A common question we hear in the Barbershop is “what’s the difference between beard oil and beard balm and how do I use them?”
Whether you have a five o’clock shadow or a beard down to your waist, it’s important to know the best way to care for your beard. In this blog, I’m going over two things that will help you keep your beard soft, conditioned, and under control.
- The difference between Balm and Oil
- How to use them
So, what’s the difference?
Beard Oil is used to nourish, soften, and moisturize your beard and the skin underneath. If your beard is dry, itchy, uncomfortable, or the skin on your face is flaky and irritated, you could benefit from an oil.
The “itchy phase” that every man goes through with a new beard can be cured with just a few drops of oil because it replenishes the natural oils on the face, hydrating the skin, and keeps the coarse beard hair softened so that it doesn’t scratch the skin.
We recommend using beard oil first thing in the morning or right after a shower.
Beard Balm is for taming, controlling, and shaping the beard, plus we pack some vitamin-rich goodies int there to further the work of the oil.
When your beard gets frizzy, scraggly, and has fly-away hairs, you need a balm. To keep the stray hairs in their place, the waxes and butters in our balm go to work, moisturizing and tackling the hair into place. The weight of the ingredients calms the poofy, fluffy look that happens when your beard is too dry.
Without a balm, your beard will look wiry and untamed but using our all-natural products will keep the beard feeling and looking right. We recommend following beard oil with balm daily to keep things nourished and controlled.
How to use Oil and Balm
1. Start with a few drops of oil
First thing in the morning or after a shower, start with putting a few drops of oil in your palm, adding more if necessary.
2. Apply oil under the beard
The point of using beard oil is to condition and nourish, so it’s best to apply under the beard first, working the oil into your skin.
3. Get a small scoop of balm
Take a small amount of balm from the tin and emulsify it in your hands. Scoop more as you see fit. Depending on how wild your beard is and how long it is, a little balm may go a long way or you may need a big scoop.
4. Apply balm over the beard
Run Balm through the beard, making sure to apply it evenly. You’ve already gotten under the beard with the oil so use the balm more as a finishing coat.
5. Comb through to shape and distribute evenly
Using a comb or a brush, work the oil and balm through the beard to distribute them evenly and bring shape to your beard. Comb vs. brush is a huge debate but we say to each his own! As long as you get the look you’re going for, you’re doing it right.