Movember is upon is, and you know what that means: time to start making the most of that facial hair in the interest of charity. Whether you’re a guy who wants epic Movember status or you’re a woman who’s helping her man in his quest, it’s time to consider just what kind of Mo (slang for moustache) you want this year.
Do you want to go with a “frenchie” as it’s called in India, or just go total Duck Dynasty? There’s no right or wrong answer, but it’s important that you have a plan of action.
Facial hair has different names in different parts of the world, and even within the US, so the list below has some of the names that best drum up the correct image. Note that there’s no right or wrong … but only during the month of Movember.
This boasts a tapered wedge that pretty much gets in the way of everything. However, it’s ideal for men who can grow thicker facial hair and definitely has some throwback ’70s vibes happening.
Burt Reynolds made it popular, even if he’s in a bind now, and every man wants to think he has a little Reynolds going on. However, it’s not for the faint of heart (or thin of facial hair).
The Flavor Saver
The little patch (also known as a soul patch) on the chin was the epitome of the ’90s. Of course, it’s also the go-to choice for men who either can’t grow a stache or who still think ’90s grunge is an okay look.
But for Movember, anything goes. If you want to rock this look, go for it, but you may not win any prizes with local contests.
Also called a “cholo style stache,” this look was made legendary in the ’70s, and you can pull it off if you have enough nerve. Beloved of bikers and convicts alike, Movember is usually the only time of year men can give this look a try and still be considered respectable.
Just make sure you explain to others what Movember is all about to avoid any embarrassment (or a bunch of first dates that never close).
Prince made this look famous and, just like many other things with Prince, it’s nearly impossible to achieve the same effect. Again, it’s ideal for men who don’t have the thickest of facial hair, and it can work great with a hipster look.
On the other hand, it’s another non-winner if you’re a hard-core Movember participant. Tread carefully.
You know the kind of stache the devil is known for: slightly turned up at the sides, perhaps with a little wax to keep it in place. Some men start growing this in preparation for Halloween and keep it going throughout Movember.
However, it takes a certain type of guy to make it work, and it can get old twisting those ends up day after day. Only you can decide if it’s worth the effort.
If you want to blend the flavor saver and the traditional American moustache, you have the goatee. This is a look that ebbs and flows in popularity, but it can work with the right guy. A little masculine, a little trendy, it works for the office, camping, and even happy hour.
Some great sideburns change up the look, but keep in mind that you need to be a bit of an artist when it comes to shaving this one into place.
If you don’t plan to shave come December, it’s best to choose one that can be taken seriously. Of course, a splurge on shaving supplies come December 1 is always good encouragement if you want your man to shave after Thanksgiving.