over or above lip?

svekkie
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December 17th, 2017, 11:50 am #1

Hello

I started growing my beard longer in no shave november (allways had a scruff) and I quite like it like this. The only thing is, do I let my stashe grow or not? I don't think I will go with handlebars, but maybe a little longer then it is now?

Also, it grows very thick in the middle (like I could grow a perfect chaplin mustache), but I feel like the sides are a but thing, what makes it look a little weard when I don't comb it. It also doesn't connect to my beard, right now I let the tips grow long enough to cover the gaps.

What do you guys think?
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December 17th, 2017, 12:11 pm #2

You don't give yourself enough credit for your mustache - it's much stronger than you think! 

There are multiple choices available to you. You could trim at the top lip, which is the most common, or you could let it grow further to where the lips meet. This gives a stronger looking mustache, but is still quite easy to live with. The most important thing is to only trim the bottom line, and never trim any bulk from the mustache above that line. That will allow all the hairs to grow to the bottom line, making for a thick looking mustache.

Your other choice is to simply let it grow untrimmed, and train it to the sides. Check out this thread for great info on how to let a mustache grow to it's maximum : taming-the-wild-stache-t30822.html
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December 17th, 2017, 4:33 pm #3

baldbandit wrote: You don't give yourself enough credit for your mustache - it's much stronger than you think! 

There are multiple choices available to you. You could trim at the top lip, which is the most common, or you could let it grow further to where the lips meet. This gives a stronger looking mustache, but is still quite easy to live with. The most important thing is to only trim the bottom line, and never trim any bulk from the mustache above that line. That will allow all the hairs to grow to the bottom line, making for a thick looking mustache.

Your other choice is to simply let it grow untrimmed, and train it to the sides. Check out this thread for great info on how to let a mustache grow to it's maximum : taming-the-wild-stache-t30822.html
thanks.

That's a mistake I allways made, I trimmed the bulk allong with my beard. Later on I let it grow and cut it above my lip with scissors, until my barber trimmed it again. (she was like whoop and the bulk was gone, didn't have time to stop her). I was thinking to let it grow and train it, I bought myself a mustache wax, it's being shipped now. I think I just have to go trough the face where my mustache is out of control until it's the right lenght.
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December 18th, 2017, 8:40 pm #4

@svekkie  my advice, never let your barber trim your mustache.  I have had several barber beard trims, and the mustache is always off limits, other than the trimming the tips only on one occasion.  There is nothing weak in your mustache, and be glad you have good center growth.  Center mustache growth is a challenge for a lot of guys.

I suggest you give the over the top lip trim a try to keep you mustache from looking narrow.  Try long enough to reach where the lips meet - that is a good compromise length that is very easy to live with and maintain, but not so short.  Or even a little past where your lips meet.

You can also let it grow and sweep to the sides and not shape into a handlebar.  You can do this with a full beard by just combing the tips down into your beard.  This gives you the option to shape a handlebar as a trial or on occasion, but you don't have to commit to it daily.  Or you could also just clip the tips closer to your mouth, leaving the center hairs long to sweep to the sides.
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December 19th, 2017, 6:43 pm #5

Slybeard wrote: @svekkie  my advice, never let your barber trim your mustache.  I have had several barber beard trims, and the mustache is always off limits, other than the trimming the tips only on one occasion.  There is nothing weak in your mustache, and be glad you have good center growth.  Center mustache growth is a challenge for a lot of guys.

I suggest you give the over the top lip trim a try to keep you mustache from looking narrow.  Try long enough to reach where the lips meet - that is a good compromise length that is very easy to live with and maintain, but not so short.  Or even a little past where your lips meet.

You can also let it grow and sweep to the sides and not shape into a handlebar.  You can do this with a full beard by just combing the tips down into your beard.  This gives you the option to shape a handlebar as a trial or on occasion, but you don't have to commit to it daily.  Or you could also just clip the tips closer to your mouth, leaving the center hairs long to sweep to the sides.
yeah that was my thought also, this time and never again. She didn't do my beard well too so I just let her do my hair now. I trim my beard myself now. Thanks for the compliments.

I will let it grow. (probably gonna get complaints of my gf). My mustache wax is shedueled to arive januari 1st, I hope it won't get out of control till then.
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December 19th, 2017, 9:15 pm #6

If your gf objects to the prickly feeling of you mustache, let her know that is will become soft with more length.
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January 29th, 2018, 4:10 pm #7

hey guys, small update on my mustache

So I've let it grow for a few weeks now, (two months I think). I do like where it is going, but it is hard to keep it in shape. A few hairs, or rather clumps of hair, are sacking out from the rest to my mouth (and into my mouth when I'm eating). Do I use not enough mustache wax? Is this a phase I'll have to get trough? I'm doing my best not tho cut off stragglers.
I'm now using a plastic comb for my mustache, I know these are not good for the hairs, but it's the only fine-tooth comb I have. Should I invest in a mustache comb? I'm thinking kent?

Also, I'm using 'can you handlebar mustache wax', any thoughts on that brand?
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January 29th, 2018, 5:50 pm #8

The Kent mustache combs are good, and not really that expensive.  Mustache do get easier to tame with more length.  As to the wax, it is not uncommon for wax to not work very well at this length.  You could consider trying got-2-b-glued hair spiking gel, or an Elmer's School Glue Stick.  They both hold stiffer than wax.  With either, apply a small amount to on side of your mustache at a time, use a comb to distribute.  Then hold your mustache in place and dry quickly with a blow dryer.  It will hold in the position where it dried all day, and will wash out easily with plain water (or your favorite beverage).
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January 29th, 2018, 6:07 pm #9

I second the Kent comb. You would be surprised how great they work. The moustache comb is really (and I kept loosing them) small but there is one called the Slim Jim that has the same teeth ast the moustache comb but it is a bit bigger -- easier to use and harder to lose ;)

It is nice to see how your moustache has bulked up. Personally, I don't use any product unless I want to be "fancy". I use a blow dryer in the morning on a damp moustache to sort of get it going in the right direction and then it is just finger-brushing and the Kent comb throughout the day.

So, has the gf stopped complaining about the prikling? I'd guess that your moustache is softer now...
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January 29th, 2018, 6:48 pm #10

smedstad wrote:I second the Kent comb. You would be surprised how great they work. The moustache comb is really (and I kept loosing them) small but there is one called the Slim Jim that has the same teeth ast the moustache comb but it is a bit bigger -- easier to use and harder to lose ;)

It is nice to see how your moustache has bulked up. Personally, I don't use any product unless I want to be "fancy". I use a blow dryer in the morning on a damp moustache to sort of get it going in the right direction and then it is just finger-brushing and the Kent comb throughout the day.

So, has the gf stopped complaining about the prikling? I'd guess that your moustache is softer now...
It indeed is softer now, not much complains about that. Time to time she complains about the length, but thats when I haven't used wax yet.

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