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How Long Should Your Beard Be Before You Start Using Beard Products?

How Long Should Your Beard Be Before You Start Using Beard Products?

by Cody Wiley

This is probably in the top 5 most commonly asked questions when it comes to beard growing or beard maintenance. The short answer is that it’s never too early to start taking care of your beard.

Too Soon For Beard Care?

We’ll cut right to the chase: You should start using cleaning and conditioning products as soon as you decide to grow your beard. Even the small freshly sprouted hairs you can barely see are still accumulating excess oil and dirt from your skin, and need to be washed just like any other hair. Further, keeping the hair as well as the skin moisturized and conditioned is critically important. Dryness, itchiness and flakiness are the major roadblocks that keep many men from growing and keeping a beard. Starting a conditioning regimen early and maintaining it throughout the life of your beard can address all of these problem areas. So now that you know when to begin, how will you decide between using traditional liquid beard oil or beard dry oil?

Beard Dry Oil

For shorter or newer beards, I tend to suggest using beard dry oil due to the slight hold offered by the beeswax. When I say slight, I do mean slight. It is not a styling product or anything you would use for a freestyle beard design, but it is enough to catch fly-away hairs and put them back into place. Our beard dry oil is great when used in conjunction with combing or brushing to train your beard hairs to lay the way you want them to. As a low-temperature solid, you don’t run the risk of over-pouring, so it can be a little more intuitive for those new to beard conditioning. And of course it has all the same conditioning properties and scents you will find in our traditional beard oil.

Beard Oil

While I often recommend beard dry oil for new beards, there’s no reason not to use beard oil if you find yourself so inclined. It can absorb a bit faster and is going to keep your skin and beard healthy, regardless of the length. Just be sure to start with a small amount so as not to overdo it. While it won’t have the slight hold the dry oil does, when it comes to nourishing your beard, you really can’t go wrong.

Which Will You Choose?

Taking care of your beard should start on day one, that includes washing and conditioning the hairs and keeping the skin moisturized. Will you go for the slight hold our beard dry oil offers and work on training your hairs as they start to grow? Or will you opt for the more traditional liquid beard oils and let the hairs grow in their natural patterns? You won’t be disappointed with either choice, and you will be putting your beard in the best possible condition to promote healthy growth.


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Tim Kramer
Tim Kramer

March 29, 2017

Hey David,

Great thoughts! It is interesting how certain grooming practices have become taboo for men in our society.

Thanks for stopping by!



March 29, 2017

It is never to early or too late to take care of your hair and skin. As a former hair care professional I can confidently say most men neglect a good hair and skin care regime. Probably because we identify with our fathers who were soap and water men, and mom was the one with “special” soap and moisturizers, usually seen lathering themselves in cold cream, which isn’t very “manly.” However lets remember early bearded men would apply scented olive oil to their skin and beards. Gladiators would routinely have special oils massaged into their skin in preparation for their battles and there isn’t anything more manly than fighting to the death.

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