How to grow a mustache: A great way to alter once look is by growing a whisker. Mustaches were always trendsetters in the styling industry right from the 1930s. Though this fashion was seen as the downfall in the 1970’s, unexplainably having a whisker is back in style.
Hence this article will help those guys who are tired of waiting for the mustache to grow in or is not sure of what mustache style to choose.
The article mainly provides tips that aid in a faster mustache growth process and also helps guys choose the whisker based on the face shape.
How To Grow a Mustache?
Stage 1: Can you grow one?
Most of the men in this world are classified into two groups, one that was born to grow a mustache, Hulk Hogan, for example, and two one that was not born to have a whisker. Every man needs to establish as to which group they belong to.
If a man already has a beard, he can have a head start. If one doesn’t, grow one. This will aid in avoiding the awkwardness in-between stage and will also help in revealing any patchy areas that could be a problem later on.
Stage 2: Growing the whisker out.
The following steps effectively help in accelerating the growth of a whisker.
- Grow out the beard first.
The hair on top of the lip can look a little thin at first to avoid some initial awkwardness, consider growing out all the facial hair initially and then trim the rest of the beard off when the whisker is thicker or progressively trim everything except the mustache to make the transition less abrupt.
Note: Trim and maintain the beard while one nurtures the soon-to-be mustache.
- Invest in a quality trimmer.
It’s a good idea to invest in a beard trimmer when one is sculpting the facial hair, as this is seen to simplify the process. It is seen that the mustache can be accurately shaped with the aid of an electric trimmer than with a basic razor.
A decent rechargeable beard trimmer can be owned for $15-20 from any of the retail stores or from many online sources. They are seen to come with a variety of guard shapes and sizing options, which is seen to simplify the mustache trimming procedure.
- Trim the excess facial hair that one doesn’t intend to have.
The basic mustaches predominantly extend just a little down to the sides of the mouth, leaving the hair above the lip untouched. A basic mustache is obtained by shaving off any facial hair that one doesn’t intend to keep. This includes all the facial hair present on the cheeks, under and along the jaw, and around the mouth, excluding the lip top.
After trimming the basic shape that a guy intends to have, the mustache needs to be left alone. The facial hair trimming needs to be continued regularly to keep the mustache stand out in comparison to the rest of the beard hair.
It’s a common practice to have a mustache that’s a little longer than the rest of the facial hair. this is a half-beard, half-mustache that is seen to suit best for both worlds.
- Be patient with the facial hair growth.
Even though the facial hair may grow quite swiftly, it may take several weeks to over a month to grow in fully, depending on the type of mustache one intends to sport and the speed that the beard grows in. hence refrain from rushing into it.
Trimming the beard regularly does not cause it to grow back thicker. But is often a way to convince guys with bad-looking facial hair to shave off that peach fuzz and to wait till a thicker whisker grows out.
Maintaining a diet high in protein, saturated fat, and Vitamins A, E, and C, getting enough exercise and rest, and keeping the face clean and well-groomed, is seen to enhance the facial hair growth in men.
Stage 3: Styling the mustache.
The following pointers effectively aid in enhancing the mustache styling.
- Choose a style that suits the face shape.
Not all mustache styles suit all types of faces and hair. Pay attention to the way the facial hair growth and note down the place where the hair is most thick. There is no use in trying a Fu-Machu if the hair doesn’t stay thick all the way down the sides of the mouth.
Note: To see how a mustache might look on ones face, try editing one’s picture in Photoshop by adding a fake mustache. Alternatively, one can also ask for the opinion of friends and family. If neither of the routes is possible, One can simply look in the mirror and imagine one’s face with the mustache of one’s taste.
- Choose a shorter style.
Shorter mustache styles suit men with very coarse, thick, and dark hair. As the style and the hair are shorter, these styles are seen to better highlight the thicker and coarser hair. Try out the following short mustache styles:
#1: The pencil: A pencil mustache looks as if it is drawn thinly on top of the lip with a make-up pencil. To trim this one needs to follow the upper lip line with a trimmer, carefully removing the hair between the nose and the lip, until a thin line is left. The mustache should end at the corner of the upper lip or just beyond. This mustache was famously sprouted by innumerable silent film villains, John Waters, and R. Kelly.
#2: The Fu Manchu: This classic whisker style features a slim pencil-like mustache that begins at the upper lip, but continues down the sides of the face until reaching the bottom of the jaw and sometimes beyond that just like a stereotypical Chinese philosopher. Predominantly termed as the “horseshoe” shaped stubble that is grown slightly bushier and wider and was predominantly worn by retired famous wrestler Hulk Hogan.
#3 The boxcar: A fairly simple mustache that ends just a bit before it reaches the corner of the lip. One needs to leave the mustache alone to trim it, but the whisker needs to be trimmed at a straight line perpendicular to the corner of the lip so that the hair ends just before it to give it a perfect rectangle. Avoid going too short or one will end up with a toothbrush mustache. This whisker style was prominently worn by Adolf Hitler and Robert Mugabe.
- Choose a longer style.
If one intends to try out a bushier, burlier mustache, one should have a somewhat coarse straight hair. Thin hair is seen to grow long, but is seen to fail to “bush up,” and sometimes end up hanging over the lips like a walrus tusk that feels annoying. If a guy has got the right kind of hair for a longer whisker, he can consider the following longer stubbles:
#1: The English, Imperial or Handlebar: An English-style mustache that sports to provide a Victorian novel look. To style, this one needs to stop trimming the mustache just above the corner of the mouth and let it grow out some to a point. Later, using a mustache wax, the longer hair needs to be twirled at the corner up, into a curl.
#2: The Walrus: A walrus is a suited mustache style for outdoorsmen, rhinoceros hunters, and men who throw or know to throw tomahawks. To grow a walrus, one needs to shave the cheeks, leaving the mustache alone. Refrain from trimming until it drives one absolutely nuts. The famous personality known to sport this whisker style is Theodore Roosevelt.
Note: This whisker style is generally not recommended for beginners.
#3: The Selleck: Named after the famous TV personality Tom Selleck, this mustache is also sometimes known as “pornstar.” Shaped essentially like a walrus, pointing down at the corners, gently, the Selleck is full from lip to the nose but trimmed to avoid hanging over the lips.
- Experiment with combo styles.
Even though many mustache styles are widely available, the truth of the matter is that growing a stubble is largely about getting creative in the mirror with the beard trimmer. If the experimented whisker style suits a guy, it’s not wrong. Try the following combinations the next time one shaves to see what works. If it doesn’t suit one can always shave the mustache off.
#Goatees or circle beards are Fu Manchus or handlebar whiskers that connect on the chin. Just shave the cheeks and under the neck.
#Mutton chops connected directly to the bristles give a vaudevillian or Civil War vibe as one has just waltzed out of a photograph or Brooklyn.
# Try a straight whisker, with some deep-set five o’clock shadow and a soul patch if a guy wants to look like an out of work actor.
- Maintain trimmed ends.
The mustache grooming depends on the whisker type, some of the whiskers require more maintenance than others. But a combination of washing, waxing, combing, trimming or shaving will most probably be part of the daily regiment if one wants a fully grown mustache to live a full, well-worn life.
Note: Trim the whiskers with mustache scissors every day to once a week, depending on the whisker type. Post a month of trimming the mustache weekly, one will estimate how much facial hair to chop off in each trimming process.
- A proper grooming regimen needs to be followed to keep the face clean.
Try to wash the face with a natural foaming cleanser each morning and before hitting the bed. This will aid in keeping not only keeping the face clean but will also help in a hassle-free brushing and waxing. All facial hair types will tend to keep the natural body oils and dirt trapped against the skin, this is seen to lead to breakouts in many men. It’s pivotal to keep the facial hair clean and well-groomed to maintain a healthy skin.
- Shape the whiskers.
Some whisker styles involve a bit of practice and a lot of wax, while other styles can be maintained or shaped only with the aid of a comb. If a guy is building a bountiful handlebar or a polished pencil, he will probably need to comb, twist, trim and even shave regularly in order to maintain the particular style.
Post a face wash or shower, apply a pea-shaped amount of mustache wax to the middle of the mustache with a finger. Then, lightly work the wax outwards, covering the entire mustache. Finally, use a comb to get the stache fully saturated.
Use a beard comb with smaller and finer teeth to comb the mustache. Use a small dab of natural beard oil to wet the tiny teeth of the comb, this tends to lubricate the hairs and train them into place.
Start combing from the cleft under the nose, combing outwards towards the corner of the lip and down.