Beards have been classic and stylish since before humans started jotting down history. If you wanted a quick way to advertise your status, virility, piety, or wisdom to the other civilizations, you did so with elaborate beards and beard accessories.
An unkempt beard can backfire on your image. However, even ancient Mesopotamians knew the value of using beard oil and other products to maintain well-kept facial hair.
Do you struggle with dry and brittle beard hair? Patchy growth? Flaky and itchy skin underneath your beard growth?
Great news: 103 Collection is the first Black woman-owned vegan beard care line has become available at Target.com!
Transform your beard into the luxurious and silky smooth symbol of positive energy it was meant to be, without the cruelty, exploitation, and harsh chemicals found in other hair styling products at Target.com.
Men's Grooming 101
Grooming is important to health and hygiene. Men's grooming can also have ethnic, cultural, or religious significance. Although they aren't used to signify noble class status anymore, people still see beards as a sign of vitality and cleanliness.
There are millions of grooming products and tip articles to choose from today, many with conflicting information. It's important to sort beard care facts from fiction before buying men's hair care.
Harsh and harmful chemicals can damage your beard more than no hair care at all. Many hair styling products will market themselves for beards, while still using abrasive chemicals like sulfates and isopropyl alcohol.
Beard Care Basics
Beard hair is distinct from your head hair and requires different grooming products. Beards are composed of androgenic hair or hair that grows only after you start puberty.
Androgens (male hormones) are what stimulate androgenic hair growth. This includes body hair on both men and women.
This type of hair tends to be thicker, curlier, and tougher than your head hair. It might also be a darker color and/or have red and gold hues not found anywhere else.
Along with hair, the skin underneath your beard is very different from your scalp. Your beard needs specially formulated washes and oils to keep it from becoming too greasy or dry.
Your facial skin is more sensitive and less oily than your scalp. It requires balanced washes and moisturizers that don't strip your natural oils and then clog your pores.
- Beard Wash
You might be tempted to use your regular shampoo and conditioner on your beard. Even the least harsh products are formulated for your head hair and scalp, however, which is still too harsh for your face and beard.
The shampoo and conditioners that work great on your head can have the opposite effect on your beard and facial skin. Beard vs hair care is just like the difference between baby shampoo and adult shampoo.
Even gentle adult shampoos are generally too abrasive for baby skin. This abrasion can cause skin irritation, breakouts, flakes, and dry, itchy skin and hair.
A specially formulated beard wash will wash out the residue and add hydration back to your hair and skin. This promotes healthy beard growth and shine while alleviating itchiness and dandruff.
- Beard Oil
You can rub oils onto your beard for additional beard maintenance. Beard oil has many benefits:
- Softens tough hairs
- Adds luster and shine
- Moisturizes facial skin underneath
- Increases hair thickness
- Adds pleasing aroma
Vegan beard oils will nourish your beard without leaving a greasy residue. They'll also steer clear of heavy oils that aren't easily absorbed.
These oils clog up your pores and/or cause irritation to the skin underneath. Vegan beard oils, by comparison, are safe even for use on sensitive skin.
Best Beard Products
Are you ready to buy the best beard care at Target.com? What makes a "best" brand stand out from all the other brands?
Many beard hair oils actually dry out and irritate your hair and skin. Many beard washes cause greasiness and flakes.
This comes from the fact large companies will only superficially formulate their products for beard care. In reality, there's little difference between their beard care and their shampoos and conditioners.
Many companies also:
- Neglect black consumers and their hair and skin needs
- Include chemicals with adverse health effects
- Rely on exploitation and cruelty testing
The best brands give back to their communities and give you ethical peace of mind, on top of keeping your beard lustrous and healthy.
Black consumers historically spend much more on hair care products than other consumers, yet products specifically for them are only a small fraction of the market. Shampoos, conditioners, and skincare products not formulated for black skin and hair can be too harsh, heavy, and damaging.
Some mainstream companies do make products for black hair care. But they often contain harmful chemicals linked to adverse health effects, like diabetes and preterm birth.
Researchers found these ingredients in 50 percent of black hair care products. By contrast, they were present in only seven percent of white hair care products.
Not only does 103 Collection offer the best beard care at Target.com, we're also a black woman-owned company that keeps the health, safety, and needs of our black customers a priority. You'll only get ingredients with research-verified benefits from our product line.
Science-Backed Beneficial Ingredients
We make sure you have ingredients with scientifically proven benefits at your fingertips. You can buy beard wash and oil without having to worry about sneaky harmful chemicals other companies add to give the illusion of proper washing and hydration.
Our products consistently use the following ingredients:
- Jojoba oil
- Coconut oil
- Hemp Seed oil
- Tea Tree oil
- Orange oil
- Argan oil
- Shea Butter
Research studies have confirmed the advantages of these ingredients for skin and hair. Some may even have additional benefits, but are waiting on repeated testing to verify.
Unlike sulfates and alcohol with rough drying agents, these natural ingredients work with your body's own processes. They reduce bacteria and inflammation while hydrating your skin and hair cells. They're also easily absorbed and add protective layers to keep your hair and skin healthy and damage-free.
Jojoba oil contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agents. It's used as a moisturizing ingredient for skin and hair. It can also alleviate acne and skin lesions.
Coconut oil contains antimicrobial and antifungal agents. It protects skin and hair by providing a barrier against irritants. It's also a powerful moisturizer still gentle enough for baby skin.
Hemp oil contains antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory properties. It hydrates skin while reducing the effects of skin aging. It can also reduce symptoms in skin conditions like eczema, acne, and psoriasis.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil contains antiseptic properties along with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents. It moisturizes dry skin and soothes itchiness. It also prevents oily and irritated skin and reduces acne and dandruff.
Orange oil contains antimicrobial and antioxidant agents. It even inhibited cancer cell growth in test tubes. Along with its popularly fresh scent, it helps gently cleanse, moisturize, and tone your skin because it packs a lot of Vitamin C. It also adds shine and reduces flakiness in hair.
Argan oil contains a high dose of antioxidants. It can help reduce aging and boost the elasticity of the skin. It also improves hair health and can even help repair the damage from harsh hair coloring chemicals more effectively than standard conditioners.
Shea butter is one of the best natural moisturizers to exist. It originates from the African shea tree and has been used for skin and hair health by African tribes for centuries. Queen Cleopatra prized shea butter as part of her beauty regime.
Bonus: allergic reactions to shea are rare, even for people with nut allergies.
Vegan and Cruelty-Free
Animal testing isn't required by the FDA to determine if products are safe for human use. Many mainstream hair brands continue to use animal testing. However, scientists worldwide stress that such testing is not necessary for modern beauty products. Despite this, the beauty industry as a whole is still plagued with cruel animal testing labs, even in countries where such testing is prohibited.
These labs subject animals to physical pain and mental distress in inhumane living conditions. Most animals are put to death after the experimentation ends.
Our vegan beauty products skip sulfates and animal testing. We don't believe in profiting from the cruelty and exploitation of the helpless.
Get the Best Vegan Beard Care at Target.com Today!
Your beard doesn’t have to be dry, flaky, or come with irritated skin. The best beard care will keep your beard healthy and healthy-looking without any unnecessary cruelty or chemicals.
Check out our vegan beard care products today at Target.com! Whether you need to transform your beard, treat your hair, reverse skin damage, or search for men's grooming gift ideas, we have all the premium selections you need at affordable prices.