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If you're growing a 'tache for men's health this "Movember", keep it in top condition with these tips from Cutting Room ladies Jeanette Morrison and Helen Stirling.

Speaking from the Reid Street barbershop, the stylists agreed that cleanliness is the crucial first step.

Ms Stirling said: "It's around your mouth, where you eat. So you have to clean it off."

Not all men are as attentive to this grooming tip as these ladies might like to see.

Even a joke moustache grown for one month of men's charity benefits from daily combing.

Beyond basic hygiene, the pair recommend washing the moustache when you wash your hair.

The next step is to have your barber trim it regularly.

Ms Morrison advised: "Get it looked after at the same time you get your hair cut."

Nail scissors are out.

"A lot of people do cut them that way. That's where a moustache ends up wonky. Nail scissors won't cut properly and they're not sharp."

Agreed Ms Stirling: "Some men will just take anything to a moustache. It's quite difficult to do yourself."

Finely-angled scissors are best for this sort of job, and are available in pharmacies.

The experts recommend waxes and styling gels for the shaping of elaborate moustaches.

Soft waves keep a "mo" from getting unruly; harder waxes are used to set moustaches in more elaborate shapes. According to the Movember Foundation's site, the best time to wax a moustache is shortly after showering.

Ms Morrison said the handlebar moustaches, which can be sculpted with wax, are popular overseas but seldom seen in Bermuda.

"They're very trendy with the creative bunch — the artsy types, the theatre crowd in big cities go for them."

A handlebar requires careful grooming, and parting of the moustache hair from the centre.

The thin "pencil" moustache is more popular here, and requires regular trimming to keep it in shape.

Both hair stylists hail originally from the UK and find the moustache a popular item in Bermuda.

Ms Morrison said: "Portuguese men grow fine moustaches. It's part of their culture of manliness."

Many Bermudians sport thin, finely-shaved and detailed facial hair, with features like the "chinstrap" — a narrow line from sideburns, across the jawline and connecting to a goatee. As moustaches go, most of us favour the simple, straight-across variety, ending either side of the mouth.

The bottom line: get a comb and keep it clean.

To sponsor someone this "Movember", visit the Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre's website, www.chc.bm.

The logo for 'Movember'
Photo by Libby Cook-Toppan Cutting tips: Helen Stirling.

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Published December 12, 2010 at 4:00 pm (Updated December 12, 2010 at 4:45 pm)

Tips for looking after your moustache

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