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Proper beard washing and conditioning are both important for any man who grows facial hair, regardless of length. But despite this hygiene necessity, too few men know how often they should wash or condition their beards. Many men think that washing their beard and throwing on a conditioner every day is the way to go, but this can actually have a negative impact on your beard.

What Over-Washing Does

Over-washing your beard is, unfortunately, a common habit that too many men follow. While it’s appropriate to rinse your beard daily with water (preferably when you take your daily shower), using shampoo and/or conditioner on your beard every day can lead to several negative side effects.

In a nutshell, your beard naturally benefits from oils that your skin produces. These natural body and hair oils play key roles in maintaining the structural integrity and texture of your beard. Of course, these oils can also eventually build up and lead to clogged pores or greasy looking hair. That’s why it’s important to wash your beard every now and again.

Washing away all of the oils too often, however, can have the opposite effect. Doing this can dry out your beard and the skin beneath your facial hair. Your beard hairs will become easier to break and will appear crunchy or have an excess of split ends. Your skin might feel dry and flaky and you may experience a sudden upturn in dandruff. All-in-all, over-washing your beard can lead to unhealthy facial hair even if you're trying to keep things from getting too dirty.

Short or Long Beard?

So, how often should you wash and condition your beard? That depends on what style, and how much facial hair you have. Below we break down the differences in beard care routines for bosses with short and long beards.

Short Beard Frequency
Men with short beards can actually get away with washing and conditioning their beard more often, although they still shouldn’t because of the possible side effects we talked about previously. Short beards don’t trap in conditioner or shampoo the same way that longer beards do, so your face shouldn’t dry out too bad if you use a soap designed for beards every day. However, we still wouldn’t recommend it, as any extra drying can damage your skin and individual hair strands. But it’s still a good idea to wash your beard at least once a day with regular water during your shower, then follow the same washing and conditioning guidelines that men with longer beards do.

Long Beard Frequency
If you have a long beard, the natural body oils that your face produces are extra important. You have more hair to go around, and the oil that your face produces needs to reach all of your hair strands all the way to their tips in order to impart their health benefits.

That means you need to be very careful when washing and conditioning your beard every week. Doing it too often will strip away those healthy oils and leave your beard less impressive than it could be.


Generally speaking, you’ll want to use the same shampoo that you use for your head hair on your beard. This shampoo is usually formulated to be gentler than regular soap, which can damage your hair or skin cells and dry out the skin of your face. We recommend grabbing some of our Bossman Beard, Hair, and Body soap to avoid drying out your beard.

When shampooing your hair, aim for a maximum of 3 to 4 times per week for a longer beard. This gives your facial hair oils time to replenish themselves and still scrubs away the majority of extra oil and grits that can get trapped in your beard hairs from regular daily activities.


Conditioner doesn't strictly wash out your beard hair but instead provides key nutrients that can help your beard grow strong and long. It also helps moisturize both the hairs on your beard and face. Thus, conditioner can be thought of as a supercharger or booster, preserving the integrity and look of your hair and making it softer to the touch.

Boss-tip: Conditioner does remove some dirt and oil from your face and facial hair. Because of this, it’s a good idea to follow the 3 to 4 times per week rule for conditioner as well. Thankfully, this just makes following a conditioning schedule a little easier: simply use beard shampoo and conditioner on the same days each week and you won’t accidentally over apply either product.

At Bossman, we make products specifically for bosses with beards. Our Fortifying Beard Conditioner replenishes, softens, and protects your beard from any daily routine thanks to its natural ingredients and excellent formula. Natural oils like avocado oil, argan oil, and mango butter are all packed in to help make sure your beard is hydrated, hearty, and healthy.

Keep an eye on the ingredients as well. Products packed with all ingredients will keep you from rubbing at any harsh chemicals or synthetic elements into your beard or skin cells. These natural ingredients also do a great job of moisturizing your pores and preventing your skin from drying out.

When it comes to scent, Bossman is the best of the best. Our flagship scent is Stagecoach, but you can also pick up a four-pack that comes with a bottle of each major scent: Stagecoach, Magic, Hammer, and Gold. Each of these has the same major ingredients and only really differ in their smell, meaning you'll benefit from every bottle for a long time to come. It's great value for the money, especially when you consider the money back and lifetime guarantees that Bossman includes with every one of their products.

Ultimately, it's a good idea not to over saturate your beard shampoo and conditioner no matter how healthy the ingredients reportedly are. Maintaining a healthy face and facial hair are both key to maximize your attractiveness and enjoy your facial hairstyle as you like it.

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