The Beardman will tell you which beard products you really need and what you can save money on.
A groomed beard does not come out of the blue: it’s hard work! But if all the marketing talk is to be believed, you need to buy a lot of products for proper beard care. Nothing could be further from the truth: some beard products are essential and others are optional.
The Beard Man has spent a lot of money on beard care in the past including to stimulate beard growth. Has it made a difference? Little… the only products you really need for good beard care is: beard shampoo and beard oil.
Not all beards are the same: some are born with genes for heavy beard growth, while others suffer from limited or no beard growth. Unfortunately, there are no miracle cures as some manufacturers claim, but there are some products that are important for a healthy beard and underlying skin.
In beard care, healthy skin is most important. The underlying skin needs extra attention because this is where you have the hair follicles. Good circulation and prevention of dead skin cells is therefore extra important.
If you ask me, beard oil is the best grooming product that every bearded man should have in the house. Why? It moisturises the beard hairs and the skin underneath, thus preventing dried-out beard hairs and dry skin. Most beard ailments are caused by dry skin.
I prefer to use beard oil in the morning after showering to emerge with a shiny beard. Likewise, it makes the beard hairs softer.
Some beard oils have a fragrance. This can be quite nice, but only when it comes from natural ingredients. Find out which beard oil suits your beard best in our list of the best beard oils.
A beard shampoo or soap specifically for the beard is essential for proper beard care. This is because it is important to wash your beard daily. Beard hairs can get dirty from the outside air, food particles and dander. To keep your beard hairs healthy, wash them daily with a good beard shampoo or soap.
Why not just use a normal shampoo? A good beard shampoo contains natural oils that are important for caring for the beard and the skin underneath. You can wash your beard with a normal shampoo, but this often leaves the underlying skin dry. Something you want to avoid with a good beard shampoo.
A beginning beard needs a different shampoo than a mature full beard. There are also special beard shampoos for wales like beard dandruff. Find out which beard shampoo suits your beard best in the overview with the best beard shampoo 2023 of The Beard Man.
For longer beards, it is extra important to wash the beard daily with a good shampoo or conditioner. Longer beards…?
Does your beard feel naturally oily or do you use a beard wax to style your beard. Then a beard conditioner can help. With a normal beard shampoo, it is sometimes difficult to wash greasiness out of your beard hairs. In this case, it is best to use a beard conditioner that removes all the dirt including grease.
For a healthy beard, it is important that the beard hairs and the underlying skin are not too oily. This can clog pores, which is not good for the health of the underlying skin. However, I do recommend that you limit the use of a beard conditioner to 3-4 times a week, as not all ingredients are natural which, in turn, can cause dehydration of beard hairs and skin.
Curious about the best beard conditioner? The Beardmen has made an overview of which beard conditioner is best per beard type.
A beard serum is similar to a beard oil, but is ‘lighter’ and therefore leaves less residue. Some beard oils leave a lot of oil in your beard, which is not pleasant for everyone (especially if you already have oily skin). A beard serum also makes it easier to style the beard hairs than a beard oil.
The ingredients in a serum vary from brand to brand, but it generally contains more nutrients for the beard and underlying skin compared to a beard oil. A beard oil consists largely of natural oils, while a serum includes other ingredients needed, for example, to repair damaged hair follicles.
Beard serum is often sold as a miracle cure for faster beard growth. Perhaps it will make your beard grow a little faster, but the difference will be minimal. A beard serum is optional: most beard men use either a beard serum or a beard oil.
You use a beard wax to tame your beard hairs, or in other words, to shape them. So you use a beard wax in the morning before heading out the door with a sleek beard as a result. The best beard wax consists of natural ingredients without the use of synthetics. Depending on the beard wax, it also gives the beard a nice and healthy shine.
Whether you need a beard wax depends on your current beard and how you like to style it. Some beards are already naturally beautifully styled. A beard wax is particularly popular among men with full and long beards.
Sometimes a beard wax can also help to ‘hide’ bald spots when you suffer from uneven beard growth.
Another option to tame your beard hairs is beard butter. The difference with beard wax is that the butter is soft and fluffy with no wax added. This makes it easier for the active ingredients to penetrate your skin and beard hairs. So a beard butter has a caring effect, but it also helps you shape your beard hairs. Another good thing about beard butter is that it softens the hair and underlying skin.
All these products have a grooming function, but you also use them to style both long and short beards. Wax is a firm substance that makes it easier to shape beard hairs. The disadvantage of beard wax is that it is harder to get it out again. Beard serum is much lighter and therefore easier to wash out. The downside is that it is harder to shape the beard hairs, especially with longer beards.
Finally, we have beard butter which is generally a little less popular. Beard butter is less greasy than beard wax, but it still allows you to shape your beard hairs quite easily. Whereas with a beard wax you need a conditioner to wash it out, a shampoo is sufficient with beard butter.
Which of the three is the best option for you depends on what kind of beard you have, how you want to style it and, finally, your personal preferences.
A beard care kitor kit consists of various beard care products and accessories. The contents of such a kit vary from one provider to another. For instance, special beard growth kits are sold that include a beard oil, comb as well as a beard roller. A beard roller punctures small holes in your skin, allowing it to better absorb active ingredients from the beard oil. This should promote beard growth.
You do a beard grooming kit as a gift for someone else or for yourself. It can also be ideal when you are growing a beard for the first time.
Buying beard care products, what do you look out for?
That more and more men are adopting a beard is clear from the size of the market for beard products. Unfortunately, there are also many products with ingredients that can actually harm your beard and the underlying skin. That’s what The Beard Man wants to keep you from, so he has an always tips to get only the right products:
Products made from natural ingredients lose their flavors within a year; however, this happens a lot faster than if you opened the packaging. Too bad of course, but this way you know you have a natural product in your hands.
- Natural ingredients: we have found several products that really contain a lot of rubbish. A grooming product consists of 100% natural ingredients. You want the best for your beard, then you choose ingredients from nature.
- Watch out for perfume or fragrances: your facial skin can be sensitive to synthetic fragrances or perfumes. In cheaper brands, synthetics are used to give the product a certain scent. These scents linger much longer.
- Please spend a little more: good products really don’t have to be extremely expensive, but you if you see a bottle of beard oil for less than €5 then you can question the quality of the ingredients
Hi, I’m Sander!
Growing a beard requires a portion of perseverance, proper care and the necessary knowledge. The Beardman knows all about it: and helps you through it. Together on the way to a full beard!
For good beard care, you don’t just need high-quality products; it’s just as important to groom your beard regularly.
Beard accessories: which ones do you need?
Besides beard products, beard accessories such as beard scissors, trimmer, brush and/or comb should not be missing. Other well-known accessories include a straightener for beards or a derma roller. Find out what beard accessories there are and when you need them in our overview of beard accessories.
Buy a beard trimmer? The Beardman has compiled a list of the best trimmers of 2023.
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There are different beard types, all of which require different care. For example, a novice beard with uneven beard growth needs veinier care than a mature full beard. In any case, we recommend rubbing a good beard oil into your beard daily. This has a moisturising effect on both the beard and the underlying skin.
Proper beard care is very important. But which beard products you need depends on the kind of beard you have and its condition. The Beardmen has made an overview of all beard products and tells you exactly which products suit which beard.
The best beard care consists of products made from natural ingredients, but proper routines such as washing and trimming are also important.