Nine expert tips to grow and maintain a moustache
Learn how to pamper your man hair.
There’s no denying there’s something manly about moustaches. It’s that one facial adornment that instantly confers maturity to the most baby faced visages. Whether you’re growing one for Movember or simply trying to hide a rose bud pout, the fact is that they’re on trend at the moment. Whatever your ‘tache of choice, from a full-on Magnum, a horseshoe or a simple after-eight, an impressive Mo takes time to train and manage. Check out the nine grooming rules to make the best of your manly style.
Consider your face shape
The thing with moustaches is that they are very individual. What works on Anil Kapoor or John Travolta may not necessarily look good on you. Mos are personal like your sunglasses and sneakers and it’s all about finding the right shape and balance for it to look great. Start by taking your face shape into account. If you have a square face, opt for a heavy mustache with the ends extending beyond the corners of your mouth to give it a slightly downward look. However, if your face is more oval, go with a slightly triangular shape with medium thickness.
Clean and scrub
Like the hair on your head, your moustache needs to be regularly cleaned. Nothing is more grungy and disgusting than a stinky, grimy and bedraggled Mo. Just as product build up can make the hair on your head dull, food, drink (and spit) can build up leaving an unpleasant odor. So what’s a guy to do? Remember to scrub all facial hair well with your regular facial wash like Nivea For Men Advanced Whitening Dark Spot Reduction 10 In 1 Face Wash or Dove Deep Pure Face Wash.
Time it right
So you’ve decided to grow a ‘tache. In the early days the best way to trim it is with a trusty pair of clippers or a beard trimmer like Philips QT4005-15 Pro Advanced Trimmer. However, a month down the line, you should graduate to a pair of quality facial hair scissors like Roots Basic Hairdressing Scissors to trim around the mouth. If the moustache is luxurious enough you should also deploy a ‘tache comb like Faces Grooming Comb along with a wax formula like Schwarzkopf Osis Flexwax Cream Wax. This will keep give it definition and fill out scraggly gaps. Remember, a little goes a long way. Warm it between your fingers thoroughly before applying.
Shampoo (and condition)
Anyone who has sported a four-day beard knows that facial hair tends to be very coarse. If it stays long enough on your face it can cause skin dryness and itching, so the best way to keep your Mo soft and clean is to use a little two-in-one shampoo and conditioner on it when you wash your hair. Your regular shampoo will do. Nykaa suggests Dove Hair Fall Rescue Shampoo 650ml + Dove Hair Fall Rescue Conditioner.
Trim when it’s dry
Unlike your hair that is cut when it’s wet, always trim a dry moustache. The reason? Wet hair is heavier and hangs longer so if you cut it when it’s wet, it’s going to look much shorter than you intended when it dries and retracts. Oh damn!
If you want to be known as the moustache man you have to invest in a moustache comb like Kent Authentic Handmade Beard & Moustache Comb – 70mm.This useful, nifty tool evenly distributes moustache wax, helps you part your moustache in the middle and also comes in handy when you want to trim strays. Use the comb to lift hair to make cutting easier. Useful tip: Always angle the comb in the same direction as your lips.
Learn to like your stubble
This is a particularly useful tip especially for beginners still getting used to that line of fuzz on the upper lip. Try growing the moustache longer. Then shape it with a beard trimmer and shave the rest of your beard down to a stubble so that you ‘tache is surrounded by a stubbly beard.
Learn how to twirl
Those twirly ends aren’t the purview of those warrior types in Rajasthan alone! Master the perfect upturned points on your moustache with a pinch of moustache wax. Simply rub between your thumb and index finger and twirl the ends with a technique akin to snapping your fingers.
Moisturize under it
Like the skin on your scalp, the upper lip is also prone to dryness and itching. In fact the skin underneath your Mo can become exceptionally dry as hair draws moisture from skin. To prevent moustache dandruff, moisturize the skin under your moustache daily using your fingertips. The moisturizer you normally use on your face will do. Just ensure it isn’t super greasy because that can make your Mo go all limp. Nykaa suggests L’Oreal Paris Men Expert White Activmoisturising Fluid SPF 20 PA+++ or Kaya Whitening Moisturizer With SPF 15 – For Men. Also, remember to rinse your face well after using face wash or shampoo because product residue can cause itching.