Beard balms are a category of beard care products that help condition and tame your beard. As your beard grows, some of those whiskers can take on a mind of their own. In the early stages, your young beard was just happy to be here…and would do whatever you asked of it. Now that your beard is getting a bit older and longer, it might need a little more persuasion to fall in line.
Beard balms are a great way to control unruly beards…unless of course, you are going for the unkempt mountain man look. In which case I would not recommend a beard balm.
First Things First, What is a Beard Balm?
Unlike beard oil or a specialized beard moisturizer/conditioner, beard balms are primarily composed of wax. This is what gives the balm its hold/taming capabilities. Most products use beeswax, but it varies based upon preference. Since the main ingredient is wax, beard balms can be a bit firm and difficult to apply. Because of this, some beard balms forgo the wax and utilize shea and coco butters to help tame the beard. While these are easily applied, you lose hold and styling characteristics.
We are not fans of overly firm/waxy products, so we designed our beard balm to have the hold provided by a wax-based balm, yet the consistency of whipped butter for easy application.
In addition to providing hold, beard balm conditions and hydrates the beard. This can be done in a number of different ways, but some of the best ingredients for this are Jojoba and Argan oils. Not only do they condition the hair, but they also help promote overall beard health.
Lastly, beard balms seal in moisture and help protect the beard.
How to Apply Beard Balm
Like most beard care products, we like to apply our balm shortly after showering while the beard is slightly damp. This helps to absorb the product better, and the beard is more apt to styling while it is still damp.
First, brush out the beard to prepare for application.
Second, using your finger scoop about a fingernail-sized amount of balm out of the jar and then rub it between your hands. Then, apply the balm from the top of your beard working down with smooth motions. Once the balm is evenly applied across your beard, begin to shape your beard as desired. For some, this is simply keeping flyaways down but for others, it's actually shaping the beard into the desired form.
And just like that, you are done! Go forth and rule the day…and expect countless people to inquire about touching your mane.
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