It's that time of year again when your Facebook and Instagram are overrun by photos of guys begging you to check out their facial hair every day for the rest of the month—pencil 'staches, handlebars, Fu Manchus everywhere you turn. While we fully support any men's health campaign that brings awareness and funds to fighting prostate cancer, it's all too easy to end up looking sleazy until December 1st. If you're participating this year, here are our suggestions for how to support the cause without sacrificing your dignity.
Keep It Simple: While this may seem like the perfect opportunity to grow outlandish facial hair and use Movember as an excuse, we beg you to think again. No one in the office is going to take a guy with a '70s porn-stache seriously, good cause or not. So stick with a simple style (ends trimmed within the creases that appear when you smile), and not too much thinner than the width between your nostrils and upper lip. Look to Brad Pitt or Orlando Bloom for inspiration, not John Waters.
Bend The Rules: If your mustache isn't flattering, balance the growth on your lip with a beard. While we know the Movember rules of engagement say that a 'stache should not join sideburns or chin hair, this is one rule we give you permission to break. Cancer knows no difference, but women do. Unless you're at peace with being celibate for the next 30 days, do yourself a favor and embrace the facial hair that actually suits your face.
See a Professional: If you don't usually frequent a barber, now would be the time to start. A barber will be able to help you shape your mustache as attractively as possible and trim it properly. Plus, it's a good excuse to get pampered and enjoy a little bit of manly TLC.
Be Vocal: In all seriousness, Movember is a good cause. Remember it's about promoting awareness around men's health and raising money to fight cancer. While seeing what you'd look like with facial hair is fun, go a little further. Donate what you can, get people talking about men's health, and be proactive about your own. That's what really counts.
Use the Right Tools to Look Your Best: A mustache brush like the Speert Handmade Mustache/Beard & Eyebrow Brush keeps little hairs in line, and the tiny Tweezerman Facial Scissors keeps things trim and neat. A shave oil like Lock Stock & Barrel Argan Shave Oil is great for giving you the protection you need while also allowing you to see the hair and skin underneath so you can avoid accidentally shaving off part of your new 'stache.