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Why Men Have Mustache?

Updated on February 17, 2015

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.

Saugat Malla, a Nepali movie star, sporting mustache and goatee.
Saugat Malla, a Nepali movie star, sporting mustache and goatee. | Source

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

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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

Different Types of Mustaches created in Photoshop
Different Types of Mustaches created in Photoshop | Source

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.

Different types of mustaches created from Photoshop brush
Different types of mustaches created from Photoshop brush | Source

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
Different types of mustaches
Different types of mustaches | Source

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).

Different types of mustaches created from  Photoshop mustache brush
Different types of mustaches created from Photoshop mustache brush | Source

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  • 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

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Things You Should Know About Mustaches

  1. Mustache is the sign of leaving boyhood and moving into manhood.
  2. Mustache is considered a symbol of virility and power.
  3. A man with mustache touches his whiskers 760 times a day in average.
  4. Some policemen in India are paid a bonus for growing mustache
  5. 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.
  6. Mustache grows faster in spring and summer, and slower in autumn and winter.
  7. Razors and blades are more than a billion dollar global industry.
  8. Facial hair grows more as you become older.

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    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      7 years ago from Nepal




      Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a great weekend.

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Why Men Have Mustache a very interesting and useful hub with perfect photos that follow the simple explanation. Thanks for clearing this thought, and well done on a well presented hub. Voted up and useful.

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      As always Vinaya you educate and entertain us! Not only an interesting topic but one we are all aware of but weren't as familiar with until we read this great hub! I voted everything but funny! Here's to another two years of success and enjoyment.

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      7 years ago from Carson City

      Vinaya....1st. of all, Congratulations on your hubber score of 100! You deserve it, due to your great writing skills....such as you have shown in this interesting, informative hub!...UP+++ Pinned & tweeted

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      7 years ago from Nepal

      Thank you very much my dear writers and friends for sharing your view on the topic. I'm indebted to you for appreciating my work.

      Love doc



      always exploring



      Faith Reaper






      I would not have survived 2 years on Hp without you. Have a great weekend.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      Vin what an entertaining hub.. but hey you shouldn't sport that Hitler Mustache...LOL voted awesome my friend :)

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      7 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Wow I never thought about there being so many styles and with names even.

      I think you would suit one like in the second image... didn't you used to have on?

      Great to have an image program so that you can see what would suit before you actually grew one

      They are OK if groomed properly but some men just let them grow and give no thought to style.

      A unique hub... wondering what you will come up with next. :))

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      Adrian Cloute 

      7 years ago from Cedartown, GA

      Those are some of the coolest mustaches. I personally think that staches look a little creepy. I think they are very comical. It's funny to see when someone is serious about having a stache.

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      7 years ago from Wales

      So very interesting Vinaya as all your hubs. You are a great writer and thanks for sharing.

      Enjoy your day; voted up and shared.


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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I will take Bachelor # 2... You sport a dapper mustache, Vinaya...well groomed subject! Voted UP and across the board. Hugs, Maria

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      Faith Reaper 

      7 years ago from southern USA

      What a great topic for a hub! So clever and, wow, you with a mustache! LOL I believe I like you with your clean-shaven face, only because that is how I am used to seeing you. I do remember, here in the States, that back in the 70s a lot of men sported a mustache, including my husband, LOL. I think nowadays, only a few men can get away with looking okay with a mustache.

      I love how you showcased all the different varieties of a mustache!

      You are so funny in those photos with the photo-shopped mustaches. : )

      Voted up +++++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      7 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Wow, what a perfect selection for an article. As for does a mustache suit you, the answer is yes. (And yes I have a mustache but it is white.)

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      Elizabeth Parker 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Interesting hub. I didn't know what to expect to find, but I love the pictures...and had no idea that each type of mustache actually had a name! Good job!!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Vinaya, your hub is interesting. I lol seeing you in a mustache! Hee..I can't imagine how much research you had to do to come up with all the info. Well done...

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      7 years ago from United States

      Vinaya, I liked your various mustaches and description of how and why.

      Fascinating read :)

      Answering your poll on how the author looks with a mustache is: you look very mature with it.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I had one at one time...and a beard....why did I have one??? Because you have to try, right? It wasn't me, though, but at least I tried.

      Interesting topic for discussion and consideration.

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      7 years ago

      Vinaya, you come up with very interesting topics. I have never heard of these types of mustaches, but I must say these names made me laugh. Fumanchu mustache, toothbrush mustache, go figure. The article itself is detailed and self-explanatory. I don't like guys with mustache. I prefer the clean shaven look. And yes, you're right, many women also have that peach fuzzy hair on their mustache. Rather than shave, it's best to wax it. Thank you for sharing this gem. voted up useful, funny of course and interesting.


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