If you are thinking of grooming yourself and appearing manlier, growing a mustache is a good idea. It has actually become a trend these days, but if you’re growing it for the first time, you’ll need some advice on how to improve and maintain it. However, one thing that you should keep in mind is that growing a mustache needs patience and some know-how regarding the style. If you want to know about how to grow a mustache in detail, go through the following steps:
1. Can you grow a mustache?
Growing a mustache sometimes takes time, even if you have fast growing facial hair. If you leave your face unshaved for five or six days, you’ll notice you have started to grow a mustache. However, that is not a mustache and to grow and maintain a nice one, you’ll have to grow a thick one that can be shaped appropriately. Hence, you can’t start working on a mustache that is too light and just looks like something drawn by a pencil. Grow a thicker mustache that reaches the top of your upper lip and then, you’ll be ready to shape it the way you want.
2. Choose a shape
Mustaches can be grown in different sizes and shapes, and your task is to choose the one that suits your face. If you have a prominent nose or a fuller face, you are all set to grow a fuller mustache. However, if you have a narrow face, you can try growing a wide mustache. Mustaches are of different types, which are as follows:
- Handlebars: These are thick mustaches with thin pointed ends.
- Chevron: It is a broad and thick mustache and was popular in the 70s and 80s.
- English: It has a unique look with long whiskers and is narrower at the upper lip.
- Fu Manchu: This mustache grows downwards at both ends, just like you see on stereotyped Chinese people in movies.
- Dali: It is a very thin mustache with pointy ends.
- Horseshoe: This mustache has vertical growth that goes to the jawline from the corners of the mouth.
- Pencil: This mustache is present just above the upper lip and is very thin.
- Pyramid: It has a wide base, but the top that reaches the nose is narrow.
- Toothbrush: This is a thick one and was grown by Charlie Chaplin and Adolf Hitler.
- Walrus: This is a very thick and bushy one and comes over the mouth.
- Imperial: This mustache is a thick one, which joins the beard at the cheeks and curls upwards.
So, these were the basic types of mustaches. There are more, but we have mentioned the basic ones. Your task is to choose the one that suits your facial features.
3. Do nothing and let the mustache grow
Yes, the next step is to do nothing for some time while the mustache grows. Some experts recommend that you should shave your entire face when you want to grow a particular type of mustache. If you’re growing it for the first time, you’ll feel weird as you’ll wonder what’s growing above your lips. The idea is to wait four to five weeks for the mustache to be fully grown. Meanwhile, you can shave your beard after two weeks if you want to.
4. Gather all the supplies
To shape your mustache properly, you need to have all the necessary supplies. You should have soap, scissors, a disposable razor, a little comb, and a mustache wax for this purpose. If you don’t have a good lighting arrangement in your washroom, you should arrange for it too. To get a proper view of your mustache, fix the bulbs above the mirror in the washroom.
5. Get started
Now that you have made all the necessary arrangements for shaping your mustache, you are ready to give it the shape you desire. We also recommend using a face scrub to make your skin feel fresh and ready. Dry your mustache; never cut it when it’s wet as wet hair looks longer and is heavier. If you cut your mustache when it’s wet, you’ll trim it too much and end up having a short and trimmed one. Now comb your mustache using a small comb that is specially used for this purpose.
6. Shape your mustache
The next step is to shape your mustache according to the style you have chosen. Grab the scissors and trim down the uneven hair. After you have cut all the unequal and errant hair, you can use a trimmer to bring the mustache to shape. If you want a handlebar, trim the sides so that they look longer.
7. Final touches
After you have achieved the desired shape, it’s time to give your mustache a style so that it remains like that for the whole day. The key to a well-maintained mustache is using a mustache wax. Take a very small quantity of this wax and apply it to your mustache using a comb. If you are going for a handlebar type, you can use your fingers to apply the wax to the ends. This will make it easier to twirl your mustache into the shape you want. Always find good products because if you use something unreliable, you’ll end up having an itchy and irritated skin above your lips.
Growing a mustache doesn’t only involve cutting, trimming, and shaping it. Keeping it clean and maintaining it are also important things to be considered. Your mustache can get dirty if you don’t care for it the way it should be. Scrub your mustache properly at least once or twice in a week. You can use the beard or mustache washes that contain a conditioner so that your facial hair remains shiny. You can also use your face wash to clean your mustache, but don’t use soap as it can dry out the skin beneath the mustache. Use a beard or mustache hydrator to keep the skin moist and healthy.