What to Do With A Mustache
- by Mike Wargo
Not everyone can pull off a mustache. It’s a sad truth.
Some guys end up looking great, like Nick Offerman. But some end up looking more like Michael Cera. Having said that, it’s still worth every guy’s time to try his damndest. But when you try, there are some things you should know about taking care of that new mustache. Lucky for you, we at Whiskey, Ink, and Lace are here to help you get that stache to the majestic level it deserves.
As your mustache gets longer, eating and drinking become a little more difficult. Now, if you like your steak and whiskey with hairs in it, by all means, leave that mustache as is. But if you don’t want to start coughing up hairballs like a cat, you gotta keep it trimmed. There are a few steps to trimming a mustache that goes as follows.
- Comb your mustache downward with a fine tooth mustache comb. Do this when the hairs are dry. When your hairs are wet, they look longer and you may end up taking off more hairs than you intended.
- Using either mustache scissors or an electric trimmer, cut the hairs along the top of your lip, working from the middle outwards. When doing this, look straight ahead and don’t make any faces.
- Now trim for length. Comb through your stache and cut the hairs on the outside of the comb. When trimming, remember that you can always trim off more, but you can’t add it back.
- Finally, comb through the mustache again and clip any of the hairs you might have missed.
Once your mustache gets long enough, do these steps weekly to keep your mustache looking good and out of your food.
Cleaning & Oiling
A clean mustache is a happy mustache. So it’s important to always have some beard shampoo and beard oil around your bathroom. When you’re showering, clean your mustache at least every two days to get whatever debris you’ve accumulated throughout the day. This won’t just clear out food, but dead skin particles that might get tangled in your mustache. You can use regular shampoo when doing this, but facial skin can be sensitive and can be more prone to acne breakouts, dryness, and irritation. Using beard shampoo will help regulate oil productions and clean the beard.
Then, once you’re out of the shower, take a few drops of oil and rub it into your mustache. It’ll keep your hairs and skin conditioned, hydrated, and healthy.
Another great way to keep that mustache out of your mouth and looking great is to train it, that is to say, comb and wax it. After about 3-4 weeks of growing, start using mustache wax to pull the hair over. After a while, the hairs will naturally fall to the side and it will be much easier to manage. When you use the wax, make sure the hair is completely dry. Rub a bit between your thumb and index fingers to warm it up and make it more malleable. Spread the wax the length of one side of the mustache, then the other. Then comb the mustache to keep it looking neat. If you want to tweak the mustache to an old handlebar style, use a firm hold wax.
Pick Your Style
There are a countless number of mustache styles that you can choose from in regards to your mustache. Standing out and showing the world your personality through your mustache is why you grow one. So style it however you want. But in case you’re not sure where to start, here are some mustache styles that are great options.
The Swanson (a.k.a. the Walrus)
The most simplistic, but easily one of the best. What’s great about the Swanson is the lack of maintenance it requires. The occasional trim once it starts to reach your lip and you’re good to go. The bushier the better.
The Chevron (a.k.a. the Selleck)
Similar to the Swanson, the Chevron is simply grown out and then styled with some mustache wax to pull it to the sides. It’s a little cleaner and less bushy than the Swanson.
Now we’re starting to get a little trickier. The Handlebar has had a bit of resurgence in hipster culture lately and can be seen at many a fancy cocktail bar. Once you’ve got your mustache at a respectable length, you’ll have to spend a good amount of time styling it daily. When it’s dry, comb it to the sides, then use wax to curl the tips upwards. This will take some time training the hairs to get right. When you wear this style, make sure both sides are balanced.
Pretty easy to grow, but sometimes difficult to pull off, the Horseshoe is named after the shape it takes. When growing this particular stache, it’s just easier to grow a full beard and style it from there. Shave the cheeks and chin, then bring the bottoms of the stache to your desired length. You can go for the full Hogan or be like my man Paul Rudd and bring up the bottoms a little (they call it a Dallas mustache). However you wear it, remember: symmetry.
Deceptively simple, the Pencil stache is exactly what it sounds like: a mustache that is pencil thin. This mustache requires a frequent amount of steady trimming, brushing, and waxing. Having a steady hand is important to the trimming of this mustache. One wrong move and you’ve lost that mustache. After trimming, use a mustache comb and wax to create a middle part and push to the sides.
Stache and Scruff
If you’re not confident you can pull off a mustache, try pairing it with some scruff in the form of a goatee or just stubble. Doing this will soften the look of just a mustache and it lets you get used to having the mustache. You style the mustache however you like and trim your face to the desired length.
The journey to a great mustache can be one wrought with difficulty. There may be days where you rethink your mustache and shave off the progress you made. Ignore that impulse. Hide your razors while it's growing. And when it's time to style it, let Whiskey, Ink, and Lace help make your mustache stand out among the crowd.