There is nothing quite like a clean, well-kept beard, right? Well, with my husband having a beard for years now, I have come to realize that they require a lot of care!
So, with his help, we are going to discover how to use a beard balm to strengthen, hydrate, and style your beard!
I have already shared a beard balm recipe, which you can find here, but if you really want to know how to use it, why it works, and why every man with a longer beard should be using beard balm, then this post is for you.
We are going to get right to using a beard balm. Regardless of the balm or butter you are using, the process is the same.
How to use beard balm
Follow these simple steps for the best beard balm results.
- Step 1: Wash your beard thoroughly. Use shampoo if you like; just make sure it’s beard shampoo, and remove any sticky or stuck-on edibles (it happens!)
- Step 2: Now that your beard is clean, let it air dry, or pat dry gently with a soft towel. Don’t scrub it dry vigorously, or you can damage the hair.
- Step 3: Take a small amount of beard balm from your container and rub it between the palms of your hands. Once it’s melted, rub the balm onto the beard hair, then use your fingers to work it in. Use a downward motion to not only distribute the balm into the beard hairs but to start shaping your beard.
- Step 4: Finally, use your wooden beard comb or boar bristle beard brush to style your hair.
Top tip #1: If your beard hair needs extra hydration, use a beard oil before using the beard balm.
Top tip #2: Beard balm offers a medium hold; if you are looking for a stronger hold, consider using a beard wax. It is not as hydrating, but it does offer a strong hold for wild beards.
What is the purpose of a beard balm?
I’m glad we’re starting off easy! After all, male facial hair grooming is all the rage right now.
We’re seeing all sorts of beard-related products whenever we set foot in the store, am I right!?
I’m talking about beard butter, beard balms, beard oils, and beard shampoo, to name a few. But sticking with beard balm…
A beard balm is designed to style and moisturize the beard hair, softening it to make it more style-able, taming stray hairs, and making beards look and feel amazing.
So, what is the difference between beard butter, balm, and wax
The answer is quite easy, actually, they moisturize and provide hold, but each to varying degrees.
- Beard Butter: Its main purpose is to moisturize and hydrate while providing a light hold on your beard hairs. In theory, you could use beard butter as an alternative to beard oil; however, if you have split ends or deal with naturally dry beard hairs, you’ll want to use a hydrating beard oil.
- Beard Balm: Beard balm provides a medium hold on your beard, usually by using a higher percentage of beeswax. Most balms usually contain hydrating oils, but you should still regularly use beard oil to keep your beard hydrated.
- Beard Wax: The purpose of beard wax is to provide a solid hold to beards and mustaches, especially handlebar mustaches. Beard waxes will protect the hairs from the environment but provide little hydration.
When to use beard balm
You can use beard balm whenever you feel your beard deserves extra special care and attention.
Consider using it occasionally, ideally after washing your beard, for best results.
The thing to know is beard hair is prone to drying out (leading to hair breakage), especially if you use shampoo on it a lot. (which is why most experts recommend washing the beard just 2-3 times a week)
In this case, you could adopt a beard balm application into your beard-washing routine.
My advice? Use beard balm as intended – as a beard hair conditioner, which helps tame your beard the more you use it, making your beard easier to manage when it comes to styling.
And yes, if you’re wondering, beard balm can double up as a beard-styling product!
How much beard balm to use
When it comes to applying beard balm, keep in mind that less is more.
The balm itself is very rich, so depending on how much beard hair you have, you may find a large dollop to be too greasy.
Therefore, start with a tiny pinch of beard balm and rub it into the palms of your hands first before applying.
This helps to warm the oils in the beard balm, meaning the beard hair absorbs all that wonderful moisturizing goodness.
You can always add more beard balm if you think your beard needs it.
Do you leave beard balm in or wash it out?
You leave it in your beard.
By leaving it in, it works its magic to style and moisturize the beard hair, creating a beard that looks healthy and well cared for.
When should I apply beard balm?
It’s really up to you! I would recommend always applying beard balm after you’ve washed your beard.
But really, use it anytime you want your beard to look its best.
How does beard balm work?
Beard balms contain natural oils, butters, and generally a wax, which gently moisturizes the beard hair, making it softer and easier to style.
It also helps keep the beard hair looking great by helping with split ends and generally making it feel nicer when you run your hands through it.
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning all about beard balm!
What is your beard care routine?
If you’re keen to make any DIY beard products yourself, perhaps for a gift or simply to soften your man’s beard (so he feels nicer to snuggle, haha), check out these posts.
- How to make a dandruff shampoo for beards
- How to keep your skin hydrated with a pre shave oil
- Simple foaming shaving cream recipe
- Wash your beard thoroughly. Use shampoo if you like; just make sure its beard shampoo, and remove any sticky or stuck-on edibles (it happens!)
- Now that your beard is clean, let it air dry, or pat dry gently with a soft towel. Don’t scrub it dry vigorously, or you can damage the hair.
- Take a small amount of beard balm from your container and rub it between the palms of your hands. Once its melted, rub the balm onto the beard hair, then use your fingers to work it in. Use a downward motion to not only distribute the balm into the beard hairs, but to start shaping your beard.
- Finally, use your wooden beard comb or boar bristle beard brush to style your hair.
If your beard hair needs extra hydration, use a beard oil before using the beard balm.
Beard balm, offers a light hold; if you are looking for a stronger hold, consider using a beard wax. It is not as hydrating, but does offer a strong hold for wild beards.