The status of the moustache in society has enjoyed a long journey, full of ups and downs. Over the course of history, men with facial hair have been credited various attributes such as wisdom, sexual virility, masculinity and technical proficiency in all things. Equally, the moustache has fallen on less illustrious times and it’s popularity dwindled for a while, a result of being sported by some notorious dictators of the world. That said, the moustache has proven itself to be resilient and just when people thought they had been hung up in the dusty mop cupboard of history, a cultural revolution swung the pendulum back and ushered in a new day for moustaches. Long live the moustache!
If you’re one of those gents who participated in Movember and want to keep your MO, or regularly sport a Mo, here are a few tips on how to show it some respect, give it a little TLC and wear it proud.
Shampoo regularly. As fetching as they are, moustaches collect all sorts of things; and no matter how fine the food, it doesn’t belong in your Mo. Ever.
Moustache hair is coarse and benefits from regular conditioning. Work a dollop of conditioner into your Mo then rinse thoroughly. It will make your hairy journey that bit softer, for both you and your intimate friends.
Wash your face with a hot towel to steam and cleanse the skin under your moustache as it can suffer from drying and itching. No one wants that.
Stylin’ that Mo
- Invest in the right tools for the job. A man committed to serious moustachery should have the following: a pair of barber scissors for precise trimming, a set of clippers for uniformity, a fine-toothed comb for guidance, a large mirror for a good view, a trusty razor, a steady hand and a determined mind.
- Dampen the moustache hair to trim – wet hair is easier to cut, but dry hair is easier to trim. It is important to note that wet hair does bounce up when dry. You’ve been warned.
- Using a fine-toothed comb, gently rake your moustache so the hairs all run in one direction. Rein in any strays that walk to the beat of their own drum.
- Using the barber scissors, trim the long or stray hairs on the outer edge and bottom line of your moustache. You may wish to use your comb to restrain your Mo while you snip away. Remember to trim conservatively – you can always go over it again.
- Run the clippers over the body of the Mo to get a consistent and even level of bush and bounce.
- Foam up, then run a sharp razor along the outer edge and make that Mo stand out.
- For more outlandish styles, use a fine and appropriate moustache wax to shape the remaining hair into place.
Foods to Approach with Caution
- Glass of Milk
- Toffee Apples
- Ale, Guinness or any brew served with a fine creamy head
- Singapore Crab
- Candy Floss
- Egg Yolk
- Spaghetti Carbonara
- Meat Pie
- Sticky BBQ Ribs
- Flaky Croissants
- Sugary Doughnuts
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