Beards never entirely go out of fashion, but having said this, facial hair has proved increasingly popular over the last few years – but with a difference. Beards vary in shape to complement the face and are now well-groomed and cared for so that they are shiny and smooth. The essential product in their wearer’s range of toiletries to achieve this look is a quality beard oil.
There is certainly a great variety of beards to be seen worn by celebs. These range from the short stubble worn by George Clooney to the low maintenance goatee- much loved by Brad Pitt and his fans- to the full beard of Jason Momoa. Yes, the Clooney-style short stubble is the easiest to achieve! The facial hair is kept to 1-3 mm and immaculately tidy for fear that it would otherwise look like stubble from a lazy long weekend! Brad Pitt keeps his goatee in really good order too, with a thin connecting strip of hair on either side of his mouth, linking the moustache and short beard, which extends under his famous chin! Jason Momoa certainly had to work hard at getting his full flowing beard to look really good for his role in Game of Thrones, but he obviously feels deeply attached to it as he has kept the look!
Of course, there are other challenges with growing a beard besides getting the facial hair to grow evenly and to look well maintained. As men get older, the colour of their beard can change as has been seen recently with David Beckham. Like him, it is best to embrace the salt n’ pepper colouring of your beard and remind yourself as you look in the mirror, that it makes you look distinguished!
Beards are considered the classic look for men and it is said that every man should try growing a beard at least once in their life so that they can see whether it contributes or detracts from their looks. Certainly, the image of beards has changed considerably and loosely rounded or long, loose, and dishevelled beards are definitely consigned to the past! Today’s beards are usually shorter and much more structured with definite lines. They are stylish and reflect the wearer’s character and can look really smart with business suits and leisure clothes.
Understanding your beard
Whatever style of beard you decide to grow, the key to success is to use a quality beard oil as this really makes a difference to the quality of the facial hair which, to look good, must be soft, shiny and manageable.
Beard and other men’s facial hair tends to be thicker than the hair on the head, but without proper care can look dry and lank. Beard oil is a very special product as it is made from a careful blend of essential oils and carrier oils – such as coconut oil, argan oil or jojoba. Other popular ingredients include ylang ylang, bay leaf and other nutrients that are high in antioxidants.
Beard oil moisturises skin and beard.
Beard oil moisturises from the inside out. Importantly, the oil moisturises the skin underneath the beard and moustache as it can get very dry. The facial hair needs to be nourished too, as when it is properly hydrated, the hair is thicker, tamer and healthier looking. The best news is that the benefits of using a beard oil can soon be seen as the facial hair will soon look and feel but better with a couple of weeks.
It is important to remember that all skin types need moisturiser – even oily skins. There are a variety of different beard oils on the market to suit all skin types and some include such gentle ingredients as tea tree oil and cinnamon as these are perfect for sensitive skin. Many beard oils contain natural ingredients that have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties. Many beard oils also contain vitamin E
When choosing a beard oil to use, look for one that is cold pressed, organic and additive free as this will reduce the chances of any skin reaction.
Beard oil controls facial hair.
When beard oil is regularly applied, the facial hair becomes much softer and more manageable, which definitely means that it is easier to style.
Can beard oil make a beard grow?
It has to be said that although there are no statistics to back up any claims that using beard oil can make a beard grow more quickly, the beard can definitely look far thicker and fuller. The nutrients in the beard oil really nourish each individual hair, making them plumper and more glossy and this definitely makes the beard look fuller and lusher.
The hidden bonus of using beard oil.
As well as moisturising both the facial hair and the skin underneath, beard oil makes beards smell really good! You can buy beard oil in a variety of fragrances or you can buy an unscented one and add a few drops of your favourite aftershave and give the oil a good shake before using.
What is the best way to apply beard oil?
To maximise the effect of the beard oil, it is best to apply the oil when the beard is damp.
When you have finished taking a shower or washing your face, towel dry your beard and then apply your beard oil straight away, as the pores of your skin will still be open, ensuring that the oil is well absorbed.
To apply the beard oil, pour a few drops of oil into the palms of your hands and gently massage the oil into your moustache /beard starting at the top and using downward strokes – if your beard is full or long, you may need to use a little more oil. If you want to be really sure that you have moisturised the hair well, you can comb it gently through the hair – again using a downward movement to ensure that the whole hair shaft is covered in a film of oil. Once this is done, the beard can be quickly styled and left to dry naturally.
How often should beard oil be applied.
There is no hard and fast rule and the frequency of using beard oil is down to personal preference. Experiment and see what suits your facial hair best, Every day or every second day seems to be the most popular choice!
Well if you have a beard that is looking in a bad way or else you are considering growing a beard soon, the key to success in both cases is definitely investing in a quality beard oil to ensure that your beard looks and feels really great.