We hope you’ve emptied your pockets, because we’re about to fill them with nuggets of moustachery gold.
- 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.
The moustache has evolved from a roughly cut block of hair in prehistoric times into a genuine work of art. Moustaches have theoretically been possible since flint razors were first fashioned around 30,000 B.C, although it’s unknown whether or not Stone Age man actually sported the first ever example of upper-lip topiary. What is known is that the oldest portrait showing a shaved man with a moustache is an ancient Iranian horseman from 300 BC.
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 though 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.
- "You can never be overdressed or overeducated."
- "A job worth doing is worth doing right."
- "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."
- "There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning."
- “Know more today about the world than you knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you.”
- “Never half arse two things. Whole arse one thing.”
- “All glory comes from daring to begin.”
- “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”
- “The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing.”
- “Winners never quit, and quitters never win.”
- “Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.”
- "The person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."
- "A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out."
- "Make no expense but to do good to others and yourself."
- "There's no limit to what you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit."
- "You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you just might find you get what you need."
- "Good judgment comes from experience, experience comes from bad judgment."
- "A few words of recognition accepted humbly are more valuable than a lifetime of boasting."
- "A gentleman is, after all, still a man no matter how gentle he is."
- "What goes around comes around."
- "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
- "Measure twice, cut once."
Never a truer word was spoken when a wise man once said, “The moustache maketh the man”. Take a look at the great men who have walked, and continue to walk, the hallowed halls of moustache fame, all of whom understand and respect the power of the moustache. Today, these men are known not solely for their actions and deeds, but more commonly for their commitment to their facial hair, worn with distinction and pride throughout their lives.
- Be prepared. Before your first follicle breaks through the surface, choose the type of moustache that will grace your face by reviewing the inspirational Movember Mo Style Guide.
- 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 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.
How to grow a Mo:
- Ask yourself the question, who do you want to be? For every style of moustache there is a different personality. You will become that man, you will be treated as that man and you will act like that man. It's important you like who he is.
- Be brave. The first few days, even weeks, can be uncomfortable and a little awkward as your facial fuzz grows and your Mo takes shape.
- Ignore the itching. Remind yourself that other men have endured worse in the past; surely you can stand a little face tickle from your Mo.
- Start to shape your moustache using proper grooming techniques. A great Mo comes down to grooming.
- Nurture it and keep it clean. Look after your Mo, and your Mo will look after you.
Foods to approach with caution when sporting a Mo:
- 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
If you ever needed a reason to take a selfie, this is the time. We know you like showing off those moustaches, and we like seeing them. So be sure to use #Movember with all your pics and follow @Movember on Instagram – who knows, maybe you’ll see yourself on #MoustacheMonday.
- Albert Einstein had a moustache for over 50 years.
- Groucho Marx for many years wore a fake moustache of greasepaint on stage and film, then grew a real one later in life.
- In 1967, The Beatles gave away cardboard mustaches with their album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
- U.S. Marines are not permitted to grow moustaches longer than half an inch.
- The first artefact that shows a moustache dates back to 300 B.C. and depicts an ancient Iranian horseman with a thick black moustache.
- The world's longest moustache is believed to be a 14ft monster belonging to Ram Singh Chauhan of Rajastan, India, who regularly massages it with mustard and coconut oil to keep it healthy.
- Women are more attracted to men with Moustaches. Fact.
- In a deck of cards, the King of Hearts is the only king not to have a moustache.
- Police in a district in India's Madhya Pradesh state are being paid to grow moustaches because bosses believe it makes them command more respect.
- A one month old moustache is capable of holding approximately 30ml of liquid or around 10% of a glass of beer before leaking its contents down the face of the owner.
- Salvador Dalí published a book dedicated solely to his moustache.
- On average a man with a moustache touches it 760 times a day.
- There are between 10,000 and 20,000 hairs on a man's face.
- Average human hair grows at a rate of 0.014 inches a day, or about 5 to 6 inches a year.
- In Eureka, Nevada, USA, it is illegal for men who have moustaches to kiss women.