Growing facial hair is commonly associated with a sense of manliness. Perceived visually over time to be a sign of being more masculine as compared to clean shaven men, the trend of growing facial hair has risen to prominence significantly over the past few years.
Movember is an annual event which takes place globally and involves growing moustaches during the month of November. Its purpose is to raise awareness on prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s suicide. If you plan to grow a moustache in support of Movember or already have one, here are tips to grow it perfect.
Maintain Healthy Skin
The growth of facial hair relies on nutrients to stay healthy. As facial hair grows longer, follicles are constrained by the size of the hair and restrict the supply of nutrients to the hair strand. As a result, facial hair ends up becoming dry and brittle.
In order to maintain a healthy supply of nutrients to your moustache, you should take good care of the skin underneath it. Use a moisturiser for shorter styles, and beard oil for longer moustaches to maintain healthy skin.
To enable proper absorption of these vitamins, you should make positive changes to your regular diet and consume foods with the required supplements. Some of these suggested foods include lean meats, nuts, egg yolk, milk, and leafy greens which possess natural properties that help stimulate the growth of facial hair.
Have the Right Tools
To help achieve your selected look with precision, you would require a few essential trimming tools. However, it is important to identify the moustache style which suits your facial features best before picking out these tools. A Handlebar or English moustache would suit a narrow face best, while a Horseshoe moustache would be better for rounder faces.
Some of the tools needed to help shape your moustache include a trimmer, moustache scissors, as well as a moustache comb. As soon as it has grown to the desired length, use either the trimmer or moustache scissors to trim every 3-4 days, ensuring that stray hairs are tamed. For longer styles, a moustache comb can be used to straighten out stray hairs before trimming.
Fix a Moustache Care Routine
If you have mastered the basics of moustache care and styling, figure out a regimented routine and stick by it. This routine should be focused on three main components - cleansing, moisturising and brushing.
Begin the day by washing your moustache. Using face scrub will allow you to remove dead skin cells which build up in your moustache, particularly during the early stages. Then, depending on your moustache length, apply either moisturiser or beard oil to provide it with adequate moisture. Finally, give your moustache a thorough combing. An uncombed moustache usually grows out to form curved bends of facial hair on your face. Combing will enable your moustache to grow out evenly with minimal trimming. As the months progress, you will notice that the hairs will smoothen out and settle down.
Use Moustache Wax
Whether you’re looking to sport straightforward or complicated moustache styles, opt to use a moustache wax for styling. This is because moustache wax allows you to hold the twizzled ends of your facial hair in place, ensuring that your moustache stays neat and styled throughout the day. Using moustache wax early on in the growth stage will condition your moustache from extending into your mouth.
The key to achieving a desired moustache look is allowing it to grow to its full potential, building a foundation of what you can work with in terms of styling. Remember to be patient and stay consistent, as taking the time to care for and nurture your moustache would allow you to achieve the perfect look.