The Benefits Of Beard Butter And Why You Should Use It
Men have always had beards and for most of that time they been huge bushy messes. But as with everything else, times and expectations have changed.
And help with the quest for a brilliant beard, there is now something amazing called beard butter. It's the perfect solution for your bushy beard problems.
At its heart it is a wonderful, thick creamy mixture that can help keep your beard stay moisturized and help to keep it under control. It can help to soothe skin irritation, stop that horrible dry skin from flaking off all over your black t-shirt, and generally make you feel awesome.
So let's delve deeper into beard butter and get you fully educated.
Okay, So I'm Still Not Entirely Sure What Beard Butter Is...
Basically it's a bit like beard oil, in so much as they are both designed to condition the facial hair, soften both the beard and skin, and nourish the hair and skin.
In short, it stops your beard being itchy and looking so out of control.
But even though on the surface beard oil and beard butter do basically the same job, their composition and benefits can often be quite radically different.
Beard Butter Vs Beard Oil
The main difference between beard oil and beard butter is that the butter part acts as a carrier for not only the essential oils and lubricants contained in a beard oil, but is also for delivering additional benefits to the beard and skin.
Usually it's a blend of rich and nourishing natural butters, such as coconut and shea butter. These are brilliant because they are natural emollients, easily absorbed into the skin, contain natural acids that help the skin, and also vitamins.
Shea butter is also a natural anti-inflammatory, which will help with any itchy skin or blocked pores.
Some beard butters also contain wax. This is typically beeswax, which gives hold to the hair of your beard. Basically it allows you to shape the beard better and keeps that shape, meaning no more crazy bushy beard.
So at the heart of a beard butter, it's a conditioner for the hair and skin, where as beard oil is more about grooming and shape.
Although only subtle, a beard butter may give a slightly different finish to your beard. Although this will obviously depend on its composition, a beard oil tends to leave your beard looking more shiny.
So for me, beard butter is more powerful because it does the following:
- Conditions the skin
- Conditions the beard hair
- Contains beneficial natural acids
- Contains vitamins, usually A, D and E
- Contains natural moisturizers
- Doesn't leave a beard looking oily
- If it contains beeswax, it allows great shaping
As well as beard butter and oil, we should also mention beard balms to avoid further confusion. A balm is a kind of halfway house usually. It's not just an oil, and it's not a full on beard butter.
Beard balm usually contains a lighter blend of butters. But it's a very general term which varies from company to company, so the differences between a butter and a balm can often be very blurred.
How To Use Beard Butter And Look Like A King
You will be absolutely delighted to know that it's not exactly hard work to apply beard butter to your beard successfully. There's no panic about getting it over the curtains and carpets here, unless you do something spectacularly wrong.
- Scoop out a small amount of beard butter from the container and work it into the palms of your hand. A little bit goes a long way so use it sparingly, don't scoop out a huge chunk and start slapping it all over your face.
- Work it smoothly into your beard. It's okay to play with it a bit, tease the hair and shape things. Have a bit of fun with it and just make sure you work in evenly all over so it is not visible anymore.
And that's it. It really is simple.
In terms of how often you should use beard butter, the answer is as often as you need to really. You can use it every single day, even twice a day if you want, is just about not overdoing it so the beard is clogged up with the stuff.
The best time to apply the butter to your beard is when the hair is soft. So the ideal time is after a shower or when you've just washed your face (you do that right?). Always use warm water so that the skin pores are more open as well.
How To Make Your Own Amazing Beard Butter Blends
You can really have fun and go to town with beard butter by making your own from an amazing variety of recipes.
So you can see how easy it is to get started, let's go through a basic beard butter home brewed recipe for you right here.
Classic homemade beard butter recipe:
- 2 teaspoons of shea butter
- 10 teaspoons of coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon of beeswax
- A couple of drops of 2-3 essential oils of your choice (rosemary oil for example)
The first step is to gently warm and melt the ingredients together. A great way of doing this is to place a large bowl over some gently simmering water in a saucepan. Make sure the bowl is big enough to sit in the saucepan without being in the water so that it only gets gently warm.
Begin by melting the beeswax. Then add in the coconut oil and gently blend together with a wooden spoon.
Next you should add in the shea butter and the essential oils and gently stir for a few minutes. Once completely melted and warm, remove the bowl from the heat.
You can then put your beard butter in a screw lid container. If you don't have an empty beard butter container, you could always use a hair wax container, or get a screw lid jar or container from eBay.
And there you go, your very own ready to use home recipe beard butter fit for a king.
So Should I Use Beard Butter, Beard Oil Or Beard Balm?
I'm afraid I can't really answer that question for you here. It's all about personal choice and what works for you at the end of the day.
On top of that it's all about the size, shape and style of beard you have, as well as your hair type.
What we would recommend here is testing them all out. It's not expensive to get one of each online from somewhere like Amazon and try them out. There are loads of high quality brands on the market for you to give a go.
There are loads of brands out there you can try, and a great way of getting started is to use a shopping site like Amazon where you can read positive and negative reviews before you buy.
Once you've found which works best for you, you can simply develop your own style of application and management.
Don't be afraid to use beard butter, oil or balm in combination if that feels right for your style. The key point is to not make the beard too saturated with oils, because that will start have a negative effect on how it looks, and it could also start to clog up the pores of your skin which is exactly the opposite of what you are trying to achieve.
You can also get a beard comb and even style your beard with a comb after you have applied beard butter to it. Don't be afraid to run a comb through it, as it will help to make it look even cooler.
Just make sure you wash the comb out each time so it doesn't clog up and create waxy lumps, which will get stuck in your beard and make it look like you been eating candles.
So they have it, a quick and easy guide to what beard butter is, how to use it, how to make it and how you can get rid of that big bushy mess forever and join the world of extravagant beards.