“A man without a mustache is a man without a soul.” - Confucius, ~500 BC
Roughly a hundred years ago, mustaches became wildly popular. But as the above Confucius quote shows, there has been fascination with mustaches for well over 2000 years. In every walk of modern pop culture including movies, TV, and sports, there have been larger-than-life characters whose popularities have been enhanced, or made, by their mustaches. Clark Gable, Tom Selleck, Freddie Mercury, and Rollie Fingers come to immediate mind, to name just a few.
There is no debating the historic, cultural, and social importance of mustaches throughout the world's history. The question that sometimes does remain, however, is how do you trim a mustache? Also, how do you shape a mustache, or allow it to grow thicker and remain maintainable?
We reached out to our esteemed Zamberg panel of mustache owners, and mustache lovers, to come up with a few tips for the mustache enthusiasts reading this article. Here's what we came up with.
Trimming your mustache
Mustache grooming begins and ends with a high quality pair of mustache scissors. Modern mustache scissors feature such details as straight blades, ergonomic handles, rounded tips, and even self-sharpening technology. Zamberg has an extensive selection of the finest mustache grooming tools.
To trim your mustache, we recommend combing the mustache hair straight down (or up), and trimming the excess hairs that extend beyond the teeth of the comb with your mustache scissors. Start slowly and trim lightly to begin, since you can always trim more later. It might take a few times to get the hang of the process, so until then go slow and trim more only when needed. Ideally, the hairs on the upper lip should never reach your mouth. As you become more comfortable with the process, you can begin additional maneuvers to shape your mustache the way you'd like it to look.
More mustache grooming, and growing, tips
Many men wonder how to grow a thicker mustache. The key, really, is to let it grow for three to four months. This will give you an opportunity to work with shaping a fuller compliment of facial hair. While there are certain supplements and vitamins that might slightly make your facial hair thicker, simply letting it grow longer will be the best method.
While a thicker mustache does require some time and patience, there are a few ways that can help mustache hairs grow a bit faster. Perhaps the most important tip is to comb your mustache regularly. Combing promotes hair growth, and mustache hair is no different. Keeping your face clean and exfoliating dead skin cells, especially in the mouth, nose, and mustache area, both help to promote healthy hair growth, as do consistent sleep hours and sleep patterns.