Ingredients To Potentially Avoid
As you want your beard shampoo to be the most sensitive and caring product possible, it’s vital to cast your eye over the ingredients list on the back of the bottle.
Thankfully, you don’t have to become an expert chemist to spot some of the facial nasties you need to avoid for a dandruff free beard.
Known for their sebum-stripping and irritating qualities, these are some common standard shampoo ingredients you may want to stay clear of in beard wash:
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate
- Sodium Chloride (That’s salt to you and me!)
- Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA)
- Synthetic Fragrance or Parfum
- Propylene Glycol
- Propyl-paraben, Methyl-paraben (Any kind of paraben!)
Keep It Natural
Bearing in mind the ingredients to avoid mentioned above, you should always be on the lookout for the most natural product you can find or any brand that devotes itself to providing a chemical-free grooming experience.
A product which promises a shampoo free of sulfates and parabens is the best way to go, as well as dedication to natural or organic ingredients.
Ingredients To Seek Out
As well as the stuff to steer clear of, you might also want to keep an eye out for some ingredients that are going to vastly improve the overall health and look of your beard.
While the list of natural goodies that can have a positive impact on your facial fuzz are almost endless, some of the most common skin and hair boosting agents include:
- Olive oil
- Castor oil
- Soy Wax
- Seaweed extract
- Cocoa powder
- Aloe Vera
- Sunflower Seed
- Argan Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Pumpkin Seed
Longevity is an important factor to consider when choosing any product and when it comes to shampoo, getting value for money is almost entirely dependent on the bottle size.
The bigger the bottle, the longer the product is going to last you!
Providing it can give you a great lather, you shouldn’t need too much shampoo for each wash and so most bottles of around 200ml or more should last you several months!
Consider Shampoo Bars
If you don’t quite have a Viking length beard and find rubbing beard shampoo all over your face somewhat unpleasant, beard shampoo bars are a great option for short to medium length beards.
These are made of oils and butters that will produce a lather that gives the exact same effect as liquid shampoo and will usually pack a stronger scent!
As a general guide for beard shampoo price, we would recommend simply spending what you would on a normal bottle of shampoo!
Due to it being a more specific formula, it’s rare you’ll find it for cheaper than £5 and more luxurious, expensive brands can often stretch their prices up to £20.
However, if you’re spending over £20, you better make sure that it’s a highly reputable brand that’s worth the splurge!
A clean beard is one thing, but ideally your shampoo should also make your facial hair smell great too!
Most beard shampoos tend to use classic manly scents such as woody and leathery concoctions, but if that sort of thing isn’t for you, there’s also much fresher citrusy options available.
To help you save money, a great performing beard shampoo should offer excellent lather quality.
This ensures that your beard can be given an effective deep clean from the smallest amount of solution possible, helping your product last longer.
A thicker solution tends to be the best for this, as thinner, oilier products will struggle to clean the beard hair properly.
These days, it can often be popular to purchase handmade products which promise lucrative beard sculpting properties or even growing abilities.
However, we really don’t recommend going for any beard shampoo that isn’t a branded product.
Considering you’re going to be rubbing this stuff on your face, you want to make sure the product you choose is reputable, recognised and that it has been tested by standards agencies to ensure it’s safe to use and can deliver on its promises!
Keeping your beard clean and fresh is undoubtedly your priority when browsing for beard shampoo, but by purchasing a product with additional functions, you’ll be both saving money and offering further support to your beard health.
In the main, these extra functions are things like conditioner or detangler properties, which will ensure the beard is moisturised after cleaning and that it can be easily combed and styled!
Other Things To Consider
Know Your Skin Type
Just like with any grooming product, while a beard shampoo might promise you a ferocious manly chin thatch, free of dirt, debris and coarseness – choosing the wrong one could easily see you stuck with flaky, irritation or alternatively a very greasy, oily beard.
This is because your personal skin type has a huge impact on how successful a product is and so you need to pick a product which best suits your skin.
For example, if you suffer from seriously dry skin and irritation, you’ll want to go for a more moisturising shampoo with hydrating and soothing ingredients such as aloe vera.
But if you have really oily skin, you’ll want to avoid products which feature lots of oils and butters, as these will just make your beard feel greasy.