We’ve all seen one. That sad Movember moustache that looks like a patchy caterpillar drunkenly wandering across the crestfallen face of a someone who knows there’s still two weeks to go before the end of the month.
It’s the potential downside of an event that lures thousands to grow their own face furniture – often for the first time – every fall. But before committing to your own month-long hirsute installation, there are some things you need to know.
First-up: a little history.
Movember started in 2003 Melbourne when two intrepid young men enlisted their ‘mo bro’ friends in a sponsored grow-a-thon for prostate cancer awareness. Sprouting in more than 20 countries and generating millions of dollars for men’s health causes since then, the rules remain unchanged: to grow and groom a great stache from scratch over a 30-day period.
As supporters of Prostate Cancer Canada, Truefitt & Hill recognizes that Movember exists to support a very worthy cause; and as purveyors of fine shaving equipment and men's grooming supplies, we couldn't be more excited for the upcoming facial-hair festivities.
Fancy taking the plunge this year? Plan your strategy first. We asked a Truefitt & Hill master barber for some expert advice on the keys to a perfectly executed facial hair campaign. For newbies and veterans alike, here are his insider tips for making Movember a success rather than a reason to hang your head in shame.
What style would you suggest for first-timers?
The easiest mo is the ‘public servant,’ which is kept above the lip and between the sides of the mouth. Shave your whole face except for this area and you’ll be there in no time. For a slightly classier version of this style, allow it to grow around the corners of the mouth, cutting off at the bottom lip.
What about more experienced mo growers?
More advanced moustache moguls should grow their beard for one week then carve a design into it. The best example is the Seneca Crane character from the first Hunger Games movie. The General Lee look is also a good approach: shave only your neck and chin and allow the moustache and mutton chops to merge into one glorious Civil War era look.
How can you find the right moustache style for your face?
The golden rule is to let it grow as large as possible and then start trimming from there. During this grooming process – make sure you only trim a little at a time – the right moustache will present itself. It’s vital to allow your stache to grow in fully and then only remove what is necessary: the less you cut the better.
Any tips for keeping your Movember moustache in great shape?
Eating raw onions can help get your mo as full as possible in the beginning, but you need to shampoo it as soon as you’re happy with the look: onion breath is hard to kiss. Don't be afraid to use products as well. Truefitt & Hill’s beard oil is great for moisturizing the hair and skin and the moustache wax is really useful for styling.
What can you do if your moustache starts to fail?
If your stache has soured, use it to your fundraising advantage. Make two buckets, one saying ‘Shave it’ and the other saying ‘Save it.’ At the end of the month, if shave wins, shave it in front of your friends. If save wins, you have to keep it for at least two more weeks. You can also create a laugh jar: every time someone laughs at your look they have to donate to the jar.
What’s the bottom line for having a great Movember?
Remember that it’s for charity and it’s supposed to be fun. Have a conversation with some fellows, spread the good word and have a few laughs along the way. As for your look: growing a moustache is difficult but once you’re over the two-week stubble hump, it’s smooth sailing.
- John Lee