How to Tame a Mustache (Tips and Tricks for a Stylish Look)

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When you’re trying to add a bold mustache to your look, it can take a lot of time and patience. The process of growing out your hair is long enough on its own.

When the hair finally grows to your desired length, however, the real work begins. Knowing how to tame a mustache is a skill that will allow you to have more control over the look you’re presenting to the world.

What You’ll Need for Taming

When you’re learning how to tame a mustache, you need to be sure that you have the necessary tools at your dispense. While you won’t need to collect many tools, it’s important to make sure that you choose quality tools.

You will need:

  • Scissors, either small or medium-sized.
  • Mustache comb.
  • Mustache Wax. Choose one that has a strong hold.

Once you have collected your necessary tools, you will be ready to start the process of taming your mustache.

The Process of Taming Your Mustache

The whole process of taming your mustache starts from the moment you decide to grow it out in the first place. Throughout the growth process, there will be moments when you need to tame your mustache. When you are trying to reach a certain length, you will allow the hair to continue growing, but it doesn’t have to run wild.

When you notice that there are hairs that simply will not grow in the direction that you want them to, you have two options: you can trim them or train them in order to tame your mustache. If you choose to trim them, be careful to cut as little hair as possible to avoid disrupting the growth process.

If you decide, on the other hand, to train these hairs, you will use your hair wax to twist them in with other hairs and force them to start growing in your desired direction.

Steps for Taming Your Mustache

When your mustache has reached the length you are after, it is time to approach the taming process. Set aside a good chunk of time to tend to your mustache. Follow these steps:

  • Take a shower before tending to your mustache, as you should only work with your mustache when it’s clean.
  • Once you have showered, comb your mustache. Make sure to comb it in the direction you want it to grow in.
  • Using your scissors, trim the hairs in the center of the mustache. You do not want them to fall over the mouth, as it’s not pleasant to have hairs in your mouth all the time!
  • Then trim the extra hairs beneath the lip line on both sides. Take care to trim evenly.
  • When you have finished trimming, use your mustache wax to train the hairs into the shape and style that you desire. Use your fingers to create the shape and style.
  • It’s up to you how much wax to use, but keep in mind that the more wax you use, the stronger the training hold will be.

If you find your mustache is giving you a hard time while you’re trying to tame it, you can use a blowdryer to heat up the wax and make it more manageable and easier to shape your mustache. Once you’ve set your shape, lower the heat to lock the style in place.

Tips for Mustache Care

Once you have reached the optimal mustache length and style, the game becomes about maintaining. Taming the mustache is the first step in the maintenance process and is a step you will likely have to repeat on a regular basis, whenever your hair starts to grow again.

A bit of experimenting and learning how your hair grows and how it reacts to trimming and being styled will teach you how to handle it. Following these tips may make the process more manageable:

  • Clean and scrub your mustache. Just like the hair on your head, your mustache and the skin under it need to be cared for properly. Invest in a special face wash or use gentle shampoos or conditioners to clean your mustache on a daily basis. In addition to basic cleansing, you should scrub the skin around your mustache as well to get rid of any dead skin cells building up and causing itching or irritation.
  • Hydrate. After you have cleaned and scrubbed this area of your face, it’s important to keep it nourished by hydrating it. Choose a daily moisturizer that packs a punch with useful nutrients and oils to keep your skin in optimal shape.
  • Choose the right mustache. Before you begin the taming process, you should take some time to examine your face shape and figure out what mustache styles will fit naturally. Trying to force a mustache style to fit on a face that does not complement it will only result in grooming challenges.

Mustache Styles to Consider

If you’re approaching the taming stage and still thinking about what mustache style to choose for your final look, here are a few ideas:

  • Thin Mustache: if you have a chiseled and thin face, the thin mustache may be a good style for you.
  • Thick Mustache: this style is a good option if you’re looking to make a statement and draw attention to that area of your face.
  • Moustache with Beard: if you want to adopt a look that dominates the whole face, opt for the mustache with a beard.

How to Choose Your Style

When you’re ready to make the final style decision, remember to consider the following factors:

  • Weight: you need to think about how heavy and bushy you want your mustache to be. If you chose a weighty mustache, it will add volume to your face. This is a great option if you’re trying to minimize a larger nose or bring proportion to your face as a whole.
  • Direction: think about whether you want the mustache to be mainly horizontal or vertical. Narrow faces benefit more from horizontal mustaches which will break up some of the vertical lines that are already present.
  • Width: pay attention to your facial features when deciding on your mustache width. Wide mustaches will broaden the look of the mouth and nose, and a narrow mustache will do the opposite.

Final Thoughts

The process of taming your mustache is just the beginning of a long journey of style and maintenance. Take time to decide what direction you want to move in before starting the taming process.


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