Two of our own facial-hair enthusiasts share their grooming tips and picks to keep your ‘stache from veering into unwieldy territory.
Since 2003, the Movember Foundation has been deploying state-of-the-art mustaches as conversation starters to raise awareness and funds for men’s health. The movement challenges participants to grow, share and get active. But to be inducted as a Mo Bro (or a Mo Sista supporting all her Mo Bros) requires following a few rules and knowing a thing or two about facial-hair care.
We enlisted a couple of our grooming gurus to help with rules: Gerald Grinter, counter manager for men’s fragrance in Seattle, and Sankil Ward, men’s accessories and furnishings manager at the Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego.
Those rules are 1) start clean-shaven, 2) grow and groom for the entire month so you can reach your full mustachioed potential without breaking rule 3) no fakes, no beards, no goatees.
Gerald and Sankil will be sporting their own mustaches this month, along with members of their teams.
Here’s what you need to know and the products Gerald and Sankil swear by.
Shave It Off
“Starting the mustache can be tough, especially if you don’t have mad precision shaving skills,” says Gerald. “This is where a good razor comes into play. I recommend The Art of Shaving Lexington Collection Razor because it has the rotating head that helps with angles and hard-to-reach places. If you are a skilled Jedi shave-master, then go with Jack Black Double Edge Safety Razor—the next best thing to a straight-razor shave.”
To ensure a smooth, close and comfortable shave, Sankil recommends Anthony Shave Gel followed by a lightweight and oil-free after-shave, like Baxter of California After Shave Balm. Given that Sankil shaves his face and head, we’re thinking he’s got this shaving business on lock.
Let It Grow
“First, set your sights on the type of mustache you are hoping to grow. This will dictate the type of grooming involved,” advises Sankil, who will be growing his favorite mustache this month: the handlebar. “After a week or so, your whiskers may itch or be coarse. Apply a little bit of Billy Jealousy ‘Gnarly Sheen’ Refining Beard Oil. It is a super-lightweight formula and smells amazing.”
Groom It Like You Mean It
Once the mustache begins to take shape, you’ll need a beard comb, says Gerald. “You can laugh all you want at the man who pulls one of these little ditties out of his pocket to style his perfect mustache, but that’s why his ’stache is perfect. He grooms it!”
Both Gerald and Sankil are fans of the easy-to-use Panasonic All-in-One Trimmer for maintenance work. For guys with sensitive skin, Ward suggests the Panasonic ‘Arc3’ 3-Blade Shaver. For next-level shaping, Grinter uses beardbrand Mustache Wax, a pocket-sized blend of beeswax, lanolin and jojoba oil.
Keep It Clean
When washing your face, remember your mustache and beard. Gerald recommends going beyond face wash (although he loves Kiehl’s ‘Facial Fuel’ Energizing Face Wash) and trying Jack Black ‘Double Header’ Shampoo + Conditioner to leave your mustache soft and easier to manage. “After all, your beard and mustache are hair,” he says. “You should treat them that way.”
Now you’re set to carry out rules 4 and 5: talk about it and be a gentleman throughout. Happy Movember!
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—Katie Joy Blanksma