What is Beard Oil, and How Does It Work? – Hunter Jack Barber Co. | Beard Grooming

What is Beard Oil, and How Does It Work?

If you've been growing a beard or thinking of doing so, you've probably heard of beard oil.  Thanks to more of us taking care of our facial grooming, there's never been more oil, wax, and conditioner on the market.  But what exactly does beard oil do?  And is it worth using?

As beard grooming experts, our answer is only ever going to be ‘yes.’  However, we don’t like giving you an answer without explaining it in full.  So, let’s break it down for you.  Beard oil might just seem like a fancy liquid in a bottle which is used to make your fuzziness smell nice, but there’s more to it than that.

On the fence about beard oil?  Now’s your chance to find out whether or not it’s worthy of your hard-earned cash.  Spoiler alert – it most definitely is.


What Does Beard Oil Do?

Let’s cut to the chase – what does beard oil do?  What’s it used for?  Why should you bother?  These are all great questions, and ones we will answer.

It's tempting just to let your beard grow wild and free.  Plenty of men manage it and carry it off in style.  However, an un-oiled beard is one which will be itchy, patchy, and likely smell a bit funky if you're not caring for it properly.


  • Beard oil is a brilliant antidote to itching. Even if you’ve just started growing a beard for the first time, you’ve probably noticed that it’s a scratchy business.  Beard oil helps to replenish natural moisture that you’ve lost during hair growth.  The best oil works wonders in reducing irritation and inflammation while you’re growing it out.
  • If you're having difficulty growing your beard at all, it might be because you're low on moisture. As mentioned above, beard growing can really dry out your skin and cause irritation.  Therefore, it's likely time for you to give your face some deeper H2O, especially if growth is sparse.  Beard oil can – emphasis on 'can,' depending on the person – help facial fuzz to grow quicker.
  • Then, of course, there’s the smell. You might be washing your beard with natural soap and more besides, but the right oil can help to make your hair smell wonderful.  Your tastes may vary, of course, but it’s like cologne for your beard.  As well as the moisturizing benefits, you get a nice, fragrant kick along the way.


Is It Worth It?

That’s all going to depend on what you want to get out of it.  Unfortunately, we won’t be able to guarantee that beard oil will help you grow thicker, fuller hair.  It will help massively with dryness and irritation, however – and many of us know only too well how much help we need with that.

Beard oil is definitely worth it if you’re interested in taking care of your beard.  Made with natural ingredients, the best oil will allow you to stimulate your pores and soften the hairs on your face.  Your beard will smell nicer, be easier to manage and comb, and will generally look healthier.  If these are all things which are important to you, then we say full steam ahead.

Beard oil can also be useful in helping to reduce dandruff.  Yes – if you’re just getting started with a beard and are not aware of facial dandruff, you’re certainly going to be at risk.  Skin flaking can be itchy and unsightly.  Beard oil takes away the threat of flaky skin completely.  Fantastic news for anyone with notoriously dry skin in the first place.


How to Use Beard Oil

Now that we've looked at what beard oil is, and why it might be worth trying, let's take a look at how to use it.  This process is straightforward, though, for best results, you're going to want to follow a few simple steps to get started.

  1. Rub a small, fingertip-sized amount of oil onto both hands. Rub together until you have enough, evenly spread across.  You may need more, which is fine.  Each person’s needs will be slightly different.
  2. Start to massage it into your beard from the very roots to the tips. This can take time, but it's essential to touch the skin as well as the very ends of the strands.  As mentioned, this is so your face can benefit from the added moisture, as well as nutrients.
  3. You can also use a special beard comb if you wish, which may help to spread the oil a little more evenly.

Learning when and how to use beard oil is something which, on the whole, takes experimentation.  Everyone’s regimes are going to differ.  Therefore, it’s generally a good idea to try some oil for yourself and to explore with it.


When to Apply Beard Oil

But when do you apply the oil?  Now you know how to use beard oil – generally – it’s time to consider when is best to make such an application to your face.

The obvious and correct answer is in the morning.  Wash and comb your beard as you usually might, dry off by dabbing with a clean towel, and start to apply the oil.  Really make sure you massage it in!

Applying beard oil at night is pointless.  Not only are you going to need to do it all again in the morning, but you're also going to risk oiling up your pillows.  Bring it into your daily washing routine, and you'll get into it in no time.



Beard oil is fantastic.  It may not be at the top of every beard-wearers list, but it’s proven to help improve the look, smell, and manageability of facial fur the world over.  Why not give it a go?


Take a look at the beard oils we have on offer, and keep reading our guides here at Hunter Jack to learn more about how to get the most out of your facial follicle garden

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