How to Style a Moustache

Nothing is quite as classy as a well-maintained moustache. Whether you want to make a fashion statement with your ‘stache or want facial hair that will reflect your gruff and masculine demeanor, you can find a moustache style that fits your needs. With some hair trimmers and a little moustache wax, the options available to you are plentiful. If you can’t quite choose a style, experiment with a few different ones until you discover the perfect match.

EditSteps

EditStyling Basic Moustaches

  1. Try a classic handlebar moustache. Let your moustache grow out until the ends reach around your upper lip. Dab some moustache wax to the upper end of your moustache and, using a comb, spread it down throughout the whole moustache. Part the moustache in half and, using your fingers, twist each end up.[1]
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    • Most people suggest that a proper handlebar moustache takes at least 6 weeks of growth.
    • If you want to curl the ends, twist them around a pen or pencil for a tighter loop.
  2. Do a Chevron moustache for a simple look. Let your moustache grow out until it brushes your upper lip. Trim any longer hairs until the end of the moustache hangs at the top corners of your mouth. Whenever your moustache grows below your upper lip, trim it to keep the ends away from your mouth.[2]
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    • Actor Tom Selleck is the best-known person to sport a Chevron moustache.[3]
    • If your moustache hair is coarse, a Chevron moustache can make it look neater.
  3. Style a cowboy moustache for its masculine charm. The cowboy moustache is a longer version of the Chevron moustache. The charm of this style comes with its scruffiness—grow out a Chevron moustache, then let the moustache keep growing over your upper lip until it just touches your bottom lip. Tidy the moustache with some trimming scissors as it grows over your bottom lip to avoid an overly-unkempt style.[4]
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    • One popular wearer of the cowboy moustache is Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation.
  4. Grow a walrus moustache if you don’t have sensitive lips. Walrus moustaches are like a combination of the handlebar and cowboy moustache. Let your moustache grow down past your bottom lip. Part your moustache in half, then apply wax to the moustache to keep it in place.[5]
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    • The walrus moustache takes at least 3 months for most people to grow.
    • Teddy Roosevelt and Friedrich Nietzsche were well-known wearers of the walrus moustache.
  5. Choose a pyramidal style if you want a thick-yet-trimmed ‘stache. As the name would apply, pyramidal moustaches are narrow on top and wide on the bottom. Grow your moustache out to just above your upper lip, then use a trimmer to make your moustache horizontally thinner on the top and slope the sides down to a wide bottom. Continue trimming your moustache as it grows past your upper lip to keep the shape tidy.[6]
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EditTrying Advanced Moustache Styles

  1. Try a pencil-thin moustache if you don’t mind higher maintenance. Pencil-thin moustaches are easier to grow out and can be achieved after around a month for most people. Its styling regimen, however, is a little more involved than some styles. Keep the moustache trimmed above your upper lip and part it in half. Trim carefully to keep the bottom line of the moustache even, as crooked moustaches do not look as well-kept.[7]
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    • The ideal thickness of a pencil-thin moustache, as its name suggests, is about the same thickness as a pencil.
    • Vintage film stars Clark Gable and Errol Flynn both sported a pencil-thin moustache.
  2. Do a horseshoe moustache if you can grow a full beard. Horseshoe moustaches are shaped like an upside-down “U” over your mouth and chin. To style a horseshoe moustache, grow a full beard and shave the cheeks and chin area below the bottom lip. Finish off the look by shaving your jawline and using moustache wax to keep the horseshoe in place.[8]
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    • Horseshoe moustaches pair well with soul patches.[9]
    • American wrestler Hulk Hogan’s facial hair is a popular example the horseshoe moustache.
  3. Try the Fu Manchu style if you want a fun, bold moustache. Begin your Fu Manchu moustache by growing the whiskers on your upper lip. Continue growing them down each side of your mouth, shaving all hair past the corners of the mouth to keep the mustache thin. Part the moustache in half and apply wax to point both ends down.[10]
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    • In essence, the Fu Manchu moustache is a thinner, more trim version of the handlebar moustache.
  4. Style a Dali moustache for an eccentric look. The Dali moustache is an artistic, somewhat comical take on the handlebar moustache. Grow your moustache until it reaches your upper lip, then continue growing the ends until they reach your chin. Part the moustache in half and, applying wax liberally to the moustache, twist both ends up and across your cheekbones.[11]
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    • Dali moustaches look best on oblong or oval-shaped faces.
  5. Pair your moustache with mutton chops if you grow thick sideburns. When a moustache is connected to a thick pair of sideburns, the style is called “friendly muttonchops.” Grow a full beard, then shave all of the hair directly below your mouth. Keep the corners connecting your moustache and sideburns thin with a pair of trimmers.[12]
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EditGrooming and Maintaining Your Moustache

  1. Use a fine-toothed comb to brush your moustache. A moustache comb with many short and thin bristles will keep your moustache well-shaped. If you cannot find a specialty moustache comb, choose a fine-toothed one to achieve a clean and maintained style.[13]
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  2. Cut your moustache when it is dry. Wet facial hair is heavier and tends to hang longer than it normally would. You may end up cutting too much if you wash your moustache before you cut it. Dry your moustache off before trimming or shaving your moustache.[14]
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  3. Moisturize the skin underneath your moustache weekly. The skin under your moustache can get dry and prone to dandruff if it’s not taken care of. Apply a face moisturizer to your fingers and rub it through your moustache. Rinse your moustache with water and pat it dry with a towel to keep your skin soft.
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  4. Shampoo your moustache at least twice a week. Wash your moustache regularly to avoid getting food caught in the whiskers. Shampoo the moustache at least twice weekly to prevent unpleasant odors, and condition the moustache as desired to keep it soft.[15]
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    • Try not to scrub your moustache as you wash it. If you scrub too hard, you may rip out some hair follicles.[16]
    • Regular hair shampoo works for shampooing your moustache.
  5. Use facial hair oil on your moustache daily. Beard or moustache oil will keep your ‘stache shiny and your skin soft underneath. Rub a few drops of facial hair oil in your hands and work it into your moustache. If you have any residual oil left on your fingers, rub it into your cheeks and the rest of your face.
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    • How much oil you apply will depend on the thickness and size of your facial hair. Refer to the oil instructions for details.
  6. Visit a barber or stylist to try more advanced moustache styles. If you want to try a difficult moustache style or have a hard time keeping it up, most barbers can shape or style a moustache for you. Ask your barber about any maintenance tips so you can start styling it from home.[17]
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EditTips

  • If you don’t like a certain style after you’ve committed to it, grow your facial hair out and start over.
  • Ask your friends and family members which style would look best on you if you can’t commit to a look.
  • Grow out a beard first before attempting some of the more advanced moustache styles to prevent experiencing the awkward growth phase.

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