If you have just started to use beard oil, you probably have a lot of questions. When you first get into beard care, it can seem like an overwhelming amount of information – so many options, so many things to do, so many things to avoid doing.
Thankfully for you, we have simplified everything beard oil related – starting off with how long you will need to use beard oil before you see any effects, and then going on to our comprehensive guide to beard oil and all of its uses.
Read on to learn everything you need to know about beard oil.
How Long Does Beard Oil Take To Work?
The length of time that it takes your beard oil to work depends on the type of product you are using. Some products take longer than others.
If you are using a few different products, the best way to find out is to try them both side by side and compare their results.
You may also want to consider using two different types of oils at once to see which one works better for you.
If you have been using beard oil for less than 2 weeks, you should expect some hair growth stimulation. This means that your beard will start growing faster as well as thicker.
However, this effect will not last very long. After 2-3 months, you will notice that your beard has stopped growing in thickness and has become coarser.
If you have been using beard oils for over 3 months, you will notice a significant increase in hair growth. Your beard will be softer and fuller, and it will grow much quicker.
The only downside to this method is that after 6 months or so, you may begin to experience dryness. This is because your skin’s natural oils (sebum) have begun to thin out.
This is normal and will eventually go away, as your skin gets more acquainted with the beard oil, and adjusts to the natural sebum production accordingly.
For those who have used beard oils for around 1 year, they will most likely notice that their facial hair is thicker, stronger, and healthier looking.
They will also notice that their beard is becoming darker and fuller. At this point, you may even notice that your beard is getting longer.
For those who have used beard oil for over 2 years, you will notice that their facial hair has gotten significantly thicker.
It will also feel smoother and silkier. Your beard will appear fuller and darker, and it will look healthy and full.
So, to summarize – beard oil usually needs about six to eight weeks for noticeable results – but it is not as simple as that, and you will continue to see results building up the longer that you use it.
We reckon that you should try it for six months to a year, so you can get a handle on what the beard oil product can do for you.
Beard Care: How Much Beard Oil Should I Use?
Using beard oil too little will cause your beard to lose its shine and luster. Using too much will make your beard oily and greasy.
So, if you are new to beard oil, you should start slowly. Start with a small amount of oil, and gradually build up from there.
Once you have found the right amount of oil for you, stick with it!
Beard Oil Types
There are three main types of beard oil – each having their own advantages and disadvantages. These include :
These are typically made with vitamin E, aloe vera, jojoba oil, avocado oil, etc. They tend to be thick, sticky, and leave a heavy scent behind. Soothing oils are great for people who suffer from sensitive skin. They help keep the skin soft and moisturized.
Conditioning oils contain ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil, etc. They are thinner, lighter, and smell better than soothing oils. They work best when applied to damp hair.
This type contains ingredients like shea butter, cocoa butter, argan oil, jojoba oil etc. Moisturizing oils are great for keeping your beard hydrated while adding a nice scent. They are often recommended for men with coarse hair.
Choose the best oil for you depending on the needs of both your beard hair, and also your skin!
Some Of The Factors That Affect How Long It Takes To See Beard Oil Results
The length of time it takes for beard oil to show results depends on several factors. Some of these factors include:
Your Hair Type
Hair type affects how long it takes for beard oil products to work. Men with fine hair will generally need less beard oil than men with coarse hair.
The finer the hair, the more quickly it absorbs into the scalp. If you have fine hair, you might want to consider using a conditioning oil instead of a moisturizing oil.
This way, your beard will stay softer and shinier without being weighed down by an excess of moisture.
You should choose a hair oil that is made for your hair type and texture – choosing an oil that has been manufactured with you specifically in mind means that you will be more likely to see results faster, than if you use a more generic, less targeted product.
Dense hair requires more oil than thin or sparse hair. Thick hair also means that your beard will absorb the oil faster. You will probably need to apply more oil in order to achieve the same effect.
Thinner hair requires less oil, so less oil (or a lighter oil) is necessary to see the same effects at the same time.
Like with hair type, choose an oil that is suitable for your hair type to see the best results more quickly.
Longer beards can mean longer application times. It’s important to remember that not all oils are created equal.
Some oils are designed to penetrate deep into the follicles, while others are designed to coat the surface of the hairs.
Choose the right oil for your needs. If you have a full beard, you will need to use more oil than someone with a short goatee.
If you have dry skin, you may need to use a thicker oil to get the same results as someone with oily skin. Your choice of oil will depend upon what works best for your particular skin type.
Active Ingredients In The Beard Oil
There are many types of active ingredients in beard oils. Each one offers a unique benefit. Here are some of the most common ones:
Sulfates = These are commonly found in beard oils because they help keep the oil from clumping up when applied to the face. Sulfates are also known to soften facial hair.
Vitamins = Vitamin E is used in many beard oils because it helps prevent damage to the hair follicle.
Oleic Acid = Oleic acid is another ingredient that helps to prevent breakage in the hair follicle. It’s also known to stimulate growth and increase the strength of the hair.
Jojoba Oil = Jojoba oil is considered to be the ultimate natural moisturizer. It penetrates deeply into the skin, helping to protect against environmental damage.
Aloe Vera = This plant contains aloin, which is said to promote healthy hair growth from the follicle.
Coconut Oil = A saturated fat that provides essential fatty acids to the body.
Cetyl Alcohol = An alcohol-based wax that makes beard oils slick and easy to spread on the face.
Lactic Acid = Lactic acid is a naturally occurring substance that encourages cell turnover.
Eucalyptus Oil = A powerful anti-bacterial agent that fights off bacteria and fungus.
Tea Tree Oil = Tea tree oil is often combined with other oils to create a stronger blend. It’s a potent antiseptic that kills germs and fungi.
Peppermint Oil = Peppermint oil is well-known for its ability to reduce stress and anxiety. It’s thought to improve circulation, making it easier to grow new hairs, or cause hair regrowth in patches where you may have experienced androgenic thinning (male pattern baldness).
The quantity and quality of these ingredients in your beard oil can affect the speed at which it works (and what particular issues that it will have on your beard.
Formulation Of The Beard Oil
A good beard oil should contain a combination of carrier oils, vitamins, herbs, and essential oils. The carrier oils are usually derived from coconut, jojoba, almond, olive, grape seed, avocado, apricot kernel, and hemp seed.
They provide the base for the rest of the formulation, and actually have a shockingly big impact over the efficacy of the active ingredients.
For example, if your beard oil contains a high quantity of high viscosity carrier oil, the active ingredients may not world as well or as fast as they would with a low viscosity carrier oil.
This is because the high viscosity oil coats the hair, and sits on the surface of the skin, therefore preventing the actives from penetrating down into follicles and pores.
Alternately, if your beard oil contains a high quantity of extracts and essential oils, it will probably work faster, and you will be seeing results sooner, because these ingredients are potent and effective at penetrating deep into your skin, even if they are diluted using a carrier oil.
The Frequency With Which You Apply the Oil
The frequency with which you apply the beard oil will have a big effect on how quickly you see the oil’s effects.
If you apply it every day, you’ll notice more rapid results than if you only use it once or twice per week. But there is no right answer here.
Some people find that applying their beard oil daily gives them better results, while others prefer to wait until they need an extra boost before reapplying.
It also depends on what kind of beard oil you’re using. If you’re using a balm style beard oil, then it’s best to apply it every few days, so that it doesn’t dry out too much between applications.
On the other hand, if you’re using a gel type beard oil, then you might want to apply it daily, since it won’t dry out as easily.
In conclusion, I hope this article has helped you understand some different types of beard oils available today, and hopefully given you some insight into why certain beard oils work better and more quickly than others.
If you’d like to learn more about how to choose the best beard oil for your needs, check out our other guides.