As part of your beard care, you inevitably have to employ the beard oil from time to time. These oils, as the name implies, are used to spruce up your beard. To be able to enjoy their benefits to the fullest, you have to know all that pertains to them. This can only happen if you gain access to appropriate guidance to that end.
We have prepared this guide specifically for that. In the discussions that follow, we shall examine every aspect of the beard oil. Among these are how long the beard oil takes to work, whether or not you may use the beard oil under the sun, why people use the beard oil, and lastly, how to apply the same on your beard.
How Long Does Beard Growth Oil Take to Work?
The length of time that the beard oil takes to work depends on many factors. For one, the ingredients that make the oil up have perhaps the highest bearing on the time that is taken. Powerful ingredients achieve the same ends within a shorter duration when compared to their less powerful counterparts.
Next, comes the formulation. This refers to the manner in which the ingredients are mixed up. Though there are infinite formulations, they are divided into two main kinds. These are the stronger and the weaker formulations, respectively. Of course, the stronger formulations take a shorter time to act.
Further, the nature of your skin also comes. Thicker and coarser skins are generally more tedious to handle and tackle. As such, the beard oils that are applied to them take too long to bring in the desired outcomes. On the flip side, those that are applied on the smooth and soft skins take shorter durations to bring about the desired ends.
On the whole, the beard oils take 6-8 weeks to bring about the desired outcomes. You should hence prepare appropriately to harness the benefits within the stated timeframes. Having this mindset firmly in place will be a sure way of making you enjoy the benefits you want without unnecessary hassles.
Can I Use Beard Oil Under the Sun?
There is no direct answer to this question. It all depends on the kind of oil you choose to work with. Generally speaking, those oils which contain generous amounts of SPF protection agents will do a good job of blocking the rays of the sun from bombarding your skin and beard.
Not all the oils we have in place have this sun protection factor though. Indeed, many of the oils we lack this vital element. As such, they are unable to offer the protection required. If you must use them, take great care that you do not get out in the sun. Alternatively, you might have to supplement the factor.
Regardless of the beard oil you use, it is highly advisable that you avoid the sun at all costs. Prolonged exposure to the sun with the oil on your beard will similarly inflict some burns on your beard. The least you want to suffer is unnecessary discomforts.
Why Do People Use Beard Oil?
People use beard oil for a variety of reasons. These include:
Taming Rougher Textures
Beards with rougher textures are generally uncomfortable to handle and engage. It is impossible to handle such beards ‘normally.’ That is why you have to squeeze in the beard oil to make them softer and tame to handle. Moreover, applying the beard oil also helps with styling.
Moisturizing the Skin
Moisturizing is the application of excess moisture on the beards. Most beard oils have the ability to furnish just this excess moisture content. A beard that is appropriately moisturized is unlikely to suffer dandruff. Moreover, the scalp also retains its suppleness for a longer duration. This makes for a healthier and stylish appearance.
Add some fragrance to the Beard
Lastly, most beard oils are full of fragrances. When applied to the oil, they are able to add some fragrances to the hair as well. A hair that is appropriately fragranced is definitely sweet to smell and instills some elegance also.
How to Apply Beard Oil
You have taken a shower and dried your beard. Time has now come for you to apply the beard oil. This is a very meticulous undertaking indeed. To do a good job, you have to follow better rules and procedures. We have devoted this final segment of this article to just that. Read through to attain the inspiration you need.
Step I: Squeeze out the oil
Commence the exercise by squeezing out the beard oil. Squeeze the pipette which holds the oil slowly and carefully to fill the applicator segment. Just one squeeze will suffice. Take great care that you do not over-squeeze as this might render much of the oil to waste.
Needless to say, the oil has to be relevant for the job. Shop out for the best kind of oil from the list of many that are available. This might entail comparing the prices of the many dealers who engage in the manufacture and sale of these oils.
Step II: Pour some oil on your hands
Move on now to pour some oil on your hands. Let these be two to three droplets for a start. The aim of this is to avail the oil on your palms so as to allow you to thereafter apply it on your beard. Add some more if your beard happens to be too thick or coarse. Such requires more oil to yield the required ends.
It is worth noting that you should never attempt to mix different kinds of beard oil. This is because they are made of different kinds of formulations. Chances are that the various chemicals in use might be repugnant to each other and even cause adverse chemical reactions.
Step III: Spread the oil evenly
Having applied the required amount of oil on your palm, you should now spread it out evenly. Simply rub it on your palm around to achieve this end. Inspect it physically to see to it that the oil has indeed spread out as uniformly as can be. At this stage, you may yet again add some more on your hands.
Step IV: Leave for some time to settle
Now, leave the oil on your skin and beard for some time to let it settle. This step is absolutely essential to help with greater efficiency. When the oil settles for too long, it gets the time needed to impact the beard further. It is also important to get the oil as far down the roots for maximum impacts.
Step V: Distribute the oil uniformly
Go a step further to distribute the oil uniformly. This is a feat you achieve by applying the oil across rather than along the grain. As you do so, take care that you squeeze it firmly on the base of the hair follicles. Though not recommended, you may add some more oil to the base of the hair follicles at this stage too!
As part of ‘fair distribution,’ you have to be sure that you impact the sideburns and the chins firmly too. These are often neglected by many people. Neglecting such places will often not bring about the great outcomes you may badly desire to achieve.
Step VI: Massage the hair and beard
For better outcomes, you should massage the hair and the beard thoroughly using bare hands and fingers. Use your fingers to do this job. Squeeze the oil firmly on the hair itself, the beard underneath, the sideburns and the chin regions. Rub the skin and hair a second time until you have impacted every strand of hair.
In case you have some rough skin and hairs, you should consider suspending the massaging exercise for a while, and then embark on it again. It is only in this way that you will be able to bring about more far-reaching smooth skins.
Step VII: Brush your beard
Having massaged the beard with bare hands, it is now time to brush the same using a comb or a hairbrush. Choose a brush and use it to comb the strands of the hair uniformly. It is at this time that you should also consider styling or shaping your hair appropriately.
As you brush, see to it that you impact the entire length and breadth of the beard. Leave no segment or portion of the beard untouched or unhandled. This might give rise to incomprehensive outcomes, which as you know, may not really yield to you the awesome outcomes you desire.
Step VIII: Lay some final touches
Lay some final touches on your beard hair. Do this by bringing your hands up through the bottom as you continue spreading the oil. It is at this stage also that you should spruce up the hair in case any portion is unkempt. Also, alter the style and shape if need be while at it.
Step IX: Coat your mustache hairs
It is always necessary to coat the mustache hair. The aim of this coating is to shield the beard form direct exposure to the external weather elements. In particular, this procedure endeavors to safeguard the hair strands from the harmful ultraviolet radiation. Use your fingertips to do the coating of the hair.
Step X: Leave to dry
You are now good to go. Before you go, you are required to leave the beard untouched for some time to allow it to dry and the oil to settle completely. This ideally should take no less than 10 minutes. It is important that you touch not the hair or beard at this time. You might compromise the entire process altogether.
To hasten the drying process, you are highly advised to fan the beard but not expose it to direct sunlight. Attempting the latter may worsen the situation as it may pose some permanent injuries to the skin. Moreover, it may also harm the skin by reason of direct bombardment by the ultraviolet radiation.
Step XI: Wash your hands
Time has now come for you to wash your hands. You have already concluded the exercise of applying the oil on your beard. To do this, simply use some clean, and preferably clean water, to get rid of the oil from the palm of your hands. Accompany this with a mild detergent. Wipe your hands clean using a towel.
Some oils are too potent. You may have to use a disinfectant to handle such kinds of oils. The failure to do so might imperil the lives of those whom you end up greeting with your bare hands. Dry the hands completely after a wash to guarantee the safety of those whom you will interact with later.
You need no further convincing that the beard oil is a good thing to acquire and incorporate in your beard care. The benefits it potentially brings along are too many to forfeit or treat lightly. With these awesome benefits awaiting you, why would you even drag your feet?
Is it not in order for you to move with haste and acquire a bottle for yourself? To find the right beard oil for your use, you have to consider many factors. Among these are the ingredient mix, the nature of the formulation, the intended purpose, and the nature of your hair, skin, and scalp.
It is advisable also to adopt a trial-and-error method when attempting the many beard oils you may have to make do with. That is because people react differently to the various oils in place. Only after satisfying that the oil you have is good for your skin should you now go ahead and make it a must use for permanent applications.
Lastly, it is good also to stick to one kind of beard oil permanently. Changing oils every now and then ay also brings along the selfsame adverse effects we have talked about. Remember, it is your own life, health, and well-being that are at stake here.