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If you have a beard and look after it well or are starting to take care of your beard properly, you will be looking into many products and in doing so probably come across beard shampoo or beard wash as it can also be known as. I bet you have thought what is beard shampoo and why do I need it? I have plenty regular hair shampoo at home. You probably thought it is just another way for companies to make money off your beard.
Can I use regular shampoo on my beard?
You can use regular shampoo on your beard but I would not recommend it. Using it now and again isn’t going to harm your beard or your skin. The main reason I do not recommend you use regular shampoo on your beard is because it is not designed for your beard, it is designed for you head hair.
You are probably thinking it is just the same hair. But you are wrong. Beard hair and head hair are completely different and need to be looked after and washed differently.
The hair on your head is known as terminal and starts growing from the day you are born and is the thickest skin you grow. Head hair tends to be oilier than facial hair because your scalp is rich with folicals that produce natural oils to help keep the scalp moisturised. Head hair is normally a lot finer compared to your facial hair/beard.
You will find your beard hair to be noticeably thicker to head hair and grows in a more natural way and in a coiled pattern. There are considerably less folicals on your face than on your scalp. The skin on your face is a lot more delicate than your scalp and needs more TLC.
Why can’t I just use regular shampoo on my beard?
As mentioned earlier your facial hair and skin is a lot different to you scalp and head hair. Your Scalp is a lot thicker to start off with and can take a lot more punishment from products than your face. Your scalp also produces a lot more natural oil due to the amount of folicals, this is why when left un washed your hair gets that greasy look.
Regular shampoo is designed to strip most of the oil (sebum) from your hair. Due to you having limited folicals on your face you need as much of these natural oils as you can get, so last thing you want to do is get rid of them all.
If you are wondering why your beard is all dry and extremely wirey and use regular shampoo that’s why, Stop using it on your beard straight away.
Why use a beard wash/shampoo at all?
The majority of beard washing products being liquids or bar form are made from natural ingredients that are really good for your beard and not full of chemicals that will strip all the good stuff from you beard and skin, let alone impossible to pronounce.
Next reason for using a beard wash is an obvious one but it is to keep it clean. On a daily basis your beard will come into contact with all nature of things, from food and drink to dust and dirt. Depending on your job your beard could pick up all sorts of things too.
Last and final reason is to stop it from becoming smelly. The last thing you want to be told is that your beard stinks. No one wants to hear that.
How often to wash your beard?
How often you use beard wash is up to you, you need to find what works best for your beard. Personally I use it every other day. I would recommend using it at least twice a week and all the other days just rinse your beard with warm water just to remove any excess dirt and grime.
As well as using bead wash I will exfoliate my skin under my beard once a week at least depending on what I have been up to. I would recommend exfoliating at least twice a week if you sweat a lot ie going to the gym a lot. I would exfoliate on the same days that you shampoo, that way you give your beard time to recover and reproduce all that lovely oil it needs.
What’s next after my beard wash?
There are a couple of options for after you have washed your beard.
- Beard conditioner/softener. Some beard conditioner/softener can be left in. Just apply to your beard and don’t rinse out. I’m not a fan of leave in conditioner/softener, it will definitely help some of you.
- Apply beard oil. Once I have had my shower or washed my face, I pat dry my beard and apply my beard oil while my beard is still slightly damp, I find this helps to lock in some of the moisture and helps you skin from drying out.
- I also will dry my beard with a hairdryer on low heat. This is for 2 reasons, first drys it quicker as I don’t like my beard being damp and secondly it helps me to style it before applying my beard balm.
Stop using generic shampoo on your beard!!
Hopefully now you have a better understanding of why to use a proper beard shampoo and a generic shampoo for your head hair. If you do use a generic shampoo I ask you to stop right now, Invest in some quality beard shampoo and you beard will thank you for it.
I also forgot to mention that you can buy beard shampoos that are anti frizz to help tame your mane. I would possibly avoid these, As most of them will use chemicals to achieve the anti frizz. Don’t get me wrong I have used them in the past and had great results from them, I just prefer going for natural products on my beard.
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