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Movember and Moustaches to Remember

Updated on November 25, 2012

Every November you will find some of your men friends growing a little more hair on their faces in the form of a moustache. Yes, November is Movember which is the way one of the largest charities advertise for their annual fund raising event. Movember is all about awareness regarding cancer that affects men, specifically prostate cancer.

Although not as popular as they once were, there are many famous moustaches. Who can forget Tom Selleck’s or how about Hercule Poirot? Then there is Albert Einstein, Yosemite Sam or even Hulk Hogan! There are as many different styles of moustache as there are the men who wear them.

If you are a man who has decided to participate in Movember here is a little more information on the beauty that is moustache or mustache.

What's It All About?

According Wikipedia, Movember is a mix of the word “moustache” and the name of the month for this annual event that involves men growing a moustache to raise awareness for male cancers including prostate cancer. The money raised goes to a number of charities. The Movember Foundation runs the event.

The idea is to get more men involved and to raise awareness for early cancer detection with the aim that diagnosis and effective treatments can lead to a reduction in the number of preventable deaths. The Foundation encourages men to get an annual check-up as well as knowing their family history when it comes to cancer and to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

The Movember Foundation was started in 2004 in Australia and New Zealand. Ireland, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan and the United States started having events in 2007.

Canadians have been the largest contributors to Movember charities. Movember merged with the testicular cancer event Tacheback in 20102. The Global Journal noted that Movember is one of the 100 top non-government organizations in the world!

Movember Rules

There is only one rule for growing that Movember moustache. There are no stubbly beards or goatees allowed. The moustache must sit alone on the upper lip.

If you haven’t grown a moustache before there are a number of grooming tips to consider. If you are prone to ingrown hairs, take a page from the woman in you life’s beauty regime and exfoliate at least one a week. Exfoliating will help to keep the skin clean from oil and dirt.

You may end up shaving more in Movember which could result in some skin problems or irritations. Using a shaving cream can help keep sensitive facial skin in good shape. There are a number of different creams available so spending a little more on men’s cosmetics this month can help keep your facial skin healthy and you looking your best.

This is a good month to start using a facial moisturizer too. There are a number of men’s products that have great scents and good packaging. Learn what women have known for years, good looking skin makes you feel your best.

The Making Of A Moustache

Before you decide to grow a moustache there are a couple of things to take into consideration. First of all you will want to consider the shape of your face. Moustaches can help enhance your image or they can make you look ridiculous.

Once the moustache starts growing you have to take care of it. No, it doesn’t just hang out under your nose, there are some grooming that needs to happen to make it look great. First off you will need a moustache brush or comb to shape it and then you will want to invest in some moustache wax or gel to help keep the shape.

If your moustache tends to be unruly you can also apply some hair spray. Make sure you close your eyes when spraying! Or after applying the wax you can use a hair dryer to warm the wax and then shape it as the wax cools.

It is also recommended that using some hair conditioner after washing your moustache will ensure that it has some body. Who wants a flat moustache!


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    • bell du jour profile image

      bell du jour 6 years ago from Ireland

      Hi true blue tips, I love men with beards, but not crazy about moustaches on their own, ...however as Movember is for a very good cause I will put my likes and dislikes to one side and encourage all men to grow a moustache to help the fight against prostate cancer. Great hub, voted up.