It’s that time again when those who have been blessed with the ability to grow a full ‘tache do, in support of Movember, while the rest of us look on in quiet jealousy.
Keeping your moustache in check for the month-long fundraiser, started by the Movember Foundation, is crucial though – there’s nothing worse than a poorly-maintained ‘tache. Well, other than a dodgy man-bun, of course.
Thankfully barbershop-quality shaving company The Bluebeards Revenge are here to help with these handy tips. Drink them in.
Removing excess hair
Chances are, your boss won’t take too kindly to you turning up for work looking like you’ve been lost in the forest for months, so a bit of mane maintenance is in order if you’re to keep everyone on side. Movember is the time to wave goodbye to the beard, as when sporting a quirky piece of facial fuzz, you’re going to want it to stand out.
Before you do anything else, trim any unwanted hair down to a manageable length in order to avoid clogging your razor blade to the point of no return. Removing the bulk of it beforehand will make for an easier and smoother shave, which is exactly what you want when you need your moustache to do the talking.
Prior to going in with the razor, slather on a generous layer of pre shave oik and leave to soak for ten minutes or so. This will soften the hairs up and prepare them for your shave, as well as enhancing razor glide and preventing nasty nicks and cuts.
Whip some shaving cream into a lather and apply with a brush, coating and lifting each individual hair, before going in with your chosen razor. Follow up with a good post-shave balm to calm, soothe and moisturise the skin.
Trimming your moustache
In order to ensure that your moustache looks its best, you’ll want to give it a good trim, but first, you’ll need to decide on what sort of look you’re going for, as this will have a bearing on how short you want to go. Once your decision is made, dampen your moustache with a small amount of water and distribute evenly by running a moustache comb through the length, then hold a pair of scissors parallel to the ends of the hair. Trim all the way across, leaving a little extra length than desired – hairs will often appear shorter once dried, and you won’t want to ruin your look by getting too scissor happy.
Once you’re satisfied with the length, shape the top and sides of your moustache as desired with a razor – this stylish replaceable blade straight razor, is a good option, as it allows for a greater level of accuracy and is easier to manoeuvre when there’s limited space to work with.
The finishing touches
For styling your moustache, it’s advisable to invest in a good quality styling wax. Warm a small amount between your fingertips and shape according to your chosen style. Twisting the ends and smoothing outwards and upwards will result in the slickest of styles!
Now that you’ve got the moustache of your dreams (!), it’s all down to the maintenance, but the odd trim every week or so should see you through. Time to get out and about and make some money from your mo’ – remember, it’s for a truly manly cause.
Head over to the official Movember website for information on how you can get involved.
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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.