The secret to maintaining an orderly beard is beard wax. I’ll share with you some reviews of my favorite beard waxes, but first, let me explain what beard wax is and why it’s important.
What is Beard Wax?
Beard wax is a light wax that adds shape and weight to your beard. It’s designed to keep your beard from frizzing out in all directions, and to hold a beard style. Just like men have hair styles, you can use a beard wax to style your beard. I have a collection of 54 Facial Hair Styles that you can choose from–I prefer the Garibaldi shape personally.
Beard wax differs from mustache wax. Mustache wax is harder and has a firmer hold. My favorite mustache wax is Firehouse Moustache Wax. It keeps an iron grip on my whiskers, and allows me to form a perfect handlebar. However, it makes my mustache very hard, and is sometimes difficult to wash out.
Beard wax is much softer. It spreads over the beard easily, and only dries partly. Thus, it acts as a beard conditioner that has a slight hold, allowing you to maintain a perfect beard style without it looking like you’re using any holding product.
How to Use Beard Wax
Men differ on whether you should use the wax with a wet beard, just out of the shower, or a dry beard. I use it every day on a dry beard. If I do take a morning shower (sometimes I bathe at night), I dry my beard thoroughly before applying the wax. I think this is important because wax and oil do not mix well with water. If you try to use the beard wax on a wet beard, you may get an uneven spread on your beard, and your beard may look wet throughout the day. So, my advice is to apply it to a dry beard.
- After you dry your beard, open your tin of beard wax and scrape off a good thumbnail-sized dab of beard wax with your thumb
- Rub the wax into the palm of your hand until it melts. This is important! If you do not melt the wax, then you’ll leave clumps of it in your beard that will stick with you all day. Thankfully, beard wax is much easier to melt than mustache wax, so you should have no problem. Once the wax is melted, rub your hands together.
- Apply it to your beard by swiping your hands in a downwards motion on the front of your beard. Do this over and over again until you get the beard wax all over the front of your beard. If your beard is long and thick, you may need to get another chunk and add it to your beard.
- Grab a beard comb and gently comb your beard to shape. You’ll notice that your beard will stay in whichever direction you comb it!
I am absolutely in love with beard wax. I have used beard oils and beard balms in the past. There is a place for all of these, but I prefer the beard wax. I use beard oil when I’m in a hurry to add a nice sheen to my beard. I use beard balm to condition my beard if it feels wiry. I use beard wax to shape my beard.
Beard Wax Reviews
These are my favorite beard waxes:
Honest Amish Extra Grit Beard Wax
This is my all-time favorite. It’s the only beard wax with a dark color, which is perfect for my dark brown beard. You may want to avoid this one if you have a fair beard, but otherwise, this is your best bet. It has the perfect balance between being stiff enough to work with, but not so stiff that it makes your beard immovable. This formula comes with a gritty substance in it that you can really feel in your hands as you melt it. I love the grit feeling, and it feels amazing in my beard.
Gold-Dachs Hungarian Beard Wax
This beard wax has a long history as the brand preferred by Salvador Dali. It has a medium hold—about the same as the Honest Amish. It has a honey vanilla scent, and comes straight from Germany. This is a high quality product.
Man’s Face Stuff Beard Wax
Though marketed as “Beard Balm”, this is a beard wax softened with shea butter. It claims to have more hold than mustache wax, so it should be good for beards. At 6.1 oz, this is a lot of beard wax for the money. Great value.
The Bearded Goon’s Beard Wax
Marketed as “ridiculously strong”, the Bearded Goon’s Beard Wax is the stiffest on the market. It is so stiff, that it works equally well for mustaches. Indeed, I wouldn’t even list it here, except that it is made with shea butter and coconut oil, which are excellent ingredients for beard waxes.
As the marketing description says, one application will last all day. Unlike many mustache waxes, this stuff washes right out with just a bit of hot water. This is a good option if you want your beard to hold a very specific shape all day.
Honest Amish Original Beard Wax
This version is lighter than the Standard Grit, which makes it perfect for red or blonde beards. It’s good for folks who want a medium hold without any conditioning agent (good for those who prefer to condition their beards with beard oil). This is the world’s most popular beard wax, with over 200 positive reviews on Amazon.
Honest Amish Slick Beard Wax
This one has just as much hold as the original version above, but it adds a nice sheen to your beard. If you want your beard to look slightly glossy, this is the beard wax for you.