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Should You Wash Your Beard With Hair Shampoo?-Beard Octane

Should You Wash Your Beard With Hair Shampoo?

Commonly we are asked the question...

"Is it ok to wash my beard with hair shampoo?"

Using hair shampoo on your beard may not be the best option as the skin on your scalp and face are DIFFERENT.  Hair shampoos are designed to clean hair on your scalp, which tends to be thicker and more resilient than the skin on your face.  Using hair shampoo on your beard can strip away the natural oils that keep your beard and the skin underneath it healthy, causing dryness, itchiness, and flakiness.

Instead, it is recommended to use a beard shampoo, such as our Lather Conditioning Wash, which is specifically designed for facial hair.  Our Lather Conditioning Wash is formulated with milder ingredients that are gentle on the skin, and they also contain natural oils and ingredients that can help nourish and moisturize your beard and the skin beneath it.  Additionally, beard shampoo helps keep your beard smelling fresh and clean.

"Hair is hair...right?"

Beard hair is different from scalp hair in several ways, and using a regular hair shampoo to wash your beard may not be the best choice. Here are some reasons why you should use beard shampoo instead of hair shampoo:

  1. Different hair types: The hair on your scalp and your beard have different textures and thicknesses. Beard hair is often coarser and curlier than scalp hair, which means it needs a different type of shampoo to keep it clean and healthy.

  2. pH balance: The skin on your face is more sensitive than the skin on your scalp. Regular hair shampoo can have a higher pH level, which can irritate and dry out the skin under your beard. Beard shampoos are specially formulated to have a lower pH level, which is better suited to the delicate skin under your beard.

  3. Moisturizing: Beard hair can become dry and brittle, especially if you live in a dry climate. Beard shampoos often contain ingredients like jojoba oil, argan oil, and shea butter that can help moisturize and nourish your beard, keeping it soft and healthy.

  4. Cleansing: Regular hair shampoo may not be able to effectively clean the oils and debris that can accumulate in your beard over time. Beard shampoo is specifically designed to thoroughly cleanse your beard, removing dirt, oil, and dead skin cells.

Overall, using a beard shampoo is a better choice than using regular hair shampoo when it comes to cleaning and maintaining your beard.  As with any beard care routine, be sure use beard oil in order to get rid of that unwanted beard itch.  

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