Beard Wax and its Benefits
Beard wax is highly valued and in demand due to its ability to both nourish and style facial hair. By keeping the facial hair moisturized, it prevents breakage, adds a finished look and maximizes shine. It provides the latter by creating a layer of protection which resists the effects of blocking natural oils from the skin. Plus, it offers a variety of styling opportunities due to a wide range of ingredients used in different formulations.
It is important to determine the amount of beard wax one needs to use for their individual beard. Too little, their beard will not stay in place and too much, the beard will become over-greased. Generally, the amount of wax varies depending on the length of the beard and desired result.
The first step to using the proper amount of beard wax is to apply with a modest amount, and then layer more wax as needed. This can be accomplished by applying a pea-size amount of beard wax in the palm and spread it evenly. Afterward, rub the wax in a downward motion to prevent the facial hair from standing straight up and out. To add more wax or adjust where the wax is located on the beard, slowly and gently massage the wax into the beard.
Professionals who use beard wax daily suggest starting with a small amount and increase in small increments. A good rule of thumb is to apply a dime-sized amount and then adjust as needed. On average, one should not use more than a nickle’s worth of wax, as it can give the beard a greased look, instead of a styled look.
Find the Right Formula
Another factor in determining how much beard wax to use is the formula and viscosity of the wax. A thicker wax will require less product, while a softer wax will require more product. For coarse hair, wax that has a firmer hold is better because it will hold the longer and thicker strands better. And for finer beard strands, softer formulas are ideal because there is less product needed to style.
It is often best to choose a wax specifically formulated for beards so it has the right viscosity, nutrients, and oils appropriate for men’s facial hair. When available, manufacturers may provide a guideline of how much product to use even though the perfect amount of wax to use can be determined by individual preference.
The Temperature Factor
The temperature of the wax can also contribute to the amount of wax one needs. Wax used in warm temperatures is softer, so a lesser amount is needed. On the other hand, wax used in cooler temperatures will be firmer, so more wax is necessary to achieve the desired look.
To achieve optimal results when using beard wax, it is best to keep it away from heat and direct sunlight. Heat will soften the wax and shorten its shelf life, making it more difficult to apply. Once the desired look is achieved, lock it in by running a comb or brush through the beard to make sure that the wax goes throughout the entire beard.
Remove Excess Wax
Beard wax is designed to be thick, which gives it the capability to shape and style facial hair. Its texture, however, can be a bit sticky and if not used correctly can leave too much of a residue on the beard. If the wax leaves a greasy or waxy build-up, one of the easiest ways to remove it is by using a beard oil or beard balm. These products have the right mix of oils and waxes to break down and dissolve the wax, while still providing some styling ability.
However, when using beard oils or balms, it is essential to use only a small amount as too much can leave a greasy feeling and loosen up the control of the beard wax. Products such as these should be used sparingly; a few drops is typically sufficient for removal.
DIY Beard Waxes
There are also a variety of homemade beard waxes available. These recipes may be as simple as beeswax, olive oil, and coconut oil melted together; or could even include butters such as shea or mango.
When making one’s own beard wax, the ratio of ingredients should be taken into consideration. For example, a mixture of 1 part beeswax to 4-5 parts oil is a good starting point and can be adjusted to one’s personal preference.
It is important to remember that the oil should be more than the beeswax as too much of the latter can be too thick and difficult to work with.
Product Types and How To Use Them
The type of product one chooses depends on the desired amount of hold. For a light hold, pomades, fibers or clays are good options. These products can be layered to increase the amount of hold, but should be used sparingly.
Waxes, pomades and other styling products can also be combined. For instance, adding a wax and a light clay together can give more hair control and more texturizing options when styling. To create a tart and firm paste, combine a light holding wax with a thicker, resin paste. For a natural look that requires more “scrunching”, put a pomade with a wax that holds.
Adding wax to another product helps create a unique look for every style and gives a person complete control of how much hold is needed to keep their style in place. Applying wax to the tips of the hair is a great way to add hold and definition to the desired facial hair look and lengthen the life of the chosen style.
It is important to regularly clean and maintain the beard to keep it looking healthy and fresh. This can be done by using a soft-bristled brush to clean the facial hair of all product and debris. This should also be done before applying any wax, as residue can create additional difficulty when styling.
After brushing, it is ideal to wash with a natural product designed for facial hair. These products will clean, condition, and moisturize the beard while also having a light hold. Applying an oil or balm after the wax is also useful, as it can help with the control and make the style last longer.
In conclusion, beard wax is a product that can make facial hair look fuller with more control and styling options. Knowing the type of wax, the temperature, and the amount needed are key components in ensuring that one looks and feels great. Also, keep in mind the importance of brushing and cleaning regularly for optimum beard health and a great finish.