We Know You Want Henry Cavill's Moustache
Don’t worry. Beards aren’t going anywhere this winter. But we couldn’t help but notice a growing number of leading men are taking a more minimal approach to their facial fuzz, opting instead for a moustache over the full beard.
Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, even Ryan Gosling and Henry Cavill – they’ve all been there recently.
To find out everything you need to know about growing and styling a ’tache of your own, we hit up Jake Putan from new Sydney grooming destination Adilla Barbers.
Get the right kit
“At home, you should be using a small fine-toothed moustache comb to groom the hairs and keep them in place,” says Putan.
We like the Mens Society Moustache Grooming Kit. At this price, you might want to also grab one for the desk drawer to handle any post-lunch crumbs.
Brush gently in the direction of hair growth so the moustache sits flush to the face.
Try this: If you really want to make like Dali, you’ll need the right amount of moustache wax – and extra time in the morning.
Try Captain Fawcett’s ‘Sandalwood Moustache Wax’. Apply the tiniest dab and build slowly. Then twirl as required.
Growth rates are an individual affair, as is the fact that some of us will grow facial hair that’s an entirely different shade to what’s on top. So at what stage should you call in the professionals?
“The best thing you can do is let it grow until it gets past the edge of the top lip, then see your barber,” says Putan. “It needs to be well kept just like your hair – so a moustache should be professionally maintained every two to four weeks, depending on the thickness.”
Choosing a shape According to Putan, it’s a free-for-all.
“The best thing about having a moustache is the freedom that there is no set shape for each face,” he says. “It really comes down to personal preference. My three favourites are the pencil ’tache, (thinly lining the upper lip); the chevron (full and bushy); and the handlebars (see Mr Hemsworth’s recent look, below).”
From there, thickness, texture and finish is a matter of choice.
Briefing your barber
As with your hairstyle, the things to consider are your lifestyle, career, how much time you want to spend in front of the mirror each morning and how often you’re prepared to hit up your barber.
“Run the style you’ve chosen past your barber so they can give you all the info you need or ask them for some ideas,” says Putan. In other words, they know more about it than you ever will, so listen.