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You already know that beard oil is meant for your face and hair oil is for your head hair, right? But what about using them vice versa? Can you use beard oil on your head hair and the other way around?
Well, this is a question we get a lot and we wanted to answer it!
First off, we’ll start by saying that yes, you can use beard oil on your head hair, but the other way around is not the best idea.
At the end of the day, beard oil and hair oil both serve a specific purpose and are meant to be used in different areas.
Keep reading to learn about the differences between facial hair and scalp hair, the differences between these two oils, and why it may be best to stick to one or the other.
Beard Hair And Scalp Hair Difference
Both facial hair and scalp hair are terminal hair but beard hair is also androgenic and this is one of the reasons they are very different.
But before we talk about the differences let’s see what the heck androgenic and terminal hair is.
Terminal hair is the hair that is found on the scalp and beard as well as eyebrows, armpits, and genitals. This type of hair is thick and darker in color.
Androgenic hair is the terminal hair that develops in certain parts of the body during puberty. These parts are the face and the chest in men and underarms and the pubic area of women – this hair is thick, coarse, and curly due to hormones.
The hormone that causes androgenic hair is dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is a derivative of testosterone.
But keep in mind that even before puberty, both men and women have very fine hair in these areas which is called Vellus hair. Vellus hair is converted to terminal hair at puberty by the influence of DHT.
So the main difference between head hair and beard hair is that beard hair is androgenic hair while head hair is not.
This makes beard hair coarser than scalp hair and this is the reason it won’t ever get as long as head hair.
Beard hair also differs from head hair in thickness, fullness, and curl patterns by being more curly. It is denser than head hair because the diameter of each hair is greater. Each strand of beard hair has a thicker, hardier shaft as well as a darker pigmentation than head hair.
Also, the skin underneath your beard and head hair is different. The skin beneath your beard hair is softer than the skin beneath your scalp hair. And finally, your scalp skin produces more sebum oil than the skin under your beard.
All these differences make your beard hair and head hair different from each other thus the treatment needs to be different.
difference between hair oil and beard oil
As you probably know beard oil is a mix of carrier oils like argan oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and sweet almond oil with essential oils made to nourish and moisturize your beard and sometimes promote beard growth.
There are differences in the amount and ratio of carrier oil to essential oil but these are the main ingredients in beard oil.
On the other hand, hair oil is mostly carrier oil with a small number of other ingredients like herbs and extracts.
Most hair oils also contain ingredients like Fragrance, Cyclotetrasiloxane, and Cyclopentasiloxane that are not so great for your beard hair.
So at the end of the day, the major difference between the two is – Beard oil contains carrier oils and essential oils so it is natural while hair oil contains carrier oils with all kinds of chemicals which are not so good.
Also, there is a difference in consistency and viscosity. Beard oil is lighter and thinner than hair oil. This is because hair oil needs to have a heavier consistency so that it can work on head hair.
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can beard oil be used on hair?
Now that you know everything about the different hair types and oil types let’s answer the question that you are looking for.
As we mentioned in the intro yes, you can use beard oil on your hair but there are some things to keep in mind.
Premium beard oils are way more expensive than hair oils so you will probably ask yourself if it is worth the extra cost.
Another thing to consider before applying beard oil to your beard is that beard oils are made for use in coarser hairs so they can make your scalp hair greasy. If you decide to apply beard oil on your hair it is recommended that you use just a drop or two to avoid greasiness.
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Can head oil be used on a beard?
No, you should not use hair oil on your beard because it contains chemicals and substances that are harmful to the facial hair and skin especially if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Another thing is that hair oils are thicker and more viscous than beard oils and can clog your pores.
Finally, because hair oils in most cases don’t contain essential oils the smell is not that great and if you think about the distance from your nose when applying them – it is not worth the trouble.
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Yes, you can use beard balm on your head hair but we recommend that you only a small amount of it so it doesn’t get greasy.
Beard balm will moisturize and style your head hair but you should not overdo it.
The main ingredients of beard balm are shea butter, essential oils, and beeswax so it is completely natural but can make your hair greasy.
Yes, a girl can use beard oil, the same rules that apply for guys using beard oil to their head apply for girls using beard oil on their head hair.
Hair types are different from each other and so are the oils. Beard oil is made for use on beards, it is designed for coarser beard hairs while hair oil is not that great for facial hair.
You can use beard oil on your head hair but only if you use it very sparingly because overusing beard oil makes your hair greasy.
On the other hand, hair oil is made for head hair and should not be used on facial hairs.
What do you think? Have you ever used beard oil on your hair or the opposite? Let us know in the comments!