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    An image of standard beard wax by Honest Amish.


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    Brand: Honest Amish
    4 based on 209 reviews
    $15.95 New

    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.

    1. 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
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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!

    Other Notes

    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

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    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

    Photo of the beard wax used by Salvador Dali.



    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

    A photo of 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


    $14.95 – 1 oz


    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

    An image of standard beard wax by Honest Amish.



    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

    A photo of semi-glossy 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.

    Once you’ve found your perfect wax, head over to my Beard Balm and Beard Oil pages for a selection of my favorite beard conditioners.

    Happy bearding!

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    Brandon M. Dennis
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    1. Hey dude !

      I would say that I don’t have very thicker facial hair but I use to grow a ‘kinda beard’ to look older. You video gave me an idea and maybe I cad use wax to give the illusion or the impression to have a more thicker beard or that I have more facial hairs. However, I don’t want to to look artificial and give the impression that I colored my beard.
      Do you think it can work ? and maybe you can recommend some cool products for dark haired persons or honest amish is a sure value ?

      Cheers from France !

      • Thanks Dean!

        The Extra Grit wax works great for fellows like you and me who have dark beards. If you use one or two palms-full, that should be plenty to give your beard some light shape without making it look unnatural.

        • Hey man !

          I am not sure to understand. If I use it facial hair would look darker right ? So basically is it smart to use it like that or am I just wasting my money?

          Cheers !!

    2. Do you use beard balm and beard wax together?

    3. Wayne F. Robrt says:

      Hi, I have lots of grey in my beard. I just received in the mail 2 tins of Honest Amish Extra grit beard wax. Is it ok to use this or should I get Just for Men moustache and beard and run that threw first???????

      • Great question. I think your salt and pepper beard should be safe to use with the extra grit beard wax. If it was solid gray or white, then I would suggest the regular beard wax.

        I have some gray in my beard too, and the extra grit looks great :)

    4. Hey Brandon, awesome site you have here and very informative on the do’s and dont’s of beard growing, simple question. im a new beard grower my beard is maybe a half inch at the time but i plan to have about a 4 or 5 inch beard. when is the right time to apply wax and which is better wax or oil. thanks for all your help. Beard On!

      • The right time to use beard wax is when your beard gets “weighed down” by water in the shower. If you can shake your head and your wet beard sways this way and that, it’s time to use a beard wax to keep it in place.

        Beard oils and beard waxes go hand-in-hand. Beard oils and beard balms can be used interchangeably. Choose a beard balm or beard oil to condition your beard, make it soft, strengthen follicles, and add a pleasant fragrance. Then, use a beard wax to keep stray beard hairs in place, and to shape your beard.

        I hope that helps!

    5. Hey bud! I have a neck beard going on and its about 3″ long. The only bad thing is its so curly it looks 1″ long. Any tips or tricks on how to get my beard straightened out? and what products would you suggest. Also I have very red facial hairs

    6. HI my name is Thadeus, and I have a very short beard very close to the skin, and am looking for a product that tames wild hairs from sticking out mosly. Any pointers?

    7. I have an intensely coarse and hard black beard/moustache hair. What product from the above list would work the best to shape it? At the moment, my hair is about an inch long.

    8. John Benos says:

      Hi Brandon,

      Just happened to run across your site. I was planning to read 1 or 2 articles and here I am, 40 minutes later. You are doing a great job.

      Looking forward to your next posts.

    9. any beard wax recipes?

    10. Rutger John says:

      Hello Brandon,

      Just seen all your youtubevideos about beards. Great job!
      I am into a beard for a long time now. And I use a lot of oils and balms.
      Yesterday I ordered Honest Amish Exrta Grit Wax because sometimes my beardhairs are going anywhere but the right direction.
      But the most balms I got have also a hold in it. But probably not as strong as a wax.

      How should I use it? Only the wax on bad bearddays? Because if I put in a oil or balm, and than a wax you got different smells together.
      Cause I still want to keep using the balms and oils. Cause it softens.

      Sorry for my English.

      Greetingz John from the Netherlands

    11. hi im red bearded and looking at getting into neard styling. What would the best wax be for someone like me with a red beard? I dont want to taint the red of my beard. Thanks for the reply

    12. Hi Brandon I have unevenly grown mustache is there any product That can help.

    13. Hey Brandon, kudos for delivering a great bunch of product descriptions on some awesome beard waxes. The bevy of Honest Amish beard wax products on show grabbed my attention as i am a huge fan of the line of products from the people over at the Honest Amish Company. I became interested in Honest Amish after coming across a pretty well written article on Honest Amish Beard Balm a few years back now which i bookmarked . An absolute godsend of a product and my go-to product when the local pharmaceutical has not alot on offer on the way of beard grooming products – i will always go for the top shelf Honest Amish product/s avail……

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