Growing a Moustache

The moustache is if nothing else, a bold fashion statement and a very loud stylistic choice. They are rarely seen and they divide opinion even more than hairy chests. Some women love them, and some hate them. At the same time they are also available and in a large range of different styles and looks, and for most men who choose a moustache it is a source of great pride and the object of much care and attention.

As a rule however, sadly the moustache is something that is largely out of fashion. In the eighties it seemed that everyone had one and they were seen on all kinds of movie stars. In particular the actors Tom Selleck and Burt Reynolds who may well have popularised the moustache at this time. Today the moustache is only really seen when used in conjunction with a beard to create a goatee, though many other styles and appearances exist. Here are just a few:

Hungarian – The Hungarian moustache is a large bushy moustache that begins at the middle of the upper lip and is pulled to the side. The hairs are allowed to grow slightly over the lip.

Dali – Named after the painter Salvador Dali for his flamboyant beard that was narrow with large bent curves pointing upwards and away enabling the wearer to twist and play with the ends. Normally the moustache requires gel in order to keep in position.

English – An English moustache begins at the middle of the upper lip and features long whiskers pulled to the side. It is distinct for being narrower than the Hungarian. Normally kept the same length as the lip and around the middle of the area beneath the nose.

Imperial – This style of moustache uses the hairs on the upper cheek as well as the upper lip in order to curl outwards.

Handlebar Moustache – A handlebar moustache is a moustache that appears the same shape as the handlebars of a motorbike being slightly pointed upwards at either side. Normally thick.

Fu Manchu – The Fu Manchu has long downward pointing ends that often go lower than the chin.

Pencil Moustache – This is a narrow and straight moustache that appears as though it has been drawn by a pencil.

Toothbrush – This is a thick moustache but shaved to appear in the centre of the lip. It is now synonymous with both Charlie Chaplin and Hitler. Interestingly it was Chaplin who inspired Hitler’s appearance.

The CG – Named after the musician CG Alin, this is a moustache that could loosely be described as the opposite of the toothbrush – here the middle is shaved and only the ends just past the edges of the lip are allowed to grow.

There are many other styles of moustache however and many will allow theirs to grow naturally or will choose a ‘freestyle’ look where they shave and trim as they see fit. Many of these styles require an awful lot of maintenance involving trimming and shaving, and it is this, along with the reservation of the general public, that makes the moustache something of a members-only club or even a sub culture. This results in competitions and websites revolving around moustache growing, and the World Beard and Moustache Championship is a well recognised event.

While it takes a lot of work, and might bring you some ridicule if you get it wrong, a moustache is a fun way to make your look entirely unique and to help yourself standout, and for many moustache growers it is an important part of their identity. At the same time in many cases it will genuinely help you to look better and can make you look suave or quirky (in the good way) if you choose the right moustache. Many women find Rowan Atkinson attractive as Blackadder and repulsive as Mr. Bean and this is in no small part due to how much his face is improved by a moustache. For some individuals it will help lessen the gap between the upper lip and the nose and bring your features together, while for others it may be used to cover up a mole or scar.

To start growing your moustache you will need to identify which styles you are capable of – as some will not be able to grow a moustache of a certain style as a result of lacking the necessary facial hair. At the same time you need to decide what would fit your face shape – just as you would when getting a haircut. Depending on the type of moustache you are growing you will need small scissors for trimming your hairs to keep them level, and a beard trimmer to shave away the edges and undersides/top. You might also want to invest in a moustache comb depending on how large and how thick your moustache is going to be (this will prevent it looking tangled and messy), or you use something like water or wax to smooth it down (a tip that also works on eyebrows). For more elaborate styles you might even choose to use gel to hold it in place.

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