Movember is back, meaning its time for chaps to grow out their whiskers and raise awareness for men’s mental and physical health. The pros get the chance to show off their grooming skills while those of you who have always wondered what it would be like to grow a mo have an excuse to give it a go. But which look to go for? 

Words: Andrew Zuccala

1 The Handlebar
A street style favourite, the handlebar moustache boasts curved ends spiralling up toward your cheekbones. Think Poirot, but more hipster. Artists in Shoreditch will surely be donning this look with a modern haircut and fresh vintage clothes. Styling the handlebar is simple; use a small dab of moustache wax to wind each end of your moustache outward, hence creating curved ends.

The classic comeback handlebar moustache

The classic comeback handlebar moustache

2 The Chevron
Also known as the Magnum PI (popularised by Tom Selleck), this one is for those who have straight hair and can grow a thick moustache quickly as it will take most men longer than a month to grow out. It’s kept quite neat so does require some effort but beware of looking like a member of a mariachi band or a news anchor from the 70s or 80s.

Tom Selleck's signature look

Tom Selleck’s signature look

3 The Dali
This moustache requires the grower to be a quirky yet confident chap (like the famous Salvador Dali) who can take the justified strange looks from strangers. To be honest, you’ll probably be the type of person who loves the attention. It is a narrow mo with long and pointy ends. Men who wear this type of facial hair also need to shave the corners of their mouths routinely. You’ll be lathering your face in some sort of hyper adhesive gel to ensure it keeps it shape so be warned.

The eccentric Salvadore Dali and his equally quirky mo

The eccentric Salvadore Dali and his equally quirky mo

4 The Horseshoe
Few can pull this one off. It consists of vertical extensions that go from the corners of the mouth down to the jaw line. Think Hulk Hogan and Aaron Rodgers. You’re tough and bold just like your facial hair. You grow a lot of it and you don’t want to fuss about maintaining the shape everyday. This style most certainly doesn’t suit many, so make sure it works for you. If not, you run the risk of looking like Ben Stiller in Dodgeball.

If you're wanting your Movember moustache to stand out (helping you raise money) the horse shoe might be just what you need

If you want your Movember moustache to stand out, the horse shoe might be just what you need

5 The Pencil
For those who truly struggle to grow their facial hair beyond a few pubescent strands, this one might be for you. Again, it’s a bold choice. It is very closely clipped and outlines the upper lip, but there is a wide gap between your nose and moustache. It doesn’t take long to grow. The ‘pencil’ moustache became popular when film stars like Clark Gable and Errol Flynn embraced the style and, so it has a vintage chic feel. This look requires constant touch ups and can easily make you come across as a henchman or creepy stalker.

The debonair Erol Flynn's pencil moustache

The debonair Erol Flynn’s pencil moustache

6 The Pyramid
The pyramid is a fairly new type of moustache, which teams up well with tatoos and piercings. The facial hair is closely-cropped directly above your lip, and it should be the same length as your lips. Similar to the lampshade, which is somewhat wider with more rounded edges.

The Pyramid - The new chic mo

The Pyramid – The new chic mo

7 The Cowboy
Mostly a messier and longer version of the Magnum P.I. moustache, this version should not be neat, but rather rugged and left to do its own thing. Naturally, tidy up this stache with a pair of scissors, but avoid precise cuts of large portions of hair to maintain the roughness of this version. It’s best for the lazier moustache growers out there who are doing Movember to simply raise awareness for men’s health and have a bit of fun. Why not just give it a go?

The rough Ron Swanson and his scragglier counterpart

The rough Ron Swanson and his scragglier counterpart


Handy moustache tips

For a healthy and bushy moustache, you will need to do a few things to help stimulate growth. Firstly, make sure you get plenty of vitamins and minerals in your diet. Particularly keep an eye out for vitamin A, B, C and E and biotin to nourish your hair follicles and strengthen hair from the inside. Exfoliating your face and drinking plenty of water will also keep allowing for healthier hair to grow. Invest in some good moisturiser for this will create a better environment for faster hair growth.

To make sure your mo is looking sharp, buy a decent beard trimmer and consider buying a pair of facial hair scissors. Also make sure you comb through your moustache and only trim when it’s dry to get a more precise cut.

Mo Growers and Mo Sisters can find out more about Movember here