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The 4 Biggest Mistakes Men Make When Growing a Mustache

Growing A Mustache

Some men like the idea of growing a mustache on their faces. However, we aren’t always able to grow our mustaches the way we want to. Genes play a big role in growing a mustache and full it will become, for example.

There are medicines and oils that are reputed to help you grow your mustache. Coconut oil, for example, can potentially encourage faster growth. It also helps your skin to become smoother. By using these kinds of oils, you can at least trim your mustache more easily.

The problem, though, is that many men do not know how to properly grow a mustache, much less how to maintain it. In this article, we will correct some mistaken notions and will provide you with some tips on how best to grow your mustache.  We will start by pointing out the four biggest mistakes men make when growing a mustache.

Four Big Mistakes When Growing a Mustache

While each of these mistakes can cause you real problems, the good news is that they can be corrected easily.  With a little bit of research, some trimming, and with the proper use of some facial hair products, you’ll be well on your way toward a great mustache.

1.  Undermining Your Facial Features

Your facial features are perhaps the biggest factor to consider when growing a mustache. You must be familiar with your facial structure to compliment your face with the right mustache. If you only grow a mustache because you like how it looks without actually checking whether it complements your face, the results can be quite embarrassing.

Here are some tips that you can use to determine the right mustache for you, once you have determined your face shape.

Triangle Face Shape

Men with triangle-shaped faces should avoid mustaches that emphasize their chins further. Instead, you’ll want may want to go with a full Balbo beard and mustache. The idea is to create an impression of having a fuller and squared-off jawline.

Square Face Shape

Having a strong jawline and sharp angles are characteristics enjoyed by men with a square-shaped face. Mustaches that highlight their jawlines are a perfect choice. As a matter of fact, this face shape actually works well with most mustache styles.  The best choice though is a traditional mustache style like the chevron.

Men with square faces also look great with a goatee or a circle beard, since these styles lengthen the chin while emphasizing the jawline.

Round Face Shape

Round-shaped face individuals can go for a Van Dyke, horseshoe, or a goatee. THese styles highlight the middle and bottom part of your face, creating the appearance of a longer and more prominent chin. Another tip that you need to know when growing a mustache is that, if you have a round-shaped face, you will need to keep your facial hair narrow. Do not grow facial hair wide, or else it will not suit your facial features.

Oval Face Shape

The oval face shape is probably the most coveted face shape of all. It has the right proportions that make your face appear balanced and symmetrical.

Since you already have well-balanced facial features, you do not need a mustache. You can go clean-shaven for that neat look. But if you still want to sport that facial hair, you can go well with a chin strap beard and mustache. You might even want to try the bolder Dali mustache (that is if you dare)!

Oblong Face Shape

Men with oblong-shaped faces go well with a traditional mustache or a handlebar mustache. This type of mustache emphasizes the center of your face. This takes unwanted attention away from your forehead and chin.

Diamond Face Shape

If you have a diamond-shaped face, you will need to create a more defined jawline. To give more emphasis to your jaw, you can opt for the handlebar, horseshoe, Van Dyke, or pyramidal mustaches. You may also select a minimal and understated mustache such as the pencil mustache. This mustache doesn’t draw much attention to your jaw, but will still complement your face shape.

2.  Shaving Horizontally

You should always shave diagonally and not horizontally when trimming your mustache. To achieve a diagonal trim, trim the hairs in a downward direction toward the crease or ridge of your mouth for a more natural look.

Also, be attentive to the shape of your mouth. It should complement the trim of your mustache, so the mustache doesn’t clash with your facial features.

Another advantage to diagonal trimming is that your mustache hair will be able to grow in thicker and healthier since you are following the natural growth pattern of your facial hair. Hence, your facial hair’s growth pattern is not disrupted by constant trimmings or reshaping as compared to horizontally-cut mustaches that strive to keep up a straight horizontal line.

Constant horizontal cutting results in the hair shaft becoming thick and brittle, stumped, itchy, and uncomfortable. A diagonal line of mustache gives a natural look as it hangs in a downward droop around the mouth.

Always take precautions when trimming to avoid getting hurt.

3. You Don’t Trim Regularly

Men are sometimes unaware of how fast facial hair grows and when they should start trimming. It is especially important to trim your mustache back from your mouth. Letting your mustache hair grow too close to your mouth can cause real problems when eating, as food will get caught in the hairs. Soup is especially problematic.  Keeping the mustache prominent and attractive just above your lip, but out of the mouth, is recommended by experts.

Also, make sure that there are no stray hairs around your mouth. Stray hairs give the impression of a shabby, poorly-kept mustache.

Regular trimming of the edges of your facial hair, maybe a couple of times a week, will do the trick, depending on how fast or slow your facial hair grows.

4. You Do Not Check the Products and Tools You Are Using

One of the big mistakes that men make when starting to grow a mustache is using the wrong products.

At the most basic level, it is good to use products that have natural, organic ingredients, and avoid those that have a lot of chemicals.

You should also be aware of any skin allergies.  Sometimes products that are heavy on botanical oils can trigger skin allergies.

If you want to have a healthy and soft mustache, then you must know the right products you need for your facial hair.  Moreover, it is important to note that growing a mustache also depends on age. While beard oils and styling wax are great for growing a healthy mustache, these products are not recommended for adolescents who are just entering puberty who want to develop a mustache.

If you have a young man’s mustache, you must apply a mustache moisturizer instead. Mustache moisturizers are available in drugstores, grocery stores, and online. All you have to do is follow the instructions on how to use them.

Growing a mustache also requires proper shaving tools. Experts recommend that if you grow a mustache, it is a good idea to clean-shave the rest of your facial hair. Not clean-shaving the rest of your hair may sometimes lead to skin irritation.

Furthermore, clean-shaving gives more attention to your growing mustache. For this, you need the correct beard trimmer. A more precise and smoother shave around your mustache gives the mouth area a more defined look.

Wrapping It Up

The instructions above may sound like a lot of work, but they will actually go by quickly once you have the process down.  And best of all, your mustache will look awesome!  Spend a little time understanding how to groom your mustache will be well worth the effort!

Hi I'm Steve, and I've been trimming men's hair and beards for 6 years now. Many guys ask me about beard styles, how to grow a better beard, and how to take care of their beards. I share my techniques here in this blog.

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