Remember when growing a beard used to be easy? You just didn't shave for a while. But things have changed. Maintaining a beard style requires more care and tailoring. A shaggy beard might look good in the rugged department, but it's not doing you any favors when it comes to work, dating, and all around looks department.
That's why you need the best beard grooming kit to take your face when letting your beard go wild isn't an option. Kick off your grooming routine with confidence by stocking up on one of our selections of natural & organic beard styling products, featuring beard oils and beard balms.
Beard Oil vs. Beard Balm
Incorporating beard care productsinto your grooming routine is a powerful way to improve the health of your facial hair, decrease irritation, itchiness, and damaged hair.
The main question I receive from customers is, "What does beard balm and beard oil do?" and "Which should I pick?" when they're trying to determine whether they need abeard oil vs. beard balm. Both help tremendously from the initial stubble stage to when you have a gorgeous mane.
Before we talk about which to choose, it makes sense to look at each in more detail. There are a few things that these two have in common, so we'll go over that first to make things easier when deciding what's right for your face.
What Is Beard Oil?
Beard oil is used to keep a beard soft, moisturized, and smelling great throughout the day.
The essential ingredient in a beard oil is a carrier oil. True carrier oils, like the ones inOtter Grooming Co. Beard Oils, are generally cold-pressed or macerated vegetable oils. They're named because they carry the essential oil onto the skin, and are necessary for diluting essential oils. Essential oils are simply the oil of the plant from which they were extracted. They're generally extracted by distillation, often by using steam.
Beard oil should mostly be used on beards in the first 0-3 weeks of growth because it provides both hair and skin benefits. It's best to choose a beard care product with oils that most resemble the sebum our faces produce. These are lightweight and absorb faster into the hair shaft without leaving a residue. Plus, all the vitamins help sooth irritated skin, fight acne, and remove free radicals that cause aging.
Beard oil is simple, yet effective, for everyday needs, but it won't tame your fly-aways and unruly beard style quite as much as a beard balm. At the same time, it will still help more than not using an anything at all.
What Is Beard Balm?
As opposed to a beard oil, a beard balm will provide more hold for beard styling, taming fly-aways, and unruliness.
The essential ingredient in a beard balm is a wax. Beeswax, like the ones inOtter Grooming Co. Beard Balm, is a natural ingredient that has the most hold compared to shea butter and cocoa butter, which are more for spread than hold.
The reason beard balm controls facial hair so well is due to the hardening point of the wax, butter, and oil. Because the butter and oil are fast absorbing, once they're applied and cool off, the butter and wax invisibly harden around your hair, locking in moisture and providing a hold in the style you created. They do not make your beard feel hard like a hair gel would. They'll continue to do their thing regardless of whether of the outside temperature.