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Post date: October 19, 2023 | Adventure

The Importance of Beard Wash | Beard Wash vs Shampoo

If you’ve been rocking a beard for any amount of time, chances are high that you’ve experienced some common problems that come along with beards. Mainly, beard dryness, redness, itching, flaking, or more. The easiest way to keep your beard healthy and happy is to use a dedicated beard wash or beard shampoo every once in a while.

But, you may be wondering why you can’t just use regular hair Shampoo? Well, you might even be surprised to hear that shampoo can actually cause damage to your beard. But why? Let’s talk about it in today’s article.

Today, we’re going to be answering the following questions, so stick around:

  1. What does beard wash do?
  2. How are beard washes different from shampoo?
  3. What is beard wash made of?
  4. How to use beard wash for the maximum effect?
  5. Refillable Beard Wash?

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What Does Beard Wash Do?

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Beard Wash or “beard shampoo” as it is often called is a relatively new invention when compared with regular shampoo, which was invented in the 16th century. Beard washes are meant to help clean your beard and manage the sebum oils caused by your skin.

A quality beard and face wash is going to help keep your beard and skin clean and reduce the possibilities of breakouts, irritation, and more.

Overall, beard shampoos and washes are meant to help strip excess oils from your beard, fortify your beard hair, protect your beard from dulling or thinning, and leave your beard feeling fresh and clean as opposed to the typical oily feeling that occurs when you avoid washing your hair for too long.

So, if beard shampoo and regular shampoo are supposed to accomplish the same thing, why is Shampoo considered potentially damaging to your hair, whereas beard shampoos are not? Keep on reading to find out.

How Is Beard Wash Different Than Shampoo?

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Many men make the assumption that the warm water and soapy runoff from their shampoo is enough to keep their beard clean, however, this is not the case. In fact, it may be detrimental to your beard growing potential.

You see, regular shampoos are designed to be used on your scalp hair and skin, which is vastly different in nature and sensitivity than the hair and skin on and around your beard. And believe it or not, your hair and skin needs to retain some oils and moisture in order to remain healthy, elastic, and strong.

The hair and skin on your scalp is much less sensitive to dryness than the hair and skin around your mouth and nose, which is where your beard is.

And shampoos tend to use much harsher detergents and chemicals to strip away oils than your beard and skin can handle, leaving both the beard, and the skin underneath, extremely dry.

Beard and face washes, on the other hand, tend to use much more natural and gentler ingredients to avoid stripping away too many of the natural oils your beard needs. This means that using a dedicated beard and face wash helps manage the oils more effectively than using shampoo on your beard can. Regular shampoos tend to strip away too much moisture.

What is Beard Wash Made Of?

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The high quality beard washes out there do what they can to use only the most natural and beneficial ingredients for your beard and skin.

We can’t speak for every brand and their beard formulas out there, so take Volt’s beard wash for example. We like to use a sulfate-free, paraben-free, and phthalate-free formula. However, we’ve added caffeine (a common skin tightener and circulation booster) and argan oil, which helps reduce excess dryness, to the mix.

Overall, what’s more important than what a beard shampoo contains is what a beard shampoo shouldn’t contain. For example, a good beard wash will NOT contain the following:

  • Sulfates: Artificial salts that are considered extremely harsh cleaners and detergents, these dry out your beard.
  • Parabens: These act like estrogen hormones in the body, and are common preservatives in cosmetic products.
  • Phthalates: Chemicals used to make plastics more durable, and help increase the longevity and durability of products.

Watch out for the items listed above in any beard wash out there. We don’t use any of them in Volt’s beard and face wash, and you shouldn’t expect to see them in any quality beard wash on the market.

How To Use Beard Wash For Maximum Effect

Using a beard wash to help clean and fortify your beard hairs is a very simple process. If you’ve got Volt’s beard and face wash, start by twisting open the locking pump to allow the wash to flow out. The following is the same with most beard and face washes out there.

  1. Squirt a dime-to-quarter sized portion of wash onto your hand and rub around until lather appears.
  2. Apply to your beard and face, lather + rinse.
  3. Finish the job by applying a conditioning product like beard oil or beard balm.
  4. When empty, refill your beard and face wash with a Volt Eco-Refill Pack.

Refillable Beard and Face Wash/Beard Shampoo

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The thing that makes Volt’s beard and face wash a bit unique is that we’ve packaged it in a refillable aluminum bottle. We’ve done this for a few reasons.

Firstly, aluminum is recycled up to 12x more than plastic is. We here at Volt love our great outdoors, so we try and make everything as sustainable as possible.

The statistics make it clear, the best way to recycle is to reuse. This way, no extra resources are wasted turning raw materials into usable materials once again. With an aluminum Volt bottle, just purchase the aluminum eco-refill pouch, and refill your Volt products between 4 and 6 times. What’s better? A recyclable aluminum pouch, or 6 non-recyclable empty plastic bottles of beard wash.

And because the refill pouches lower your cost per ounce of the product, you save money. Better for you, and better for the environment.

Check out Volt’s entire line of refillable premium men’s grooming products by clicking HERE.

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