You grew a beard to hang your manly dignity right on your face. But your beard is dry, brittle, and wiry. When your woman nuzzles up to you for a snog, her cheeks turn red from the irritation. When your boss comes to congratulate you for winning the million-dollar account, he mistakes you for a homeless man. You, sir, need beard oil. But how do you use it?
Beard oil has exploded as the beard grooming product of choice among beardsmen. Many makers of fine beard oil brands have sent me samples over the years for me to try out and recommend on this site. Let me show you how to use beard oil, and some indications to keep in mind when using.
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First Things First
A reader recently told me about an amazing device called Misto. Misto is a small pump-action oil sprayer, originally marketed to chefs for misting olive oil on bread. It can, in fact, work with any oil, and I bought one to apply my beard oil.
Since it is a pump action oil mister, there are no aerosol or canisters to replace. Simply fill the device halfway (or less) with your favorite beard oil, pump it two or three times, and then apply to your beard.
As I demonstrate in my 5 methods below, it’s very easy to use too much beard oil. These vials are designed to last you months or even years, because you’re only supposed to use a little bit. That’s where the Misto comes in handy. One or two sprays is all you need to cover your beard in a nice, even film of oil, ensuring you don’t use too much. It will save you cash in the long run.
Misto comes in a variety of different colors and designs. I have the houndstooth version, shown below.
How to Apply Beard Oil – Misto
Other Colors Available
- Brushed Aluminium
- Red Metallic
- Purple Metallic
- Orange Metallic
- Stainless Steel with Level Indicator
- Teal Metallic
The basic method for applying beard oil is to dab a bit in your palms, and smear it all over your beard. Like so:
This is a tried and true method. However, I have noticed that I tend to use more beard oil than necessary when dabbing it into my hands. Also, it’s hard to get the oil into the fibers of my beard. The beard oil tends to stay on the surface of my beard.
This is my preferred way to use beard oil. Some beard oils come with a handy pump bottle. This regulates the amount of oil you use, giving you much more control. Simply squirt some beard oil onto your follicles, and then use a brush to push it deep down between your strands.
I find that this way, I cover more of the beard. The only drawback is sometimes I miss my beard, when I’m in a hurry, and shoot it off into the distance.
Squirt on Brush Method
Instead of squirting it onto your beard, you can use the pump bottle to squirt it onto the brush itself. Then, apply it to your beard.
This works well, however some of the oil remains on the brush, and can collect skin cells over time. The brush will need monthly cleaning.
Eye Dropper Method
Some beard oils come with a handy eye dropper. This gives you precise control over how much oil you use, and exactly where it goes.
Use this method to apply oil onto specific spots–like your mustache, for example. Then, brush it out, or use your fingers to rub it in.
Bear in mind to get beard oil on all your beard strands, not just the surface beard. To do this, you may need to lift the top of your beard up, apply oil to the under layer, and brush it out.
You can do this in layers. Separate a slice of under beard, apply the oil, then slice out another middle layer, apply the oil, and so on.
Using these methods, you too can oil your beard like a professional.
Next up: Which beard oil do you choose? I have collected my favorite beard oils on my Beard Oil page, where I also include my recipe for creating your own beard oil.