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Can You Use Beard Oil On Hair: We Slip & Slide To Learn More

Last Updated on: June 10, 2024

Have you ever imagined if the beard oil that worked magic for your facial hair could also work wonders for your head hair? Or is your hair oil not working, and do you think beard oil might be the solution?

To be honest…

I have also thought about it, and many of my friends have been asking. So I conducted my research, and I’m here with an answer.

As the name implies, beard oil is for beards, and hair oil is for the head. 

I will start by saying yes, you can, but it is not entirely the best option. In this guide, I’ll answer the question and discuss some things to know about beard oil.

What Are The Benefits of Beard Oil?

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Aside from you wondering if you can apply beard oil on your head, beard oil has some amazing benefits. If you own beard oil, here are some of the benefits of beard oil:

  • Hydrate the skin
  • It makes the beard smell nice
  • Aid beard growth
  • Beard oil products compose of grapeseed oil, a natural healing agent. Some beard oils have antiseptic and antibacterial properties, serving as healing agents. So don’t use it every time. I advise that you visit your doctor for major wounds.

As a result, with all the minor advantages beard oil offers, plus the fact that it was mainly created for your sensitive face, beard oil has a naturally more skin-friendly composition. It is only right to want to apply it on your face to receive the same benefits.

Difference Between Scalp Hair and Beard Hair

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Scalp and facial hair are both terminal hairs, but the main difference is that beard hair is androgenic. But what is terminal and androgenic hair? 

Androgenic hair is the hair found on beards, scalp, genitals, armpits, and eyebrows. This kind of hair is darker in color and thick texture. The hormone “dihydrotestosterones cause it,” and it is a testosterone product.

Terminal hair grows in certain parts of the body during puberty. These parts include the chest and face in men and the pubic area and underarms of women. The hair is coarse, curly, and thick due to some hormones. 

Note that men and women have soft fine hair in these areas before puberty, and it’s called vellus hair. During puberty, vellus hair is transformed into terminal hair due to DHT.

All of these explain why beard hair is more coarse than head hair and won’t grow longer than scalp hair.

Beard hair is also different regarding curl patterns, fullness, and thickness. Beard hair is more curly than scalp hair. The diameter of each strand of beard hair is greater, so it is denser than head hair. Each hair on the beard has a hardier shaft, thicker and its pigmentation is darker than that of scalp hair.

Another difference between scalp hair and beard hair is that the skin underneath them is different. The skin beneath the beards produces less sebum and is softer than the scalp. This explains why different treatment methods should be used for beard and scalp hair. 

Difference Between Hair Oil And Beard Oil

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For those who do not know, beard oil products consist of carrier oils like jojoba oil, sweet almond milk, coconut oil, and argan oil mixed with essential oils. It is produced to moisturize and nourish your beard, and it might sometimes cause beard growth. The ratio of carrier oil to essential oil differs with the product, but these are the major ingredients of beard oil.

Head hair oil, on the other hand, consists mainly of carrier oils with a few other ingredients like extracts and herbs. Hair oil’s main ingredients are Cyclotetrasiloxane fragrance and Cyclopentasiloxane, which is not so nice for beard hair.

So we can say the main difference between hair oil and beard oil is that hair oil consists of carrier oils and some harmful chemicals, and beard oil consist of essential oils and carrier oils.

There is also a difference in viscosity and consistency. Beard oil is thinner and heavier than head oil.  For scalp hair to work, it needs to have a higher consistency.

Can Beard Oil Be Used On Hair?

By now, I believe you should have known everything about beard and head hair oils, now let me answer the question you’ve been waiting for. 

Just like in the introduction, you can use beard oil for your hair. But you have to keep some things in mind.

Quality beard oils are way more expensive than scalp oils. I don’t think this is a great idea when I can get hair oils that cost less.  Ask yourself if it’s worth the price. If you don’t mind, then it’s fine.

One more thing to consider is that beard oil will make your hair greasy because they are made for coarser hair. So even if you resort to using beard oil on your hair, I advise that you do not apply it in excess to avoid greasiness.

Can Head Hair Oil Be Used On A Beard?

No, don’t try it. It is risky because oils contain some substances and chemicals that are harmful to the skin and beard, especially if you have acne-prone skin or its sensitivity. As mentioned above, head hair oils are denser and thicker than beard oils and might block your pores.

Lastly, head hair oils rarely contain essential oils like argan oil, which might not have a pleasant smell. Considering the distance of the beards to your nose, I don’t think you might want to try it.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here I’ll answer some common questions people ask about putting beard oil on hair.

Can a girl use beard oil?

Yes, a lady can use beard oil but she must follow the same safety precautions as men when applying it to their heads.

Can You Use Beard Balm On Your Scalp Hair?

Yes, you can apply beard balm on the hair on your head but I advise using a minimal amount so that it doesn’t get greasy. Beard balm styles your hair and moisturizes it.  But you shouldn’t use too much of it. Beeswax and shea butter are the key components of beard balm, making it all-natural but potentially oily for your hair.


Head hair air oils and hair types differ from one another.  The oils differ depending on the varieties of hair as well. Head hair oil is not the best for facial hair. Beard oil is formulated specifically for use on beards and is suited for coarser beard hairs.

Applying beard oil in excess will make your hair oily. Thus you should only use it lightly on your head hair. Since head hair oil is designed on the head, it should not be used for facial hair.

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