Whatever your personal preference when it comes to facial hair, there’s only one style to be seen in this month, and The Bluebeard-in-Chief is proudly leading the pack.
As Movember descends, men across the country will be breaking out all manner of experimental facial fashions, from the ever-slick handlebar moustache to the rather more avante-garde ‘toothbrush’ style.
And the best bit? It’s all in the name of charity, or to be more specific, raising money as well as awareness in a bid to wage war on male-specific cancers.
Here at Bluebeards HQ, we never shy away from a cause that is close to our hearts, and anyone who has been paying attention will be aware that we work in close partnership with male cancer charity Orchid, in a constant bid to persuade men around the world to ‘Man Up and Check’ for the early signs and symptoms of the diseases. You only have to take a glance inside our packaging to see that we are dedicated to the cause, and if you’ve been following our campaign to crown Britain’s Manliest Man, then all the more so.
So get your collection tins at the ready and set up your donations page, because for the month of November, it’s all about the ‘tache.
Here are our tips on making the most of your facial fuzz over the coming thirty days.
Removing excess hair
Chances are, your boss won’t take too kindly to you turning up for work looking like you’ve been lost in the forest for months, so a bit of mane maintenance is in order if you’re to keep everyone on side. Movember is the time to wave goodbye to the beard, as when sporting a quirky piece of facial fuzz, you’re going to want it to stand out.
Before you do anything else, trim any unwanted hair down to a manageable length in order to avoid clogging your razor blade to the point of no return. Removing the bulk of it beforehand will make for an easier and smoother shave, which is exactly what you want when you need your moustache to do the talking.
Prior to going in with the razor, slather on a generous layer of The Bluebeards Revenge Pre Shave Oil and leave to soak for ten minutes or so. This will soften the hairs up and prepare them for your shave, as well as enhancing razor glide and preventing nasty nicks and cuts.
Whip The Bluebeards Revenge Shaving Cream into a lather and apply with a brush, coating and lifting each individual hair, before going in with your chosen razor. Follow up with a good post-shave balm to calm, soothe and moisturise the skin.
Trimming your moustache
In order to ensure that your moustache looks its best, you’ll want to give it a good trim, but first, you’ll need to decide on what sort of look you’re going for, as this will have a bearing on how short you want to go. Once your decision is made, dampen your moustache with a small amount of water and distribute evenly by running a moustache comb through the length, then hold a pair of scissors parallel to the ends of the hair. Trim all the way across, leaving a little extra length than desired – hairs will often appear shorter once dried, and you won’t want to ruin your look by getting too scissor happy.
Once you’re satisfied with the length, shape the top and sides of your moustache as desired with a razor – the straight razor is a good option, as it allows for a greater level of accuracy and is easier to manoeuvre when there’s limited space to work with.
The finishing touches
For styling your moustache, it’s advisable to invest in a good quality styling wax. Warm a small amount between your fingertips and shape according to your chosen style. Twisting the ends and smoothing outwards and upwards will result in the slickest of styles!
Now that you’ve got the moustache of your dreams (!), it’s all down to the maintenance, but the odd trim every week or so should see you through. Time to get out and about and make some money from your mo’ – remember, it’s for a truly manly cause.