Congratulations! You’re halfway through this glorious Movember. For many of you, this might be your first moustache. That’s okay; to be honest, this only my second Movember. So far, it’s been a great season, to say the least. Keep up the good work!
At this point, you might be wondering what to do with your luscious ‘stache. It might be getting long, or it might be a little sharp or dry. Movember is more than just a month out of the year in which you happen to grow a moustache. Take pride in your upper lip sweater, because you’re representing a much bigger cause here. It’s your responsibility to spread the word about proper men’s health care, raising awareness about testicular and prostate cancer, as well as mental health.
With a great ‘Mo comes great responsibility.
Every once in a while, I institute the “go big or go home” mentality. That being the case, I’ll have to come clean here. I usually rock some level of facial hair all year round, so this year I officially started growing the ‘stache around the end of September. If you want to commit to growing a serious moustache, you’ll need to be prepared with the right tools.
Facial hair requires just as much love as the hair on your head. Think about it – you wash your hair everyday with shampoo, and maybe even a conditioner, and it usually looks good, right? Would it shock you that the ‘Mo needs just as much TLC? Like any fine craftsman, you’ll need a few good tools to tame the wild beast. When stocking up for the long haul, it’s always important to keep it vegan. Then you will also be able to say, “No animals were harmed in the growing of this moustache.”
- Moustache Comb
- Moustache Wax
- Moustache Conditioner and Wax Remover
1. The first thing you’ll need is a fine-toothed comb. Small hair equals a small comb. Head on over to Kent’s to pick up a good one to commemorate this years ‘Mo. Once you get out of the shower, make sure to comb your ‘stache. If you’re attempting the coveted handlebar, you’ll want to comb outwards on both sides, creating a nice part in the middle. If you’re going for the classic porno ‘stache just comb it downwards. Always comb!
2. Next, you’ll need a great moustache wax. Not all waxes work in the same way. Some need to be heated up more so than others in order to be worked into the hair properly. Some have a strong hold, which is important if you’re unable to refresh throughout the day. My recommendation is to visit my friends over at Petal Pusher Fancies. Let’s call them PPF for the duration. I started out by purchasing their Vegan Dandy Candy Moustache Wax.
First and foremost, this wax is vegan and that’s the main reason I picked it up. Now I’m sure there are more out there, but its important to me that they say they are a vegan product. This not only means that their products are void of any animal-based ingredients, but it also means that the products were not tested on animals before they went to market. It’s important to support companies that are compassionate from start to finish.
Secondly, their waxes just smell amazingly manly, like any great moustache should. Created using a fine mixture of Steam-River Rum Oil and hints of orange, other fine oils, spices and natural butters, this was a great introduction to moustache waxes for me. In order to get a good application of this wax, you’ll need to heat it up with a hair dryer or other heat source to make it easier to distribute through your hair. I also like to run hot water from the sink and let the faucet heat up. Then I’ll take a small amount of wax and stick it to the faucet just in case I need some extra wax at the end.
A few weeks into the growing season, I thought I’d try something different. PPF also offers a Vegan Soy Free Dandy Candy. Same great smell, same portable tin, but very different wax. I found this wax to be much easier to apply. It barely needs to be heated up and it’s very easy to work into the hair with your fingers.
Honestly, I think that both of these waxes have great holds and I would recommend both of them. Different occasions call for different waxes.
3. The last essential tool for maintaining the moustache is a good wax remover and conditioner. You might be asking yourself, “Where can I buy that?!” Luckily for us, our friends at PPF thought of everything (which is why I love this company). One of my problems last Movember was that my hair was so dry and rough that I could barely curl the ends. So, I did some digging. I literally searched “moustache conditioners” and there it was, the The Wicked Cookie-Duster Wax Remover and Conditioner! The answer to all my problems. This stuff is wicked awesome, and it smells (insert adjective more potent than “incredible” here). I just can’t describe how good this smells. You’ll just have to buy it and experience it for yourself. Just apply it with a kid’s size toothbrush. (Yes, a kid’s toothbrush. I use one with Woody from Toy Story on it because…well, why not?). Let it sit for a couple of minutes or let it seep into the hair overnight. The longer the better, because it really does work. My hair has never felt softer and this really helps when combing and styling. The hair will actually go in the desired direction (for example, the handlebar is starting to emerge nicely).
4. When it’s time to remove the conditioner, make sure that you use shampoo and NOT a face wash or a bar of soap. This will only have a reverse effect on the hair. You just spent all of that time softening the hair; don’t go and muck it all up!
5. Repeat this process for as long as you plan on keeping that work of art on your upper lip.
One last thing for which I have to applaud PPF: they offer an incredible gift set for all of you vegan guys out there. Make sure to pick this up for the holiday season: Vegan Wet Shaving Kit. Regular shaving is okay with your Mach 1500 or whatever, but have you ever shaved with a double-edge razor, an old fashioned shaving brush and a shaving cake? Most of us haven’t, because we either don’t know where to buy them or they are just so damn expensive. PPF to the rescue once again. This gift comes with a lot of things, and the shaving brush is VEGAN!!! Did you know that those brushes are typically made from badger hair? Gross, right? What did the badger ever do to us to deserve that? Now with this gift set, you can enjoy one of the closest shaves ever, stay true to the vegan cause…AND IT’S FUN! For a quick tutorial, I would suggest checking out: