Beard Oil Vs Beard Balm, Which One Do You Need?
For the longest time, men have treated the idea of fashion and grooming as something that is outside of their purview. They get this weird idea that ensuring they are well-groomed somehow and it shows that people see them as unmanly. It’s a very odd idea, coming from a very strange place of us puritanical viewpoints.
Thankfully, culture is finally beginning to change and shift. Gone are the days when you were expected to be big and burly, sweat soaked, grease stain manly man. For the record there is nothing wrong with being a big burly manly man, in fact, we encourage it — but being clean and well groomed is in fashion too.
One the places this is showing up most often is in facial hair; thankfully. Facial hair is, after all, considered a very manly thing. People who can grow magnificent beards or mustaches are often told exactly how magnificent those beards and mustaches really are. Truly, U.S. culture has begun to admire and accept large facial hair once again.
New To Growing Your Beard Or Trying Beard Products?
If you just started growing a large beard, you may not have any idea precisely how to use some of the products that are out on the market. Specifically, beard oil vs beard balm. Just reading the ingredients on these two products may make it seem as though there’s not much in the way of difference. And it is true that both of these products cover a similar area of need. However, they are different products and they do slightly different things.
Beard Oil Vs Beard Balm
Both beard oil and beard balm are products designed to help your facial hair grow, be strong, and look nice.
However, one is notably thinner than the other. Specifically, beard oil is much thinner than beard balm, due to the fact that beard oil is simply a mixture of essential oils.
This oil mixture not only helps soften your beard, but also helps invigorate the beard follicles in order to aid your beard and growing stronger.
So if you’re looking for something thicker in the beard oil vs beard balm question, there’s no perfect clear cut answer.
Beard balm, by contrast, is much the same thing only using beeswax. It might seem that the addition of beeswax to beard oil would be pointless. What good would beeswax do if you put it in your facial hair? However, many people find beard balm incredibly useful and important.
The reason for this is because beard balm helps not only nurture your beard hairs, allowing them to grow stronger and smoother, but also coats your beard hairs in order to force them into shape. If you have a beard large enough to be worth asking the question of beard oil vs beard balm in the first place, you’ve no doubt experienced a bad hair day. Some days, you simply cannot get your beard hairs to stay straight, and they begin to get in your mouth and nearly everywhere else as well. Besides that, it’s often incredibly difficult simply to style your beard and look the way you want to when your beard hairs are going everywhere.
What that means in practical terms is that if you have a large, thick beard, then you may opt for beard balm. Beard balm will have that beeswax, or it might simply have some other type of wax in it that does a similar thing, but the end result is that it helps ensure that your beard will go the right place at the right time and stay there. Bear in mind that you can do a similar thing with beard oil because you can apply the beard oil and then comb your beard. Doing this will allow your beard to look great, feel great and be tamed down. You can read about trimming and grooming your beard here.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you always want to tame your mane. Some days, you want to let it run wild and free. That still doesn’t mean you want your beard to be coarse and rough, and cause pain to anyone and everyone you might rub your face against that day. After all, no one has ever told their lover “I wish your beard was harder and more scratchy.” I also discuss how to make your beard softer here.
Beard oil is simply fantastic for those days when you want your beard to look thick, full, and still feel soft. Beard oil is also great for people who have smaller beards, slimmer beards and are particularly worried about giant names of face hair getting everywhere in their face and mouth. So if you have a smaller beard or a beard that you’re comfortable letting run wild, then beard oil is a better product than beard bald.
Complaints On Beard Balm
One complaint that many seem to have about beard balm is the fact that it feels like it’s sometimes hard to get beard balm out of the containers. But, instead of trying to dig in and pull the product out you simply want to firmly rub your fingers over it and then rub your fingers into your beard. Whereas with beard oil you simply dump a small amount into your hand and with the fingertips work it into your beard. Again; preference!
Complaints on Beard Oil
Some people complain that beard oil simply makes their beard feel greasy. However, this issue with beard oil is easy to remedy. Simply use less amount of your beard oil than you think you need and work the beard oil underneath the beard into the roots of the beard first and then rub throughout the beard. Do this once in the morning, after a shower and then again at night before bed. Using less beard oil but applying twice a day is the way to get all the benefits of beard oil without the greasy feel. Truth be told, if you over-use beard balm it’ll make your beard feel greasy too.
So Who Wins Between Beard Balm Vs Beard Oil?
Either way, both products will make your beard softer, and help it grow much stronger and shinier. In the end, all of this to say that what it all comes down to is most likely your own preference. Most of my friends who have beards prefer beard oil but none of them hate beard balm.