If you’ve ever seen a man with a fantastic mustache, reminiscent of 1950’s cartoon villains or 1970’s baseball players, you may wonder how it gets that way. The secret isn’t genetics or a special shampoo, it’s mustache wax.
Whether you’re looking for a funky style or just want to cut down on stray, messy hair, mustache wax will help you achieve the results you’re looking for. Properly applied, mustache wax is the not-so-secret ingredient to both well-groomed, manageable mustaches with a healthy sheen, as well as more intricate designs and styles.
Mustache Wax Ingredients
Mustache wax can be made from a number of different ingredients including: beeswax, petroleum jelly, scented oils, and shea butter to name a few. There are different shades to accommodate different hair colors, and a variety of strengths depending on your stache length and style.
Soft wax is most commonly used to smooth stray hairs and give your mustache a smooth, manageable, and healthy looking shine. As far as strengths go, soft wax is not recommended for styling and holding longer, or more intricate styles.
Strong (or firm) wax is ideal for maximum holding power. The stronger the wax, the greater hold it will provide, specifically in adverse weather conditions such as humidity. For longer, more daring styles of mustache, strong wax is the way to go.
Medium wax, as the name suggests, falls somewhere in the middle of the first two. For smoothing and holding power of medium-length mustache styles, medium wax is an ideal middle ground. Whichever style of wax you choose, if you’re new to mustache waxing you may be a little unsure of how to use it. Unlike cream or lotion that squeezes from a tube, mustache wax is firm and requires you to actually scrape it out of the tin.
How To Wax Your Mustache
Scrape a fingernail-sized portion of the wax from the tin. You may want to use a hair dryer to help warm it in order to make it easier to remove. Once in your fingers, massage it gently for a few moments to make it warm and manageable.
Start from the center of your mustache and gently work it out towards the edges. If you want a more natural look, brushing with a mustache comb can help blend the wax into your hair. Depending on the style you are going for, you may choose to twist the ends into a point. If you’re working with a longer stache, you may need to use more product to get the hold you’re looking for.
A quick once-over with a hair dryer can help further blend the wax into your mustache, but also runs the risk of softening the wax which can negatively impact the holding power for longer styles.
Whether your goal is fashion or function, mustache wax is a vital accessory for grooming, styling, and managing your magnificent facial hair. For intricate styles, or keeping your stache looking healthy and well kempt, you’ll wonder how you ever grew whiskers without it. As the saying goes, once you go wax you never go back.