by using the minimum amount of drops, and work your way up one drop at a time until you find your happy medium.
At this point, I should also mention that these measurements refer to the average Joe – which means you may need to adjust the amount of oil you use depending on your own personalized needs.
So, if this is your first time applying the dang thing, use the minimum amount for now, and slowly increase the quantity as you become more adept at the process.
How Often Should You Use Beard Oil?
Ask any bearded guy out there how often they apply beard oil onto their whiskers, and you’ll get a plethora of answers.
But, why’s that?
Is there really a golden number when it comes to applying beard oil?
The truth is that there’s not.
You see, the frequency of such applications depends on a variety of factors, from your beard’s length and thickness to the humidity (or dryness) of the environment around you.
So, even if most barbers recommend you apply beard oil on your scruff once a day, you may need to squeeze in a second rubbing if you live in a dry area or your facial hair is thick and coarse.
On the other hand, if the climate around you is humid or your beard is quite short, you could get away with applying beard oil every other day.
How to Pour Beard Oil Properly
I get it: Pouring beard oil into your palm isn’t exactly rocket science.
But, depending on the bottle’s design, such a task can be quite tricky.
You see, when you dispense beard oil in your hands, the first goal is not to pour too much of it and waste any of the product.
As simple as it sounds, such a task can be a challenge if the bottle features a low-quality droplet.
But, fret not!
In such cases, all you have to do is squeeze the dropper as gently as possible.
You also need to be careful as to where you rest your droplet post-usage.
If you put it on a table or any other commonly used surface, you risk infecting it with germs, which could ruin the quality of your beard oil down the line.
So, once you pump the balm into your hand, make sure you put the droplet directly into the bottle instead of laying it somewhere until you’re done with your beard.
Pro tip: If you’re known to be clumsy, opt for bottles with orifice reducers that distribute equal amounts of oil and aren’t prone to germ contamination.
8 Fool-proof Steps for Applying Beard Oil
Take a shower and pat your beard dry with a towel.
Proper beard oil application begins way before you rub that pomade all over your scruff.
In fact, it all starts with a warm, thorough shower.
And that’s because warm water softens your facial hair while stripping them off of all dirt and grease.
More than that, it opens up your pores, allowing your skin to absorb more of the oil.
So, once you’re done washing your man mane, take a towel, and pat it dry, making sure it’s still a bit damp.
Be careful, though!
You don’t want it to be too moist because water can prevent the oil from being absorbed by your skin and hair.
Oh, and one more thing: Even if it looks tempting, don’t you ever use a blow dryer.
The hot air can dry out your pores and damage your hair follicles.
Pump the recommended amount of beard oil into your palm.
Now, unscrew the bottle and dispense the necessary amount of drops into your hand.
If you’re dealing with a dropper bottle, make sure to squeeze the top as gently as possible.
This will keep you from pumping too much oil into your palm and ruining the process.
If you’re dealing with an orifice reducer, things are easier, but again, don’t go overboard.
Just stick to the minimum amount of drops recommended for your beard, and if you feel like your beard needs more than that, build it up from there one drop at a time.
Rub your hands together to distribute the oil evenly across your palms.
Make sure you reach every nook and cranny, even the parts in-between your fingers.
Don’t stop rubbing until the oil is all over your hands.
Stroke each cheek with the opposite hand to distribute the oil across the sides.
Now, brush your palms along your cheeks to coat both sides of your face with oil.
Use your left palm to cover the right cheek and your right palm to brush your left cheek.
Always start by dragging your palms from the bottom of your ear and down your jawline.
Repeat this step 2-3 times.
Brush your palms down the front.
Place both your palms over your mouth vertically so that your middle fingers are touching your nose.
Drag your hands down toward your chin and coat the front side of your beard with oil as well.
Repeat this move 2-3 times.
“Comb” the bottom of your beard with your fingers.
Place your fingers at the lowest point of your beard (that’s usually somewhere near your Adam’s apple) and move them up towards your chin as if you’re “combing” your beard.
Stop when you reach your bottom lip.
Repeat this step 2-3 times with each hand.
Coat your mustache with oil using your fingertips.
Place the tips of your index fingers in the middle of your mustache.
Drag your fingers towards your cheeks and across your top lip.
Repeat this move 2-3 times.
Comb your beard.
Using a wooden comb, brush your beard upward to untangle any knots and distribute the oil evenly.
If you hit a snag, don’t force it because violent pulling could damage your hair follicles.
In these cases, comb around the area gently until the knots are unraveled.
Once you break through all the knots, brush your beard downwards and set the hairs back in place.
Pro tip: Avoid combing your beard more than 2-3 times a day to prevent split ends.
Let’s be honest: If there’s one product that’s worth forking over when it comes to your whiskers, that’s definitely the beard oil.
Of course, just because you bought the most expensive one out of the bunch, it doesn’t mean you will magically look like Jason Momoa.
If you want to make the most out of the tiny-but-mighty bottle that’s standing amongst your beard care products, these steps can show exactly how to apply beard oil like a pro.
Ready to show your scruff some TLC?