With the month of Movember now here, men across the country will grow-and-show off their moustaches to raise awareness for men’s health. Originating in Australia in 1999 when a group of guys began growing moustaches for charity in November, this cause has become a worldwide phenomenon that aims to raise awareness for prostate cancer. Movember moustache styles.
As of 2012, 1.1 million people signed up to join Movember, raising close to $95 million alone in the U.S. to help fund research for prostate and testicular cancer. We at Tie Society took it upon ourselves support the cause and to provide you with some tips to help you manage your moustache in all its glory.
Before we get into how to look after your moustache, you need to choose which style suits your face, personality, and image the most. There are a plethora of moustache styles from which to choose. We’ve listed our favorites:
• The most common moustache still out there is The Selleck famously named after Tom Selleck who rocked it on the classic show, Magnum P.I. This style is most appropriate for those of you with thick, coarse, and straight facial hair. You want to give ample time for it to grow to its maximum thickness, and then let the moustache spread out to the corners of your mouth. Then trim it with scissors across so it rest over your upper lip.
• The Pencil is much thinner than The Selleck. This is perfect for those who don’t have an ample mount of facial hair. But be warned, this style is high-maintenance. You want to keep it short and shave the upper and lower parts of the mustache so that it is independent from the upper lip.
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• Tarnished by hipsters, The Handlebar moustache was popular in the 70s when Oakland A’s pitcher Rollie Fingers wore it out on the field. The Handlebar must be bushy and long enough to curve out at the corners. You want to keep the portion below your nostrils short, right above your upper lip, and as you extend out past your nose, the hair should grow longer for you to curl.
• The Western Walrus was made famous by Sam Elliott. This unruly style is long and burly. You want to grow your facial hair out beyond your lips. Once you’ve got a nice beard growing, take a trimmer and buzz off the rest of your beard to leave behind a stretch of hair that extends down past your upper lip down to your jawline. Keep your moustache nice and beefy; once you trim it, you’ll end up looking like Hulk Hogan instead of a dignified cowboy of the Old West.
• Known for his surreal art, Salvador Dali was also known for his moustache. The Dali is a look just as surreal as his art. To achieve this style, you need to have extremely thick hair (or an industrial-sized vat of wax). Shave it below your nose, much like The Pencil. Let the hair grow out long enough so that you can give it a proper shaping. Once it’s long enough, apply maximum-hold moustache wax and twist through as you pull up. You might need to add hairspray to keep it in place throughout the day.
First of all, much like the hair on your head, your moustache should undergo routine cleansing. Throughout your day, debris and food can get trapped within it, often creating a stench right under your nose. By washing your face daily with your regular facial wash, you’ll cleanse away any unwanted bits and oils from your moustache, or facial hair in general. Neutrogena Men Invigorating Face Wash is perfect for a deep cleanse. Its oil-free formula will leave you feeling your freshest without over-drying your skin. In some cases, many of us will suffer from dry skin and ingrown hairs. Dirt and oils get trapped inside pores blocking the natural paths from which hairs stem. With nowhere else to grow, the hairs grown beneath the skin causing ingrown hairs. The solution to this problem is to use a facial scrub several times a week to scrub away any dry skin or dirt out from your pores. Lab Series Invigorating Face Scrub cleanses deep into your pores, releasing any trapped dirt and oil. The scrub contains menthol that encourages blood flow to your face for a healthier look- while leaving your skin feeling icy fresh.
In any case, maintaining your specific style will require the right equipment for maximum precision. A beard trimmer is useful for sculpting out the general shape and length of your moustache. The Gillette ProGlide Styler has a 2-in-1 trimmer that is effective at maintaining the length of your moustache as well as a wet shaving blade for shaving the rest of your face. Manicure scissors will be your best bet for targeting any long, stray hairs. When trying to detail out the shape around your moustache, apply a clear gel to make it easier to see where your razor is making the shave.
Facial hair often leaves your skin dry and flaky beneath your moustache. To avoid this, hydrate any area covered with facial hair regularly with a dedicated moustache or beard hydrator. Personally, we’re fans of Mr. Natty Frank’s Beard Elixir. This blend contains essential oils and minerals with a subtle, yet pleasant scent. Regular facial moisturizers can easily get trapped within the hair and won’t end up reaching the skin to be properly absorbed.
Now it’s time to comb and style your moustache. To ensure that your moustache is kept neat and tidy, loosen any debris and dry skin that may have built up with a moustache comb. A moustache comb differs from a regular comb in that the teeth have a gentle round tip to save you from raking your skin that lies beneath. For whichever moustache style you choose, it will be in your best interest to use a bit of moustache wax. The Mod Cabin Moustache Wax is an all-natural wax with a firm hold (made with beeswax) for long-lasting control and lanolin to moisturize your hair. Moustache wax will keep your handle bar ends perfectly curled and your moustache neat and presentable throughout the day. If not, you might end up with a bit of an unruly mess. So go ahead, style that bad boy and wear your moustache loud and proud.
Don’t just grow a moustache; get involved and visit us.movember.com for more information about how to sign-up and be a part of this worldwide cause for men’s health.
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