It’s that time again when those who have been blessed with the ability to grow a full ‘tache – do, in support of Movember. Keep your moustache in check for the month-long fundraiser, started by the Movember Foundation, with these handy tips below from us and British grooming brand, Bluebeard.

Removing Excess Hair

Chances are, people that are close to you might not take too kindly to you looking like you’ve been lost in the forest for months, so a bit of mane maintenance is in order if you’re to keep everyone on side. Movember is the time to wave goodbye to the beard, as when sporting a quirky piece of facial fuzz, you’re going to want it to stand out.

Before you do anything else, trim any unwanted hair down to a manageable length in order to avoid clogging your razor blade to the point of no return. Removing the bulk of it beforehand will make for an easier and smoother shave, which is exactly what you want when you need your moustache to do the talking.

Prior to going in with the razor, slather on a generous layer of The Bluebeards Revenge Pre Shave Oil and leave to soak for ten minutes or so. This will soften the hairs up and prepare them for your shave, as well as enhancing razor glide and preventing nasty nicks and cuts.

Whip The Bluebeards Revenge Shaving Cream into a lather and apply with a brush, coating and lifting each individual hair, before going in with your chosen razor. Follow up with a good post-shave balm to calm, soothe and moisturise the skin.

Trimming your moustache

In order to ensure that your moustache looks its best, you’ll want to give it a good trim, but first, you’ll need to decide on what sort of look you’re going for, as this will have a bearing on how short you want to go. Once your decision is made, dampen your moustache with a small amount of water and distribute evenly by running a moustache comb through the length, then hold a pair of scissors parallel to the ends of the hair. Trim all the way across, leaving a little extra length than desired – hairs will often appear shorter once dried, and you won’t want to ruin your look by getting too scissor happy.

Once you’re satisfied with the length, shape the top and sides of your moustache as desired with a razor – this stylish replaceable blade straight razor, is a good option, as it allows for a greater level of accuracy and is easier to manoeuvre when there’s limited space to work with.

The finishing touches

For styling your moustache, it’s advisable to invest in a good quality styling wax. Warm a small amount between your fingertips and shape according to your chosen style. Twisting the ends and smoothing outwards and upwards will result in the sickest of styles!

Now that you’ve got the moustache of your dreams, it’s all down to the maintenance, but the odd trim every week or so should see you through. Time to get out and about and make some money from your mo’ – remember, it’s for a truly manly cause.

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The Bluebeards Revenge is a British range of barbershop-quality shaving, hair styling, beard grooming, and men’s skincare products. More information on the brand can be found at www.bluebeards-revenge.co.uk.

 

We are a week into the week of Movember and as almost a pep talk of encouragement for all the good work you guys are doing in supporting this most worthy of causes I thought I’d share this short film with you from House of Fraser on facial hair maintenance and ‘Styling of one’s Mo’, so take a look. Ohhh and by the way fellas, keep up the good work !

Surely one of the greatest Mo Bros that ever lived ?

Surely one of the greatest Mo Bros that ever lived ?

I don’t think anyone could deny the AMAZING job Movember do and have been doing since their launch in 2004. Through their great work in encouraging men across the globe including countries such as Ireland, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan and the United States to grow all sorts of Facial hair variations. They’ve highlighted the incredibly serious issue of Men living with prostate or testicular cancer and raising awareness and understanding of the health risks men face. In doing so, in an innovative, fun and engaging manner, raising much needed funds for men’s health programme investment.

This year, people are not just investing money in the project but equally important, their time. Brands from all sorts of differing spheres have produced creative and worthwhile concepts all in the name of Movember and brining attention to this BRILLIANT cause. So Clothes Make the Man thought we would inform our good readers of some of the innovative ways they can get involved and make a difference.

In support of Movember,  International Tire Company, Bridgestone is sending its dynamic duo, also known as the Bridgestone Bros, on an epic road trip in search of the biggest, bushiest and most brilliant moustaches in Europe. Their hair-raising journey will all be captured as a documentary to be shown on Bridgestone’s www.beeneverywhere.eu website during Movember.

The Bridgestone Bros will travel in their vintage VW campervan – complete with giant moustache – from the Handlebar Club in London to the World Beard & Moustache Championships in Stuttgart, stopping off at moustache clubs in Antwerp, Strasbourg and Berlin along the way. Bridgestone is calling for men around the UK to get involved and join the Bridgestone Movember page to help raise money for this notable global men’s health charity.

Now then, you’d have thought a company famous for their closer then close shaves, wouldn’t be so keen on discouraging you to ditch the blade for the month, but as part of their ongoing support for Movember, thats exactly what Gillette are condoning (kinda). The Gillette Fusion ProGlide Styler, is Gillette’s first 3-in-1 precision grooming tool, perfect for Mo Bros wanting to style their facial hair. Combining Braun engineering and Gillette Fusion ProGlide technology, it trims your Mo evenly, shaves closely and edges accurately with a Precision Edging Blade. Plus, Gillette is on a mission to turn sportsmen into gentlemen through the power of the MO!

Movember is all about bringing real men together to raise awareness for real issues and what better way to bring men together than through sporting spirit and through sporting a Mo? Gillette is encouraging menfolk to sign up to its team, Mo Gents United, for fundraising fixtures and shenanigans. And if that wasn’t enough to tickle the top lip, there will also be a barbershop in central London where MO Bros and gents alike can come together to discuss facial hair, sport and a whole manner of manly things!

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This year we see a new partnership with leading luxury watch specialist Maurice Lacroix supporting the Mo-vement with a campaign on a global scale. To Mark this exciting partnership Maurice Lacroix have created 11 Limited edition versions of the Pontos S watch, engraved with the 2013 Movember Moustache – one of which will be given as a prize to Movember’s international Man of Movember 2013, the ultimate accolade for any Mo bro.

Each year one Man, chosen from the combined List of winners all over the world, is crowned international Man of Movember becoming the face of the campaign. Each national Man of Movember winner is voted for at that particular country’s main gala parté, held at the end of november, by the world-renowned handlebar Moustache club.

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Next up we have the fine English fragrance house Penhaligon, founded in 1870 by William Penhaligon.  Their passion is to continue his incredible legacy of creative and innovative perfumery, challenging the traditions of the art and seeking new ways to interpret this art form. Their scents are still made in England using the finest rare ingredients. Penhaligon’s holds two long-standing Royal Warrants; from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (granted 1956) and from HRH The Prince of Wales (granted 1988). So whether you are looking to add shape or body to your Mo, a tin of wax is the must-have accessory for any respectable Mo Bro wanting to keep it neat this Movember. And with Penhaligon’s moustache wax, created exclusively for Movember! Available online or in Penhaligon’s stores this lightly scented wax will keep your Mo in fine fettle. And, as the wax is lightly scented with Sartorial(Sartorial is a contemporary interpretation of a classic Fougère; the traditional notes of oakmoss, tonka bean and lavender have been exquisitely stitched together with woods, ozonic and metallic effects, leather, violet leaf, honey and spices to create the perfect illusion of a tailor’s workroom, didn’t you know ?), it provides the added bonus of keeping your Mo smelling as good as it looks.

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If that wasn’t giving you enough ways to do your bit, Links of London are thrilled to extend their collaboration and team up with Movember for a third year, to create a range of limited edition accessories for Mo Bros and Sistas to wear as a talisman of support and provide a memento of their Mo Growing journey.  The ever popular cufflinks and charms return again this year to complete the collection, each featuring a sterling silver moustache in honour of the men of Movember and raising funds for Men’s Health issues. For 2012 the collection expanded to include a black leather cord and silver Moustache bracelet to extend the collection and made it available exclusively on www.linksoflondon.com and in a selection of standalone stores. 2013 sees this iconic item reworked and range of Mo coloured cord bracelets in black, brown, grey, blonde and ginger and finished with our sterling silver Mo motif!

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TOMS is known as the One for One brand, in that donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair they sell. But once again as part of their ongoing partnership between these two likeminded brands, have teamed up to produced a limited edition collection of footwear. This year we see the signature moustache appear embossed onto grey Suede Classics for ladies and Gents and the Paseo’s. So its a double whammy of do something good !

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Lastly, but by no means least, we have the Movember App. It’s not meant to replace growing a real moustache. Instead it is another angle for those of you who want to get involved and raise awareness for the cause but maybe can’t physically grow a tache, or want a quick way to send a picture on Facebook that will make people think “What is this Movember ting all about?”. It uses facial recognition to quickly and easily add a moustache to anyone’s face. You can also place moustaches, beards, glasses and other items manually before sharing the photo through your favourite social media channel, or email, or just save to your device.

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