How do you know it’s time to use shaving oil?
This can vary depending on the size and other features of the beard. And here are some tips by Burnt Whiskey beard experts for you to find the right time for you.
Beard hairs take advantage of the skin’s natural hydration. At the root of each hair, there is a sebaceous gland, responsible for secreting sebum, which is a natural moisturizer for the hair.
It turns out that the longer the beard, the farther it is from this natural hydration and tends to become drier. And that’s usually where shaving oil comes in – to replenish the missing hydration.
That’s why size is one of the conditions for you to know if it’s time to use shaving oil. And even then it can vary.
For my beard, for example, I know it’s getting to a size that I already need to use oil when I do it here: in the shower, I run my hand in the opposite direction of the strands and close my fingers.
If I can hold the strands tightly, it’s a sign that they’ve already grown to the point where they start to need oil for hydration.
Sensation of Dryness
Another measure to know when to use oil is to feel if a beard is very dry or rough by passing your hand and with a light comb over the hair.
If the hand doesn’t glide as easily or the comb starts to grip, it’s a sign that she may need shaving oil.
IN THE MORNING OR AT NIGHT? I prefer to use the oil in the morning as its function is to protect the hair from drying out throughout the day.
At night, when I stay at home, I hydrate my beard only with the beard balm, which is non-greasy and more refreshing. Great to use before bed.
The Right Order
You can use the shaving oil along with the balm to boost your hydration.
In this case, I prefer to use the balm on my face and beard first. And then the shaving oil.
The balm hydrates the hair and the oil complements this hydration, protecting and making it last longer, without drying out and without having to reapply it again during the day.
The Right Quantity
Okay, you found out and you think it’s time to use shaving oil. What’s the right amount? There is no exact pattern for how many drops each beard needs. You will find out how many YOUR BEARD needs.
And for this, the idea is to start with a few drops and gradually increase, feeling the difference.
I would start with 3 drops in my palm. Rub your hands to heat the oil and release more of the aroma and with your palms, you spread the shaving oil over the hair.
With your fingers, massage from root to tip. You can also use a comb to better spread the oil along the entire length of the hair.
Let the oil work for a while. Use this for a few days and see if it’s worth increasing the amount. Increase drop by drop until you reach the ideal amount for you.
Longer beards may need seven to ten drops.
- Taking advantage of the fact that I’m talking about shaving oil, let me tell you something new firsthand here on the channel. From this week onwards, the shaving oil cap model will be gradually replaced.
- The lid comes out with a dropper and the lid enters a bottle with this dripper. It’s more practical to use and also safer and more economical.
- There were many cases of clumsy bearded people (like me) dropping the bottle in the sink without having closed it.
- I’ve knocked it down a few times myself. With this dripper, if an accident happens and you bump into the bottle it doesn’t leak.
- With the dosing nozzle, this problem ends. You can easily bump into your oil bottle in the sink.
- If you’re into the dropper a lot, keep what you have at home because it still fits into the bottle.