How to Select and Apply Moustache Wax

Close portrait of a man with a beard and mustache. Brown jacket, white shirt, brown background.

So you’ve decided to cultivate a moustache. It is a look most befitting of an elegant gentleman, and is without a doubt incredibly attractive to the fairer sex. But how does one begin?

Today we are starting with the basics – how to select and apply moustache wax to keep your facial hair healthy and trained to a desirable shape.

Natural vs. petroleum-based

It’s worth noting that while both natural and petroleum-based moustache waxes work well, petroleum-based waxes do not penetrate the hair shaft – rather, these waxes coat your hair. Natural waxes, on the other hand, do penetrate your hair shaft, offering extra conditioning. Typically natural waxes have a beeswax base, like Dr. Dittmar Original Hungarian Moustache Wax.

For basic hold and taming stray hairs, a wax with light to medium hold will do. For a twizzler worthy of the World Beard and Moustache Championships, you’ll want strong or extra strong hold.

There are several ways to get the wax warm:

If you’re using a wax in a tin, warming up the wax will help with application. You can run the tin under hot water for a minute, or hit the tin with a blow dryer on a low setting for a couple of seconds. Be careful not to make the wax hot, which will render it runny and useless. You want to aim for a smooth consistency or else it won’t go on evenly.

If you carry your moustache wax around with you, simply leaving it in your pocket should warm it up enough for application.

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Stern Moustache Comb

The application

1. Before application, make sure your hair and fingers are dry.

2. Slide your fingernail over the wax, scraping a small amount onto the top of your nail.

3. Work the wax back and forth between your thumb and forefinger, forming a ball.

4. Starting from the center, work the wax through one side of your moustache with your thumb and forefinger, finishing with the tip. To ensure the moustache wax distributes evenly through your beard and that no hair clumps occur, comb through with a moustache comb like the Stern Moustache Comb.

5. Repeat the process on the other side of your moustache. To keep the look natural, don’t twist the ends.

To create a fancy twizzler:

Add more moustache wax to your facial hair, styling it to the look of your choosing (the Dali, Tom Selleck, or pencil moustache are all wonderful). Twist the ends towards your face for a handlebar look. To seal the style, blast your moustache with cold air from your blowdryer.

Tip: Always start with less and only add more as necessary. Even the fanciest, largest ‘staches don’t require a lot of wax and are waxed in sections.

To train your moustache:

After adding more moustache wax to your facial hair, create a center part and comb hair in the direction you want it to grow. Done daily, this will train your whiskers to keep away from your mouth.

Regarding touch-ups:

Use as little wax as possible if you plan to do touch-ups throughout the day.

How to Get the Barbershop Experience at Home

Old school barber shop with a checkerboard floor in black and white

Few experiences are more relaxing and luxurious than a classic barbershop shave. But few of us have the time or money to visit our barbers every day. Thankfully, there are a few ways you can bring the barbershop home (or at least ease the time between visits).

Below, we’ve compiled seven ways to recreate your favorite barbershop treatments, from the keystone hot towel to facial treatments that leave you feeling like a million bucks. Shop all the products mentioned at the end of this post.

Enjoy!

Hot Oil Beard Treatment

Just think of hot beard oil as beard oil turbocharged with VTEC. Proraso’s Beard Hot Oil makes it easy: Just warm a vial in hot tap water and massage into a damp beard. The heat helps the oil’s nourishing ingredients – including aloe and eucalyptus oil – penetrate deeply into your beard hair, making even the most scraggly beards feel silky.

SHOP: Proraso Beard Hot Oil

Barbershop Hot Towel

A classic barbershop shave always includes a relaxing and pore-opening hot towel. You can DIY the hot towel at home.

There are two ways to DIY:

  1. Stick a towel in a bowl of water and microwave for a couple of seconds until warm.
  2. Roll up the towel and run it under hot water for a few seconds, then wring it out.

After the towel’s warm, apply essential oils to your liking. Try eucalyptus and lavender oils for relaxation, or sandalwood for an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effect.

If you’d like a more thorough course in the art of crafting the barbershop hot towel, check out this video:

The Correct Way to Towel Dry Your Hair

Hair is weakest when it’s wet. According to head barber Rob McMillen of Blind Barber, your natural instinct to vigorously push your hair back and forth while drying is the exact opposite of what you should be doing. To dry hair without damaging hair follicles, pat your head instead, squeezing sections of hair dry.

Also, avoid heat styling if possible. McMillen says not all styles need a blow dryer’s help, and that products typically work best when your hair is half dry.

Quality Clippers for Your Beard

McMillen recommends the Wahl Lithium All in One Trimmer if you’re planning to trim your beard at home. It’s light so you can hold it for an extended period of time without fatigue. It also boasts a very sharp blade and accurate beard guides.

SHOP: Wahl Lithium All in One Trimmer

Face Mask

A good shave starts with good skin. A razor passes most easily over smooth skin, reducing your chances of razor burn and rash, ingrown hairs, and inflammation. So don’t be scared to reach for a face mask (or think it’s too “feminine”) the next time you need some R & R.

We like Baxter of California Clay Mask, which taps kaolin clay and bentonite to draw out impurities (i.e. to unclog your pores), while aloe vera and avocado oil moisturize and hydrate your skin so it’s strong and supple.

SHOP: Baxter of California Clay Mask

Hydrate, Part 1: Face Oil

If you’re a guy with oily or combination skin, you’re probably wondering why you’d want to put more oil on your skin. Face oil is actually extremely lightweight yet packed with nourishing ingredients – plus it penetrates your skin better than lotion – so it moisturizes without clogging pores. Smooth a few drops on before moisturizer for that just-got-back-from-the-barbershop feeling.

Try Jack Black Epic Moisture MP10 Nourishing Oil, which infuses skin with a blend of 10 natural oils, fatty acids, and potent antioxidants.

SHOP: Jack Black Epic Moisture MP10 Nourishing Oil

Hydrate, Part 2: Moisturizer

For all that we look forward to our daily wet shave, the fact remains that every time we shave we’re traumatizing our skin. Combat the redness and irritation by following your face oil with moisturizer.

Our tip? Look for a moisturizer with a cooling element, like Dreadnought Cooling Moisturizer, which leaves your face feeling nice and refreshed after a shave. Jojoba oil keeps skin resilient by preventing excess oil production and inflammation.

SHOP: Dreadnought Cooling Moisturizer

Product-Picks

SHOP: 1. Wahl Lithium All in One Trimmer, 2. Jack Black Epic Moisture MP10 Nourishing Oil, 3. Proraso Beard Hot Oil, 4. Baxter of California Clay Mask, 5. Dreadnought Cooling Moisturizer.

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Infographic: Moustache 101 and Moustache Styles

According to a Workplace Mustache Study by the American Mustache Institute (AMI), moustache acceptance in workplaces is higher than ever. And with whiskers being a centerpiece of the hipster movement, moustache styles in every permutation have flourished. If you proudly wear a moustache, we recommend checking out the infographic below, which gives you an informative review of the art of owning a moustache.

From selecting a quality local moustache wax maker to famous celebrity moustaches (Tom Selleck’s Magnum P.I. chevron is a natural choice for this list), this Moustache-o-Graph infographic covers how to own the ‘stache, and own it well.

While we’re on the subject of moustaches, do you prefer to be moustached, bearded, or clean shaven? And would you consider growing a beard or a moustache if you’re currently clean shaven? We’d love to know in the comments below – or let us know your thoughts on Facebook or Instagram.

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