How To Grow A Killer Moustache This Movember
It’s that time of the year again where men all around the world start sprouting facial hair on their upper lip. Yup, it’s Movember, the movement that’s bringing back the moustache in order to change the way people think about men’s health, especially that of cancer. (Prostate cancer is known to be the most common for men in South Africa.) By 2030, the Movember movement aims to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%.
Growing a moustache for a good cause is great, but they’re also seriously cool right now. Gone are the days of only creepy guys sporting a stache. Now they are seen as masculine and downright sexy. Ready to get in on the stache action?
Growing a mo can be daunting and maintaining it even more so. But it’s easier than you think. Just follow these steps:
Grow A Beard First
A thin line on your upper lip on its own can look rather awkward (and creepy) so focus on growing a beard first and then trim it down when your mo is looking healthy enough to stand on its own. Eat foods that are high in protein, like eggs, chicken, and almonds, which can help your facial hair along.
Trim It & Style It
Trimming a moustache is a walk in the park compared to trimming a beard. Using a beard comb, brush the hairs down over your lip and then use a pair of small, sharp scissors to trim a straight line just on the lip line.
Shave off all the facial hair you don’t want (from your cheeks, around the mouth and along the jawline), styling your moustache to the desired shape. “A beard trimmer will also help shape the edges into the desired style,” says Azeez Jacobs, Men’s Health Fashion & Grooming Editor. Make sure you choose a style that not only suits your face, but allows for the time and effort you want to put in. When shaving, opt for a shaving gel. Gel trumps cream in this instance thanks to its visibility. (Gels are see-through giving you a better idea of what you want to keep and what you want to shave off)
Maintain Your ‘Stache
Don’t just leave your moustache out to pasture. It needs constant attention to keep it looking slick and neat. Depending on your hair growth, trim daily / weekly and give it some beard balm, wax or oil to keep your whiskers in shape, soft and irritation-free. Don’t go overboard – just a drop or two, otherwise you’ll end up looking greasy.
Just like the hair on your head, your moustache will need to be washed on the regular. So be sure to shampoo and condition often to keep things looking (and smelling) fresh.
Unless you are going for the just-got-out-of-bed stubble look, keep the rest of the face clean-shaven to keep the distinction between your stache and the rest of your facial hair strong. Use razor blades for a smooth, clean look.
Don’t Forget Your Facial Grooming
There’s no point in working hard on your mo, only to give up on your grooming routine. To show it off in all its glory, make sure the rest of your face is top notch. Keep up the daily facial grooming, cleansing and moisturising, and make sure the hair on your head is clean and styled – and you’ll be ready to turn heads.
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