It’s all well and good being aware that the moustache is the current trend but don’t shave off that dusty old beard just yet. A moustache takes time to tame and needs care and attention to ensure it looks it looks fierce. Tasha Fierce. So I’m here to help you achieve your maximum tache potential in just a few easy steps.
Before growing and grooming your moustache, it is crucial to take into account your face shape when choosing a moustache style. Not everyone can pull of a box car moustache like Freddie Mercury or a pencil moustache like Prince, so be sure to strike a balance between your face shape and chosen style. Don’t even be afraid of stubble. If you’re a little anxious about how a standalone tache may look, try growing the moustache out longer, follow my grooming guide and just shave the rest of your beard down to a number two or three, framing your moustache with stubble.
In the initial stages of growth an easy way to trim your moustache is with clippers or a beard trimmer to trim around your mouth. After around three to four weeks I recommend investing in and upgrading to a quality pair of facial hair scissors for more precision with your maintenance. I advise when trimming, to do so when your moustache is dry. Wet hair is heavier and will hang longer and once dried it retracts so you may find that you’ve trimmed too much.
When upgrading to the facial hair scissors, it is also a good time to start using a moustache comb, and maybe along with a little wax (if yo nasty). I understand the temptation to keep your moustache looking as natural as possible but don’t be afraid to treat yourself and your tache to some wax to give it some definition. Get some wax that has an appealing fragrance and warm between your fingers thoroughly before applying. When using your comb, you can evenly distribute the moustache wax as well as parting your moustache in the middle. It is also a useful aid when trimming; use the comb to lift the hairs and angle the comb in the same direction as your lips to make cutting with the scissors easier. These methods for using a comb and wax will help shape your moustache and even it out thus helping to fill in any gaps and prevent it looking unkept and fluffy.
Facial hair can be rather coarse and the moustache is no exception. This is due to the hair drawing up moisture from the skin, allowing it to evaporate. This can make your skin feel dry, itchy and just be an overall irritant, so try using either a two-in-one shampoo and hair conditioner to keep your moustache clean and conditioned. To avoid further dry, and potentially flaky, skin, I advise that you moisturise the skin under your moustache daily. Make sure to rinse thoroughly after washing too, as face wash, shampoo or shower gel residue can irritate skin and exacerbate dryness. Finally, I also recommend using a face scrub to remove any unwanted food or dead skin cells building up, particularly in the early stages.
With these simple and achievable steps, gentle reader, you will be well on your way to being the envy and icon to of all of those looking to embrace the tash and leave those bearded days behind.