A stately beardsman such as yourself is surely aware of the huge variety of beard oils available on the market today. As is the case with any consumer product, some are good, while others are… well… not so good. Fortunately for you, when it comes to figuring out which products are the cream of the crop, it’s quite easy if you follow these few simple tips.
CHECK THE CARRIER OILS
Every beard oil has its own makeup of carrier oils - that is, all-natural oils that are mixed together with other ingredients to create the finish product. That said, not all carrier oils are created equal. Some impart huge benefits to your beard, nourishing it deeply with vitamins and aminos. Others still are nothing more than filler. Being able to identify premium oils and understanding their benefits will help you determine which beard oils are best:
- Argan Oil - With high concentration of Vitamin E, Argan Oil promotes a healthy scalp, tames stray hairs, provides shine and adds softness. Often referred to as "liquid gold".
- Jojoba Oil - Closely mirroring the hairs' natural oil, sebum, Jojoba Oil ism the best solution for naturally dry hair. It hydrates the hair from the inside, adding volume to thinning hair.
- Vitamin E Extract - Promoting healthy circulation to the scalp, Vitamin E Extract allowing for more nutrient absorption and healthier hair and hair follicles. It also stimulates hair growth, minimizes hair thinning or graying, strengthens hair gloss, and treats split ends. It is the ultimate in natural hair care.
- Castor Oil - Castor Oil contains a high percentage of ricinoleic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid that penetrates into the hair follicles providing nourishment and restoring inhibited growth. Is also highly viscous, allowing for better management of flyaways and stray hairs.
- Safflower Oil - Rich in oleic acid, Safflower Oil safeguards both the scalp and hair. Adds body to otherwise lifeless, thinning hair.
- Olive Oil - Olive Oil is one of the top emollients that can penetrate the hair, and its lightweight nature makes it great for moisturizing. Olive oil also contains anti-inflammatory properties that promote scalp health and prevent dandruff.
Here are a few commonly used carrier oils that, while certainly not harmful to your hair, contain far less of the nourishing vitamins and minerals than the afore-mentioned, premium oils:
- Sunflower Seed Oil
- Canola Oil
- Grapeseed Oil
Keep in mind that this is only a short list of the many, many carrier oils that you might find in your beard oil. Be sure to do your research on any other oils you might see on the label.
CHECK THE CONCENTRATION
Many people do not realize that the ingredients on any cosmetic product, beard oil included, are listed in order of concentration. The first oil listed on an ingredient label is the most prominent ingredient in the oil blend, while the last is the least concentrated. Knowing this can be extremely effective in terms of identifying premium beard oil blends.
For example, many beard oils claim to use premium oils like Argan Oil and Jojoba Oil - but upon closer inspection of the ingredient label, you find that these premium ingredients are at the bottom of the ingredient list. With this, you can immediately see that the majority of the oil blend is cheap, filler oil, with only a small percentage of the blend being comprised of these premium, more nourishing ingredients.
Don't be fooled into thinking a product is premium just because is has premium ingredients. Make sure they are being used at a meaningful concentration, or you will missing out on all of the benefits.
By keeping these two tips in mind, you can make sure that you're giving your beard the TLC it deserves. For the gold standard in beard care, you can always count on Bedloe & Blackwell. Snap a photo of your deeply nourished man mane and tag us at @bedloeandblackwell.