Beard Oil 101
When did growing a beard become trendy again? Last I checked it was in the late 60s and 70s that rocking a beard was the it thing. Not sure how the trend began, but many attribute it to the the Beetles, or the growing hippie culture back then.
Apparently, beards have been on the upward trend again since about 2010 and were thought to have reached their peak trendiness by 2013. How did I miss this obvious increase in facial hair? (most likely because I was hermitifying during the grim, frigid, long winters of Cleveland, working from home while raising 2 kids) But here we are in 2021 and this trend seems to have held on. But, like any trend, there is the inevitable pendulum effect, they come and go. Some longer than others, and some that we wished had never happened (like everything from the 80s). But, since this trend is here to stay for awhile, here is an amazing product that every beard owner (or should I say grower) should invest in. A good beard oil.
So, what in the world is beard oil and why do you need it? It’s simple actually. Beard oil is the foundation for a healthy beard and helps with beard maintenance. It helps to decrease itch, beardruff (aka beard dandruff), nourishes, and softens the beard all in one product.
What should you look for in a beard oil? A good beard oil should contain only pure and natural ingredients, most do not need preservatives and the fragrance used should only be from pure essential oils. In addition, all the ingredients should be clearly stated on the label, if they are not…stay clear.
Beard oils normally contain 3 different types of oils, a carrier oil, specific nourishing oils and essential oils. Jojoba and argan are excellent carrier oils and have amazing benefits for the hair and skin. Nyure’s 'SMOOTH OPERATOR’ beard oil contains additional oils that have been used for centuries to nourish and protect the hair and skin, such as amla (Indian gooseberry) and black seed oils. These two oils also aid in nourishing the skin underneath the beard as well as keeping the hair healthy and strong. Amla has also been known to lessen gray hairs! From a woman's perspective, what else could a guy want?
So, in short, beard oil:
- Reduces beard itch: Beard oil nourishes and coats the hair follicles, moisturizing the skin beneath the beard, and provides relief to any itchiness.
- Combats Beard dandruff, also known as beardruff. Beardruff is justwhat it sounds like, white flecks of dandruff- dry and dead skin- but it's on your beard.
- Helps fill in patchy beards: Amla and black seed oils are proven to help in hair growth; and because they contain antiseptic and anti-fungal properties, they keep the skin healthy and stimulate and promote hair growth.
- Can be used for Styling: According to the American Cancer Society, professional-grade hair smoothing treatments containing keratin can "contain formaldehyde or formaldehyde releasing chemicals," that can in turn increase the levels of formaldehyde in the air and "could be a potential hazard." If you'd rather not lather your face with toxins, switch to beard oil. Beard oil is a much better alternative to styling gels and sprays and a much healthier way to groom and style your beard.