How to grow a mustache your dad would be proud of
It’s official, Tom Selleck fans, it’s finally time to put your beard where your mouth is and try on the most manly face mask available: the mustache.
While the grooming world has been happy to pay homage to beards for over a decade, this season it’s the nose curtains’ turn to have their moment. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive guide on how to grow a mustache, from picking the right style for you to caring for the beast.
So if your idea of manual labor is chopping veggies without the need for a blender, but at least you want to look like you know your way around a tool shed, here’s how.
Why grow a mustache?
Until recently, growing a mustache was a relic of its time. A trend started by King Charles in the early 1600s, slender mustaches once graced the faces of men around the world, reaching their peak in the 1930s and 1940s, with prominent men such as Clark Gable and Errol Flynn opting for for one at a time on screen and off. Spurred on by Hollywood and the lure of the armed forces, British troops were at one point forced to wear one as part of their uniform.
Maybe it’s due to stylized films like Netflix’s The Nice Guys or Narcos, or maybe because of the new wave of actors who have adopted them – Henry Cavill, James Franco; we blame you. Either way, he’s conquered the style and is now crawling down Main Street, one strand of hair at a time. So don’t let your lip be left behind.
How to grow a mustache
Here’s our five-step guide on how to grow a mustache:
Step 1: Can you grow one?
There are men in this world who were born to have a Hulk Hogan mustache, for example, and those who weren’t. It is important to determine early on in which group your face belongs.
The goal is to have as much work as possible before deciding on a shape or style – it’s like trimming a hedge: you wouldn’t start trimming it until the bush is the right size. .
Step 2: prepare for growth
The main thing that you need to grow a mustache is patience.
Facial hair grows at a rate of around 0.4mm per day, so it may take several weeks before you are ready to begin trimming.
If, however, you can grow a beard relatively easily, after a few weeks you will start to see which direction the hair is growing so you can decide if you want a toothbrush mustache (Tom Selleck), a handlebar (George V ), or something else.
Step 3: The first few days
Persevere through the difficult first steps by keeping your beard clean and even. This will ensure that your facial hair looks good even before you get into mustache growth.
Once the hairs under your nose start to descend on your upper lip, grab the clipper and cut a line to remove stray hairs. Or, if you want handlebars and the higher hair is longer, you can train it on either side to maintain the length.
Ideally, you want the mustache hairs growing just below the nose to be the longest so that they eventually catch up with the hairs on your upper lip.
Step 4: “Tache Time
This is where things get serious. It all depends on the style of mustache you are aiming for and how realistic your growth is.
Five key mustache styles
1. The full package
If you go for a “spot”, you might as well go for it. The full mustache shows commitment, because why do things halfway? You’ll need a good length here – aim for no less than 10mm – and a lot of density to make this work. However, you don’t want it to be overly fashioned – the idea is that it looks natural and unruly. Think of Robert Redford as Butch Cassidy, and you are on the right track.
2. The beard
Grow a beard, then trim everything down to grade one (3mm) with a pair of trimmers, but leave the mustache on for a rugged look with less contrast. It’s a great entry into the world of growing a mustache, and an easy way to taste it before committing to well-shaved cheeks.
3. The pencil mustache
Grow stubble, then use detail trimmers to shave a thin line of hair above your lips to achieve a sleek and refined mustache. It was the favorite look of the Hollywood stars of the golden age, and it is admittedly a little more difficult to achieve today, but it is perfectly possible with a casual attitude.
4. The standard mustache
The mustache you don’t notice – that’s right. There’s no form or dramatic style here, it just looks like it’s always been there. Shave your face every other day for a finer finish.
Mustache care tips
Use the right cutting tools
Depending on the mustache style you have chosen, you will need a good beard trimmer, a pair of facial hair scissors, or a combination of the two. Much like you would with a full beard, once you’ve grown your ‘spot’ to your desired length, trim it every three or four days, making sure any pesky stray hairs are tamed. Always do this when your mustache is dry, as the hair expands and relaxes when wet, then contracting to its original length.
To comb or not to comb
Sure, a hipster screaming mustache comb – and we certainly don’t suggest you use one in public – but for longer styles it’s a useful tool, especially for straightening hair before trimming. It also comes into play when styling, allowing you to evenly spread any wax used while brushing hair in the direction you want.
Mustache wax is not a necessity, but it will add definition to your mustache and give individual hairs a healthy-looking shine. It is always wise to start with a small amount, working the product with a comb and adding more as needed. Go too far and your lip appendix will look greasy and heavy.
Treat it like normal hair
Just like you would with a beard, or even the hair on your head, it’s important to shampoo and condition your mustache regularly. Facial hair is coarse and can become dry if ignored. You should also take care of the skin underneath – for shorter styles, apply a moisturizer to nourish the skin, and with longer whiskers, use a beard oil, which will seep into the hair where a cream. thicker moisturizer wouldn’t. Most importantly, keep it clean. Hair likes clean skin.
To keep your mustache in top condition, here are the products we recommend you keep on hand to keep you looking your best.
A trimmer is what you’ll need to keep your mustache hair at a good length. This will help you trim the hairs along your lip and keep things tidy. You will also find a trimmer particularly handy if you plan to venture further into the world of facial hair, as it is essential for the beard as well.
Facial hair scissors
A small, sharp pair of scissors will be your best friend in shaping your mustache, as long as you’re not happy with the scissors. Keep things neat with a little cut here and there, and get a super precise cut with this mustache mustache product.
To style your mustache, you will probably need a comb, especially when getting ready for a cut. Bonus points for a foldable comb that you can keep in your back pocket for styling on the go.
When it comes to keeping your mustache in place or creating twist ends, you’ll be grateful to have mustache wax. Just a little of this product should create an all-day hold, keeping each of your mustache hairs exactly where you want them.
If your mustache hair starts to get tousled (which it will), use a few drops of beard oil daily and your facial hair should become less coarse. Beard oil will also make your mustache smell great and given that it’s under your nose we’ll call it a big win. Don’t overdo it or you’ll end up with oily skin. If you already have a naturally oily face, you may prefer to use a beard balm instead.
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