More and more guys are using beard oil these days, and with good reason. It’s a great product that makes your beard softer, more manageable, and usually comes with kick-ass manly smells. It’s also been used since ancient times. Romans, for example, would slather their beards in olive oil because they believed it would help them to grow bigger, fuller beards. But did it?
A lot of guys who are growing for the first time ask if there is a product that will make their beard grow in faster or better, and often look to beard oil as the potential answer. Well, it is . . . but not necessarily in the way you might expect.
Beard Oil Helps You Want to Grow a Beard
If you want to grow a beard, the last thing you want to do is shave. That’s about as common-sense as wisdom comes, guys. But despite the logic, this is a very common hurdle for men who long for lustrous, full manes. There are a few reasons for that, but the most common is one that all beardsmen know all too well: that goddam ITCH.
Yes, growing a beard can be itchy as all hell. Hair growth irritates the skin. Guys who regularly shave know that once that hair starts growing back in (in a day or so) it starts to itch. A daily shaver who goes a day without shaving will be scratching like a mangy dog. And once the hair has grown in a bit, the itch doesn’t really stop. Sometimes it even gets worse. And you are tempted to grab the razor and make it all go away. And why wouldn’t you be? Who wants the itch all the damn time?
This is the biggest way in which beard oil can help you grow your beard: it prevents that itch so that you aren’t driven to madness and forced to cut your budding beard down before its time. It does this by moisturizing your skin. Quality beard oils will do this without being too heavy and greasy, but even the Romans were on the right track with olive oil. It might not feel the best on your face, but any oil will keep your skin from drying out. Dry skin is itchy, and nothing dries skin out like growing super rough, coarse hair.
I hear so many guys say, “I wish I could grow a beard, but it’s just so itchy. I can’t stand it, so I shave.” Beard oil is how you prevent that pitfall.
Vitamin E Promotes Hair Growth
Of the 13 vitamins, vitamin E is known to be the best for hair health. It’s one of the four fat soluble vitamins, so you tend to find it in fats. Fats like oils. Most raw, unrefined oils are pretty high in this stuff, and since beard oils almost always use such oils, they’re high in vitamin E. You won’t find many beard oils that don’t contain unrefined oils, but look out for any that contain coconut or babasu oil, as these are very often refined and that means less vitamins. Jojoba, almond, and argan oils are great; castor, olive, and grapeseed are decent.
Vitamin E is known to stimulate the growth of capillaries, which provide blood (and thus nutrients) to the follicles. This means stronger, healthier hair growth. This benefit can be imparted either when the vitamin is ingested or when it is applied topically (as with beard oils, or the vitamin E oil you can purchase at the pharmacy).
In this way, beard oils can actually provide some scientific aid in helping your beard hair to grow. And if not simply to grow, then to grow better, stronger, and fuller than otherwise. It’s the same way that eating a diet high in vitamins, protein, and healthy fats will make your body in general healthier; when your beard gets fed vitamin E, it’s just healthier in general. But it’s important to remember that . . .
Beard Oil is Not Miracle Grow
It’s vital to remember that beard oil is not a magic hair-growth tonic that you rub on your bald chin in the evening to wake up with a full beard the next morning. That’s the sort of shit that only flies in a Bugs Bunny cartoon.
The truth is, there is no scientific way to just “make hair grow.” Certain vitamins and protein can contribute to hair growth, but genetics will always play a bigger role than diet or any other factor. Facial hair is slightly different, in that there is a hormone that is specifically linked to its growth – Testosterone. And this can be taken in supplement form, and will likely yield results in the growth department. But no product – beard oil included – will make hair sprout from your face.
Any beardsman who has tried beard oil knows how beneficial it is. It is the most basic product to help your beard journey, and probably even the most important in general (though I’m sure those who prefer beard balms and butters might argue). Use it in good health, but remember that a healthy lifestyle is just as important, and never use a cosmetic product expecting miraculous overnight results.
And as always, beard fierce!