Unless and until triggered by hormonal imbalance, men have mustache and beard, and women have clean face. Of course, some women have fine fur around the jaws and over the upper lip, however, this facial hair can be distinguished from mustache and beard. Men use razor, electric or manual, to remove their facial hair, and women use different depilation techniques such as waxing, threading, hair removing cream, electrolysis etc. to remove their facial hair, if they have any.
Reasons Why Men Have Mustache
Mustache and beard normally begin to grow in males during their initial puberty period, and develops in the puberty stage that is between 11 and 21 years of age. Depending on genetic conditions and environment, the process of facial hair growth may vary in individuals. Male facial hair growth is triggered by testosterone, a strong androgenic hormone produced by the testes. The amount of testosterone hormone in a man’s body is responsible for quality of facial hair, normally more testosterone hormone means more facial hair in a man.
Today growing mustache, or beard for that matter, is a personal taste; however, a wide range of customs and religious beliefs, across cultures and countries, have been associated with facial hair since ancient time.
Development of Facial Hair in Men
Fine hair begins to appear at the corners of the upper lip
Hair spreads to form an arch over the upper lip
Fine hair appears around the jaws and upper cheeks
Hair begins to thicken and spreads over the jaws, checks and chin
Men tend mustache in various ways, for instance:
- Trimming mustache
- Styling mustache to give it different shapes
- Shaving hair on cheeks, jaws and chin and stopping it to become full beard
- Growing mustache and beard together
Tools for mustache care
- Shaving razors
- Mustache scissors
- Mustache wax
- Mustache brush
- Mustache comb
Types of Mustaches
Fu Manchu Mustache: Long and narrow mustache pointing downwards
Horseshoe Mustache: Mustache that is shaped liked upside-down horseshoe.
Handlebar Mustache: Thick mustache with ends pointing upwards.
Imperial Mustache: Thick mustache covering the entire upper lip and the ends curled.
Natural Mustache: Untrimmed mustache that is thick in the middle and slightly curved on the ends.
Chevron mustache: Thick and bushy mustache covering the upper lip, whiskers pointing towards the mouth.
Hungarian Mustache: Thick mustache with hair pointed downwards and covering the entire upper lip.
Toothbrush Mustache: Thick mustache that is shaved at the ends; worn by Charlie Chaplin and Adolf Hitler
English Mustache: Long and narrow mustache, pointed towards the ears
Pencil Mustache: Sometimes called mouth-brows; thin mustache that outlines the upper lip, borders are shaved to make it narrow.
Dali Mustache: Named after Salvador Dalí, surrealist Spanish painter (1904-1989); corners of upper lips shaved, narrow and long mustache curved upwards from the ends.
Freestyle Mustache: Unstyled mustache that is thick and covers the entire lips
Pancho Villa mustache: Named after Mexican historical figure Pancho Villa (also called droopy mustache); it is long, thick and pointed downwards.
Myth and Reality About Shaving
Shaving will make hair grow faster
Hair growth is triggered by hormones
Olive oil increases facial hair growth
There is no scientific connection between olive oil and facial hair
Shaving makes your facial hair thicker and darker
Shaving is not related to thick or dark facial hair. The truth is when hair grows, it is thicker on the base and becomes wispy when grows longer
Interesting Facts About Mustache
- Men have been grooming facial hair since thousands of years. In Neolithic age, men used stone razors to trim mustache and shave beard.
- The oldest portrait depicting a man with shaved beard and well-groomed mustache is a painting of Scythian horseman on the felt, dating back to 4th or 5th century BC. Ancient Egyptians artifacts also depict different types of mustaches.
- The Romans thought Gauls were barbaric because Gauls shaved beard and groomed mustache.
- In 1447, Britain passed an act, which stated men should shave their mustache. However, by the late 18th century, new rules forbade English soldiers to shave their mustache.
- Middle Eastern men go through mustache and beard transplants, called follicular unit extraction, to have more impressive facial hair.
- According to Guinness Book of World Records, Ram Singh Chauhan form Rajasthan, India has the longest mustache. When Chauhan’s mustache was measures on 4 March 2010, it was 4.29 m (14 ft).
- After many years of research, Jon Chattman and Rich Tarantino wrote a book titled Sweet 'Stache: 50 Badass Mustaches and the Faces Who Sport Them. Chattman and Tarantino analyses cultural relevance of mustache, and ranks on 1 to 10 scale based on hair quality, style and length.
- In Arabic culture, clean shaved men are thought to be liberal and inclined towards Western ideas and values, men with beard but no mustache are believed to be Islamic traditionalists, and men with mustache are thought to be a member of power circle. This sentiment has been emulated in Islamic culture in different countries, from Indonesia and Malaysia in the Far East to India, Pakistan and Afghanistan in the South Asia and Iran and Turkey in the Central Asia.
- The World Beard and Mustache Association holds a biennial competition “World Beard and Mustache Championships.” Men compete for the first position in different categories for different types of mustaches and beards
Things You Should Know About Mustaches
- Mustache is the sign of leaving boyhood and moving into manhood.
- Mustache is considered a symbol of virility and power.
- A man with mustache touches his whiskers 760 times a day in average.
- Some policemen in India are paid a bonus for growing mustache
- Human hair grows 0.014 inches a day, or about 5 or 6 inches a year, in average. However, mustache hair grows faster than any other body hair.
- Mustache grows faster in spring and summer, and slower in autumn and winter.
- Razors and blades are more than a billion dollar global industry.
- Facial hair grows more as you become older.
© 2013 Vinaya Ghimire
Vinaya Ghimire (author) from Nepal on September 28, 2013:
Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a great weekend.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 27, 2013:
Why Men Have Mustache a very interesting and useful hub with perfect photos that follow the simple explanation. Thanks for clearing this thought, and well done on a well presented hub. Voted up and useful.
Mary Craig from New York on September 26, 2013:
As always Vinaya you educate and entertain us! Not only an interesting topic but one we are all aware of but weren't as familiar with until we read this great hub! I voted everything but funny! Here's to another two years of success and enjoyment.
Suzie from Carson City on September 25, 2013:
Vinaya....1st. of all, Congratulations on your hubber score of 100! You deserve it, due to your great writing skills....such as you have shown in this interesting, informative hub!...UP+++ Pinned & tweeted
Vinaya Ghimire (author) from Nepal on August 30, 2013:
Thank you very much my dear writers and friends for sharing your view on the topic. I'm indebted to you for appreciating my work.
I would not have survived 2 years on Hp without you. Have a great weekend.
Frank Atanacio from Shelton on August 29, 2013:
Vin what an entertaining hub.. but hey you shouldn't sport that Hitler Mustache...LOL voted awesome my friend :)
Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on August 28, 2013:
Wow I never thought about there being so many styles and with names even.
I think you would suit one like in the second image... didn't you used to have on?
Great to have an image program so that you can see what would suit before you actually grew one
They are OK if groomed properly but some men just let them grow and give no thought to style.
A unique hub... wondering what you will come up with next. :))
Adrian Cloute from Cedartown, GA on August 28, 2013:
Those are some of the coolest mustaches. I personally think that staches look a little creepy. I think they are very comical. It's funny to see when someone is serious about having a stache.
Eiddwen from Wales on August 28, 2013:
So very interesting Vinaya as all your hubs. You are a great writer and thanks for sharing.
Enjoy your day; voted up and shared.
Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on August 27, 2013:
I will take Bachelor # 2... You sport a dapper mustache, Vinaya...well groomed subject! Voted UP and across the board. Hugs, Maria
Faith Reaper from southern USA on August 27, 2013:
What a great topic for a hub! So clever and, wow, you with a mustache! LOL I believe I like you with your clean-shaven face, only because that is how I am used to seeing you. I do remember, here in the States, that back in the 70s a lot of men sported a mustache, including my husband, LOL. I think nowadays, only a few men can get away with looking okay with a mustache.
I love how you showcased all the different varieties of a mustache!
You are so funny in those photos with the photo-shopped mustaches. : )
Voted up +++++ and sharing
Blessings, Faith Reaper
mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on August 27, 2013:
Wow, what a perfect selection for an article. As for does a mustache suit you, the answer is yes. (And yes I have a mustache but it is white.)
Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on August 27, 2013:
Interesting hub. I didn't know what to expect to find, but I love the pictures...and had no idea that each type of mustache actually had a name! Good job!!
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 27, 2013:
Vinaya, your hub is interesting. I lol seeing you in a mustache! Hee..I can't imagine how much research you had to do to come up with all the info. Well done...
Ruchira from United States on August 27, 2013:
Vinaya, I liked your various mustaches and description of how and why.
Fascinating read :)
Answering your poll on how the author looks with a mustache is: you look very mature with it.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 27, 2013:
I had one at one time...and a beard....why did I have one??? Because you have to try, right? It wasn't me, though, but at least I tried.
Interesting topic for discussion and consideration.
lovedoctor926 on August 27, 2013:
Vinaya, you come up with very interesting topics. I have never heard of these types of mustaches, but I must say these names made me laugh. Fumanchu mustache, toothbrush mustache, go figure. The article itself is detailed and self-explanatory. I don't like guys with mustache. I prefer the clean shaven look. And yes, you're right, many women also have that peach fuzzy hair on their mustache. Rather than shave, it's best to wax it. Thank you for sharing this gem. voted up useful, funny of course and interesting.