Men are growing mustaches for charity, amusement or a new look during the 31 days known as Mustache March. Grow your own with these products and advice.
Murray Mayor Dan Snarr's love of Western culture inspired his 17-inch mustache, which he hopes to make 20 inches by the end of his term in 2014.
Four years ago, he saw a Frederic Remington painting that had a mustached cowboy who resembled him. “He had a stylin’ handlebar, but I was going to build one bigger,” Snarr says. It was worth the patience and grooming—the American Mustache Institute named Snarr’s mustache the longest horizontal political handlebar in American history. Now he styles it daily with American Crew Superglue and Big Sexy Hair hairspray.
Last July, Snarr made national news when he asked Murray residents to vote for saving or shaving the ’stache. A month later, he compromised with his wife’s pleas he get rid of it on Steve Harvey’s talk show, letting her cut off four inches. But when she jokes she’s going to cut it off at night, Snarr laughs, and says that’s “GFD” (aka grounds for divorce).
Tips from the Mayor
1. Before you shave: "Lather your face and then wipe off the cream. You can't shave very well with the cream left on."
2. Getting started: "Pick where you're going to build the foundation. You have to say 'I'm going to grow it here, and then I'll have more hair to pull off the sides.'"
3. Fu Manchu: "Take your handlebar down low and off the sides of your chin. You get more stability and greater hair context to really make it hang out there."
4. Razors: "It's okay to use disposable razors. I use them for about three weeks each."
5. Beware of jackets: "Watch out for zippers. Yesterday, I got my mustache caught in a coat with a high collar. I had to yank it out."
6. Cleanliness: "I shampoo it every morning and comb it out before I put on the product. I also wash it every night. It only takes a minute to put it under the faucet."
7. Weather foes: "Rain and snow are the handlebar's arch-enemies."
Products to pick up
American Crew Superglue, $12, Got Beauty, 900 E. 2100 South, SLC, 801-474-2090, gotbeauty.com
Clubman Moustache Wax, $8, Jed's Barber Shop, 212 S. 700 East, SLC, 801-532-5337, jedsbarbershop.com
Haryali double-edge razors, $20–$70 (depending on handle), Ray's Barber Shop, 154 S. Main Street, SLC, 801-359-7297, raysbarbershop.com
Mustache Bandages, $5.50, Got Beauty, 900 E. 2100 South, SLC, 801-474-2090, gotbeauty.com
Share a photo with us on facebook.com/SaltLakemag of your 'stache. You could win $50 to Texas de Brazil!
Click here for tips from Ray's Barber Shop on manscaping your 'stache.
Click here for the answer key to our Mystery Mustache game.