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5 Must-Have Beard Care Products for Beginners

by Glenn Lompon | May 08, 2024

Starting your beard journey can feel like navigating through a dense forest without a map, especially when choosing the right Beard Care for Beginners products.

Whether you've just decided to grow a beard or you're venturing into better beard maintenance, understanding what products you need and how to use them is crucial.

The Essential Beard Care Toolkit

Your beard, much like the hair on your head, requires attention and care beyond just letting it grow. These five must-have beard care products for beginners are your best allies on this journey.

1. Beard Shampoo

A man pouring a bottle of beard shampoo


Beard shampoo helps cleanse your beard, eliminating dirt, sweat, and excess oil without stripping away the natural oils that keep your beard healthy. Unlike regular shampoos, beard shampoo is formulated to deal with facial hair's unique needs, typically coarser than the hair on your scalp.

How to Use

Step 1: Choose the Right Time

  • Frequency Matters: Wash your beard 2-3 times a week. Overwashing can strip natural oils, leading to a dry, frizzy beard.
  • Best Time: Shampoo your beard during a shower, as it allows steam to open your pores and hair follicles for a deeper clean.

Step 2: Prep Your Beard

  • Wet Your Beard: Start by thoroughly wetting your beard with lukewarm water. Hot water can dry out your skin and beard, while cold water won't effectively open up pores.

Step 3: Apply Beard Shampoo

  • Amount: Squeeze out a dime-sized amount of beard shampoo onto your palm. Massive beards may require a bit more.
  • Distribute Evenly: Rub your hands together to evenly distribute the shampoo before applying it to your beard.

Step 4: Massage Gently

  • Reach the Skin: Use your fingertips to massage the shampoo into your beard gently. Make sure to get down to the skin beneath, targeting dirt, dead skin cells, and any buildup.
  • Technique: Use a circular motion, which helps to improve blood circulation to the follicles, promoting healthier beard growth.

Step 5: Ensure Even Coverage

  • Through Every Strand: Make sure the shampoo reaches every part of your beard. Pay extra attention to the underside and the areas around your mouth and chin, where buildup is common.

Step 6: Leave It for a Moment

  • Let It Sit: Allow the beard shampoo to sit in your beard for 1-2 minutes. This gives the ingredients time to work, hydrating and conditioning your facial hair and skin.

Step 7: Rinse Thoroughly

  • Warm Water Rinse: Rinse your beard thoroughly with lukewarm water until it washes out all shampoo. Remaining residue can lead to itchiness and flakiness.

Step 8: Dry Your Beard

  • Pat Dry: Gently pat your beard with a clean towel to remove excess water. Avoid rubbing vigorously, as this can cause frizz and damage the hair follicles.
  • Air Dry: Let your beard air dry for the rest whenever possible. This helps maintain its natural shape and reduces the risk of heat damage from blow dryers.

Bonus Tips:

Choosing a Beard Shampoo: Look for a sulfate-free formula to prevent stripping natural oils from your beard and skin.

Skin Sensitivity: If you have sensitive skin, use a shampoo with natural ingredients to minimize irritation.

Our Top Pick: Detroit Grooming's Natural Beard Wash

2. Beard Conditioner

A man pouring a bottle of beard conditioner

A beard conditioner is your go-to for hydration. It softens and detangles your beard, making it easier to manage. It also helps to moisturize the skin underneath, reducing itchiness and flakiness.

How to Use

Step 1: Timing

Know When to Condition: Ideally, apply beard conditioner after washing your beard with a quality beard shampoo. It helps to lock in moisture and soften the hair.

Step 2: Prepare Your Beard

  • Wet Your Beard: Ensure your beard is thoroughly wet before applying conditioner. The best time to do this is during a shower, as the steam opens your pores and hair follicles, allowing for better absorption.

Step 3: Applying the Beard Conditioner

  • Amount Matters: Dispense a quarter-sized amount of beard conditioner into your palm. Adjust this amount based on the thickness and length of your beard.
  • Even Distribution: Rub your hands together, then work the conditioner evenly throughout your beard. Aim to cover every strand from root to tip.

Step 4: Massage Thoroughly

  • Reach the Skin: Use the tips of your fingers to gently massage the conditioner into your beard and the skin beneath. This helps to stimulate blood flow to the follicles and ensures the conditioner nourishes the roots of your beard hair.

Step 5: Let It Sit

  • Absorption Time: Allow the conditioner to sit on your beard for 3-5 minutes. This waiting period is crucial for the conditioner to penetrate the hair and provide maximum hydration and softness.

Step 6: Rinse It Out

  • Rinse Thoroughly: Using lukewarm water, rinse your beard completely. Make sure to wash out all traces of conditioner to avoid buildup, which can lead to itchiness and dandruff.

Step 7: Dry Your Beard

  • Gentle Drying: Pat your beard gently with a clean towel to remove the excess water. Avoid harsh rubbing, which can lead to frizz and damage the hair.

Step 8: Detangling

Optionally Use a Comb: While your beard is still slightly damp, gently comb through it to detangle any knots. This also helps evenly spread any remaining moisture along with the conditioner's benefits.

Bonus Tips

  • Choosing a Beard Conditioner: Look for natural ingredients that can offer additional benefits, like tea tree oil for its antimicrobial properties or argan oil for hydration.
  • Sensitive Skin: If you have sensitive skin, select a hypoallergenic formula to reduce the risk of irritation.
  • Deep Conditioning: Consider using a leave-in beard conditioner or a deep conditioning treatment once a week to provide extra nourishment and strength to your beard hair.

Our Top Pick: Detroit Grooming's Biotin-Infused Beard Conditioner

3. Beard Oil


A man with beard applying a beard oil

Beard oil is perhaps the most crucial element in your beard care routine. It conditions your beard and skin, reduces itchiness, and gives your beard a healthy, appealing sheen.

How to Use

Step 1: Choose the Right Time

  • Best Time to Apply: The optimal time to apply beard oil is right after a shower. Cleanse your beard with a beard shampoo and possibly condition it. The shower's steam opens the pores and hair follicles, making them more receptive to the oil.

Step 2: Dry Your Beard

  • Pat Dry: Gently pat your beard with a towel to remove excess water. Your beard should be damp but not soaking wet when you apply the oil. It helps spread the oil evenly and ensures better absorption.

Step 3: Dispense Beard Oil

  • Amount: Depending on the length and thickness of your beard, squeeze a few drops of beard oil into your palm. Start with 3-5 drops for a medium-length beard and adjust as necessary.
  • Warm It Up: Rub your hands together. This not only helps to distribute the oil evenly across your hands but also warms the oil, enhancing absorption and making the application process more pleasant.

Step 4: Apply the Oil to Your Beard

  • Start at the Base: Press your palms and fingers against the skin underneath your beard and begin working the oil into the base of your beard. This ensures that your skin, where beard growth originates, gets moisturized.
  • Work Through Your Beard: Use a downward motion to spread the oil throughout the rest of your beard. If your beard is long or thick, use your fingers like a comb to ensure every strand gets coated.

Step 5: Ensure Even Distribution

  • Use a Comb or Brush: After applying the oil with your hands, use a beard comb or brush to distribute the oil evenly through your beard. It also helps detangle and shape your beard and remove any stray crumbs or debris.

Step 6: Style as Desired

  • Final Touches: Once the beard oil is applied and your beard is combed to your liking, you can style it as usual. Beard oil helps tame flyaways and keep your beard neat and intentional.

Bonus Tips

  • Choosing Your Beard Oil: Select an oil that suits your skin type and beard texture. Look for natural oils like argan or jojoba, closer to your skin's natural sebum and less likely to irritate.
  • Sensitive Skin: If you have sensitive skin, opt for unscented or lightly scented oils, and always do a patch test before fully integrating a new product into your routine.
  • Frequency: Adjust the frequency of application based on your climate and beard needs. Typically, once a day is sufficient, but in dry climates or during winter, twice daily might be necessary to maintain optimal moisture levels.
  • Quantity Adjustments: As your beard grows, you may need to increase the oil you use. Pay attention to how your beard feels and looks, adjusting the quantity to ensure it remains well-moisturized without feeling greasy.

Our Top Pick: Detroit Grooming's All-Natural Beard Oil

4. Beard Butter

A man scooping a beard butter

Think of beard butter as the ultimate styling and conditioning product. It helps to soften your beard, making it more manageable while providing a light hold for styling.  

Beard butter also deeply conditions and provides extra moisture, which is particularly beneficial in harsh weather conditions.

How to Use

Step 1: Select the Ideal Moment

  • Optimal Timing: The best time to apply beard butter is after a shower when your beard is clean and slightly damp. The warmth and moisture from the shower prime your follicles for maximum absorption.

Step 2: Preparing Your Beard

  • Drying Technique: Pat your beard with a towel until it's damp but not wet. This ensures the beard butter is not diluted and can concentrate on moisturizing and conditioning your beard hairs.

Step 3: Scooping Out the Beard Butter

  • Determining Quantity: Start with a small amount — about the size of a pea for shorter beards, scaling up as needed for longer, thicker beards. It's easier to add more than to deal with excess.
  • Warming Up: Rub the beard butter between your palms until it melts. This helps in even application and prevents clumps from forming in your beard.

Step 4: Application

  • Initial Contact: Apply the melted butter to the base of your beard near the neck and work your way upwards. This method ensures that your skin and the roots of your beard hairs are thoroughly nourished.
  • Throughout Distribution: Use both hands to spread the butter evenly throughout your beard. Make sure to cover from root to tip, paying particular attention to the ends of your beard hairs, which are prone to dryness and damage.

Step 5: Ensuring Even Coverage

  • Deep Conditioning: With your fingers, massage the butter into your beard and skin beneath. This spreads the product evenly and promotes blood circulation, encouraging healthy beard growth.
  • Comb or Brush Through: To ensure the even distribution of beard butter throughout your facial hair, use a beard comb or brush to style your beard as desired. This step also helps detangle and shape your beard.

Step 6: Styling

  • Personal Touch: After the beard butter is fully applied, use your hands, comb, or brush to style your beard to your liking. Beard butter provides a light hold, making it easier to manage your beard throughout the day.

Additional Advice

  • Frequency: Depending on your beard's length and the dryness of your environment, you may need to apply beard butter once or twice daily. Listen to your beard's needs and adjust accordingly.
  • Choosing the Right Product: When selecting beard butter, look for all-natural ingredients to avoid irritation. Shea butter and cocoa butter are excellent bases, while oils like jojoba and argan add extra moisture and nutrients.
  • Long-Term Maintenance: Regular use of beard butter can significantly improve your beard's overall health, appearance, and feel. Incorporate it into your daily grooming routine for best results.
  • Quantity Adjustments: Finding the right amount that works for your beard is crucial. Too little won't provide enough benefits, while too much can leave your beard feeling greasy. Start small, and adjust based on your beard's length and thickness.

Our Top Pick: Detroit Grooming's Beard Butter (They literally invented beard butter back in 2013)

5. Beard Brush & Comb

A man grooming himself with a beard brush

Before diving into the specifics, you need to know what makes beard combs and brushes unique and how they contribute to beard care:

  • Beard Combs: Typically made from wood, metal, or high-quality plastics, beard combs feature wide and sometimes fine-toothed options. They're excellent for detangling, styling, and evenly distributing beard oil or balm through your beard.
  • Beard Brushes: Often made with boar bristles or other soft, natural fibers, beard brushes are designed to effectively train your beard hairs, remove dead skin cells, and spread natural oils throughout your beard, promoting a healthy sheen.

How to Use

Step 1: Clean and Prep Your Beard

  • Optimal Condition: Best used on a clean, slightly damp beard. Consider combing and brushing after a shower when your beard is washed and more manageable.
  • Apply Beard Products: If you use products like beard oil, balm, or butter, apply them before using your comb or brush. This allows the tools to help distribute these products more evenly.

Step 2: Detangling with a Beard Comb

  • Start with a Wide-Toothed Comb: Begin by gently working through any tangles or knots with the wide-toothed side of your comb. Start at the ends of your beard, slowly working upwards to minimize pulling and discomfort.
  • Switch to a Fine-Toothed Side: Once you've removed the initial tangles, you can use the fine-toothed side for a more detailed comb-through if your comb has this feature.

Step 3: Styling

  • Shape Your Beard: Use the comb to style your beard into its desired shape. Combs offer more precision for styling, making them perfect for defining lines and achieving a polished look.

Step 4: Using a Beard Brush for Finishing

  • Training Your Beard: After combing, use your beard brush to lay down the hairs and train them to grow in a uniform direction. This also helps remove any remaining knots or tangles.
  • Distribute Oils: The brush will help distribute natural sebaceous oils and any beard products you've applied from root to tip, ensuring your beard maintains a healthy, moisturized appearance.
  • Exfoliate: Brushing also gently exfoliates the skin beneath your beard, reducing the risk of dandruff and itchiness.

Step 5: Clean Your Tools

  • Regular Maintenance: To ensure your tools remain effective and hygienic, clean your comb and brush regularly. Remove hairs from the brush after each use, and wash both tools with mild soap and water every few weeks.

Additional Tips

  • Use Gently: Especially when your beard is wet, as hair is more susceptible to damage. Gently work through the beard to prevent breakage.
  • Frequency: Daily brushing is recommended for optimal beard health and appearance while combing can be used as needed for detangling and styling.
  • Natural Materials: Opt for tools made from natural materials like wood or boar bristles. They are less likely to create static and are gentler on your beard.

Our Top Pick: Detroit Grooming's Boar Bristle Beard Brush

Identifying Your Beard Needs

Choosing the right products starts with understanding your beard and skin type. Dry or coarse beards will greatly benefit from conditioning products like oils and butter. If you have a thicker, longer beard, using a conditioner and a good comb or brush is key to keeping it neat and tangle-free.

The Right Routine

You might wonder, What should my daily beard routine be? Or, In what order should I use beard products? Here's a simple, effective routine:

  1. Cleanse with beard shampoo (2-3 times a week).
  2. Condition with a beard conditioner.
  3. Hydrate and protect daily with beard oil right after showering.
  4. Style with beard butter for conditioning and hold.
  5. Maintain by regularly using a beard brush or comb for even distribution of products and styling.

The Bottom Line

By incorporating these 5 essential beard care products into your routine, you're literally investing in its health and appearance. 

Whether you're a beginner or looking to bump up your beard game, remember: a great beard is not just grown, it's groomed.

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