Beard oil or Beard balm? It may be one of the most frequently asked questions for almost all bearded people when they start using these types of products.
Are they the same?
Are they similar but not the same?
In this post, we will try to clear these doubts so that you can choose the product that best suits your beard.
Let’s start! Do you know the difference between beard oils and balms?
Beard balms are created by a process of heating and cooling of different ingredients including essential oils, shea butter, cocoa butter, lanolin and/or beeswax, while beard oils are made by mixing base oils with essential oils and in some cases fragrances.
But let’s dig deeper into the differences between the two as well as when and how they should be used.
The beard balm helps to give style and shape to the beard as if it were a hair fixative but made for facial hair. It is ideal for those that have thinner or patchy beards and by using balm, they get the appearance of a thicker and more dense beard.
Also, thanks to the use of oils like Jojoba and Argán Oil, the hair remains hydrated so that it always stays healthy and strong.
Due to their texture, balms are perfect for longer beards (more than 1 finger.) The fixation is soft which makes it ideal for your beard looking well groomed and combed throughout the day.
In addition, due to their waxy texture, they are often used more as an option to define the shape and style of your beard, since once they are applied, the beard will remain in the position in which you have combed it.
Balms also protect beards from external factors including dirt.
For the best results, it is ideal to look for balms based on natural ingredients and fixatives such as shea butter, beeswax or lanolin.
How to apply a beard balm
The correct way of applying it would be the same as the oil but focusing more on the beard and less on the skin.
Take a little balm out by sliding your finger on the surface. Start with a small amount so that you can see how much is good for your beard.
Distribute the product on the palms of your hands and apply on your beard. We recommend starting with the lower part of the neck and then continue applying to the rest of your beard.
Finally use a comb or better yet, a brush, to style the beard as you like.
The main function of beard oil is to smoothen the facial hair as well as the skin behind it, eliminate itching, repair hair and improve conditioning of the beard hair so that the beard grows healthy and strong.
By smoothing the hair, it allows you to comb the beard more easily to untangle knots, but you should not confuse this with styling. The styling ability of a beard oil compared to the one of a beard balm is minimal or almost nonexistent.
It also gives shine to the beard, offering a very neat and clean look.
The ideal time to use beard oil is after a shower since the pores of your skin will be open and receptive to the absorption of the properties of the product.
Also, when you get up in the morning and your beard looks slightly rough and rebellious, the oil will help you to control it and improve its appearance remarkably.
Many oils have pleasant fragrances which are ideal for deodorizing, and during the bustle of the day, your beard always has a good smell and a pleasant feeling of freshness and cleanliness.
How to apply a beard oil
The ideal way to apply the oil would be to put a few drops in your hand (according to the length of your beard more or less.) Then, rub the oil in your hands and begin to distribute it on the beard starting from the neck and massaging well to reach the skin.
Continue massaging up to your cheeks and the rest of the beard from the top to the bottom. Once the oil is well distributed, comb the beard with a natural bristle brush or with an anti-static comb, so as not to tear any hairs and to leave them well ordered.
As you may have noticed, both the products can be used to hydrate, but they are different in their texture, consistency as well as the method of application.
It is also a matter of personal preference whether you choose oil or balm. In either case, using any of these products will keep your beard moisturized and with a groomed look, so we recommend that you try both oils and balms until you find the one that gives you the best results.
I particularly prefer beard oils although it is a matter of personal choice. I especially enjoy the fragrance that it leaves my beard with and I greatly enjoy the feeling of softness and flexibility.
However, I also know many other bearded men who choose the balms in order to have control over their beard’s style and shape as well as volume.
Either way, and as always, there is no better way to find out what the best option for you is than to try both of these products out.
In conclusion, finding the differences between beard oil and beard balm helps you to know more about the benefits of these two products and determine whether one of them is best for you or in some cases even both of them.
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