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It’s Movember, and that means it’s time for top lips around the world to become a sanctuary for your favourite moustache style. This year marks the campaign’s 18th birthday and, after the experiences of the past 18 months, this year is more important than ever. Along with supporting a fantastic cause, this is a great opportunity to enjoy a little self-care styling. So, let’s get some background, some advice, and let’s make a difference.

What is Movember?

Movember began in 2003 and was founded by Travis Garone and Luke Slattery. It came out of a simple wish to bring back the tash, but they could never have imagined that what started out as 30 guys in a bar has now grown to an astronomical 6.5 million people! Originally they funded research and support into prostate and testicular cancer, but the charity now also shines a light on mental health and male suicide.

Movember is our chance to make a difference, and this is where you come in. We need you to grow a moustache, or persuade your partner to grow one, get your friends to sponsor you and register online at uk.movember.com to track your fundraising. Now, many people have NEVER grown a moustache, so you might need a little guidance on what to expect, what to do and how to style it. So, we’ve put together some top tips, and suggested some products, so that you can stay perfectly groomed and enjoy a little male “me” time.

It’s good to talk

The moment you sit in the barber chair it gives you the chance to switch off from your daily life, and this can often be a time when you can share any concerns. Men are very wary about revealing personal problems, many see it as a weakness (which it isn’t!), but they’ll often talk honestly with their hairdresser or barber. It’s the intimacy of the haircut that breaks down the usual barriers and, if you think about it, who else would you allow to run their fingers through your hair or beard?

If you’re struggling with any feelings or concerns then please visit the Movember website. There are links to information and loads of support on a range of men’s issues, from cancer through to the pressures of being a dad, and it could genuinely be a lifesaver. Remember, Movember is your chance to make a difference to men all around the world and, who knows, perhaps that tash will become a permanent fixture.

Top Tash Tips

Week 1

As the hair starts to grow through it’s going to be annoying! So you need to keep moisturising the skin with a cream or aftershave balm, like one from Barburys. Stick with it, because that itchy feeling will soon stop.

Week 2

It’s important to keep the hair hydrated and conditioned, so try switching to a repairing shampoo like Kemon, and also use it on your moustache. It’s a great way to counteract the coarse ends of the hair.

Week 3

Move away from the scissors. A moustache needs hair of various lengths to truly look full, so don’t even consider trimming it yet. Seven more days is when you’ll be able to see the magic happen.

Week 4

It’s time to book a moustache makeover. You’ll have enough hair growth now for your hairdresser or barber to trim it, and then you can simply style it with a regular pomade such as one from Osmo.

Shop the perfect Movember products

Get all of your hair and beauty products at Sally Beauty and, for more tips and advice on the latest trends, stay updated on our page to find out more.