How to Care for a Mustache

by Michelle Ullman

    An unkempt mustache looks like an afterthought, rather than a deliberate style choice. Whether your mustache shape is a handlebar, chevron, pencil or Fu Manchu, it takes daily care to keep your facial hair groomed and attractive. With proper cleaning, trimming and styling, a mustache makes a bold statement of masculinity and defines your facial features.

    Items you will need

    • Facial cleanser or shampoo
    • Mustache or hair conditioner
    • Facial moisturizer (optional)
    • Mustache scissors
    • Trimmer or razor
    • Mustache comb
    • Mustache wax (optional)
    Step 1

    Wash your mustache daily with your regular facial cleansing product, or clean it with a dab of shampoo in the shower.

    Step 2

    Condition your mustache if your hair is coarse. Try a product specifically made for this purpose, or use a little bit of hair conditioner.

    Step 3

    Work a pea-sized dab of facial moisturizer into the skin under your facial hair if it feels dry or tight.

    Step 4

    Trim your mustache with mustache scissors when it looks untidy, or the hair reaches below the upper edge of your top lip. For some men, this means a weekly trim; for others, it might be every other day.

    Step 5

    Groom the borders of your facial hair with a razor, electric shaver or mustache trimmer. Expect to trim your mustache border at least weekly, though frequency depends on your mustache style and rate of hair growth.

    Step 6

    Comb your mustache daily with a small mustache comb. This keeps hair neatly styled and removes any crumbs or particles from your facial hair.

    Step 7

    Control your mustache's shape with mustache wax. Simple styles like the pencil mustache don't require wax, but you'll need this grooming staple to style upturned edges or create twirled points.

    Tip

    • Use an anti-dandruff shampoo on your mustache if you develop flaky skin below the hair.

    About the Author

    Living in California, Michelle Ullman is a professional writer with particular expertise in home, garden and pet/nature topics. Her work is published on many websites. She loves crafts and has a deep interest in design and DIY projects.

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