The UK’s 8 top beard grooming products

For a top-notch beard, you need top-notch assistance.

That’s top-notch, not top knot – although some of you do pull them off extremely well.

Over the last few years, beard products have become increasingly popular alongside the growing popularity of beards themselves.

While this provides a tremendous selection of beard products to choose from depending on your unique tastes, it may make deciding what to purchase a bit daunting.

Men’s beard grooming kits have come a long way, but you still may not get everything your beard needs unless you’re picking out specific products separately.

So, today, we’re going to help you out, by compiling all of our favourite beard grooming products from the UK market. By doing this, we aim to narrow down your shortlists and make your online shopping experience a little bit less overwhelming.

Here are the top 8 beard grooming products UK:

1. The UK’s Best Beard Brush

The benefits:

As well as making your beard look much tidier, beard brushes do actually provide some additional benefits that you may not be aware of.

The first of these is how brushing your beard regularly will help convince your facial hair to grow in a specific direction. This direction is obviously downwards, which keeps it tidier and in check.

A beard brush is also good for exfoliating your face, clearing dead skin cells and relieving beard itch and dandruff, while simultaneously encouraging blood flow to patchy areas, and stimulating dormant follicles.

What to look for:

When choosing a beard brush, the materials that are used are very important.

A high-quality wooden body means a good grip, comfort and no splinters when you’re conducting your daily beard care routine. We recommend your beard brush is made from pear wood, beech wood or cherrywood.

The bristles are even more important. First-cut boar bristles do the best job of training your beard hairs and exfoliating the skin beneath, giving you all of the possible benefits listed above.

Our recommendation – The Seven Potions Boar Bristle Beard Brush – £14.97

Seven Potions are a beard care brand we never hesitate to recommend.

In terms of their beard brush, it’s not the cheapest, but it’s not expensive- and you’re definitely getting bang for your buck.

The Seven Potions Boar Bristle Beard Brush is made from pearwood and features sought-after first-cut boar bristles that tame and soften your facial hair.

2. The UK’s Best Beard Comb

The benefits:

Beard combs are both basic and brilliant.

They are great for polishing and fine-tuning your overall look and achieving your desired beard style, but at the end of the day, they are just a small piece of wood. A beard comb should never be overlooked, but don’t dwell on it for too long, either.

What to look for:

Like with beard brushes, the materials used and the build quality of your beard comb is key.

The ideal beard comb will be double-sided, featuring a broad-tooth side and a fine-tooth side, allowing for progressive detangling.

Beard combs should always be made from wood, too, and never plastics and metals that snag on beard hair and cause a build-up of static that can undo all of your hard work.

Our recommendation – H&S Anti-Static Wooden Beard Comb – £4.29

Usually, you’ll find that a beard comb will come alongside a beard brush, so if you’ve yet to purchase a beard brush, you can look for a set that contains both, just like the Mission Beard Beard Brush And Comb Kit.

However, if you’ve already got a beard brush and you’re now looking for a beard comb to add to your beard grooming kit, it’s something just like the H&S Beard Comb that you need to get the job done.

3. The UK’s Best Beard Oil

The benefits:

Beard oil is utilised by hundreds of thousands of bearded men for a variety of reasons, including softening and straightening beard hair, cleansing facial hair, providing minerals to promote faster growth and hydrating and soothing beard itch.

Beard oil will leave your beard soft and irresistible to touch – but try not to touch it too much or you’ll be undoing your own hard work.

What to look for:

Beard oils can be very basic, but they can also include some wonderful ingredients capable of working absolute magic on your facial fur.

Essentially, when buying beard oil, you’re looking for one that includes the likes of argan oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, Inca inchi oil and aloe vera for the best price possible.

Our recommendation – Mission Beard Grooming Co. Underdog Beard Oil – £14.97

We rarely rush to toot our own horn, but we really can’t see past our own offering when it comes to the best beard oil.

Mission Beard Grooming Co. Underdog Beard Oil, as seen in GQ, contains a blend of 13 nourishing natural ingredients, including vitamin E, to provide the entire plethora of beardy, badass benefits.

Underdog beard oil is 100% natural, cruelty-free and made in the UK.

4. The UK’s Best Beard Balm

The benefits:

The advantages of beard balm are fairly comparable to the advantages of beard oil, but you’ll get a different overall appearance, so it’s more a question of personal choice.

If you wish to style your beard, the grip offered by beard balm will likely be preferred, as will the matte appearance produced by beard oil over the shiny appearance produced by beard oil.

What to look for:

Like beard oil, beard balms can contain a number of ingredients that provide benefits for both your facial hair and the skin underneath it.

However, beard balm uses the likes of shea butter or beeswax as its holding element. Better beard balms will contain either of these, plus the valuable oils found in beard oil itself.

Our recommendation – Camden Barbershop Company Original Beard Balm – £10.99

Camden Barbershop Company’s beard balm nourishes and strengthens your beard with all-natural ingredients, without over-hardening it or leaving an oily residue on your skin.

Their beard balm is composed entirely of natural components, with a unique mix that includes beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, and a hint of almond oil.

Beeswax and shea butter hydrate dry beard follicles and replenish the skin layers beneath, eliminating irritation and dandruff within your facial hair. If you prefer a more styled look, your beard grooming kit needs this balm.

5. The UK’s Best Beard Wash

The benefits:

Beard shampoo, which is often just referred to as ‘beard wash’, is used to clean facial hair which acts as a magnet for dirt and grime.

The reason beard shampoo exists, though, is because facial hair does not enjoy being treated the same way that head hair does.

Beard wash is much more gentle on the face, working with your skin’s natural oils instead of stripping them away and replacing them with harsh chemicals.

The result of using a decent beard shampoo is a clean, nicer smelling, itch-free beard that’s easy to maintain.

What to look for:

Like with regular shampoos, the higher-end options can contain some super ingredients like avocado oil, jojoba oil and argan oil, but, as mentioned before, they will not contain any harsh chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate or Cocamidopropyl betaine – feel free to tag us in your attempts of saying these words on Instagram.

Our recommendation – ZOUSZ Beard Shampoo For Men – £18.00

While there are definitely some cheaper options on the market that can do a very similar job, we are also very excited to share this product with you.

Made in England, ZOUSZ’s beard shampoo is by far the best we’ve tried ourselves, achieving every goal that it promises to and smelling incredible while doing so.

Beard grooming kits that do not have this absolute beardy power tool are seriously missing out on reaching your full beard potential.

6. The UK’s Best Beard Roller

The benefits:

Microneedling’s ability to promote skin health is widely documented. We also know that having excellent skin results in a larger, healthier beard.

Microneedling may assist increase beard hair growth by increasing nutrient-rich blood supply to the region, in addition to stimulating collagen and keratin formation.

Healthy circulation is essential for hair development and skin health. A derma roller may also stimulate the production of stem-cell growth factors.

What to look for:

Beard roller’s come in different materials and also vary in needle sizes.

The depth necessary to release collagen from between the epidermis and papillary dermis necessitates needle sizes ranging from 0.25mm to 1mm.

Stainless steel or titanium are often used for beard rollers. In terms of efficacy, titanium easily outperforms the other two materials. Titanium needles are corrosion resistant and lighter to handle.

Finally, the needle count matters a lot, and more is definitely better. The best beard rollers have around 540 needles these days, while they used to only have around 200.

Our recommendation – Viking Beard Beard Roller – £13.99

This great value beard roller ticks all the boxes in relation to the preferential criteria stated above.

With a total of 540 needles at a length of 0.5mm for a good level of penetration depth (I’ve written worse), your skin is getting the right treatment necessary for a good level of collagen release without bleeding.

Your dormant hair follicles will be stimulated into action and your beard should begin to grow out much fuller and thicker than before.

7. The UK’s Best Beard Growth Serum

The benefits:

While many of the benefits of beard growth serum can be realised by any premium beard oils, there is one ingredient found in beard growth serum that is certainly not usually found in beard oils – minoxidil.

Minoxidil promotes hair growth in trouble spots via dilatation of blood vessels that give nutrient-rich blood to hair follicles, providing them with the push they need to thrive once again.

Additionally, consistent use of Minoxidil extends the growth phase of the hair development cycle. Your facial hair will get thicker as a result.

What to look for:

The best beard growth serum will contain many beneficial nutrients in addition to minoxidil, and can often be used in place of beard oil if you’re willing to spend a little more.

Some notable ingredients to look out for, which are in fact included in our recommendation, are biotin and Capilia Longa.

Biotin deficiency has been directly linked to hair loss, so while there isn’t too much information on how it may help your hair grow, we know definitely keeps your hair strong.

Capilia Longa facilitates hair growth reactivation biologically, resetting the epigenetic in the hair bulb, which reactivates the dermal papilla cells.

Capilia Longa also improves blood circulation in the scalp, which helps to prevent hair loss. Capilia Longa’s innovative formula strengthens hair follicles, promotes healthier and stronger hair development, and extends the life of hair fibres.

Our recommendation – Copenhagen Grooming The Activator – £35.00

If you’re serious about improving your beard hair growth, you need to be willing to spend a little bit of money in order to get your hands on the ingredients mentioned above.

With science and such a good quality product on your side, you’re bound to start noticing improvements in time, but be patient – these aren’t miracle formulas – you have to wait for biology to play its part.

8. The UK’s Best Razor

The benefits:

This particular beard grooming tool is a little different to the others, as it’s used to add by taking away.

We’re not telling you to shave, of course, but you should always have a high-quality safety razor in your beard grooming kit for tidying and shaping your beard.

Whether you properly care for your neckline and top-line may make or break your beard style, and unless you’re trying for a particularly rugged appearance, you should constantly pay attention to these areas.

What to look for:

This may come as a surprise, but there’s actually quite a lot to look out for when choosing which safety razor to buy.

The weight of the razor plays a big role, as the weight of the razor itself should be doing all of the work for you. Getting a close shave without having to apply much pressure is the goal.

The majority of safety razors feature a simple screw-off top for changing the blade, however a handful include a butterfly top. Instead of a more time-consuming and complicated unscrewing and re-screwing, the butterfly razor’s head pops up and shuts with a single twist.

Butterfly heads make blade swapping considerably simpler, but it really comes down to personal choice.

Our recommendation – Wilkinson Sword Classic Double Edge Premium Safety Razor – £13.29

Wilkinson Sword is one of the biggest names in shaving all around the world.

Only companies of this size are usually able to offer such high-quality tools for such great value.

This double edge safety razor has some excellent weight to it, a handle size that is easy to grip and control, and even comes with 5 refill blades.

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