Finding the right beard oil is not an easy task and can take a lot of testing and learning – especially for black men with thick and curly hair. The good news? There are many excellent beard oils on the market. As a black man, I learned that my facial hair products need to be just as tailored as my hair care products to support my curly and thick hair. I have battled my share of painful ingrown hairs, and while I have been fortunate enough to avoid the horror of razor blades, I am familiar with the tribulation.
To better understand the unique beard care considerations that many black men encounter, let’s delve into the science behind skin, hair follicles, and beard oil.
Dr. Eternal Dermatology̵
Properly observed: The ultimate purpose of a beard oil is to support the skin and soften the beard hair. With that in mind, whether you already have a full beard or are still working on the kinks, be sure to pick up a handful of reliable beard basics. Science shows that products tailored to your hair texture work best.
Dr. Peterson Pierre of Pierre Skin Care notes, “The hair on the head and the face are very similar and require the same care. Black men’s hair is usually dry and brittle, so it needs extra moisture to look and feel good. [The hair] is also very curly and has a tendency to get entangled under the skin. Hence, proper hair and skin care care is crucial to minimize these problems. ”
Look for high quality beard oil ingredients that have been tested and formulated with your hair texture in mind – from essential oils to natural moisturizers. Ask your barber for recommendations for beard oil. Once you get a feel for how the ingredients interact with your skin and hair, pick your favorite. Often, black-owned care brands offer products with specially tailored formulations that work. “Make sure your product contains at least one of the following: coconut oil for its anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties; Tea tree oil for its antimicrobial activity; Argan oil to strengthen the follicles; Hyaluronic acid, [and finally] Ceramides and shea butter for moisture, moisture, repair and protection of the skin barrier ”, adds Dr. Pierre added. “And if you have sensitive skin, avoid extra fragrances as it can cause skin irritation.”
Now that we’ve discussed the basics with our experts, let’s get into it.
Here are 11 of the best beard oils for black men, all made by black-owned companies.
Holly Hall Supply Co. Organic Beard Oil
Struggling to find products that would work for him, Justin Moore founded Holly Hall Supply Co. in Houston, Texas. Holly Hall Supply Co.’s organic beard oil is a go-to for men with sensitive skin. It is odorless, organic and free from parabens. Argan and jojoba oils soften and smooth your beard and support the skin barrier. “Beard oil should be used twice a day. After washing your face, gently dry your beard and apply the oil immediately when your skin and hair are still warm and damp, ”says Dr. Rodney. Pick a schedule that works for you. “With regular care, you can maintain the correct moisture levels with once daily use,” adds Dr. Pierre added.
Bevans Care Beard Oil
Bevans Grooming Essentials Beard Oil was founded in Montgomery County Maryland by Barber Karim Bevans and was developed to promote beard growth and strengthen your beard. Wrapped in a soft sandalwood scent, jojoba, grape seed, sunflower and argan oils work harmoniously to lock in moisture and make you look and feel good. This one is designed by the barber so you know it works.
Frederick Benjamin Easy Primer Skin and Beard Oil
The Frederick Benjamin grooming brand was founded by Michael James to help black men find grooming products that work. Frederick Benjamin Easy Primer Skin and Beard Oil contains ingredients designed to work with your hair and nourish the skin barrier of men with color. Enjoy the calming benefits of avocado, olive, and grapeseed oils. The best part? The Easy Primer Skin and Beard Oil can also be used on the face (outside the beard) and on the scalp.
Frederick Benjamin Beard Cream
As an additional must for Frederick Benjamin, the brand recently released the Frederick Benjamin Beard Cream. This everyday beard hydrator softens beard follicles and is formulated to lock in moisture to soothe irritating itching caused by dry skin and facial hair. Don’t miss out on this latest addition to the brand range.
Scotch Porter Smoothing Beard Serum
Calvin Quallis’ passion for grooming led him to found this New Jersey-based grooming brand Scotch Porter. The Scotch Porter Smoothing Beard Serum is formulated to be non-greasy and get the job done. The Smoothing Beard Serum is free from parabens, silicones and mineral oils and makes your beard smooth and frizzy. “[Many products] These include various soothing emollients such as castor oil, coconut oil or various vegetable oils for moisturizing and calming effects, ”explains Dr. Anna H. Chacon, certified dermatologist. A touch of sandalwood and musk seals the finish and leaves a feeling and confidence.
AudreyJames Company Natural Beard Oil
The secret of a well-groomed beard? Humidity. “You want to trap the moisture in your skin and hair with your favorite oil.” says Dr. Pierre. AudreyJames Company Natural Beard Oil does just that. This beard oil contains a blend of rich yet balanced oils such as almond, coconut, hemp, apricot and jojoba. Natural anti-inflammatory properties protect against skin irritation and ingrown hairs. South Carolina-based AudreyJames Company founder Nicole Caudle aims to deliver well-made, honest products that simply deliver.
Love & Snow Natural Restorative Hair and Scalp Serum
Frustrated with products selling broken promises, Love White founded Los Angeles-based hair and scalp care brand Love & Snow. When the brand was launched, White was inspired to offer high quality essential oils that naturally support body functions. The Love & Snow Natural Restorative Hair and Scalp Serum contains important vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E and B complex. Find relief from frizz, dandruff, and itchy beards with this pimple. Dr. Rodney shares a tip: “If your beard appears dull or dull all day, this is the time to touch up. Less is more.”
Organi Grow Hair Co. beard drink
Organi Grow Hair Co. Beard Drink gets to work strengthening your beard without clogging your pores. Organic is key here, and a blend of organic oils and organic essential oils paves the way for a smooth beard. The main actors in the formulation are hemp seeds, jojoba and sweet almond oils. Founder Kay Cola has a self-described “obsession” with healthy hair and vegan and organic care and beauty. We won’t say more.
Aba Love Apothecary Beard Oil
Applying beard oil can be a form of self-care and a way to relax. “[Beard oil] can also be used before bed if your skin is particularly dry, ”notes Dr. Chacon. Aba Gyepi-Garbrah is the founder of the New York-based Aba Love Apothecary. She is also a certified aromatherapist and an advocate for sensory healing. The Aba Love Apothecary beard oil smells of vetiver and lavender – these mix with jojoba oil from golden seeds to soften and open the hair follicles and to increase moisture. The Aba Love Apothecary Beard Oil gives your beard and skin a healthy, but not greasy shine. Say goodbye to itching and dry spots. Winter is coming.
Velvet Noir Bourbon Barrel Beard Oil
Having trouble growing your beard? This is for you. The Velvet Noir Bourbon Barrel Beard Oil is designed to stimulate growth and blood flow in areas that may be thin or blotchy. A mixture of essential oils and vitamins will make your beard soft. Roderick Foster – the founder of this Atlanta-based brand – aims to help black men look confident and feel safe. And if you’re having trouble deciding which beard oil to use, there are several you can try. “There are many types of skin care products that men, especially African Americans with textured, dry, or curly hair, can use on their beards to moisturize the skin and make the hair appear smoother,” notes Dr. Chacon.
Nature Boy Beard Oil
Los Angeles-based brand Nature Boy was founded by Jacob Quetant and takes care seriously. Nature Boy Beard Oil contains a natural, non-greasy formula that restores moisture, shines and strengthens your beard. Macadamia, jojoba, argan, coconut and grape seed oils are a hit. After years of mixing and testing formulas, the end product from Quetant has paid off. Your beard looks and feels smoother, more hydrated, and healthier too. Pro tip: just start with beard oil. “Using too much beard oil can clog your pores and cause acne and breakouts on your face. Just apply a few drops of the oil and massage it in gently, ”advises Dr. Rodney.
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