Beard Wash vs. Generic Shampoo: The Importance of Beard Discipline

March 24, 2015

Good day once more my fellow disciples of all things bearded. I hope this week finds you and your beard in premium condition.

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in life it’s that if you want to achieve something of true value then you must be prepared to work hard for it. Whether you’re just starting out in your quest for beard perfection or are years down the line you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. If you’ve read my ongoing comic series you’ll know that I don’t just wake up looking like I do; it takes a dedicated routine, experience, and above all else the right tools!

In my last blog I spoke about my reasoning behind the formula for my Beard Conditioning Oil and today I’m going to talk about the importance of using a specialised Beard Wash as part of your daily grooming routine.

One of the most common queries I receive from new customers is: ‘What can I do to prevent beard itch and dry flakey skin?’. Well, there are a number of different things you can do on a daily basis to prevent this from happening to you. However, the very first and most important piece of advice I can offer is to use a recognised beard shampoo, preferably my Beard Wash.

Why using a recognised Beard Wash is important.

So, you might ask, what’s the difference between hair and beard shampoos? Well, the main difference between the two is that if you regularly use off-the-shelf hair shampoos to wash your beard then the chemicals in them will more than likely strip your beard of the majority of their natural oils. Not only that but they can also dry out the skin underneath your beard hair.

By doing so, your beard can be left dry, corse, and brittle. In addition to this, there is a greater chance of your beard hair breaking, falling out or being prone to bald patches due to weakened roots, not to mention a heightened chance of the development of split ends.

As an aside to that, it’s important to note that any washing – including simply rinsing and drying  your beard – could remove the natural oils in your beard. By using recognised beard shampoos such as my Beard Wash, you will greatly reduce the risk of this happening as they are specifically designed to work with instead of against the natural oils produced by your skin and hair.


Further benefits of using my Beard Wash: battling beard-ruff, itchiness, and beard pong.

As well as the reasons I’ve already outlined there are many other benefits to be gained from using a recognised beard shampoo.

As you will be all too aware, beards can be itchy if not given the care they deserve, especially in the early stages of growth. Consistent scratching is one of the absolute no-no’s if you’re looking to avoid beard-ruff. My Beard Wash is formulated to moisturise your beard and help avoid dry skin – the precursor to the scratching stage.

Beard Pong?

Yes, you read that correctly, and no, it’s not a typo. Beard pong is real and, if you don’t regularly wash your beard then you’re putting both yourself and your beard at risk of being rather unpopular.

On a daily basis your beard comes into contact with all nature of things from food and drink to dust and dirt (especially if you live in a large city). Built up over time these can all have a negative impact on how your beard smells. By simply washing your beard 2-3 times a week with beard shampoo you’ll help to avoid being caught out by beard pong because, let’s be honest, nobody wants to be that man.


So How Often Should I Wash my Beard?

How long is a piece of string? Everyones grooming routines are different, and the chances are that you’ll know yours better than I do. If, however, you’re unsure and looking for advice, then I’d suggest starting by using my Beard Wash 2-3 times a week. This should be enough to keep your beard feeling soft and smelling nice without overdoing it and risking irritation from over-application of products to your skin.

If your skin is naturally oily or your beard is longer than most, then you may wish to increase it’s usage to 3-4 times a week. There are many factors to take into account such as how long, corse or thick your beard is and, over time, you’ll get a measure as to what works best for you.


I’ve Washed my Beard, So What Next?

Once your beard has been washed you should use a recognised beard oil – I’d recommend using my Beard Conditioning Oil – to help continue to soften and tame your beard hair. It’s specially designed as a leave in conditioner to both nourish and moisturise your beard throughout the day and also helps with the prevention of dry skin around the roots.

If you have a longer beard (1-3 inches in length) I’d also highly recommend my Beard Balm. This is specifically designed for longer beard types as a soothing remedy to help tame and soften longer hairs and keep you in control and safe from the dreaded beard itch.


That’s about all for now. Thank you to you all for your continued patronage to all things Percy! We love to hear your success stories from using my products so please keep those emails coming in and keep growing those beards!

Until next time.



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