You are here because you’re obviously either growing your beard or want to grow your beard.
You have heard about the benefits of different oils but are not sure which one to go for. Now you have chanced upon olive oil, right?
In short, olive oil for beard growth is a very good option. It is also a really good and cheap substitute for beard oil. It is not exactly as good as beard oil but it absolutely does 80% of what high-quality beard oil can do.
We will tell you why olive oil is one of the best possible oils that you can possibly get for your beard.
We will tell you why it stands out from tons of other oils and the incredible benefits that are to be had with the regular application of this beautiful gift from nature.
What is Olive Oil
Olive oil is the liquid produced by whole olives when pressed.
It is a cooking oil that is increasingly being used globally but is a staple part of cooking in the Mediterranean diet.
Also, it is used in a large variety of recipes worldwide, when frying foods, or as a salad ingredient along with vinegar.
It is fast becoming a favorite across the world because of its nutritional qualities and the antioxidants that it contains.
But, has olive oil any other uses?
Can Olive Oil Be Used Instead Of Beard Oil?
When it comes to beards, olive oil offers some exciting benefits.
In a study conducted in Morocco, few young men were given extra virgin olive oil as their primary fat source for two weeks.
The results were astounding.
Their testosterone levels went up by 17.4 % along with an increase in their luteinizing hormone (the hormone needed to produce testosterone), which shot up by 42.6 %.
What does this mean for you?
In case you were unaware, testosterone is the primary male hormone responsible for facial hair growth, and thus we can understand from the above that olive oil can help in the growth of facial hair when consumed orally.
However, when it comes to topical use too, olive oil has some great benefits for the beard and the skin.
Note: Before Using Olive Oil
Olive oil can be used topically but not by only itself as it is greasy and thick by nature. It won’t get absorbed into the skin quickly.
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However, that should not be a cause of worry as olive oil can always be mixed with some other oil to balance its thickness.
We will show you how to make your own beard oil using olive oil in the following paragraphs.
Benefits of Olive Oil for Your Beard
Use olive oil on your beard every day to hydrate and nourish your hair. Here are some of the benefits of olive oil that will make a difference to your beard very inexpensively.
Moisture is essential for hair to keep it supple and free from dryness. Regular use of olive oil makes your beard healthy and soft.
Olive oil nourishes the hair and seeps into the skin beneath the beard, and revitalizes the skin. This makes your beard less itchy.
For even better results, you can add a bit of lemon juice to the olive oil. This helps to kill any bacteria in your beard and will give you relief from itchiness.
Olive oil is a rich source of Vitamin E. It helps to grow your beard by seeping into the hair follicles and stimulating the growth of new hair. It has been shown that Vitamin E stimulates beard growth.
It is very good for patchy or scraggly beards, to help fill in your beard. But,don’t expect miracles. For example, if you hardly have any facial hair, don’t expect that olive oil will make you look like Dan Bilzerial or James Harden.
Also, mixing Olive Oil with rosemary or eucalyptus oil has been shown to yield faster results.
Olive oil has powerful anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which help it to prevent dandruff from occurring.
Olive oil also repairs skin tissue beneath the beard that might have been damaged due to dryness and flakiness.
Styling gels and waxes abound the market, but most of them contain harmful chemicals that might have long-term ill-effects on your skin and beard.
Would you rather experiment with those or use something natural that you know has no side-effects?
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Add to that the costs of these products, and you can clearly see that Olive oil is a natural and inexpensive option that is far more effective with long-lasting results.
Olive Oil For Beard DIY Recipe
Making an Olive Oil recipe at home for topical application to your beard is not as complicated as it might sound.
All you need are olive oil, jojoba oil, any other essential oils such as balsam fir needle oil or spruce that you might want for the scent, and a dropper bottle ( 30 ml is a common size) to mix everything together.
Olive oil by itself doesn’t have a good scent, so that is why you need a strong essential oil to finish off the natural scent.
Here is the quantity in which you’ll need everything:
- 11.8 ml extra virgin olive oil
- 17.7 ml organic jojoba oil
- Six drops of balsam fir needle oil (or any other strong essential oil of your choice)
Mix everything together in the dropper bottle and apply it to your face.
Jojoba oil is a perfect addition to olive oil because it is light and a good absorbent that balances out olive oil’s thick consistency.
There are also other variations of these recipes obviously. Here is another tutorial using olive oil and essential oils.
So, that is about it. Congratulations on your first homemade olive oil for the beard.
Cost-wise, it will be about 1/10th the price of premade beard oils, so you’ll realize how overpriced company-manufactured beard oils are.
How To Use Olive Oil?
Olive oil can be used topically or orally as well.
As Cooking Oil
As we demonstrated above, olive oil can be consumed orally as a cooking oil. This is not a new practice and is prevalent in the Mediterranean and other parts of the world for a long time.
As a Topical Oil
Besides using it as cooking oil, you can also mix it with other oils and apply it topically to the scalp or the beard to boost hair growth.
Usually, the regular way to use this oil would be to massage it into the beard hair for around 10 minutes.
As a Beard Mask
You can also make an olive oil mask using olive oil, egg yolk, and lemon drops from half a slice of lemon.
Mix all the above ingredients together and add lavender to do away with the smell of the egg.
Now put this mask or concoction over your beard. Wash it off after 10-15 minutes.
As A Beard Oil
We have briefly covered this but I will repeat this because this is probably the reason you are reading this article.
Olive oil is a realy good cheap substitute for beard oil and it absolutely be applied to your beard. It can help moisturize dry skin under beard
Also, let’s answer this very very common question that maybe you or your wife may have.
Does applying olive oil on face increase facial hair in females?
I have heard this question a lot.
The short answer is that olive oil does not increase facial hair growth in females. Facial hair growth is mostly affected by genetics and levels of hormones and specifically testosterone.
So, if a woman does not use steroids for sports, bodybuilding or any other reason, she is unable to grow facial hair thicker or faster than she already does and olive oil is no exception.
It cannot affect facial hair growth in females.
Olive oil is an extremely beneficial oil for beard growth. It can be used orally as well as topically to achieve your desired beard.
Olive oil has many benefits when it comes to applying it to your beard as far as beard care and beard growth are concerned.
Surely, a proper high-quality beard oil can be even better but if you can afford it or you simply don’t wanna pay for it, yes olive oil is a good substitute and honestly an effective one.
So, there is now no excuse to not apply a beard oil (even olive oil) to your beard.
And…that’s it for today’s article.
We hope you have enjoyed this article, and we look forward to hearing from you in the comments below.
Until next time,
Tasos Moulios is the founder of Beardlong. He loves trying different beard and hair styles and blogs about them. The tips he shares come from his own experience and love for what he does.