Growing facial hair has recently been a trend among men in the last few years. Though growing out your beard allows you not to have to worry about shaving, there is still upkeep required to keep your beard and mustache looking good. There are many beard products on the market, but the main three are wax, oils, and conditioners. While balms and oils can be beneficial, it’s hard to have a good-looking beard without beard wax.
With all the different options on the market choosing the best beard products can be a daunting task. There are different holds, scents, qualities and price points to choose from. This article will cover all the basics of beard wax including what it is and how to use it.
How to Apply Beard Wax: What Is Beard Wax?
Beard wax is a light wax that helps to add shape to your beard. It contains beeswax, which helps you to mold your beard into the exact shape you desire, whether it be natural or unnatural. Similar to styling your hair with gel or hairspray, beard wax is a staple in facial hair grooming products. It keeps your beard from looking scraggly or unkempt.
Although the main goal when using beard waxes is to style the beard, it is also used to hydrate the beard and skin. Typically, it also contains oils that add hydration and shine to your beard. This makes it not only look fresh and clean but keeps the skin underneath your beard more comfortable without the itch.
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When you find a good beard wax, you will notice a difference in the texture of your beard as well as the hold. Not only will you be able to style it the way you like, but your beard will be much more comfortable on your face. You won’t have to deal with unkempt hair or dealing with beard hairs getting in the way when you are eating or talking. Instead, you will have a styled and more controlled beard.
Better Beard Texture
Without using products, your beard will be dry and coarse. For some men, this results in a scratchy and uncomfortable beard. As mentioned before, some beard waxes will contain shea butter that keeps the beard soft and smooth, creating more comfortable facial hair. When using a good beard wax, you may even notice that your beard is less itchy than before.
A Strong Hold
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Much like hair styling products, getting the beard look you want requires products to help you style it the way you like. With the different strength options, you can easily keep your hairs put exactly where you want them. This will give you a clean look without having random hairs sticking out. The strengths include light, medium, strong and even extra strong. This highly depends on your own personal preference, so think about the look and style you want when choosing the strength.
A More Comfortable Beard
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Although sporting a beard can look good, it isn’t always comfortable. It can be dry, course, and itchy – especially if you have a long beard. A wax with shea butter or oils will help to condition your skin. If the wax itself isn’t enough to stop the itching completely, then you may want to look into a beard oil or beard balm to further hydrate the skin and beard.
How to Apply Beard Wax: Choosing the Right Wax
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With choosing beard wax for the first time, you may become overwhelmed with the many options that are available. Having beards and mustaches are more popular than ever, and there have never been more types of wax to choose from. As long as you know what you are looking for before picking it out for the first time, it will be easy to find a beard wax that suits your specific needs.
Pick the Right Strength
As mentioned before, there are different strength options depending on what you want to do with your beard. To give your beard a little more shape, you may want a light strength wax. This will keep your beard from looking unruly, but there is less room for experimentation with molding your beard. A medium strength wax allows for a little more hold, especially for shorter beards. If you have a specific style that requires a large amount of holding, you may like a stronghold. The more strength the wax has, the stiffer the beard will appear. Typically, the goal is to have a natural look while also maintaining a firm hold.
Look at Ingredients
As with anything you use, it’s important to look at the ingredient label. The main ingredients in beard wax are beeswax, carrier oils, essential oils, and butter. There are different combinations of each of these products, which will affect how the end result will look. A wax with more beeswax will have a stiffer hold while a wax with more carrier oils will provide more conditioning. Choosing the combination depends on your own preference, and what your goals are for your beard.
Consider the Smell
Many organic beard waxes have essential oils blended in for a fresh, clean scent. Sometimes, if the wax is not organic, it will have synthetic scents in. No matter which beard wax you choose, the scent is one of the most important factors. Remember that whatever you go with will sit beneath your mouth and nose for long periods of time. If you are sensitive to smells, opt for a scentless beard wax. If you would like the wax to have a nice smell, you can choose one with a light scent.
Choosing a Color
Beard waxes come in a variety of colors, ranging from blonde to black. Pay close attention to the different color options when buying your beard wax. Choosing a color that is too light or too dark compared to your beard will result in an unflattering look, so compare the colors to your beard before you purchase.
The price of beard wax ranges from $5 to $20 and typically come in a small 1 Oz tin or tube. The quality of the products and brand will affect the price of each wax. When comparing prices, look at waxes with similar ingredients to ensure that you are getting the most for your money.
How to Apply Beard Wax: How to Apply
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Beard waxes work best with a clean, dry beard, so make sure that your face and beard is clean and try before applying the wax. If it’s not, wash and completely dry your beard.
Run your beard comb through your beard a few times.
Some men prefer to heat the wax up for an easier application. You can do this by holding the tin over boiling water, running the entire tin under warm water, or using heat from a hairdryer. Pay attention to ensure that the wax doesn’t melt to the point of being a liquid.
Using your finger, scoop out a small amount of wax and use your beard comb to apply the wax on your beard. When scooping, be sure to glide your finger across rather than dipping your finger all the way in. Begin with a small amount and add more as needed. Start with one side, and style it the way you want before moving to the next.
Repeat step four on the other side of your beard, and style it the way you like. If you notice that your beard looks too greasy, take a towel and dab the excess off. The goal should be to have a healthy, shiny beard rather than a greasy looking beard.
How to Apply Beard Wax: How to Remove It
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Leaving the beard wax in for long periods of time can cause blockage of your pores, creating irritation or breakouts. It is best to wash the beard wax out thoroughly each night before you go to sleep. Because some soaps and shampoos can contain harsh chemicals that may damage your beard, so find a good beard shampoo that’s tailored for facial hair.
Apply a small amount of beard shampoo to your palm and then apply it to your beard. Massage the beard shampoo into your beard until it covers all the hair follicles. Allow it to soak for a few moments and then use warm water to wash the shampoo and wax off your beard.
How to Apply Beard Wax: Conclusion
Growing a beard is more than just sitting back and letting your facial hair grow out. You will need products to care for your beard just like you would the hair on your head. Beard wax is a great option for men who want to style their beards, keep them from looking unkempt, and desire a more attractive, less itchy face. There are many variations of beard wax to choose from, allowing you to have the style you like. Keep in mind the different options when you are choosing your beard wax for the first time, and you are sure to find the perfect beard wax for you.
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