Stylist at Martial Vivot Salon Pour Hommes (New York City), mustache guru Ricardo Garcia tells us about his favorite style and shares a few tips on growing a great mustache:
What sort of mustaches do you like?
My favorite mustaches are the ones that stand out and make a statement, ones you never forget. These are not only great but also have great names you have to love!
Here’s my list:
- Dali mustache
- Fu Manchu mustache
- HandleBar mustache
- The Walrus moustache
- The Lampshade moustache
- Pencil moustache
Which are the most popular mustache styles as of now?
The mustache I see most often is the handlebar mustache (my personal favorite), chevron mustache and the pencil mustache. I feel like these are the easiest to maintain, so you see them more often.
I’ve found that the best way to grow your mustache and get through that awkward stage is to grow it along with your beard while figuring out the look you want. As your facial hair grows once a week, you trim down everything but the mustache. When you finally achieve the length that’s needed to create your mustache of choice, you shave the beard off and—BOOM!—your mustache is on its own and ready for attention.
For upkeep, we always recommend using the Martial Vivot Beard & Face Oil as it promotes healthy beard growth, improves shine and manageability, protects and smooths, and conditions and moisturizes.
What are the most common problems in growing a mustache and how can one overcome them?
The most common problems with mustaches are density and trimming at home. You can overcome the light spots or patches in your mustache with length. The longer, fuller parts of the mustache will then cover the lighter parts thus creating an illusion that it’s full.
When its time to trim your mustache, I really recommend seeing a professional at least every two weeks or until you feel comfortable doing it yourself. It’s a terrible feeling to work hard for weeks growing out your mustache and then cutting a big hole in it at home while trimming. It’s heartbreaking!
Unfortunately, some people can’t grow a full, thick mustache. It’s important to know if you are able to grow one, and then run with it and choose your style wisely. It works great if you are looking for a change or a new spouse!
Photo: Ricardo Garcia