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:
- Beard shampoo and conditioner
- Beard balm
- 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 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!
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 board-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-percent 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, along with 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.
Best Beard Conditioners
Here are a few beard conditioners we recommend from each category and why we like them.
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. 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 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 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, aloe vera, to name a few — aim to take care of your beard better than any other product can.
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.
Sometimes you need something to help manage loose and coarse facial hair. Bluebeards’ citrus-scented beard saver is a daily conditioning lotion that will promote beard growth while keeping your whiskers itch-free and looking its best.
Stubble + Stache Daily Facial and Beard Moisturizer
Put on this daily facial and beard moisturizer right out of the shower and rub it in like 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.
Proraso Beard Oil
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 quality oils. It’ll put a little pep in your step all day long.
Honest Amish Beard Balm
This beard balm doubles as a leave-in conditioner and 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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