How to tend a moustache

For anyone attempting to grow a tache for Movember, the annual collective cultivating of hairy top lips in aid of men's cancer charities, you'll doubtless be on the lookout for a suitable moustache wax to keep your new soup strainer in perfect order. No? Well here you go anyway.

Take your cues from the international masters - the Germans. Teutonic moustache artistry demonstrates the stuff’s primary requirement: strength. Forget hair waxes and gels: they can’t cope with far tougher moustache hair. Here are three of the most readily-available:

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1 Cyril R Salter Professional Moustache Wax
Provided in a pocketable, matte-finish glass jar, this neutral-coloured wax has one thing going for it: a sublime vanilla aroma. Lacking the rigidity to last all day, it’s best for emergency touch-up usage, because it’s less messy than Pinaud or Taylor’s. Just rub some on your finger, and apply to the ends. (£9 from www.executive-shaving.co.uk)

 

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2 Mr. Taylor’s Moustache Wax
A small plastic tube holds this pleasant-smelling wax, but the packaging is a giveaway: its consistency is more like toothpaste or cream, so its rigidity is questionable. Much better hold than Salter Professional, but it takes longer to dry to rigidity than Pinaud, and lacks the latter’s ultimate ‘sculptability’. (£5.95 from www.tayloroldbondst.co.uk)

 

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3 Pinaud Clubman Neutral Moustache Wax
No question: the global standard. A foil squeeze tube delivers a white wax which dries to invisibility. Give it 15 minutes, and the ends of your ’tache will be strong enough to hold Christmas tree decorations. Apply to the ends, comb through, and then shape with your fingers. Result? A curl that will last 12 hours. (Shop around: it’s available from £2 online.)