Whether you love it our loathe it, facial hair is as popular as ever. The moustache continues to be a favourite with celebrities. Made famous by icons such as Tom Selleck, Poirot and Burt Reynolds, there’s a myriad of moustache styles to suit all faces.
Worn proudly by Hungarian cavalry in the 18th century, the wearing of the moustache is now a fashion statement that reflects a gentleman that isn’t afraid to experiment with his own unique and personal style.
Head Barber at Murdock London, Covent Garden, Joe Pomper explains: “An overgrown moustache opens a whole host of doors when it comes to experimenting with different styles. However, once a client has trimmed his beard into a particular shape, it can be hard for him to then go and change it. Making sure they like the shape they’re choosing so that years of hard growth don’t go to waste, is paramount.”
With different ways to style, Joe offers his advice on how to achieve and succeed at wearing the ‘tache.
Probably the most simplistic when it comes to moustache styles, this neat take on upper lip hair needs to stay just that; neat. A Chevron moustache accompanied by stray and unruly hair is going to look nothing short of a scruffy mess. To maintain the super slick look and highlight that blunt, block shape, trim the moustache closely with scissors. Slick with an oil such as Murdock London Beard Oil to ensure all hairs stay exactly where they should.
THE PENCIL MOUSTACHE
For clients who want to add a hint of vintage to their style, the pencil is a great choice. Minimal but effective, the pencil moustache has slowly become less forties movie star and more of a street-style favourite. To really stand out, the pencil requires a clean-shaven beard and just a small hint of beard product to pull the hairs into the corner, giving that signature straight line look. Because the chin and face area will be shaved regularly, Joe recommends a good quality razor and Murdock London Beard Moisturiser.
THE HANDLEBAR MOUSTACHE
This style is not only sharp, but it’s also great for anyone that struggles to grow thicker hair above the lip. This is because it can be styled out by thickness at the sides. Originally named for its resemblance to handlebars on a bicycle, the handlebar moustache is now a quirky style. However, maintenance can be easily with the correct products. Due to its signature shape, maintaining a handlebar moustache not only requires a regular beard shampoo for thickness and shine, but also a strong hold product, to ensure that the shape remains intact throughout the day.
A ‘SCRUFFY’ MOUSTACHE
A lot more suave than you may think, a scruffy moustache is usually favoured by high profile actors such as Johnny Depp, and is often accompanied with a small amount of stubble. Although it doesn’t require much grooming, it’s important to ensure that it is still looked after. A product such as Murdock London Beard Oil maintains its shine and thickness, as well as protecting the skin underneath that can often become irritated and itchy with stubble.
This look combines the class mutton chops beard style with the upside-down horseshoe moustache. By combining two beard and moustache styles, you’re giving your client a look with a little bit of extra flair. It isn’t as daunting as it sounds to keep it maintained; make sure clients invest in the right products to this look stays as slick and clean as possible – recommend a traditional shaving soap and sharp razor and invest in a post-shave balm.