One of the most overlooked topics by people trying to grow a beard is the: head hair vs beard hair topic. A lot of people blindly walk into the beard world without understanding that there exists a distinction in hair. By distinction I mean, texture and to a larger extent color. Astonishing as it may sound, this difference occurs due to a number of different factors, one of them being: longevity of the growing phases. There are three phases namely:
- Active growth phase
- Transitional phase
- Falling out phase
Facial hairs have a much shorter growing phase as opposed to the hair that grows in your head. Interestingly enough, the skin under your beard is also different from the skin on your head i.e. scalp. However, that’s a story for another day. So why is it important for you to understand the variance between your beard hair and head hair? The answer is very simple: care and maintenance.
If you decide to grow a beard, then you’ll need to use products specifically designed for your beard. Using regular soap, shampoo or even hair conditioner could be a bit harsh not only to your beard, but also to the skin beneath your beard. This could cause a lot of damage which would at times push you to a point where you contemplate shaving off your beard.
At Mandevu beard care, we don’t want you to have those thoughts. We don’t want to see you wallowing in frustrations wondering why your beard doesn’t look the way you pictured it in your mind. That’s why we give you these tips and bring you premium beard care products. Today, we are going to feature our beard balm and also show you some of the importance of using it.
What is beard balm?
Beard balm is a soft product that melts when you rub it in your hands. It can be compared to a leave-in conditioner in hair care. Most beard balms contain some of the following ingredients: Shea butter, bee wax, carnauba wax, essential oils, solid fat and carrier oils.
Benefits of beard balm
- Nourishes your beard
Given that beard balm contains a lot of natural and healthy ingredients as mentioned above, it’s only right that its first benefit be nourishment. Some of the components contained in the various oils, wax and fats include: amino acids, vitamins, enzymes and minerals just to name a few. These help nutrify your beard keeping it looking healthy.
- Seals in moisture
Moisturizing is one of the best things you can ever do for your beard. This can be effortlessly done by incorporating the use of beard oils. But to seal-in or lock-in the moisture, you need to use beard balm every other day. By doing so you reduce the amount of moisture lost.
- Protects from elements
Since hair and skin on your face are different from the hair and skin on your head, they require extra protection from elements. Dust, wind, abrupt change in weather patterns and UV rays all affect the health of your beard. Therefore, using beard balm is imperative because the components found in it. They offer unmatched protection and help avoid damage to the stem cells in the hair follicle.
- Softens and helps in styling
Another great benefit of beard balm is that it helps soften your beard. You don’t want to run a comb or a brush through your beard when it is dry. This is because, chances are parts of your beard will be tangled or matted. So in order to avoid damages such as breakage and split ends when combing, use beard balm before styling.
- Adds volume and hold
One of the most crucial aspects of growing a beard is hold. There’s nothing more disheartening than a beard that doesn’t sit in place. It messes up your appearance and can even affect your confidence. However, owing to beard balm, you can now get volume, shine and hold all in one. Thanks to the wax and butter found in beard balms.
- Tames dandruff
We have all at some point in our lives had trouble with Seborrheic dermatitis. Otherwise known as dandruff, this condition leads to dryness and roughness. if left unchecked, dandruff can cause a lot of damage and alter the health and appearance of your beard. Luckily, beard balm contains components with anti-fungal properties. Such components help counter and stop the buildup or development of fungal environments.
- Heals and prevents an itchy beard
Sometimes beards get very itchy. For some of us it becomes very difficult to resist the temptation of scratching. At times the scratching can even get out of hand leading to soreness or pain in the skin under your beard. To avoid this we recommend the use of beard balm. Apart from it holding your beard in place, and clearing dandruff, beard balm is also very good at calming irritations. It also helps relieve and alleviate pain, thus hastening the healing process of your skin.
- Scents your beard
We have heard stories of people drenching their beards with colognes and perfumes. Products that contain alcohol and other synthetic chemicals. Well, today we would like to advise that you not to do that. Such products can damage and thin your hair, ultimately affecting your beard volume. Instead, we recommend using naturally scented beard oils and beard balms that make your beard smell and feel good.
Check out our Mandevu beard balm here
Words: Mark Odecho