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Mustache Styling Guide: Mustache Grooming Tools and Tips

Mustache Styling Guide: Mustache Grooming Tools and Tips

The mustache — a symbol of masculinity and maturity, a badge of honor worn by men throughout history. This majestic strip of hair, perched proudly between your nose and upper lip, has been a fashion statement since the dawn of time. 

From the Neolithic era to the Victorian times, the mustache has been a mark of distinction, a sign of rebellion, and a testament to personal style. The French called it “moustache,” the Italians “baffi,” and the Spanish “bigote,” but no matter the language, the message was clear: A mustache is more than just a facial hair style, it's a lifestyle.

Now, you might think growing a mustache is as simple as skipping a few shaves, but oh boy, you’d be wrong. Like a bonsai tree or a fine wine, a truly great mustache requires care, attention, and the right tools. That's where The Beard Club comes into it. 

At The Beard Club, we're not just about beards. Bold simplicity and effortless confidence are the name of the game. We want to take the guesswork out of grooming so you can focus on the important stuff. Today, we’re going to coach you on the ins and outs of mustache maintenance.

What Are Grooming Steps for Different Mustache Styles?

Alright, fellas, it's time to roll up your sleeves, grab your grooming tools, and get into our tutorial for styling different types of mustaches. 

Just like snowflakes and fingerprints, every mustache looks different, and no two are exactly alike. Each style has its own personality, its own flair, and its own grooming needs. Let's get started:

The Pencil Mustache

Remember Clark Gable, the King of Hollywood? Or how about John Waters, the Sultan of Sleaze? These guys knew how to rock a pencil mustache like no one else. This thin mustache style is all about precision and sophistication. It's thin, it's neat, and it's perfect for the gentleman who likes to keep things classy.

Growing a pencil mustache is a game of patience:

  1. You'll need to let your upper lip hair grow out, but keep it trimmed close to the skin. 
  2. Once you've got some length, grab a fine-toothed comb and a pair of quality trimming scissors. 
  3. Comb your 'stache, snip any unruly stray hairs, and shape it into a thin line that sits just above your upper lip. 

Remember, precision is key here, so take your time and make sure every hair is in its place.

The Chevron Mustache

The chevron mustache is the rockstar of the mustache world. Think Freddie Mercury, Tom Selleck, Ron Swanson, or Miles Teller. This style is full, thick, and screams confidence.

Growing a chevron is all about letting nature do its thing:

  1. Let your mustache grow out, but keep it tidy by trimming the edges half an inch around the corners of your mouth. 
  2. You can let it grow over your upper lip or trim it for a cleaner look. 
  3. Brush your mustache upwards and trim an even line along your lip. 

You're going for bold and natural here, so don't be afraid to let your 'stache take center stage.

The Lampshade Mustache

The lampshade mustache, sometimes known as the Toothbrush mustache, is a classic, worn by icons like Charlie Chaplin and Oliver Hardy. It's defined by its rectangular shape, like a lampshade, and adds a touch of vintage charm to any face.

To grow a lampshade, you'll need to let your mustache grow out evenly:

  1. Once you've got some length, use a pair of clippers to trim your 'stache into a clean, straight line across your upper lip. 
  2. The ends should be cut vertically, creating a rectangular shape that extends to the corners of the mouth. 

Keep it neat and tidy, and you'll be channeling vintage vibes in no time.

The Handlebar Mustache

The handlebar mustache is the facial hair equivalent of a Harley Davidson. Worn by the likes of Wyatt Earp, Rollie Fingers, Salvador Dali, and a countless number of hipsters, the handlebar mustache style is all about flamboyance and flair. It's characterized by its upwardly curled ends that resemble the handles of a bicycle.

To grow a handlebar, patience is your best friend:

  1. You've got to let your 'stache grow out until it's long enough to curl at the ends. 
  2. Once you're there, part your mustache down the middle and comb each side out. 
  3. Trim stray hairs and apply a good helping of mustache wax to hold the style in place.
  4. Twist the ends of your hair with your fingers and curl them upwards. 

Remember, symmetry is key here, so make sure each curl is even.

The Walrus Mustache 

The walrus mustache is bushy, bold, and perfect for any man who’s not afraid to make a statement. Famous wearers of this style are Mark Twain and Theodore Roosevelt, so you’ll be in elite company by sporting it. 

Here is how to grow the classic powerful walrus mustache: 

  1. Growing a walrus requires you to let your mustache grow out until it covers your top lip. 
  2. Keep it bushy but tidy, trimming any hairs that stray too far from the pack. 
  3. The key here is to let your 'stache do its thing but don't let it get too wild. 

Keep it in check, and you'll have a walrus worthy of any presidential portrait.

The Horseshoe Mustache

The horseshoe mustache is one of the best mustache styles for tough guys. Hulk Hogan famously rocked this variation of the goatee, but Aaron Rodgers and Sam Elliott have also been seen sporting it. The horseshoe mustache is rugged, manly, and perfect for the guy who's ready to take on the world.

To grow a horseshoe, you’ll have to leave your mustache alone for a while:

  1. Let your mustache hairs and the sides of your mouth grow out until they reach your jawline. 
  2. Shave everything below your bottom lip to create a horseshoe shape. 
  3. Keep the length even and trim stray hairs for a clean, sharp look. 

This style is all about attitude, so wear it with confidence and let your horseshoe do the talking.

The English Mustache

Say "cheerio" to the English mustache, a traditionally British style that's all about sophistication and elegance. Think David Niven or Terry-Thomas. This style is characterized by its thin, long whiskers that are usually parted in the middle and often curled slightly at the ends.

To grow an English mustache, you'll need to let your upper lip hair grow out, but keep it trimmed close to the skin:

  1. Once you've got some length, comb your 'stache and shape it into fine points that extend beyond the corners of your mouth. 
  2. Use a dab of mustache wax to keep those extended ends in place. 

The English mustache is all about refinement, so keep it neat, tidy, and always gentlemanly.

The Beardstache

The beardstache is the facial hair version of a mullet…but way cooler. It's business in the front with a well-groomed mustache and party on the sides with a scruffy beard. Think Henry Cavill or Idris Elba. It’s a rugged yet stylish look that's perfect for the man who wants the best of both worlds.

To grow a beardstache, you'll need to strike a balance between your beard and mustache:

  1. Let your mustache grow out and keep it well-groomed while allowing your beard to grow in a bit more naturally. 
  2. Trim your beard regularly to maintain that stubble look, and give your mustache a little extra attention to help it stand out. 

It's a balancing act, but when done right, the beardstache is a knockout style that's sure to turn heads.

Tips for Taming the Mustache

Once you've grown out and obtained some serious growth on your beard and mustache, an entirely new world of style choices opens up. You can twirl your mustache hair up with a full beard and go from a sleek Chevron to a hipster flashing handlebar in the blink of an eye. One of the keys to making these style changes happen is with the right grooming products.

What Are the Must-Have Mustache Grooming Products? 

Alright gents, let's talk tools. Just like a carpenter wouldn't use a hammer to cut wood, you can't use any old razor to shape your 'stache. Each mustache style requires specific grooming products to keep it looking sharp and stylish. 

So, let's break down the must-have mustache grooming products and their uses:

Mustache Comb 

Think of the mustache comb as your trusty sidekick. It's small, it's efficient, and it's perfect for keeping your 'stache in line. It works wonders on all mustache styles, especially those requiring precision, like the pencil and English. Just remember to start in the middle and work your way out to the ends.

Mustache Wax 

Mustache wax is your go-to product for styles that need a bit more hold, like the handlebar or English mustache. And, it’s easy to use. Simply warm a small amount between your fingers, apply it to your mustache, and style as desired. It's like hairspray for your 'stache — it keeps everything in place without making it feel stiff or unnatural.

Beard Trimming Scissors 

Beard Trimming Scissors are your precision tool, perfect for styles like the pencil or chevron that require detailed trimming. They're sharp, they're accurate, and they give you full control over every snip.

PT Beard and Hair Trimmer 

This is your heavy-duty tool for mustache styles that require a lot of trimming, like the horseshoe or walrus. Our PT Beard Trimmer is powerful, precise, and the perfect tool for maintaining your 'stache's length and shape.

Straight Edge Razor 

This is the tool for the guy who likes to live on the edge. Perfect for styles like the pencil that require a sharp, clean line, a straight-edge razor gives you a close, precise shave every time.

Beard & Face Wash 

Just like the hair on your head, your mustache needs a good cleanse, too. Our Beard & Face Wash is perfect for all mustache styles, helping to keep your facial hair clean, soft, and manageable. Just lather, rinse, and you're good to go.

Beard Oil 

Don't let the name fool you, beard oil doesn’t require a full beard to be effective. It’s a must-have, no matter how much facial hair you have. It moisturizes, tames frizz, and adds a healthy shine. Just a few drops massaged into your 'stache can make a world of difference. 

Mustache Mastery: Your Next Chapter Begins Now

man with fine shaped mustache

Well, gentlemen, we've journeyed through the rich history of mustaches, explored various styles, and learned about the tools of the trade. However, your mustache journey is just beginning.

Regular grooming is the key to a well-maintained mustache. Just like you wouldn't skip leg day at the gym, don't neglect your 'stache. Keep it clean, keep it trimmed, and keep it styled. And remember, the right tools make all the difference. The Beard Club blog can provide you with all the grooming tips that you need to maintain your preferred style. 

Now, it's time to put all this knowledge into action. We encourage you to explore our range of men’s grooming products. We’ve got everything that you need to style and groom your mustache to perfection! 


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Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) | American Experience | PBS

Facial Hair Friday: Mark Twain – Pieces of History | National Archives

Hulk Hogan Voted ‘Greatest Mustache In History’ | Yahoo

The Beard Is Dead, Long Live the 'Beardstache’ | The Telegraph