HOW TO GROW A BEARD OR MOUSTACHE

I thought this was obvious, but apparently not everyone agrees with me. Provided your employment and relationship allow, ideally you shouldn’t trim anything, neck and cheek lines included. You can always trim later; your first objective should be to grow out as much as possible to build a strong beard base and to see what you are working with at your fullest natural growth.

Don’t trim your moustache, train your moustache

Trimming the moustache is a mistake a lot of guys make initially, myself included. It’s easy to assume that maybe it’s okay to trim up the center and then just leave the ends of the moustache long to style a pseudo-handlebar, and if that works for you, great. But if you want to grow a true long moustache, get some moustache wax and start training it early to keep it out of your mouth. Again, it’s about seeing your fullest growth and building a foundation for a long full moustache.

Start using beard oil and Beard Dry Oil early

Beard product usage isn’t dictated by length, it’s dictated by the presence of facial hair. Start taking care of yours early and you’ll thank yourself later on. A properly conditioned and cared for beard is the only way to reach your fullest growth potential.

Develop your own total care regimen early

Figure out a routine that works for you and stick to it, every day. Personally, I wash my beard every morning, apply beard oil (usually Wisdom) after the shower, and Beard Dry Oil (also Wisdom) at night. Both applications are accompanied by a thorough brushing. Your own routine may be different, but pick one and make it yours.

Brush and/or comb your beard every day

Many men will notice as their beards grow out that they have weird bends or curves in the hair pattern and a daily brushing combined with use of Beard Dry Oil will help train the hairs to lie the way you want, ensuring an even beard that requires no trimming. Many also notice that as their beard gains length and weight, these curves settle down.

Be aware of your surroundings

The longer your beard and moustache get, the more likely they are to get caught in the zipper of a coat, burnt by an errant cigarette, or dipped in soup when you lean too far forward while eating. Take care to notice the little changes as your facial hair gets longer.

Judge your beard on its own merit, not by that of beards around you

Facial hair grows at different rates and in different patterns. Just because yours isn’t growing as fast as a friend’s doesn’t mean it won’t catch up, or perhaps be better one day.

Be patient

See above.  Facial hair grows at an average rate of only half an inch per month, and nearly everyone experiences a time where it seems like their beard and moustache aren’t growing. It happens, just be ready for it. By the same token, there will be times where it seems to grow two inches in a month. Celebrate those times, but don’t despair in the others. 

Figure out the best way to eat with your beard and moustache

For more helpful info, check out another recent post, Top 5 Tips For Eating With A Moustache. Careless eating can see multiple hairs pulled out, and many foreign substances that come into contact with your beard (food included) can dry it out and damage the hairs.

Track your progress

Whether you measure, or simply take a selfie every month (do it in the same shirt every time for the best results) to chart your progress, keep up with how your beard is doing. Over time, you’ll start to learn growth patterns and even see if particular seasons have a positive or negative effect on your beard. This knowledge will help you worry less during those times where it seems it’s not growing.

Growing a long beard and moustache isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon, and no marathon winner became a winner overnight. Put the time in and take care of your beard and you’ll grow the best beard you can.

MOUSTACHE’S

An unlikely bit-player in one of summer’s cinematic dramas has been the humble moustache. Or, to be more precise, the face-furniture attached to actor Henry Cavill. This became an issue because extensive reshoots for Justice League overlapped with the filming of Mission: Impossible – Fallout, for which Cavill had been required to grow a moustache (which he was then contractually prohibited from shaving). The realities of stunt-work meant that Cavill couldn’t wear a falsie for M:I, so Warner Bros took the hit and removed the offending ‘tache from his reshoot scenes using CGI (the results of this have not entirely impressed fans).

But with such a high profile role celebrating the elaborate nose-warmer, are we due to see a renaissance in top-lip grooming this season? With the hipster beard possibly reaching the end of its lifecycle, this could be the next follicular frontier.

But if we’re going to reclaim the muzzy from 1980s footballers, Latin American dictators and retired Northern Irish paramilitaries, which moustache style should you be going for? Well, in descending order…

The Chevron

The closest to a naturally grown-out shape, the Chevron is a deceptively tricky style to pull off unless your name is Tom Selleck or Ron Swanson. It can balance out big facial features and conveys a certain old-school, ‘eighties dad’, anti-fashion power but you need a decent thickness of hair and growth to avoid looking like a schoolboy who’s trying to buy a pint.

It works best as part of a generally macho look, so try and put some gym-bulk on before growing this, and perhaps pair it with a heavy, unreconstructed scent for maximum alpha-maleimpact.

Key Styles

The Chevron Moustache Style

The Beardstache

The least showy, but the most easily executed of these styles – a classic workmanlike moustache, paired with a lightly developing beard. A look that suggests you did have a well kept Chevron, but a week or so of fighting crime, defending your property and generally being rugged has let it slip a little. Less eye-catching than a clean-shaven face as there’s a reduced contrast in the skin-and-hair tones, but you do need a decently even stubble growth to make this work.

This moustache style suits dark colouring better as lighter hair can make you look a just scruffy rather than ‘relaxed.’ This is Henry Cavill’s moustache in Mission: Impossible so expect to see it appearing on your high street imminently (albeit on men who don’t look quite as heroic as Cavill).

Key Styles

The Beardstache Style

The Pencil

The pencil was originally conceived as an elegant, minimalist reaction to the overbearing facial hair of the Victorians. Popularised by Hollywood idols, it only later became shorthand for the more furtive gentleman – and to this day, it does conjure up images of chaps conning lonely widows out of their savings or selling hooky nylons to London’s women during World War II.

This isn’t to say it can’t be revived in a modern context though (take a bow, Jamie Foxx), but be warned that it will require almost daily shaving to maintain its clean lines.

If you’ve got small features, it can work well. However, if paired with a scruffier look or long hair, there’s a real risk of getting into ‘amateur sorcerer’ territory (Jack White is a prime offender).

Key Styles

The Pencil Moustache Style

The Horseshoe

An extremely strong personal statement. Associated with Hulk Hogan, Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction, 80s leather ‘clones’ like the guy from the Village People, and amphetamine-addled bass-wielding metal god Lemmy from Motorhead, this is an absolutely no-half-measures moustache style.

Not advised for anyone with a long narrow face as it will give you a certain equine aspect, and it needs to be considered as part of a complete outfit: it will go perfectly with head-to-toe biker leathers or broken-in double denim. Not such a good fit with something you picked up in TK Maxx to wear to the football.

Key Styles

The Horseshoe Moustache Style

The Handlebar

A tricky case to call: on its own merits, a fine moustache style that demonstrates real commitment to growth, grooming and upkeep.

But it has unquestionably suffered from association with retro-bores who have tainted it with the whiff of ‘Keep Calm And Carry On’ posters, ear-bleeding, irony-laden electro-swing music and Blitz-revival club nights.

It’s adaptable to most face shapes, so if you are going to try out the Handlebar, either contrast it with a simple workwear-inspired outfit, or go for something smart, preppy and Ivy League (or, like it’s most famous exponent, Rollie Fingers, a baseball kit). In short, if your moustache is shouting for attention, then your outfit shouldn’t be.

Key Styles

The Handlebar Moustache Style

The Walrus

The absolute big daddy of facefuzz, best exemplified by actor Sam Elliott. A shaggy, grown out, big-beast, perfect for the larger gentleman, anyone with a huge nose or a wide face.

It can make you look prematurely old, so think carefully about committing to this style. Be prepared for some gentle ribbing from your less fashion-forward peers, along the lines of ‘Careful you don’t get harpooned you big fat bastard’.

Also, check that your significant other isn’t going to dump you rather than be seen with someone who looks like they spend a lot of their free time playing Magic: The Gathering and watching The Discovery Channel.

Key Styles

The Walrus Moustache Style

The Anchor Beard

Perhaps the worst facial hair style ever devised – and one that even the patron saint of male grooming, David Beckham, has fallen victim to – a combination of a pointed beard that traces the jawline and peaks in a sort of below-lip soul-patch, sitting below a disembodied moustache.

A statement which hints at long hours arguing on Youtube comment threads about Pick-Up Artistry, in-depth re-watchings of The Matrix, and ownership of at least one sword (or ‘mastery of the blade’ as this kind of helmet would doubtless term it).

Key Styles

The Anchor Beard

BEARD STYLING CREAM

BEARD STYLING CREAM

BARBIERE

Acqua di Parma Barbiere Beard Styling Cream, 50ml

A beard grooming essential for the perfect look. Its soft and moldable texture is ideal for all-day beard control and style definition. Enriched with vegetal oils, the formula nourishes and conditions the beard for a soft yet non-greasy touch. Lightly scented with notes of Colonia.

£29.00

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