Gentlemen, put 👏 down 👏those 👏razors! Movember is upon us and it’s that time of the year again to give that facial fuzz a higher purpose. Whether you’re growing in that mustache to raise awareness for men’s health, or have always just wanted to try some facial hair to go with your new haircuts, we’re here to help.
If you’re not usually one to let loose with your scruff, it might take you time to adjust to wearing facial hair or finding haircuts to blend well with your new look. On the other hand, if you’re a veteran with a “yeard” (a.k.a. year-long beard), you might also find a few looks to inspire. Whatever the case, more power to you guys, and let your inner hairy beast shine!
Also, it might be interesting to note that in a study conducted by All Things Hair, we found that while 56% of the 554 guys we surveyed wear a beard, 59% agree that wearing one makes them feel more confident. Not only that, but 71% of men surveyed think having a beard makes them look more attractive and 54% feel they look more professional—that’s more than half!
Do you feel the same way? Read on to learn about more beard types and mustache combos and perhaps give growing out your facial hair a try:
10 Cool Haircuts and Moustache Combos for Movember
1. Slicked Pompadour
A slicked pompadour is a clean, crisp look that’s also got swag in spades. Achieve this hairstyle by blow-drying hair with a bit of volume at the root, then slicking it back at an angle with some pomade, like Dove Men+Care Defining Pomade. These are great haircuts to incorporate with trimmed mustaches or a beard that’s just starting to grow in.
Ed’s note: In case you’re in the market for a great facial hair product, try Bed Head for Men by TIGI Lion Tamer Beard Balm to help give light control to your fuzz. If dryness is a problem, pick up SheaMoisture Men Maracuja & Shea Oils Beard Conditioning Oil for a softer-feeling, healthier-looking beard.
2. Casual Combover
Not your old man’s combover, that’s for sure! This preppy look gets updated via a length that’s slightly longer on the top than the sides Plus it gives an overall finish that’s not too polished. If you have a straight to wavy hair texture—plus a clipped, properly bearded mustache—this look can give the right balance up top. A finger-swipe of non-greasy styling wax, such as Bed Head for Men by TIGI Matte Separation, allows for a bit of movement while still looking dapper.
3. Square Cut
Haircuts that are generally even all over (hence the name) are always a classic, and are extremely flattering on guys with straight to wavy hair! Also called the gentleman’s cut, the square-cut has no fade and is achieved by thinning shears, giving it a naturally grown-out effect. If your facial hair tends to come in somewhat dusty, then this haircut ties in with that allover natural, boy-next-door feel.
To style, blow-dry your hair by focusing the nozzle at the root while tugging your fingers upward. Next, apply a finger-swipe amount of styling cream to the sides for a bit of hold. We like the airy control we get from AXE Natural Look: Understated Cream.
4. Man Bun
If you already have long hair, then just tie it up. If you’ve sported an undercut during the earlier months of the year, go to your barber and have him maintain the short buzz underneath, and just wear the top in a man bun. However you get there, this holds true: This look is especially appealing on men with a well-grown-in mustache and beard. The knot/ponytail keeps everything looking well-groomed while the rest of your face is enjoying a bit of fluff. Not much is needed to style a bun, but for a bit of hold and sleekness, try Bed Head for Men by TIGI Slick Trick.
5. Stylish Quiff
Lots of male celebs and street-style dudes like a quiff because of its irreverence. The look has the height of a pompadour but without the super-refined look—achieve this with a bit of bedhead-enhancing gel (try AXE Urban Messy Look: Matte Hold Gel) and just use your fingers to create your angle. That said, these are haircuts that go with a fun, quirky facial hair, such as a blocky mustache and the beginnings of a goatee.
6. Long Hair
A proper long beard and handlebar are given a less ironic twist when worn with long hair. The man who likes this style acknowledges its hipster origins and evolves past them, and instead chooses to wear his masculinity on his sleeve. It’s a very versatile look as well and can be styled in a ponytail, man bun, or, as shown, in a rough half-ponytail.
7. Wavy Medium-Length
Want longer haircuts that have some texture and go well with a grown-out goatee? Try a longer square cut that’s just trimmed at the ends but left with its natural texture intact. A softening cream, such as AXE Natural Look: Softening Cream, that allows hair to be restyled during the day is all you’ll need. Tuck the sides behind your ears to put the focus on your glorious chin fuzz. Make sure your mustache connects to it on the sides for a more angular facial shape.
8. Side Fade
Dudes who want longer tops to play with can opt for a side-shave hairstyle that perfectly sets off a skinny mustache and beard combo. The back can be left long, or shaved to resemble an undercut. Styling these haircuts is surprisingly easy. Add shine gel, such as Dove Men+Care Control Gel, and a hair tie, then you’re all set for a ponytail or bun. Note: Keep your temple edges as sharp as your jawline edges for a sharper, more groomed look.
9. Keep is Short
Like having a short haircut, and want to start incorporating facial hair into your look? Keep your mustache short too! This will be easier to maintain. Plus, if you have a beard or want to grow one out, this is the perfect haircut to make your beard the focus of your look.
If you’re opting for a beard, use SheaMoisture Men Maracuja Oil and Shea Butter Beard Balm to help nourish and smooth facial hair.
10. Relaxed Style
Don’t want to spend tons of time styling your hair? Go for a short to midlength cut, which won’t involve much styling. If you would like to style your cut a big, use SheaMoisture Men Argan Oil & Shea Butter Waves Pomade to flip up the front of your hair and add lightweight hold to your mustache.
For more information on the Movember Foundation, visit us.movember.com.