A Helpful Guide to Olive Oil for Beard Growth and Care

You know that olive oil is good for hair — but did you also know that olive oil is good for beards? Yep, that is right. Olive oil has many benefits for beards. Read on to discover the benefits that olive oil can have for beards, plus how to properly apply beard oil as part of your hair care routine.

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Benefits of Olive Oil for Beards

Beard oil has become popular in recent years, and with good reason. It provides many benefits for beards. First of all, it moisturizes and conditions the beard hairs. Since beard hairs tend to be coarser and thicker than hair on our heads, this can help soften them and make them easier to tame. It also provides vitamins and minerals to the beard which might not be present in other hair care products. 

Using oil as the last step in your hair routine, including your beard routine, will also help lock in the products and let them get to work. If you live in a very dry climate, where the air tends to draw moisture from your skin and hair, using oil as an occlusive layer will help keep that water in your hair and keep it from drying out.

Beard oil can also have benefits for the skin beneath your beard, which often gets forgotten. In fact, the skin all over your face needs to be treated well, whether or not it is covered by a beard. If you neglect, you might develop beard itch, in which shaving and other beard maintenance causes bumps and irritation. Keeping your beard moisturized with beard oil, alongside a proper beard and skin care routine, can help reduce beard itch and soothe your skin.

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When it comes to using olive oil for your beard specifically, this particular oil offers a high concentration of vitamins, minerals, polyphenols and antioxidants that can help nourish your beard hair and the skin beneath. When you buy 100 percent extra virgin olive oil, you also know exactly what you are getting. Many hair and skin oils are actually made of cheaper, highly processed carrier oils mixed in with a few drops of higher quality oils so manufacturers can put them on the label. Using olive oil as opposed to a specially marked “beard oil” is also often more cost effective, as these tiny bottles of oil can get quite expensive, even if they do not contain much high-quality oil.

There is currently no evidence that olive oil, or any type of oil, makes hair grow faster. That being said, using olive oil in your beard can make your hair look healthier and thicker.

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How to Use Olive Oil in Your Beard

Applying oil to your beard is simple. First, start by adding two to three drops in the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together to distribute the oil and run it across the hair on your cheeks and jaw. Go over your mustache (if you have one) with what is left on your hands.

If you have a very long or full beard, you will likely need more oil. Add another two to three drops to your hands and repeat the process above. If your beard is very thick or very long, then you may need a comb to evenly distribute the olive oil through your beard. Make sure to comb both with and against the hair growth pattern to fully cover your beard. When you are finished, style your beard as you like.

The best time to put on beard oil is after you get out of the shower, when your beard is damp but not wet. This is because oil and water repel each other, so you will not get the best results if you apply the olive oil to wet hair. You may want to dry it with a towel first before applying the oil.

Most people do not need to apply beard oil every day. Start with every other day and see how it goes. You can increase or decrease the frequency based on how your beard does.

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Here are some common beard oil mistakes to avoid:

  • Applying so much oil that it makes the hair greasy
  • Leaving clumps of oil instead of distributing it evenly
  • Applying drops of oil directly to your face
  • Putting oil on wet hair or skin
  • Continuing to use the oil if it irritates your skin or hair

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