Mustaches and even full beards are making a solid comeback, and I couldn’t be more thrilled for the return of the fuzz. Mustaches can make or break your look. It’s important to know what it takes to keep a mustache in its best form. To make you stand out and look well-groomed, you’ll need to know how to trim your mustache the right way.
What is Mustache Trimming?
Trimming your mustache is an essential step in men’s grooming to keep it neat and presentable. Maintaining your mustache and taking care of it with the right tools and products will help you run into fewer issues when growing it out. Ultimately, you want it to look cared for and healthy at first glance.
Benefits of Trimming a Mustache (And Why It Matters)
1. Look Prim and Proper
Before your mustache turns shaggy, it’s important to keep trimming away stray, overgrown hair. An unkempt mustache can ruin your overall look in a moment. To feel good and exude a professional, put-together appearance, it’s important that you take care of your mustache just like you would for your head of hair.
2. Goodbye Split-Ends
To keep split-ends at bay, trimming your mustache regularly is necessary. Using the right products to keep it adequately moisturized is also crucial. A good mustache wax and wax remover will not only keep your lip fuzz healthy but also promote better growth.
3. No More Knots and Tangles
Trimming and brushing out your mustache keeps nasty knots and tangles away. You want it to look full, neat, and healthy instead of messy. Simple everyday habits will go a long way to keep your mustache perfectly shaped and groomed.
4. Keep Food Bits Out
Imagine sipping on that morning cup of Joe or digging into a burger, only to later see residual liquid and crumbs caught in your stache. It’s not a pretty sight and definitely not hygienic. Trimming your mustache prevents hair from growing over your lip, so you can avoid an unclean look.
Mustache Trimming Tools You’ll Need
To avoid an unruly appearance, it is good to trim your mustache every 7 to 10 days. How often you trim your mustache will depend on how fast it grows and which products you use to keep it in top form. Before I jump into how to trim your mustache, let’s quickly take a look at the tools you will need.
· A Razor
When you shape a mustache, use a single blade razor that is small and easy to position.
· A Wooden Comb
Avoid creating bare spots and use a comb to trim your mustache for an even finish. You want to stay clear of plastic combs since they can snag, tear, or break your hair strands.
· A Beard Trimmer
A trimmer with a fitting is essential to perform precise work around your mustache.
· Facial Hair Scissors
Stray or long hair can easily be snipped away with a trusty pair of scissors.
How to Trim Your Mustache Like a Pro
· Grow It Out
If your mustache is patchy and not entirely grown out, it won’t look as good as you hoped after you’ve trimmed it. Wait for at least 3 weeks to grow out your mustache. Once it’s thick enough to work with, start trimming it to the desired shape.
· Prep Work
Before you start trimming your mustache, use a gentle cleanser to eliminate debris or dirt from your upper lip hair. Pat the area dry (don’t leave it damp or hair may look longer than what it actually is) and get your tools in order. Choose a well-lit area with a mirror to avoid snipping away too much of your mustache.
· With Scissors
Before you start, comb out your mustache to straighten out the hair. This step allows better control and a good sense of which direction to cut in.
#1. Trim the hair close to your upper lip by working on the outer corners first and then moving to the center of your lips.
#2. You want the mustache to end just a little above your lip line.
#3. Using a gentle hand, follow the line of your upper lip, snipping carefully along the edge till you get the right length.
#4. Once you’re happy with the way your hair evens out around your upper lip, move to the hairs just below your nose.
#5. Hold the scissors at a 45-degree angle while snipping hairs around the nose (trim off long nose hair so that they don’t merge with your mustache). Holding the scissors at this angle will give the mustache a fuller look.
#6. Comb your mustache upwards and cut the strands that extend the teeth of the comb. This helps tone down the bushy parts of your mustache with a few final snips.
· With Clippers
#1. To trim with clippers, start with the bottom of the mustache and then the outer edges to first create the shape you want.
#2. Start from the middle of the mustache, then move to the left. Then go to the right to even it out and back to the middle for the final snips. Always look straight into the mirror and maintain a poker face to get the right results.
#3. As mentioned earlier, comb upwards through the strands and snip off any extra length that goes beyond the comb’s teeth. Finally, comb downwards to check for any stray hair that you may have missed.
· With Trimmers
#1. A trimmer will undoubtedly give you a precise cut every time, but you need to have a steady hand. It also gets rid of tinier hair around the face to achieve a smooth finish. Choose a good electric trimmer that comes with interchangeable heads and different settings for the perfect trim. Be sure to clean it first before use.
#2. Start by combing through your mustache downwards towards the top lip line to keep the hair straight.
#3. Start with your upper lip by carefully trimming away hair that extends the top line. This will also help you go with the shape you want.
#4. Once you assess how the hair falls above your lip line, you can now get rid of stray hair around your cheeks and sides of the nose to allow the shape of your mustache to take form. Flip the trimmer upside down and run it downwards from your cheeks to just the top of the mustache for a cleaner top cut. This will give it a more defined shape.
#5. Comb through your mustache and snip hair that extends the edge of the comb’s teeth. Simply run the trimmer across the top of the comb to target these strands. I suggest using a pair of clippers to get rid of stray hair if you’re new to an electric trimmer.
Pro Tips: Dos and Don’ts When Trimming a Mustache
Now that you know how to trim your mustache, there are a few dos and don’ts that will go a long way in maintaining your stache.
#1. Grow it out to encourage healthier strands to come forward unless you want to keep it basic.
#2. Get a mustache comb and stay away from regular combs that can do more harm than good.
#3. Explore different mustache styles to get a sense of what works for your face shape.
#4. Don’t use an electric razor unless your mustache has grown out and appears fuller. Also, I recommend using clippers or a single-edge safety razor for regular trims.
#5. If you’re using a facial cleanser for acne, first find out if it will have a bleaching effect on your mustache. That can happen because of certain ingredients. Also, pick a gentle cleanser to avoid skin irritation and dryness of hair.
#6. If you feel the urge to pick at your mustache or scratch it, try and avoid it as much as you can. These habits can cause ingrown hairs and even clog pores with bacteria from tiny scrapes and scratches from your nails.
#7. Use mustache-friendly ingredients such as sweet almond oil, tea tree/cedarwood/rosemary essential oils, yellow beeswax, pine resin (to give more complex mustache styles the perfect hold), and ceramides. These ingredients will promote healthier hair follicles, encourage growth, strengthen strands, and maintain moisture all day.
Different Mustache Styles to Vibe With
Once you know the style you want to go with, it’s easier to maintain and switch between looks if you’re up for the challenge. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular mustache styles.
1. The Walrus
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This style is easier to groom and comes in a shape that doesn’t require any skill to maintain. I love it for its manly confidence that works well for a narrower face shape.
2. The Painter’s Brush
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This kind of mustache falls straight across the upper lip. It’s a traditional yet classic style that works for most face shapes.
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This one is perfect for those with thicker lip fuzz if you love the way the tips of the handlebar mustache flick outwards. Just a little wax on the tips will allow it to curl and set in place.
4. The English
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Smart, sophisticated, and easy to maintain, the English mustache is short and thinner by appearance, making it perfect for those with a scanty upper lip.
5. The Horseshoe
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As old-school as this style is, it does carry a rugged charm of its own. To grow it in the shape of an upside-down U, you’ll first need to grow out the hair on your cheeks.
1. Where Should My Mustache Ideally End?
Depending on the style, the length can vary. Typical styles require the mustache to usually end at the corners of your lips.
2. How Do I Tame My Mustache’s Thickness?
Comb the mustache up and away from the skin — lengthy strands that cross the comb’s teeth can be snipped away with a trimmer or clippers.
3. How Do I Make My Mustache Appear Thicker?
Instead of clipping the lengthier strands that grow past the top lip line, use mustache wax to move and set the strands sideways to make them appear thicker.
4. How Do I Keep My Mustache in Shape?
Regular trims will help you maintain your mustache’s shape better. As a guide, use a mustache shaper for an easy experience.
5. How Do I Get Thicker Hair in the Middle of My Mustache?
The ends may appear thicker than the middle, considering the dips and curves of the upper lip. The best way to get thicker hair is to grow it out patiently and regularly apply products or use supplements that boost hair growth.
A Few Parting Words
I hope that once you master how to trim your mustache, you’ll be able to care for it like a pro. Just remember that it’s not a one-size-fits-all situation. So even though it may take some time to figure out what kind of style and tools work for you, it’ll be worth the time and effort.
Don’t forget to use beard butter after trimming.
Don’t let the irritation from shaving keep you up at night! If your face is red and inflamed after shaving, apply some of the soothing beard balms or hydrocortisone creams to soothe it. You can also use unscented lotion for dry skin in order not only to heal but maintain softness too.
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