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Shaving to Grow: The Challenges of Growing a Moustache

Updated on April 28, 2009

Introduction: Who wants a 'stache anyway?

"Moustaches?" you may say.  "Ew!" 

If you're not British, or otherwise a member of the Commonwealth, you may instead say "Mustaches?  Ew."  (But I won't hold it against you.)

Moustaches may not be everybody's favourite thing, but done properly they can be absolutely fantastic! Furthermore, they can provide an excellent way to express your personality.  With a well-groomed moustache, you look more refined than you otherwise would.  Conversely, if you want to look wild and perhaps a little uncivilised, nothing does the job better than a riotous profusion of facial hair.

Regardless of how you choose to express yourself, though, the moustache remains a valuable tool.  It's the secret third tool in a man's "image" repertoire, and one that's all too often ignored in today's society.

Insane Artist, Refined Society Person, Wild Man or Military Powerhouse.  The choice is yours:

Moustache types

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Refined and GentelmanlyArtsy and InsaneMelancholy and DeadThe "Mad Russian" look (Photo by Nikki Tysoe
Refined and Gentelmanly
Refined and Gentelmanly
Artsy and Insane
Artsy and Insane
Melancholy and Dead
Melancholy and Dead
The "Mad Russian" look (Photo by Nikki Tysoe
The "Mad Russian" look (Photo by Nikki Tysoe

Getting Started

To get started on growing a good moustache you will need, somewhat counter-intuitively, to shave your face a lot.

If your facial hair already grows fast (to the point where you have to shave daily) then you can probably skip this step, but if you're one of those baby-faced individuals who can go 2 weeks without shaving and have the world be none-the-wiser, you will need to shave daily for a few months to a year.

This may seem like a waste of time, but it's the only way to kick-start your body into providing you with more hair. Once you start to notice that "five o'clock shadow," you can move on to step number two, in which you stop shaving and start growing.

Don't bother with those fancy electronic razors, either.  They're a waste of money.  You can achieve results just fine with the cheaper manual ones, or with those disposable ones if you're tight on funds.

Photo by Saintbob (
Photo by Saintbob (

Let it all out

Now that you've successfully pent up your hair's latent desire to get out of your body, give in!

This stage can be a little harrowing for friends and family, as they witness your transformation from a well-groomed male of the human species into something resembling a genetic cross between a Grizzly Bear and a hillbilly.

But don't be discouraged!  Tell them it's only temporary, and that you are going to become a beautiful swan.  Then, when they tell you that the hair is starting to affect your brain, tell them that you were only kidding, but that it will look better once you have enough hair to start shaving again.

This stage of the shaving/growing process should last about a month, or until your entire fizzog (that's face) is covered with a layer of fuzz.

Now you're ready to start shaving down to just the parts of your face where you want that hair to stay.

Yes, I really looked like this for a while.
Yes, I really looked like this for a while.

The "puny moustache" stage

OR Helping your moustache to grow

After you shave off all that excess hair, you may be distraught to find that what you're left with is... well, less than impressive.

Don't worry about it!  In a few months your 'stache will look good, and then you can burn all those photographs people took of you because they thought you looked like a used-car salesman or some kind of creepy sex offender from a cheesy 1970s government propaganda film.

In the mean time, it's important to keep up with your shaving.  Shave the parts of your face that you don't want to grow hair on a regular basis, at least two or three times a week.  Don't worry about it being too perfect just yet.  Just get people used to the idea of seeing you with hair on your face where you want it, and you'll soon be on the right track.

You can make this stage more bearable by acting silly and taking weird surreal photos of yourself.
You can make this stage more bearable by acting silly and taking weird surreal photos of yourself.

Learning to Cope

One of the problems that's rarely mentioned when discussing moustaches is the fact that it's a little weird to get used to having one there.

First, there's the intolerable itching - Just fight past it though. Eventually, you won't even twitch a lip when your moustache starts to itch.

Then there's learning to enjoy the taste of hair - For some of us (with long hair) this is not a new phenomenon. Still, you'll get used to that tugging on your lip when you bite into a sandwich that tells you "Oops, you bit into your moustache too." Remember to open your mouth extra-wide when you eat things that are likely to pull your moustache into your mouth.

Finally, there's people not recognising you - While this is a pretty amusing side effect of new moustaches, it can still get annoying at times.

Of course, on top of all these non-shaving annoyances, there's the considerable time drain of shaving every few days, and the added expense of new razors (they ain't cheap).

Making it look presentable

One secret weapon in the arsenal of the moustachioed men of the world is shaving wax and trimming scissors.

How do you go from looking like August Strindberg to Salvador Dali?  Easy: Wax and trim.

The steps to waxing:

1) If you have a tub of wax (like Clubman's) it's often beneficial to run the tube under hot water for a few seconds.  This softens up the wax and makes it easier to apply to your facial hair.

2) Squeeze or otherwise apply a portion of the wax onto your moustache brush  (Note: do NOT use your shaving brush for this, if you have one!  You will ruin it.)

3) Brush the wax into your moustache.  Try to be fairly even with it, but don't worry too much about it.

4) Take your moustache comb and brush your moustache so that it looks roughly how you want it to look.

5) Repeat if needed.

6) Fine-tune with fingers and wait for wax to set.

Check the two pictures of me below for a "yes" and "no" example.

Waxing: Wrong and Right

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The "Strindberg" look.  This is not how your moustache should look after wax.The "refined gentleman" look (or something).  Aim for this after applying wax.
The "Strindberg" look.  This is not how your moustache should look after wax.
The "Strindberg" look. This is not how your moustache should look after wax.
The "refined gentleman" look (or something).  Aim for this after applying wax.
The "refined gentleman" look (or something). Aim for this after applying wax.
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    • profile image 5 years ago

      So fun! Thanks a lot fot sharing!

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      Douglas Smythe 5 years ago

      Embrace the moustache folks. A tache is a symbol of power and all things manly and good. Great post!

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      ProperMan86 5 years ago

      I must note that I highly respect the mustache. I am a barber and the art of mustache and beard sculpting is a respective part of my profession. For all believers in the old wives tale that "shaving makes your facial hair grow back thicker, faster, and has an increase in quantity." I have to destroy that belief for you and I do apologize. Here are the facts; facial hair is a gift, either you have it or you do not. You have pores on your face that produce and hold the hair bulb. You know the peach fuzz you get as a kid? Well that is premature facial hair, eventually that hair will gain its own porosity and build in melanin. These two ingredients give the hair it's structure and color. Granted there is way more to it but I'm not going to bore you ha. The point is that you can't speed up or contril hair growth aside from shaving or trimming it. There is no miracle cure nor are there tricks. I mean we have to be realistic. Now if you want healthy, strong, and just plain dapper hair, there are a few things you can do. Go to your health food store and buy a good natural shampoo and some hair, skin, and nails vitamins

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      catullus 7 years ago

      great guide lol, glad somebody did it!

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      sumon108 9 years ago

      not for every one ,but if you are a police officer then may be better

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      Welcome to the HubMobs :)

      I would never get "turned on" by a man with a moustache. My dad has a moustache and both my grandads did too. For me a moustache is associated with parental figures.

      Very well done first HubMob Hub by the way. Thumbs up!


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