This has been one hairy month! And you’ve come through like a champ. You and your handsome Mo are the heroes of Movember, raising awareness for men’s health issues like prostate and testicular cancer as well as poor mental health. You toughed out the itchy grow-in phase, the porn-stache jokes and your girlfriend’s pleas to just shave “it” already. Now at long last it’s time to get rid of your mustache and get back to your clean-shaven look. Why not treat yourself to a professional shave? You deserve it! Or, if you decide to go it alone, review these shaving tips from Dan Diemidio of Fellow Barber.
According to Diemidio “If your mustache is full you’ll want to first take it down with a trimmer. Prepping your mustache before shaving is the most important step”. He goes on to stress “it’s all about heating up the hair and opening up the cuticle. Start by using a good beard oil to soften the hair. Then apply a shaving cream or lotion. Next a damp, hot towel”
Remember, you haven’t shaved the whole month and the skin under your mustache may be sensitive. When it comes to technique “stretch your upper lip under your teeth, pull the skin the skin tight under the bridge of your nose or pull the skin tight to the side of your cheek”. Always shave in the direction the hair grows, never against.
Diemidio recommends a cold, damp towel to cool the face and close pores. Try Fellow Barber’s invigorating Aftershave Tonic to thoroughly cleanse away shaving cream residue and the dead skin cells lifted while shaving. “Use a moisturizer like Fellow Barber Aftershave Lotion to soothe any rawness or try coconut oil. Finally, apply some powder to seal all that moisture into your skin and close up your pores.”
You can still donate to The Manual’s donor page or you can head over to Movember.com where you can even direct your donation to the men’s health cause that’s closest to you heart. Another job well done, Mo Bro!