Grooming

Your Beard Needs Oil. Here’s What to Get.

If you aren't using it, consider this an official notice.
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You shouldn't grow a beard if you can't give it the attention it deserves. Yes, you can equate beard growing to adopting a puppy, and for good reason: A beard needs to be properly groomed and tamed, as well as hydrated and nourished. Beard oil can help with all of that. It's time you got acquainted with the most important product for your beard.

What Does Beard Oil Do? 

Beard oil has multiple functions: It hydrates your beard's bristles and moisturizes skin, thus softening whiskers as they grow, and it also allows longer bristles to be groomed into place. It is often scented, too, thanks to natural ingredients like cedar wood oil, sage, or citrus.

How Do You Apply Beard Oil? 

Rub 3 to 4 drops in both palms and through the fingertips, then apply in upward motions to a clean, dry beard. Start with the underside, moving the right hand across the face toward the left cheek, and opposite for the left hand. Use a beard comb to evenly distribute the oil after application—don't forget to comb it into the mustache, too!—then comb all of the hairs into place.

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How Often Should You Use Beard Oil? 

Application frequency varies from one person to the next. Apply it once in the morning, and again as desired; at the very least, you can wait a few hours between applications, and you really shouldn't need more than three doses in a day. (For most people, once daily is enough.) Be sure to do this only after you have washed and dried the beard; a dirty or wet beard will not absorb the oil properly. If you apply oil before bed, it may soak into your pillow if you don't wait for the beard to absorb the oil entirely.

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Beard Oil by Baxter of California, birchbox.com 

Beard Oil by Jack Black, amazon.com 

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Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil, kiehls.com 

The Grooming Oil by Lab Series, nordstrom.com 

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Conditioning Beard Oil by Tom Ford, nordstrom.com

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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