Movember is here! The month when normally clean-shaven men begin to sport soup strainers, bro-mos, crumb catchers and lip rugs – all for charity, of course.
If you’ve committed to growing facial fur for the month, congratulations! Here are some tips to help you get the very best out of your mo – and to make a statement that few will forget. Because there’s a huge difference between a carefully coiffed tashe, and a lip full of unkempt hair that makes people think you’ve just spent a month surviving in the Amazon.
Different styles of mo
First of all, you need to choose the style of mo you’re going to grow!
There are a number of moustache styles, limited only by your imagination (and possibly your grooming ability and daring!). Some of the leading styles include the Handlebar (aka, the Merv Hughes), the Salvador Dali, the Walrus (Freddie Mercury), the Fu Man Chu (a thinner, tidier Handlebar) and the Chevron (think Tom Selleck).
But no matter which style you go for, it all starts with a plan. You can’t just wing it as you go – any good Movember Mo comes together as a result of a well thought out design … and grooming. Lots of grooming.
Stop the itch!
There’s one thing that unites every mo grower: itching. There are several potential solutions (including “man up” – it’ll be over in a week or so!), but unfortunately it’s a trial and error situation.
Some use gentle soap or shower gel to wash it, then use conditioner to soften. Others swear by using moisturisers to stop your skin from drying out too much and then, so you don’t have to go through the arduous task of shampooing and conditioning everyday, using a warm, damp towel to wipe the moustache.
Less-tache instead of more-stache?
If your fully grown mo leaves you looking more like Orlando Bloom than Tom Selleck, then here are a few tips to try and defy your genetics.
You can start by increasing vitamins A, B1, B3, B6, B12, C in your diet as a nutrient and protein rich diet will help facilitate growth, as will regular exercise, which keeps blood pumping to your face.
Plus, if you’re willing to get unconventional, you could try massaging your upper lip area for 10 minutes with an electric toothbrush. This apparently activates the hair follicles and stimulates growth to the moustache area – or at least leaves you with a really clean upper lip!
Of course, the final word on your Movember mo comes back to style, so you’ll need to invest in a moustache comb and, for extra oomph, a moustache wax to hold the tashe in place. But if your mo doesn’t live up to expectations after the first week or so, persevere – it’ll grow on you!