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Growing a mustache? How to style one at any length

Mustaches have made a big comeback in recent years and have been sported by some of the most famous actors and celebrities. While no one will rock a ‘stache as well as Tom Selleck, there are many styles of facial hair most people can pull off with a little guidance and the right grooming and products.

There are a lot of mustache grooming products on the market and, surprisingly, many mustache styles to choose from depending on the look you are going for and your facial structure, but the key to a solid mustache is making sure there is enough hair to work with, so that it’s able to be groomed well. Once you’ve got the hair growth, the world is your oyster.

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Proper grooming techniques

To keep your mustache in prime shape and ready for all public appearances, it’s important to stay on top of trimming it, so you don’t find yourself with any fly-away hairs or hairs that grow straight sideways or in a direction that’s unbecoming. It helps to first comb your mustache while it is dry with a mustache comb. If you cut it first while it is wet, it can lead to a shorter mustache than you bargained for, and you’ll be counting the days until it grows back.

Make sure you trim your facial hair in a well-lit area so you don’t accidentally cut off more than you planned. Then, take a pair of mustache scissors, first trimming for shape. Start at the bottom of your mustache, working your way  toward the outer edges. Finally, trim the top. Try to keep a neutral expression and don’t squint or smile so you can get an even line.

Invest in high-quality products

If you want a product you can use in several different ways, check out this stainless steel trimmer. It can be used for beards, mustaches, nose, hair, and body hair, saving you time and money wasted on buying multiple products.

Mustache wax is another product that’s worth the splurge. This product is a key component to giving your mustache a more polished look. And don’t forget conditioner — this is essential to keeping it feeling soft and healthy.

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Don’t be shy

Styling a mustache should be fun. There are long ones, short options, silly ones, mustaches with accompanying beards, and many unique ways to style your facial hair. If you are looking for a handlebar mustache or something out of the ordinary, do your homework first so you know the proper techniques needed to achieve a more complicated look.

People are working from home more, and companies are beginning to loosen their dress codes that address facial hair for many professional positions. This means there are more options for those who are feeling a little playful or aren’t shy about trying out a new style. From the horseshoe mustache to the Dallas variety to the Chevron mustache, there is a style for you out there if you need some inspiration.

There’s no question that the mustache has been a longstanding BFF for the upper lip. The mustache has often been seen as a representation of a man’s virility and overall manliness and has been around since the beginning of time. In recent years, the mustache has also been used to support a good cause: Movember. This is an annual event that takes place in November to bring awareness of men’s health issues like prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide. It’s an even more perfect excuse to start your mustache journey today.

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