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10 Best Beard Conditioners: What They Are and How They Work

First, let’s get this out of the way: There is no one beard conditioner.

A conditioner is anything that can be used to improve or maintain the, well, condition of your beard.

To bring health and style to your beard, there are three options to consider:

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.

The Roosevelts Beard Co. Glacier Beard Conditioner

This nourishing, argan oil-infused beard conditioner will set you up with softened stubble and a clean beard, while also helping to repair split ends and damaged hair. All you have to do is apply some of this while in the shower and let sit for two or three minutes for the conditioner to do its work.

Ranger Grooming Co. Oil and Leave-in Conditioner

Ranger Grooming Co. offers a fragrance-free beard oil that doubles as a leave-in conditioner for your pleasure. This blend makes use of only jojoba and Moroccan argan oil to eliminate beardruff and itchiness. Use a few drops right out of the shower and watch as it quickly soaks in to treat all your beard nemeses.

Polished Gentleman Beard Shampoo and Conditioner

Polished Gentleman features a duo of shampoo and conditioner that maximizes volume and beard health. This all-natural softener sports argan oil, manuka honey, and tea tree oil. Every man deserves a great smelling and awesome looking beard, and Polished Gentleman’s double-act is aimed to satisfy your finicky facial hair’s needs.

Scotch Porter Beard Conditioner

Scotch Porter offers one of the most effective deep conditioning products to nourish and revitalize unruly beard hair. The use of vitamin B-5 leaves your beard with a beautiful shine while other ingredients — marshmallow root, slippery elm bark, nettle leaf, shea butter, coconut oil, and aloe vera, to name a few — aim to take care of your beard better than any other product can.

ArtNaturals Beard & Stache Oil and Conditioner

Not only is it this beard oil a great softening oil, but the moisture-rich conditioning components also treat your hair and skin the way it should be treated. Organic jojoba, Moroccan argan, and vitamin E oils combine to condition, soften, and hydrate your beard while eliminating itching, beardruff, and acne.

Stubble + Stache Daily Facial and Beard Moisturizer

Put on this daily facial and beard moisturizer right out of the shower and rub it in as you would any other lotion. The blend boasts a superstar-packed list of ingredients, including vitamin A to reduce the chance of wrinkles, aloe, chamomile, and green tea extracts to help hydrate your beard hair and skin.

Professor Fuzzworthy’s Beard Shampoo

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.

Honest Amish Beard Balm

This beard balm doubles as a leave-in conditioner and is made with high-quality natural ingredients, nut butters and essential oils. The quality for the price makes this an ideal choice for anyone wanting to try out beard balm.

Beardbrand Old Money Wash and Softener Set

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Beardbrand manufactures some of our favorite beard grooming products, period. Its wash and softener duo is one of the most effective tandems on the market, especially when you pack it with the brand’s coveted Old Money scent. It smells exactly as you would think, reminiscent of the lost gentleman days of cigars and whiskey, donning rich notes of aged oak, black pepper, and amber. It’s potent, though, so those with sensitive nostrils should be wary of that. However, if you can handle the fragrance, this duo is loaded with ingredients such as peppermint oil, aloe vera, and coconut oil that work wonders when it comes to softening your coarse whiskers and maintaining a healthy beard.

Beard Necessities Grizzly Beard Conditioner

Just because you’re trying to grow out a burly beard doesn’t mean you should accept the irritating itchiness that comes with it. Beard Necessities’ Grizzly conditioner was designed with aloe vera and argan oil to specifically eliminate dry, itchy facial hair while repairing damaged skin underneath. It calls this formula superfood for your beard, which essentially means it supplies your whiskers with everything they needs to flourish, while exuding a subtle citrus-based scent from the addition of orange peel oil.

Beard Shampoo and 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!

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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 and 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 number 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, as well as thicker moisturizing and styling agents like nut butter and beeswax. The biggest difference between the two is 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.

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