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|Today, the beard is about 2 inches longer|
My husband has a BIG beard and it brings him great pride. Not only is he keeping up with Pacific Northwest Fashion, he never has to shave. (This is a bonus for him because he hates shaving.) People ask him about how he cares for his beard and learn that it's not that hard. Here are some tips that he offers for awesome beard care:
1. Wash It
Like the hair on your head, you have to wash the hair on your face. My husband uses regular shampoo for his beard. If you have sensitive skin, a baby shampoo will be better.
2. Condition It
Beard hair is naturally coarse and wiry. My husband used my hair conditioner until he received Smooth Viking’s Beard Conditioner, which he liked. He said that it’s like a balm or soft wax with a light scent that you can’t even feel when you apply lit. He thinks that it’s a good product to use every day if you’re not using beard oil.
3. Oil It
If you don’t want to use a beard conditioner, beard oil is a good substitute. My husband recently tried and reviewed three different oils:
- RealMan Company Beard Oil: My husband was surprised by the oil’s scent because it smells like coffee. He likes that it’s an all-natural product and that it comes with a dropper for easy application. He hates pouring beard oil into his hand.
- CanYou Handlebar Beard Oil: This was my husband’s least favorite of the three oils that he tried. While the oil comes in a cool-looking flask, the container is the product’s flaw. When you pour out the oil, it collects around the flask’s mouth, forming a gum. When this happens, the lid doesn’t close tightly. So, if the flask tips over, the oil spills. He also said the oil’s scent is “interesting” and lingers for most of the day.
- SmoothViking Beard Oil: My husband thinks this is a good beard oil for everyday use. It does not have a strong scent and it comes with a dropper.
4. Shape It
Most guys don’t use hair gel or mousse in their beards. Instead, they use a balm. My husband used Smooth Viking’s Beard Balm, which is like a slightly stiff wax. He says that it’s “Really nice if you want to keep part or most of your beard from moving around as much as it does normally.”
5. Wax It
If you feel like getting fancy, you may choose to give your mustache a particular shape. My husband likes to have a handlebar mustache sometimes and uses mustache wax for this. He tried Can You Handlebar’s Moustache Wax, which he says has a light tobacco-like scent. While the wax held all day, my husband said that it wasn’t as good as a different brand he tried.
How to Make Beard Oil
If you’re on a budget, you may have the ingredients necessary to make beard oil at home. Otherwise, a small investment in the items necessary will last you a long time.
What You Need
- Carrier oil, I like the fractionated coconut oil from goPure Naturals
- Essential oils in the scents that you like
- A small glass jar that’s tinted (tinted is best because light exposure degrades some oils)
What to Do
1. Pour the carrier oil into the small jar until it’s ¾ of the way full. In addition to fractionated coconut oil, rosehip seed oil is another great option because it won’t cause your skin to break-out.
2. Add two or three drops of essential oil into the jar. Feel free to mix the oils to create a blend that you like. Some ideas for manly smelling oils include:
- Tea tree oil
- Peppermint oil
- Lemon oil
- Orange oil
- Anise oil
- Bay oil
- Cedarwood oil
- Cinnamon oil
- Frankincense oil
- Lavender oil
- Eucalyptus oil
- Juniper oil
- Sandlewood oil
- Rosewood oil
- Sage oil
- Vanilla oil
- Rose oil
- Lilac oil
While rose, lilac and vanilla don't seem like manly scents, they smell nice when mixed with other oils. Some ideas for combinations are rosewood oil with rose oil or sandlewood oil with orange. Keep in mind that a drop or two of essential oils go a long way, so you don't need much.
3. Put the lid on the bottle and shake to blend. If the scent of the oils is too strong, add more of the carrier oil to the bottle.