It's been a little while since our last blog post and this topic is something we have been asked about in the past several times, so we thought it would be a good time to write a post to cover why we don't stock or craft a liquid beard conditioner. Don't worry we'll keep it short.
So what is a beard conditioner and what does it do?
A beard conditioner also known as softener is considered a follow up step to washing your beard with a beard wash. Generally marketed with conditioning and softening results for beard hair.
Is using a specific liquid beard conditioner a bad thing?
Yes it can be, stripping oils from your beard is a big no no and our main point here would be that a beard wash should be mild enough so it doesn't actually strip all the oil away damaging the beard in the process. A specific conditioner shouldn't be required to mask the oil stripping and damage that occurs from a badly formulated beard wash with cheap harsh ingredients. Often the conditioners also contain a concoction of harsh ingredients themselves, and over time will result in brittle dry hair whilst laying the foundation for ingrown hairs, skin irritation and beard druff.
Ok, so what do you recommend?
Instead of using both a wash and conditioner we recommend using a mild beard wash every 2 - 3 days that does not strip all the oil away but will still remove the dirt, grime and any build up acquired throughout the week.
How do I rehydrate, condition and soften my beard then?
For conditioning all you need is a good quality beard oil after a mild washing that if required/preferred can be accompanied with a balm or butter for that extra hold or softening/conditioning factor. In our opinion this method is far superior to a liquid beard conditioner that quite literally is removed from the beard and washed down the drain.
A good mild beard wash in our opinion should not require a specific conditioner as follow-up, a quality oil by itself or combined with a balm or butter will provide your beard with all the conditioning that you require in your grooming routine. This is also far more cost effective in the long run, as well as less impactful on the environment. The concept in theory is great but in our testing and comparison, does not compete with the conditioning and softening from a quality beard oil, balm or butter and to us a liquid conditioner is money quite literally poured down the drain.
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