I need some advice on products I can use on my beard, because using beard oil is going to drive me to the poor house.
So, my beard
has hit terminal length (I think) after 18 months of growing out. I'm wanting to keep it healthy and happy. So far, the best product I've found to use on it after washing is beard oil, but it seems to run about $20/oz consistently across various brands, and the amount I need to use to truly nourish it properly will have me buying a new vial basically monthly, based on experimentation.
Full regimen: I use a color-depositing shampoo (to keep the grey from being totally dominant), and cheap-as-shit Suave conditioner, and do this every 3 days or so (because washing every day was too often). I use the beard oil after every actual washing, although not nearly in the quantity I should be using it because $pendy. I also use just the conditioner again on the not-the-next-day-after-washing because my beard feels like it needs some kind of nourishing at that point. By the 3rd day, it feels like it needs washing, so I wash it again.
So, I guess I'm asking... are there better conditioners I could use to help my beard feel nourished and healthy? Or after-washing products that aren't beard oil that might be worth considering? I've tried using the classic "hot oil treatment" on the beard -- the results were entirely unsatisfying and annoying. (You think having untamable, flyaway hair is bad? Try having that hang off your face!)
I'm not looking to change my shampoo just yet. 46 is a bit of a young age to have an entirely grey beard, and while I'm not interested in the dye-job look, I am okay with the somewhat natural salt-and-pepper look the color-depositing shampoo gives me.
But damn, I want my beard to feel soft and silky and smooth and to hang nicely, the way the beard oil makes it feel when I use it in appropriate quantities. I just... can't see spending $20/month on product for my face fur.