Movember, the annual event in which people grow mustaches during the month of November to raise awareness for a number of men’s health issues, is here. This year, we’re showing you how you can turn your month-old mustache into a look you’ll keep for the rest of the year. Here are a few of our favorite facial hair styles to get you started.
The Full Beard
Let’s kick things off with the easiest look to rock, the full beard. All you really have to do is start your Movember growth, and stop shaving. Let that hair grow until you look like a lumberjack. That’s when you know you’ve arrived. Now, I’m not saying don’t take care of it––on the contrary, you want a controlled, refined beard that you’re not ashamed to show in public. You get this by shaping it, brushing it, caring for the skin beneath it, and keeping that hair hydrated. It’s worth the work, trust me.
I use Lush Kalamazoo beard wash. It’s light, smells great, & does wonders for my skin. For grooming, I use the Wahl Peanut shaver. While it doesn’t hurt to go to a barber to get these styles, you can do them all on your own with some trimmers.
Is the full beard too much for you? I spent a good decade rocking a goat of various lengths and widths. The goatee is the best of both worlds: you get a bit of beard and a bit of shaved face. This style is easy to manage, as long as you’re willing to deal with a bit of shaving.
The other great thing about the goatee? It gives you a lot of options. Want a wider goat that spans your chin, plus a disconnected mustache? That’s the Balbo. Want to look like an old-time movie villain? My friend, the Van Dyke is for you.
The Chin Curtain, The Old Dutch…this type of facial hair has many names, and almost as many variations in style. Personally, I’m partial to The Whaler. For people (like me) who don’t love the feel or upkeep that comes with a mustache, but appreciate the beard, this is perfect. It can be as long or short as you want it, meaning that you don’t have to trim your cheeks if you don’t want to.
My recommendation, for a more modern look, is to let the beard fill in up to your cheeks as it naturally would, then preen any stray or flyaway hairs that stick out. Trim the hair on your cheeks shorter, and let the beard around your chin grow a bit longer. This helps elongate a round face. As you can see from the photo, it worked for me.
Not sold on the burly full beard, or a goatee that shrouds your chin? Consider sticking with stubble. This is a valid look for a lot of guys, especially those with strong chins and more angular faces. Before you rejoice over how easy it is to grow stubble, take note – this look requires regular trimming. In fact, the key to making sure you don’t look like a ‘70s B-movie actor is constant upkeep. You can’t let the stubble get too long – just long enough. Still, it’s a look that works with everything from shorts and tanks to three-piece suits.
If you get through Movember with the beginnings of a mustache, why not continue to cultivate that bad boy? There are some sick-looking mustaches out there that work for lots of faces. Whether you want to channel your inner Tom Selleck with The Chevron, or go full hipster with a handlebar, you’ve got options.
If I could grow one that was majestic enough, I’d probably opt for the Swanson-esque full mustache. For the absolute other side of the spectrum, try the pencil mustache. Hey, if it’s good enough for John Waters and Brad Pitt, it’s good enough for us.
Part of the magic of facial hair is that you can do so many things with it, and most of those things result in major changes to the way you look. Don’t believe me? Look at this man on a quest to sport every beard type. There’s a pretty big difference between how he looks with The Nero and the Van Dyke, or The Balbo and The Cantinflas. You can use this to your advantage to mix up your look.
What are you going to do with your post-Movember facial hair? Tell us about it in the comments below.
Article written by Bruce Sturgell
Bruce is the founder of Chubstr.com, a style blog that helps guys to find, create, and share their own personal style with the world by offering them articles, resources, and reader photo submissions.
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