Is your beard long, dry and unruly? Or maybe you’re a bit earlier on in your beard growth journey, but the unbearable itchiness is holding you back from the lumberjack look of your dreams?
No matter how gruff and rugged you think you are, every man needs to nourish their skin and condition their beard hair on a regular basis.
We’d look like walking tumbleweeds if we didn’t, with dry hairs poking out every which way.
Beard balm offers the perfect solution, not only helping you to grow a gnarly beard but it can be used for so much more.
Using a beard balm every day can treat dandruff, soften your beard, nourish your beard, and keep your beard hairs in place.
But before we get into the step-by-step, how exactly does a metal tin full of wax make your beard healthier?
Our skin produces natural oils called sebum to keep it naturally healthy. When your skin produces too much sebum, you get acne and oily skin – we’ve all been there in our teen years.
But when you have a beard, the hair becomes a bit of a sebum hog, causing the surrounding skin to become dry, itchy and flakey.
When you have a beard, your sebaceous glands need help to keep your skin from drying out.
If you’re familiar with beard balm, then you’ve probably heard of beard oil as well – but what’s the difference, and which one should you use?
Oils and balms are essentially the same, except balms add wax and butter to the mix. As far as differences go, oil doesn’t offer the same hold as a balm.
But if you love beard oils, you don’t have to give them up to start using a balm – you can use both at the same time. If you do, apply the oil before the balm.
Which is better, a comb or a brush? It mostly depends on the length of your beard, but it doesn’t hurt to have one of each either.
Combs are recommended for detangling longer beards, while brushes do the trick for smoothing out shorter beards.
Combs can be one of three materials – plastic, metal, or wood.
Plastic combs are the cheapest, but they can still snag and cause split ends.
Metal combs are a bit better and look badass, but they can also create static and give you a frizzy beard.
Wooden combs are typically the best for having them in beard grooming kit – they’re gentle on hair and static-free.
If you don’t know what type of brush to choose or which is the best beard brush, bristle brushes are one of the most universally liked options. Usually made from boar hair, bristle brushes are gentle on your skin and hair.
Plus, they even help spread the balm or oil you’ve just applied evenly throughout. More than anything though, they simply feel like a mini massage.