There was a time when no self-respecting gentleman would leave their house without sporting a mustache. Somewhere along the line, the mustache lost its way. The good news is that the mustache has made a massive comeback.
Sporting a mustache exudes manliness. However, if not properly maintained, it can go wrong real quick. Whether you want to change up your look or are looking to ride out the latest trend, it is just as vital that you know how to maintain and trim your mustache properly.
Mustaches should not be seen as being any different than other facial hair. It takes an incredible amount of patience and a bit of skill to pull it off, but in the end, it will all be worth the wait.
Here at Jaxson Maximus, we have a talented team of barbers. Our barbers have put together this guide to show you mustache maintenance techniques and the proper steps to trim your mustache.
HOW TO TRIM YOUR MUSTACHE: SCISSORS VS. TRIMMERS
A big question is whether men should use scissors or a trimmer when cutting their mustaches. The answer is that it depends. It all depends on what you feel most comfortable using, as it will ultimately give you the same result. For first-timers or those who want to do more intricate designs, we recommend using scissors, giving you slightly more control.
STEP 1) LET IT GROW OUT
No matter if you are trying to grow out your beard or any other facial hair, you have to start with the basics. There is no point in putting in the effort of styling your hair if your mustache is growing thin and patchy. You have to have enough hair to justify breaking out the trimmers.
Depending on your skin, genetics, and hair growth rate, the time it takes to grow your stash can vary. Typically, it will take most men between two and three weeks for a mustache to take shape.
Try to avoid shaving anything for at least a week or until you can see your mustache start to fill in.
STEP 2) DO THE PROPER PREP WORK
Before you pick up your trimmers, you must have all of the right tools available to you at your disposal. This includes items such as your beard comb, scissors, trimmer (whichever you prefer), and a mirror. You also want to make sure that you trim any of your facial hair in a well-lit area. You don’t want to shave off half of your stash accidentally!
We recommend that you always clean your mustache before trimming. This will help rid your mustache of all dirt and debris that may have gotten left behind. Also, washing your mustache will help soften the hair follicles, making them easier to cut.
STEP 3) COMB OUT YOUR MUSTACHE
Using a comb when trimming your mustache is an absolute must. For one, it helps straighten the hair, making it much easier to cut. Combing in a downward direction helps stray hairs and split end stay in place. In short, combing allows you to see the length of the hairs better, giving you a better direction of where to cut and where not to.
Pro Tip: The quality of your comb matters. Cheaper combs are made of lower-quality plastics and presses, which could spell big trouble for your hair. In addition, cheaper combs are more likely to pull, cut, and tear on your hair while grooming due to unfilled jagged edges during manufacturing.
We recommend investing in a quality wood or other natural materials comb.
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STEP 4) START BY CUTTING ACROSS YOUR UPPER LIP
Start by trimming the hairs closest to your upper lip first. Then, start with the outside edges and work to the center of your lips. Follow the line of your upper lip, making minor cuts until you get your desired length. Don’t leave too much spacing between the cuts.
Pro Tip: When cutting your facial hair, always do it dry. Wet hair can make the mustache appear longer than it is without even realizing it. Also, you don’t want to cut off more than you were supposed to.
STEP 5) TRIM THE UPPER AREAS
After you are satisfied with the length of your lower stash, it is time to move on to the upper portion. Start by trimming the area just below your nose. You don’t want your nose hairs blending into your mustache. Not a good look on anyone!
The shape and style of your mustache depend on personal preference. If you choose to cut more, we recommend trimming the top of your mustache at a 45-degree angle, working down towards your lips to give it a fuller appearance.
STEP 6) DON’T FORGET ABOUT THICKNESS
A fine line exists between looking like a caterpillar sitting on your face and having a mustache that the person across the room would not even recognize. We recommend that if your mustache starts to look on the bushy side of the scale, you use a comb and scissors to help remove some of the thickness.
Comb your mustache upward so that the hairs extend just past the teeth of the comb. Then trim the excess hairs with either a pair of scissors or a trimmer. Try to trim only a tiny bit when thinning your mustache. You can always trim more, but you can’t ever go back.
STEP 7) STYLE YOUR MUSTACHE
While not required, some mustaches can use a little help from styling products. This is especially true if you are trying to define your stash more. These products do not have to be mustache specific. They will work just the same if they are made for your hair or beard.
If you are going for that “twisted up look,” try using a styling wax. If you are getting some dryness beneath your mustache, try rubbing in some beard oil to add moisture to the skin.
All-in-all to trim your mustache is really up to you and how you want to wear it. If you have any further questions on haircare or would like to learn more about Jaxson Maximus give us a call at (305) 262-5747.