Uncle Jimmy understands your desire to keep your grooming routine as fast and easy as possible. But, if you’re going to grow a beard, you’ll have to add another product or two to your daily routine. Keeping your beard looking its best requires the twice-daily application of beard oil or beard balm. Here’s how to decide if balm is right for you, and how to apply it properly.
Beard Oil Or Beard Balm?
As a general rule, oil is ideal for scruff, short beards, and goatees. As your beard grows more than a couple of inches long, a balm will provide more hold. If your beard is short but curly, frizzy, thick, or unruly you may prefer to use balm daily. If your skin is dry, you may also want to use balm, as it contains shea butter that will nourish and protect your skin. This may mean that you switch to balm in the winter months, even if your facial hair is short.
Regardless of your beard length, you may always prefer to apply oil to clean shaven areas. For example, after cleaning up your neck and the edges of your beard or goatee. Here are 5 other ways you can use your beard oil.
How Does Beard Balm Work?
Beard balm benefits your skin and facial hair in a variety of ways. Unlike oil which nourishes and moisturizes, balm provides structure and support. This makes it ideal for curly, frizzy, and unruly beards. Also, for shape and hold such as a pointed beard or mustache handlebars.
Balm minimizes the itch and flakes that can form when the skin underneath your beard is dry. Oil absorbs into your skin faster, but shea butter is thicker, so it sits on top of your skin providing lasting moisture. If you don’t mind the extra step, you can apply a facial moisturizer in the morning and evening before you apply your beard balm.
Just as with oil, balm keeps your beard soft, healthy, and shiny. Without applying balm or oil each day, your beard will rapidly dry out. Soon after, it will lose its natural shine and become brittle.
How To Use Beard Balm Properly?
Here’s a step-by-step guide for how to groom your beard using beard balm. It might look like a lot of steps, but it only takes a few minutes each morning and evening.
- Even if you don’t shower, you must wash your face every morning and evening. Also, after working out or eating anything that leaves behind bacteria-causing food particles in your beard. For example, ribs, corn on the cob, burgers, or wings. We suggest using Uncle Jimmy Hair, Beard and Body Wash as it’s gentle enough to use from head to toe. Do not use bar soap as it will strip and dry your beard and face.
- To keep your beard healthy as it grows past mid-length, we suggest adding a step before applying your balm. The longer it grows, the more likely the ends will dry out. So, apply a small amount of Leave-In Conditioner after you pat your beard dry.
- Now it’s time to apply balm. If you prefer a separate facial moisturizer, apply it first. You can apply moisturizer to your full face, or just the areas without facial hair. However, balm may be easier to apply as any excess will get worked into your beard.
- If your facial hair is dry, brittle, or damaged in any way—use a Conditioning Beard Balm. If your facial hair is healthy, use a Standard Beard Balm. Scoop out a pea-size amount for medium length beards, more for long beards. Rub your palms together to warm the balm.
- Massage the balm first into your skin with your fingertips. Gently rub the remaining balm on your hands over the top of your facial hair in a downward motion. If your beard is long, separate the longer sections and rub balm in-between.
- Use your preferred beard brush or comb to evenly distribute the balm. If you have a longer beard a bristled brush is ideal. The bristles will also massage and gently exfoliate the skin underneath. Brush or comb your beard into its desired shape.
- If you have a mustache handlebar, apply a small dab of balm to your index fingers and thumbs. Then shape as desired.
How To Keep Long Beards Healthy?
Long beards require a bit more care to keep them looking their best. In addition to the morning and evening routine above, be sure to:
Mix things up—While long is the goal, unkempt should not be. Work with your barber to select a shape and style and to update your shape and style. Have fun with it, knowing that if you don’t like a new shape, it will grow back. This can include a goatee-inspired long beard which mixes things up, makes eating easier, and may make you more kissable to your partner.
Trim your beard—Even if you are still growing your beard out trimming your beard keeps it healthy. It encourages growth and eliminates damaging split ends. Trim flyaways yourself, but have your beard trimmed and shaped at the barbershop when you get your hair cut This should be about every 6 weeks or so.
Occasionally cut significant length—some beards will stop growing at a certain length. So, even with regular conditioning and trimming the ends will dry out over time. This means that once or twice a year you should cut off 1 or 2 inches, then let it grow out. If your long beard is severely damaged, cut a bit more off to keep it healthy.
Looking For A New Beard Balm?
Uncle Jimmy has everything you need to keep your beard, hair, and skin healthy. We have created a variety of Daily Regimens for easy shopping. Add on additional products to personalize your grooming routine. Don’t forget to buy extras to touch up flyaways at the office or to keep a kit in your gym bag!
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