For a man, grooming can sometimes be a daunting task. The maintenance of a beard is most of the times well-worth the effort, though. However, if there would be one single product to use for beard and skin care, that would be Argan. Using Argan oil for beard growth and maintenance is easy and cost-effective too.
In this post, I’m going to give you details about:
- What makes Argan oil good for beard care? Its benefits and properties.
- How to use it for a well-groomed beard, with a few ideas on a proper routine. Knowing what to do will help you grow and maintain the beard you like.
- A few beard recipes with Argan oil and manly-scented essential oils.
- A small section with some vital questions and answers about beard growth and maintenance. Find answers to questions like: how long till you see results, how to choose the best Argan oil, what type of beard hair is the oil good for, etc.
How to Use Argan Oil for Beard. Benefits and Recipes
Before diving into the benefits and uses of Argan oil for beard, it’s important to understand what this oil can do. I will start with its chemical composition, which makes the oil a good natural beard oil.
Regardless if your beard is short or long, untamed or barely growing, it still needs daily care. And so, we get to one of the best beard oils – Argan oil.
Argan is a popular and known beauty oil that can and is used for hair and skin care. The oil is so special and effective because of an interesting combination of fatty acids:
- 43 – 48% oleic acid.
- 34 – 36% linoleic acid.
- Vitamin E.
These fatty acids make the difference between a dry looking, coarse beard and a healthy and well-maintained one.
Applied to the skin, the oil can regulate the sebum production. It will also maintain the skin elastic and hydrated. The best thing about Argan oil is that it is non comedogenic. This fact is extremely helpful for beard growth as it doesn’t clog pores.
Besides letting the beard grow freely, it prevents inflammation (acne) too. Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant that protects the beard hair and skin from UV damage.
- Argan prevents inflammation and dandruff, which helps in promoting a healthy hair growth.
- It softens the hair, makes it easier to comb and style and gives it a discreet shine. This shine translates immediately into healthy and well cared for beard.
- Solves the problem of a dry beard and prevents split hairs. Argan oil can be used as a good beard conditioner.
- By using Argan oil for beard, you create the best conditions for eventual hair growth. The oil itself doesn’t cause a direct beard hair growth. It can stimulate and boost hair growth with nutritious elements. It also opens up the pores and improves microcirculation. Keep in mind though that no oil will stimulate hair growth in an area where there is none to grow. This is where unfortunately, genetics has the final word.
That being said, let’s move on to more practical things. Read on to find out how to use this soothing oil for a healthy looking beard.
A Proper Beard Routine and the Best Ways to Use Argan Oil
The main benefit of Argan oil is that it can be used as a beard oil and face moisturizer. Most commercial products are specialized on each benefit. But they’re packed with synthetic and harmful substances.
Doing only one thing at a time, you risk spending little fortunes on various products. Your beard care kit should contain only natural beard oils, for a good maintenance and not only.
Argan oil for beard can be used:
- As or in a shampoo – Simply mix half shampoo with half pure Argan oil, stir or shake and apply on your beard. That mixture will clean the beard and protect the hair as well. Your beard won’t feel as dry as it would have with shampoo only. Of course, there is also the option of making your own natural beard shampoo, which can usually be used for scalp too.
- As beard mask – Every once a week or twice a month, a long beard should benefit from a hot oil mask. Depending on the length of your beard, you can warm a teaspoon or more of Argan oil and apply on the hair and skin. Keep it on for 30 – 60 minutes and wash with soap/shampoo and lukewarm water. This mask is profoundly nourishing and hydrating. You can also add a few drops of essential oils into the mask. Some essences are proven to stimulate hair growth. For example, Peppermint and Hinoki essential oils.
- As styling oil – Even though thicker and coarser than scalp hair, beard hair can also be frizzy, with fly away strands. Even if it isn’t your case, Argan oil can still be useful. After all the washing and grooming, you will need to put everything in place and give the hair shine. By mixing it with a drop of your favorite scent, your beard will not only look good, but it will smell nice too.
Thus, it’s useful to use Argan oil for beard daily. Apply a few drops of oil on your palms, rub the oil well to heat it and apply all over the beard and skin. Try to massage the oil into the skin too, for a minute or two.
Dry skin is the perfect environment for dandruff and eczema. The oil of Argan can prevent all that.
Your new habit may last as much as 5 minutes once you get the hang of it. That is almost nothing compared to the benefits of having a healthy-looking beard.
A proper beard care routine should include daily use of Argan oil:
- Be it in a shampoo, mask or as a styling agent. This is the minimum you can do to ensure your beard grows well and looks good.
- Going a bit further, you also need to comb your beard daily. Use a wooden comb to avoid static energy in your hair. This simple gesture can help your beard feel softer and more disciplined. It can also stimulate hair growth and prevent tangling. The best time to do it is right after you’ve washed and dried your beard. That’ll avoid further hair damage too.
- Another good practice, and at some point mandatory too, is trimming. Once it gets longer, your beard needs to be trimmed in order to maintain a certain shape. Trimming beard hair also prevents split ends that tend to slowly damage the whole hair length. It’s important to have good quality tools for this.
Argan Oil Beard Recipes
The best thing about Argan oil for beard is that it can be used as it is. It is non-toxic and generally well-tolerated by most skin types.
Essential oils are very aromatic and volatile (they evaporate). Carrier oils only have a faint nutty scent in comparison. Beard oil blends may contain all sorts of essential scents. They can be musky, spicy, balsamic, citrusy, resinous, etc.
Manly scents that go well with Argan oil for beard:
Take your pick from the following blend recipes with Argan oil! Start your beard care routine in style and keep at it for a few good weeks. It won’t be long till you’ll see visible results.
Argan Oil Beard Growth Recipe
- Argan oil: ½ Oz (15 ml)
- Coconut oil: ½ Oz (15 ml)
- Hinoki essential oil: 6 drops
Note: Hinoki can be replaced with Peppermint. They are both proven to boost hair growth.
Blend all the oils together and stir really well. If Coconut is solid, it will melt in a few seconds on a double boiler. You can then proceed mixing it with the other ingredients.
Shake this beard oil blend well before each use to activate the oil molecules. Use a moderate amount and warm it between your palms. Apply all over the freshly washed and dried hair, and massage the rest into your skin.
Argan Oil Beard Maintenance Spray Recipe
- Argan oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
- Glycerin: 1 teaspoon
- Peppermint essential oil: 10 drops
- Peppermint hydrosol (floral water): 1 Oz (30ml)
Mix these ingredients together and shake really well before each use.
All these ingredients can hydrate and nourish the beard hair and the skin. The essential oil will also stimulate hair growth. Spray the beard with this blend once a day, usually after washing and drying it.
It is necessary to wash your beard daily to prevent the oils layering and weighing down on the hair strands. That may affect the overall look of your beard and its growth.
Q & A about Beard Growth and Maintenance with Argan Oil, Facts and Tips
This section is dedicated to all the remaining bits and pieces of information about the use of Argan oil as beard oil. You’ll find some questions and answers that I hope will provide further information.
My goal is to help you create a beard routine that works. One that doesn’t take too much time and effort and luckily, Argan itself is enough to do just that 🙂
1) What exactly is Argan oil and how is it obtained?
Argan oil is a precious vegetable oil used in cosmetics and cooking. It is extracted by cold press from the nuts of the Argania spinosa tree, from Morocco.
That’s why Argan is also called Moroccan oil. The botanical or Latin name of the oil is the same as the tree.
The oil is very expensive because of a few good reasons. First, it represents a very good source of income for Morocco.
Second, it offers the Arab women there financial independence. That’s why the oil is still handpicked and pressed manually till this day. Read more about it here.
2) How do I know which Argan oil for beard to buy?
For cosmetic purposes, the oil must be pure (100% Argan oil only!). It must also be cold pressed from handpicked argan nuts. Its scent should be mild, with a faint nutty trace.
If the oil you bought smells really bad, it can either be rancid or of low quality. The latter is due to the fact that some manufacturers press argan nuts that have been excreted by goats.
Goats like to chew on these nuts but their shells are so tough, they can’t be digested. It’s easier to just pick the nuts up, wash them and then press the oils out. So, you see how some may take advantage of this easier and faster option.
In any case, the best Argan oil for beard is the one that mentions on the label and under its product description:
- Latin name (Argania spinosa).
- Extraction method.
- Country of origin.
- Purity and ingredients.
- Expiry date.
3) What type of beard is the oil of Argan good for?
Since it has a medium viscosity, the oil can generally be used for all types of hair and skin. Maybe you have low density (sparse) beard, in which case Argan can fill its need for nutrients and vitamins.
Or maybe you have beard holes and they’re not due to genetic inheritance. If that’s the case, Argan can once again help with hair growth and slowly cover the balder areas. Full and/or small beards can also benefit from the properties of Argan oil.
4) How long does it take to grow a beard with Argan oil?
I’m afraid that this is a subjective answer. Beard hair has a slower growing phase and it also rests for weeks or months. But they don’t all grow and rest at the same time.
Results generally depend on the phase in which your beard is currently at.
For hair that grows naturally, Argan oil for beard will make the process faster and smoother. For the one that rests, the oil can condition it, strengthen it and its roots, give it shine, etc.
That is why growing a healthy-looking beard can take a long time. This can take anywhere between 3 weeks/ a month and 2 months.
5) How often should you use Argan oil for beard growth and maintenance?
The best results are seen after repeated applications for a few weeks or months. Daily maintenance with this oil will bring the results you’re seeking. It is also recommended to diversify your beard care routine.
For that you can use other beard oils, such as Coconut, Jojoba or Castor. These oils can all provide different nutrients to the hair and skin.
6) Can Argan oil be used for shaving?
If the beard is not too long, then yes – Argan oil can be used for shaving. It softens the hair and it hydrates and protects the skin from the razor blade. That will make for a smoother shaving.
Don’t forget that your beard hair is also exposed to external aggressions, just like the skin and scalp hair. Too much sun, pollution, cold and heat can greatly damage its aspect and health.
Lifestyle choices can also affect the way your beard looks. Smoking, drinking or being under constant stress will make your hair look dry and brittle. Your skin will look dehydrated and lose its elasticity in time.
That’s why every man who wishes to have a healthy beard and good looks should take a better care of their beard. Nature provides one of the best natural remedies. You can use Argan oil for beard quite effortlessly. It also comes cheaper than all other commercial beard products.
What is your next move now that you know more about the uses and benefits of Argan oil? If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to use the comments section.