Obviously, I can’t pretend to be an expert in caring for a beard, but I do know a little something about how to take care of the hair on my head . The bottom line is that hair needs oil for nourishment and conditioning. This same concept applies to all hair – whether it’s on your head, or your face. Similar to my conditioner recipe, this beard oil uses a nourishing oil as its base and essential oils. The only difference is that the base oil also needs to be good for your skin in order to prevent breakouts etc.
Recipe Variations & Substitutions
In my opinion, these are the best carrier oils for both hair and facial skin, and therefore make the best base for a beard oil:
- Grapeseed oil: is a very light and readily absorbed oil that suits all skin types and does not aggravate acne. It also has astringent properties that help improve skin tone. (buy here)
- Coconut oil: suits most skin types and is antimicrobial which means nothing funky will grow, and your skin will be less prone to breakouts. Fractionated coconut oil is best for this recipe, since it will stay liquid in cold temperatures. However, fractionated coconut oil is significantly more expensive than the regular kind (buy here). If solid coconut oil doesn’t bother you, and you are happy to wait for it to melt in your hand, then you can use regular coconut oil. (buy here)
- Jojoba oil: is not technically an oil, but rather a wax that mimics collagen, which makes it great for your hair and skin. It absorbs well into the skin and hair. (buy here)
- Argan oil: is a non-greasy oil which is rich is vitamin E and other nutrients which nourish your hair & skin. However, it is one of the most expensive carrier oils on the market, that’s probably why some people call it liquid gold. (buy here)
Essential oils that are particularly good for hair and skin, which you can use or combine in this recipe:
- Rosemary: Suits all hair types. It is packed with antioxidants which help scavenge free radicals that are responsible for greying as well as hair thinning. Rosemary stimulates blood flow and promotes strong and healthy hair growth. It is also effective for treating dandruff, itchiness, scalp irritation and oily skin. (buy here)
- Tea tree: unblocks the sebaceous glands and it stimulates blood flow. It eliminates dead skin cells and makes the hair healthy and shiny. Tea tree has antibacterial properties which will help clear and prevent breakouts, as well as keep your beard clean. (buy here)
- Lavender: Suits all hair and skin types, as it helps balance the skin’s natural oils. Good treatment for dry and sensitive skin, and it prevents itching. Lavender oil is said to make the hair soft and shiny too. (buy here)
- Peppermint: Stimulates the blood flow to the hair root, and ensures that the hair receives proper nourishment, and thus it will promote hair growth. (buy here)
COST & SHELF LIFE
Cost Price: R27 per 100ml.
Estimated shelf life: 1 year if stored out of direct sunlight and away from moisture.
*Costs accurate at the time of writing this blog post, and based on best retail prices I’ve found.
Since I don’t use beard oil, I’d love to know what you think of this recipe. Please share your feedback in the comments below.