Jojoba oil for beards is a topic I get asked about on a regular basis. If you’re anything like me, you have trouble keeping your beard shaped and moisturized. That is where Jojoba oil comes in handy. Most men have a vague notion that Jojoba oil is somehow good for their beard, but do not know exactly what it is, what it does, or how to use it.
First lets start out with what Jojoba oil is. Jojoba oil is actually not an oil, it is a liquid wax ester. It was used by Native Americans, who extracted the oil from jojoba seeds to treat sores and wounds.
For the purpose of this post, I will refer to it as an oil. Unlike a lot of oils, Jojoba does not contain Triglycerides so it will not become rancid, and Jojoba oil is non-allergenic and non-comedogenic so it will not block pores. Natural, unrefined Jojoba oil (like the kind used in The Mod Cabin’s Gunbarrel Grooming Oil) has a light golden color. Refined Jojoba oil, which you will find in many synthetic cosmetics, is clear and odor free. Unfortunately, the process of refining Jojoba strips it of its natural tocopherols which are what preserve it and give Jojoba its moisturizing properties. So, if you wish to use Jojoba Oil to help soften and condition your beard, you definitely want to make sure you are using unrefined Jojoba Oil, which you can spot by its golden color and mild nutty aroma.
Natural, unrefined Jojoba Oil is fantastic for beards because of its ability to strengthen and moisturize facial hair. Because it is nontoxic and non-allergenic, Jojoba oil does not leave behind a greasy build up so you can use it on a daily basis. And unlike synthetic products that strip your hair of its natural oils, Jojoba oil actually strengthens and enhances your beard’s natural oils and decreases the chance of breakage. Used in conjunction with Coconut Oil, which naturally moisturizes the skin under your beard by removing excessive dead cells on your skin’s surface, Jojoba oil will help keep your beard soft, healthy and manageable.
So, now that you know what Jojoba is used for, lets get into the how of it. You can use jojoba as a pre-shave oil. Just put a little in your hands and rub it into your skin before you lather up your shaving soap. It also works as an aftershave to help moisturize your skin after shaving. But Jojoba’s main value comes when you put it in your actual beard. First wash your beard with a mild soap, like The Mod Cabin’s All-Natural Birch Tar Soap. We wouldn’t recommend using anything from a drug or grocery store, as mass-produced shaving products tend to contain synthetic ingredients that may feel good initially, but actually harm your facial hair and skin. As a general rule the simpler the soap the better. Your are much better off buying your shaving cream/soap at a farm stand or hippie store than a major retailer.
Once you’ve washed and rinsed out your beard, let it dry. Splash some Jojoba oil in your hands and rub it into your beard. If you have a boar bristle brush, gently brush your beard so that the oils are distributed evenly throughout. If you do not have one, we highly recommend getting one. Especially if you have a longer beard. There are a lot of expensive ones online, but you can find one for less than ten dollars at Sally’s Beauty Supply.
If you follow these steps you should have a healthy, great looking beard in no time! If you have any questions about our beard grooming aids or beard grooming questions in general, feel free to contact us. We will be happy to help!