I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people site “itch” as the reason for not growing a beard. Left untreated, beards do itch. And flake. I don’t know about you, but beard dandruff is about the worst thing to see on an otherwise nice beard. You can get rid of the itch by doing these 3 simple things.
I know it sounds obvious, but you may be surprised at the number of men who do not wash their beards… AT ALL. It’s not always because of poor grooming habits. Often people use the wrong products, get bad results, and just stop trying. The cake of soap that works great on your pits is the absolute WRONG thing for your beard. And so is your girlfriend’s expensive salon shampoo. Soaps and shampoos can be harsh and tend to strip your beard of those natural oils it needs for that sheen we are always chasing.
How to do it right: Unless there is a good reason to (working in a dusty environment or endless spaghetti dinners), you don’t need to shampoo/wash your beard every day. When you do wash your beard, use a mild castile soap—such as Dr. Bronner’s—or a wash that is specifically designed for beards. Most good beard washes combine a castile soap with essential oils for the perfect blend of cleaning and conditioning. Whichever product you choose, try to hold off on everyday washing and instead use your beard wash 2 to 3 times a week.
A good leave-in-conditioner or beard balm is great for everyday use. You don’t need to spend a lot to get a good conditioner. Coconut Oil is a good, simple conditioner. If you’re looking for something that packs more of a punch, Mountaineer Brand offers a beard balm with Pine Tar. Pine Tar is an ancient remedy for skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
An important thing to remember when using balms and conditioners is that you need dig all the way through the beard until you reach the skin. (Why start with the skin? Think of it this way; if you want to grow and cultivate healthy plants, would you rather plant them in loose, fertile soil or on dry, cracked clay?). Work your way from your face to the ends of the beard. It will take a few times to figure out how much you will need, but you’ll get the hang of it and your face and beard will thank you!
A good conditioner or balm may not be enough to keep your beard hydrated all day. For this we recommend oil. Essential oils are a good, simple way to start.
Spend a few minutes reading about which essential oils are good for hair and skin. Pay attention to the scent description if you are not familiar with oils; they can range from fabulous to skunk.
Oil that is specially formulated for beards is a good way to take the guess work out of it. Apply Beard Oil somewhat liberally—a thirsty beard will drink it fast. The first time you use it, we recommend that you go one drop at a time until you find the amount that works for you and your beard. Again, start with your face and work your way through to the ends.
Follow the three simple steps above and use common sense—keep your beard away from open flame, for example—and you’ll be itch and flake free in no time.