This is a page dedicated to the moustache aficionado who, regardless of culture, fashion or age, appreciates the moustache. Here you'll find a wealth of information on the Mo; some practical, some outlandish, some fashionable, all worth knowing.
How to grow a Mo
1. Be prepared. Before your first follicle appears, choose the moustache that will grace your face by browsing the inspirational Movember Mo Style Guide.
2. 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.
3. Ignore the itching. Remind yourself that men have endured worse in the past; you can stand a little face tickle.
4. Shape your moustache using proper grooming techniques. A great Mo comes down to grooming.
5. Nurture it and keep it clean. Look after your Mo, and your Mo will look after you.
Approach with caution...
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. Use #Movember with all your pics and follow @Movember on Instagram – who knows, maybe you’ll see yourself on #MoustacheMonday.
Taking care of your Mo
A man committed to moustachery should own the following: barber scissors, clippers, a fine-toothed comb, a large mirror, a trusty razor, a steady hand and a determined mind.
Shampoo regularly. As fetching as they are, moustaches collect all sorts of things. No matter how fine the food, it doesn’t belong in your Mo. Approach sticky, slimey and flaky foods with caution.
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.
Dampen your moustache to trim. Wet hair is easier to cut but – be warned – will bounce up as it dries.
Use a fine-toothed comb to gently rake the hairs so they run in one direction.
With barber scissors, trim stray hairs on the outer edge and bottom line of your moustache. Your comb will come in handy to restrain your Mo while you snip away. Trim conservatively.
Run clippers over the body of the Mo for a consistent level of bush and bounce.
Foam up, then run a sharp razor along the outer edge.
For more outlandish styles, use moustache wax to shape the remaining hair into place.
Origins of the Mo
The moustache evolved from a roughly cut block of hair in prehistoric times into the genuine work of art it is today.
Theoretically possible since flint razors were first fashioned around 30,000 B.C, it’s unknown who first sported upper-lip topiary. What is known is that the oldest portrait of a shaved man with a moustache is an ancient Iranian horseman from 300 BC.
What a Mo can mean
Over the course of history, men with facial hair have been credited with attributes including wisdom, sexual virility, masculinity, and technical proficiency in all things.
Equally, the moustache has fallen on less illustrious times, a result of being sported by some notorious dictators.
The modern Mo
The moustache has proven its resilience. Just when it seemed that it would be hung in the dusty mop cupboard of history, a cultural revolution swung the pendulum back, ushering in a new day for moustaches.
Long live the Mo.
Albert Einstein had a moustache for over 50 years.
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.
In 1967, The Beatles gave away cardboard moustaches with their album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
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.
The average human hair grows at a rate of 0.014 inches a day, or about 5 to 6 inches a year.
There are between 10,000 and 20,000 hairs on a man’s face.