10 Expert Tips For Growing & Maintaining A Moustache

Whether you’re growing one for Movember or just because they’re all the rage right now (the mustache is the new beard, don’t you know?), a ‘spot takes time to train and needs a little attention if it’s to look its best.

And who better to give advice on mustache maintenance than ten guys who either have one or tend to it for a living (and in some cases both)?

1. Get your timing right

“The easiest way to trim your mustache at first is with clippers or beard trimmers, but after three to four weeks switch to a quality pair of facial hair scissors to trim around the mouth.

This is also the time to start using a mustache comb, along with a bit of wax. These will help shape your mustache, but also even out it, helping to fill in any gaps and keep it from looking fluffy.

Michael Beardsley, stylist at Pall Mall Barbers in London and owner of a beautifully groomed mustache.

Men's mustache scissors from Tweezerman and Swissco

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2. Get scrubbed

“I always recommend using a good facial scrub to remove any unwanted food or dead skin cells that collect in your mustache, especially at first.”

Liverpool bearded barber, Peter ‘Cut Throat Pete’ Cranfield.


3. Shampoo and conditioner

“Facial hair can be very coarse which can make your skin dry and itchy – so try using a small two-in-one shampoo and conditioner to keep your mustache clean and conditioned.”

Kate Wingrove, director of Trevor Sorbie salons in London and Brighton.

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4. Cut when dry

“Don’t try to trim a wet mustache. Wet hair is heavier and hangs longer. When it dries and shrinks, you may find that you’ve trimmed too much.

Chris Martin, author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Beard and Mustache Management.

5. Give him some wax

“I try to keep my ‘Mo’ as natural as possible, but I understand that a little maintenance is needed from time to time. For special occasions, I might give my ‘spot a little treat and pull out the mustache wax to give it some definition.

My favorite is the Captain Fawcett Sandalwood Mustache Wax – it smells very manly and a little goes a long way. Warm up thoroughly between your fingers before applying.

Former Royal Marine Commando, owner of Salt ‘n’ Pepper’ stain and founder of British grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge, David Hildrew.

Captain Fawcett Mustache Wax - Sandalwood

6. Comb your hair

“A mustache comb is a great investment if you’re growing a Mo. Not only can you use it to evenly distribute mustache wax and help part your mustache down the middle, it’s also a useful aid when trimming. chopped off.

Use the comb to lift your stained hair – this will make cutting with scissors much easier – and angle the comb in the same direction as your lips.

Brendon Murdock, founder of super cool Murdock London barbers.

Handmade mustache combs for men from Murdock London and Kent Brushes

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7. Don’t be afraid of stubble

“If you’re worried about the look of a standalone mustache, try growing it longer, shape it with a beard trimmer, and shave the rest of your beard down to a number two or three so your spot be surrounded by thatch.”

Mustachioed model Chris Camplin (below).

Chris Campin

8. Match your month to your face shape

“It’s crucial to consider your face shape when choosing a mustache style. Not everyone can sport the “Tom Selleck” or a pencil mustache, so be sure to strike a balance between your face shape and the style you choose.

If you have a square face, go for a thick and longer mustache and if you have an oval face, go for a medium-width style with a slightly triangular shape.

Asgar Saboo, creative director at Daniel Galvin.

Movember.com Mustache Styles

9. Know how to twirl

“To get flip points on your mustache, take some mustache wax, rub between your thumb and index finger, and twist the end with a technique similar to snapping your fingers.”

Allan Peterkin, author of A Thousand Barbs: A Cultural History of Facial Hair.

10. Stay hydrated!

“The skin under a mustache can become exceptionally dry as the bristles draw moisture from the skin, allowing it to evaporate. To avoid ‘dandruff spots’, moisturize the skin under your mustache daily with your fingertips.

Also, be sure to rinse thoroughly after washing, as residue from facial cleanser, shampoo, or shower gel can irritate the skin and make dryness worse.

Lee Kynaston (yes, that last one is mine).

Bluebeards Revenge Refreshing Moisturizer

The Mustache Lookbook

Finally, let’s end with a lookbook of excellent mustaches, gathered on the web:

Men's Mustache Lookbook

To be involved

Are you involved in Movember this year? If so, what type of task will you be heading for? Maybe you sport a mustache all year round and have a great tip to share? Let us know using the comments box below…

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