Beard Conditioners: What They Are and How They Work

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There is no one beard conditioner. A conditioner is anything that can be used to improve or maintain the condition of, well in this case, your beard. To bring health and style to your beard, there are three options to consider — a beard shampoo/conditioner, beard balm, or beard oil.

If you were curious about separate shampoos and conditioners for beards, there are some options on the market, but a good quality beard shampoo is in itself a conditioner. If that answers your question, you may stroke your fine beard and carry on. Otherwise, let’s explore different conditioners and which one(s) might work for your beard.

Beard Shampoo/Conditioners

Just like in regular hair care, beard care includes shampoos, conditioners, and styling products. For some people, regular hair care includes a shampoo to strip away oil and dirt, a conditioner to provide moisturizing oils and vitamins, and a styling product to provide control and hold. Beard care is simpler as it approaches the role of oils differently. Oils are good for beards!

Depending on the amount of natural oil your body provides, a good beard shampoo will manage rather than eliminate the oils that moisturize your mug. The role of a beard-specific shampoo is to wash away dirt and excess oils, while leaving and adding natural oils that keep your beard and skin healthy. In addition, a good beard shampoo provides vitamins and other ingredients that condition your beard, like honey and beeswax. We believe that beard shampoos with 100% natural ingredients provide the greatest cleaning and conditioning power for your beard, while also keeping any nasty chemicals away from your sensitive mug. 

Beard Oils and Balms

Like beard shampoo/conditioners, oils and balms provide similar benefits, but are not the same nor mutually exclusive. Ideal beard care would likely include a shampoo/conditioner along with either a beard oil or balm. Using all three would be excessive for most.

When considering beard oils and balms, consider the size of your beard and the state of your skin and hair. If your beard is on the shorter side with regular amounts of natural oil, consider using a beard oil. Beard oils are typically made up of healthy oils and essential oils, which provide a small amount of moisturizing agents and some styling control.

If you have a medium to large sized beard and/or dry, flaky skin, a beard balm might be the right choice for you. Typical ingredients in beard balms include healthy oils, essential oils, along with thicker moisturizing and styling agents like nut butters and beeswax. The biggest difference between the two are that a beard balm is massaged into the beard as a stay in conditioner while a beard oil is added very sparingly as a final moisturizing and grooming addition.

Beard Conditioners To Try Out

Here are a few beard conditioners we recommend from each category and why we like them:

Professor Fuzzworthy’s Beard Shampoo, $13

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This shampoo is all natural as well as easy and pleasant to use. Create a lather with your hands and run through your wet beard in the shower. Let it sit for a minute or so and then rinse through to leave your beard clean, healthy, and full.

Proraso Beard Oil, $16

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This Italian barbershop has been in the business of beards for over 100 years. Try out this beard oil that has citrus and menthol notes along with high quality oils. It’ll put a little pep in your step all day long. 

Honest Amish Beard Balm, $13

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This beard balm is made with high quality natural ingredients, including oils, nut butters and essential oils. The quality for the price makes this an ideal choice for anyone wanting to try out beard balm.

Once you try out a couple of products, you’ll figure out which ones work best for you. And hey, if you can’t find a conditioner that fits your needs, make your own!


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