Jack’s back for the 19th edition of his Yeard Update, and this time he’s teaching us his favorite alternative uses of Utility Balm. Jack’s stoked because Utility Balm has actually dethroned beard oil when it comes to his favorite Beardbrand products. When used for your beard, it acts as a deep conditioner that hydrates your beard longer than a typical beard oil, and gives it just a bit of structure and hold that beard oil also lacks. Utility Balm is especially great for daily use on a coarse beard like Jack’s, but there are some other ways you can use Utility Balm that you wouldn’t normally expect from a “beard” product. Here are Jack’s top 3:
A lot of people do this with their hair and their skin - you saturate the affected area with a conditioning product and let it sit for 2+ hours. If your beard is brittle and needs a bit of a reboot, this is a far better option than shaving it off or trimming it down. Just apply a generous amount of Utility Balm (more than you would for daily use, but not so much that it becomes messy) and leave it in overnight. Rinse it out in the shower the next morning, and your beard will feel the softest it’s ever felt.
Dry Skin Care
Jack’s hands and elbows get chapped on the regular, and Utility Balm is his go-to instead of a commercial lotion. He rubs a small amount into his knuckles and elbows several days a week. Once he started committing to this practice, his dry skin was always in check. If you’re in a super cold environment and your skin is prone to cracking, applying this twice a day will change your world.
Jack loves using Utility Balm to shave his cheek lines. It’s viscous enough to make for a smooth shave that also nourishes and conditions your skin. It only takes a few seconds, and doesn’t require a full wet application in order to be effective. When you’re fresh out of the shower, just apply some of the balm to your warm skin and shave like you would with a gel.
Want to know more alternative ways to use Utility Balm in your everyday life? Check out this full write-up here.
Comment of the Week
Can there be too much washing and products? I think my beard looks better when it isn’t groomed too often.
Over-grooming is a real thing! A lot of guys who have never groomed before go extra and over-apply beard oil, utility balm, and styling balm. This can negatively affect the appearance of your beard by giving it a greasy texture or creating visible product buildup. Over-application of these products also result in having to wash your beard more, which will dry out your skin and hair. You should only wash your beard a couple to several times a week.
“Start small” when applying your go-to product, slowly adding more to your beard until you get a soft, non greasy finish. If you’re using Utility Balm or Styling Balm, most guys only need a finger's worth of product to get the desired effect. If you’re using beard oil, most beards only need 3-4 drops (4-8 if you’ve got a big one).
WEEK IN REVIEW
Here are the other awesome videos we've posted this week - check them out for beard grooming and styling tips, as well as some awesome barbershop videos.
Classic Haircut and Beard Trim with Mazie
Mazie, from Cut and Grind, gives her hesitant client the handsome scissor cut and beard trim he didn’t even know he wanted.
The Best Way to Maintain Your Beard Length with Greg
Greg teaches us how to conduct a monthly maintenance trim on your beard once you’ve hit your desired length. Read the full write-up here.
When to Get Your Haircut and Beard Trim with Mahesh
Mahesh is back for another round of Mahesh’s Musings! This week he helps us determine when and how often we should conduct our maintenance haircuts and beard trims to keep our looks fresh.
Silver Fox gets a Haircut and Beard Trim with Dave
Dave, from Gentleman and Rogues Club, gives his silver-haired friend a modernized haircut and beard trim while still maintaining his distinguished look.
Master Barber Gives Awesome Beard Trim and Style Advice with Mahesh
This client drove several hours just to get a beard trim and meet the man behind the name! Mahesh gives him a meticulous beard trim as well as styling advice to keep his look fresh and sexy.
How To Trim Your Short Beard at Home with Eric
Our founder, Eric Bandholz, takes his short beard down to a Beardstache with the help of Brio’s Beardscape in this informative product review.