I have seen people use ghee in their hair, so this got me wondering whether I could also apply ghee to my beard. So, I did some research on the benefits of using Ghee for my beard.
Can ghee help your beard? Ghee does help with beard grooming but does not stimulate beard growth. When applied to the beard, ghee will moisturize your beard and skin beneath it, make it appear thick, and soften your beard. However, you should avoid ghee if you have oily and sensitive skin as it may clog your pores and cause an acne breakout.
Using the right products on your beard can make a really big difference in its growth and also ease your grooming efforts. One of the most important things to consider before applying any products to your beard is whether it will impede its growth.
What is ghee
Another name for ghee is clarified butter. This name is adopted from the fact that ghee is made by removing water content from butter via cooking.
After heating butter at a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit and above, what is left of butter is fat and protein what makes up the ghee. Some of the most common animal milk used to make ghee are buffalo’s milk, cow’s milk, goat’s milk, and sheep’s milk.
Ghee for beard: how does it help
Makes beard soft
Applying ghee to your facial hair will make it soft, and a soft beard is normally easy to manage. Especially for the curly beard of African Americans.
Ghee is made of antioxidants compounds that help fight substances that make facial hair frizzy. Vitamins A and E that are used in most hair and beard care products for softening purposes are also found in ghee.
Therefore, applying ghee to your beard will contribute to its softness especially when applied together with Jojoba oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, or castor oil.
Makes beard appear thicker
Having a patchy beard can be a demotivation factor especially if you are just starting growing your beard.
Well, applying ghee to your beard can help conceal some of the patchiness. Ghee is made of proteins and vitamins that will strengthen your beard make it stronger and thick especially when combined with castor oil which will make your beard appear darker and thicker.
One of the most important factors to always consider if you are looking to keep your beard healthy and good-looking is to make sure it is well moisturized.
Now before we dive into how ghee moisturizes your beard, we need to understand that different skin types need different moisturizing agents.
For people who have acne-prone sensitive skin, it would be a good idea to avoid ghee since it can clog your pores and result in an acne breakout.
Ghee is best suited for people who have a dry and brittle beard and skin underneath the beard.
Ghee contains high amounts of vitamin E which is a very good moisturizer. Applying Ghee when combined with jojoba or argan oil moisturize your beard even further.
Boost beard growth hormone [testosterone]
The growth of a beard is controlled by three main factors namely testosterone, dihydrotestosterone [DHT], and beard genes [androgen receptors].
Low levels of the two androgens [testosterone and DHT] can impede your beard growth. Beard growth genes are the reason you are not able to grow a full beard.
If you have been diagnosed with low levels of testosterone, then you might not be able to grow a beard.
Boosting your testosterone levels may help you grow a beard especially if your androgen receptors are sensitive to beard hormones.
One way to boost testosterone is to eat foods and fruits that boost testosterone production in the body.
Based on this research (click to see), ghee specifically made from cow milk can increase the levels of testosterone in the body, especially when taken after medicated purgation.
While on its own ghee may not help you achieve the testosterone levels enough for beard growth, combining it with other natural testosterone boosters such as avocado oil, ashwagandha, creatine, olive oil, may just help you achieve your beard goals.
Side effects of ghee on beard
The first thing to consider before using any product on your beard is whether you are allergic to it or not. To test whether you are allergic, apply some ghee to the back of your hand and wait overnight. In case you notice an allergic reaction, do not apply ghee to your beard.
If you have acne-prone sensitive skin I would advise you to keep off ghee, since it will clog your pores and cause an acne breakout. Ghee may also make your facial hair appear greasy especially when you apply too much.
Caution: Do not use heat styling objects on your beard after using ghee, it may become too hot and burn your beard since ghee can absorb a lot of heat.
How to use ghee on your beard
Warm a small amount of ghee or just rub it between your palms. You can also add other oils such as avocado and olive oil.
I recommend you apply ghee when your beard is dumb. This way it will be easier to apply ghee throughout the beard strands.
Massage ghee to the skin under the beard then uses a good quality beard brush to further distribute it in your beard.
While ghee will not help you grow a beard if you can’t grow one, it will help you groom your beard if you have a dry, brittle beard and skin under the beard. If you have been diagnosed with low levels of beard growth hormones testosterone, combining ghee with other testosterone boosting foods may help you boost testosterone levels and potentially grow a beard.