Why Men Have Mustache?
Unless and until triggered by hormonal imbalance, men have mustache and beard, and women have clean face. Of course, some women have fine fur around the jaws and over the upper lip, however, this facial hair can be distinguished from mustache and beard. Men use razor, electric or manual, to remove their facial hair, and women use different depilation techniques such as waxing, threading, hair removing cream, electrolysis etc. to remove their facial hair, if they have any.
Reasons Why Men Have Mustache
Mustache and beard normally begin to grow in males during their initial puberty period, and develops in the puberty stage that is between 11 and 21 years of age. Depending on genetic conditions and environment, the process of facial hair growth may vary in individuals. Male facial hair growth is triggered by testosterone, a strong androgenic hormone produced by the testes. The amount of testosterone hormone in a man’s body is responsible for quality of facial hair, normally more testosterone hormone means more facial hair in a man.
Today growing mustache, or beard for that matter, is a personal taste; however, a wide range of customs and religious beliefs, across cultures and countries, have been associated with facial hair since ancient time.
Development of Facial Hair in Men
Fine hair begins to appear at the corners of the upper lip
Hair spreads to form an arch over the upper lip
Fine hair appears around the jaws and upper cheeks
Hair begins to thicken and spreads over the jaws, checks and chin
Men tend mustache in various ways, for instance:
- Trimming mustache
- Styling mustache to give it different shapes
- Shaving hair on cheeks, jaws and chin and stopping it to become full beard
- Growing mustache and beard together
Tools for mustache care
- Shaving razors
- Mustache scissors
- Mustache wax
- Mustache brush
- Mustache comb
Types of Mustaches
Fu Manchu Mustache: Long and narrow mustache pointing downwards
Horseshoe Mustache: Mustache that is shaped liked upside-down horseshoe.
Handlebar Mustache: Thick mustache with ends pointing upwards.
Imperial Mustache: Thick mustache covering the entire upper lip and the ends curled.
Natural Mustache: Untrimmed mustache that is thick in the middle and slightly curved on the ends.
Chevron mustache: Thick and bushy mustache covering the upper lip, whiskers pointing towards the mouth.
Hungarian Mustache: Thick mustache with hair pointed downwards and covering the entire upper lip.
Toothbrush Mustache: Thick mustache that is shaved at the ends; worn by Charlie Chaplin and Adolf Hitler
English Mustache: Long and narrow mustache, pointed towards the ears
Pencil Mustache: Sometimes called mouth-brows; thin mustache that outlines the upper lip, borders are shaved to make it narrow.
Dali Mustache: Named after Salvador Dalí, surrealist Spanish painter (1904-1989); corners of upper lips shaved, narrow and long mustache curved upwards from the ends.
Freestyle Mustache: Unstyled mustache that is thick and covers the entire lips
Pancho Villa mustache: Named after Mexican historical figure Pancho Villa (also called droopy mustache); it is long, thick and pointed downwards.
Myth and Reality About Shaving
Shaving will make hair grow faster
Hair growth is triggered by hormones
Olive oil increases facial hair growth
There is no scientific connection between olive oil and facial hair
Shaving makes your facial hair thicker and darker
Shaving is not related to thick or dark facial hair. The truth is when hair grows, it is thicker on the base and becomes wispy when grows longer
Interesting Facts About Mustache
- Men have been grooming facial hair since thousands of years. In Neolithic age, men used stone razors to trim mustache and shave beard.
- The oldest portrait depicting a man with shaved beard and well-groomed mustache is a painting of Scythian horseman on the felt, dating back to 4th or 5th century BC. Ancient Egyptians artifacts also depict different types of mustaches.
- The Romans thought Gauls were barbaric because Gauls shaved beard and groomed mustache.
- In 1447, Britain passed an act, which stated men should shave their mustache. However, by the late 18th century, new rules forbade English soldiers to shave their mustache.
- Middle Eastern men go through mustache and beard transplants, called follicular unit extraction, to have more impressive facial hair.
- According to Guinness Book of World Records, Ram Singh Chauhan form Rajasthan, India has the longest mustache. When Chauhan’s mustache was measures on 4 March 2010, it was 4.29 m (14 ft).
- After many years of research, Jon Chattman and Rich Tarantino wrote a book titled Sweet 'Stache: 50 Badass Mustaches and the Faces Who Sport Them. Chattman and Tarantino analyses cultural relevance of mustache, and ranks on 1 to 10 scale based on hair quality, style and length.
- In Arabic culture, clean shaved men are thought to be liberal and inclined towards Western ideas and values, men with beard but no mustache are believed to be Islamic traditionalists, and men with mustache are thought to be a member of power circle. This sentiment has been emulated in Islamic culture in different countries, from Indonesia and Malaysia in the Far East to India, Pakistan and Afghanistan in the South Asia and Iran and Turkey in the Central Asia.
- The World Beard and Mustache Association holds a biennial competition “World Beard and Mustache Championships.” Men compete for the first position in different categories for different types of mustaches and beards
Things You Should Know About Mustaches
- Mustache is the sign of leaving boyhood and moving into manhood.
- Mustache is considered a symbol of virility and power.
- A man with mustache touches his whiskers 760 times a day in average.
- Some policemen in India are paid a bonus for growing mustache
- Human hair grows 0.014 inches a day, or about 5 or 6 inches a year, in average. However, mustache hair grows faster than any other body hair.
- Mustache grows faster in spring and summer, and slower in autumn and winter.
- Razors and blades are more than a billion dollar global industry.
- Facial hair grows more as you become older.
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