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 (other than looking awesome, of course). Whether you’re growing in that moustache 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) to prove it, you might also find a few looks to inspire. Whatever the case, mo’ power to you guys, and let your inner hairy beast shine! Read on:
8 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 moustaches or with a beard that’s just starting to grow in—the slight polish up top makes it looks trendy, not sleazy.
Ed’s note: In case you’re in the market for a great facial hair product, take a gander at 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 Bed Head for Men by TIGI Fuel Around Nourishing Beard Oil for a softer-feeling, healthier-looking beard (and skin!).
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 (around 1 to 2 inches longer, to be exact) than the sides, and an overall finish that’s not too polished. If you have a straight to wavy hair texture—plus a clipped, properly bearded moustache—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—and a lot of it! 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 (think just slightly longer than a 5 o’clock shadow), then this haircut ties in with that allover natural, athletic boy-next-door feel. To style, blow-dry your hair by focusing the nozzle carefully at the root while tugging your fingers upward. Next, apply a finger-swipe’s 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 longer hair, then just tie it up. If you’ve sported an undercut during the earlier months of the year (kudos to you!), go to your barber and have him maintain the short buzz underneath, and just wear the top in a man bun. However way you get there, this holds true: This look is especially appealing on men with a well-grown-in moustache and beard, as 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, save for a bit of non-greasy shine pomade (try Bed Head for Men by TIGI Slick Trick) for a bit of hold and sleekness.
5. Stylish Quiff
Lots of male celebs, cool band frontmen and street-style dudes like a quiff because of it’s 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 fun, quirky facial hair, such as a blocky moustache and the beginnings of a goatee.
6. Long Hair
A proper long beard and handlebar are given a less ironic twist when worn with longer 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 (or, um, face). 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 for when you just want to have it all.
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 (meaning a softening cream that allows hair to be restyled during the day, such as AXE Natural Look: Softening Cream, is all you’ll need). Tuck the sides behind your ears to put the focus on your glorious chin fuzz, and make sure your moustache connects to it well 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 moustache and beard combo. The back can be left long, as above, or shaven too, for a look that resembles more of an undercut. Styling these haircuts is surprisingly easy—some shine gel, such as Dove Men+Care Control Gel, and a hair tie and 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.
For more information on the Movember Foundation, visit us.movember.com.