By Danielle Farthing
We are halfway through the merry month of Movember, the month where men across the UK and the globe grow their taches in order to raise money and awareness of men’s health. More specifically, they’re aiming to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.
In 2010 over 112,000 Mo Bros and Sistas got involved, raising £11.7 million and showing how this event can really make a difference.
However, while some of you may have been carefully nurturing that moustache, it is mainly at this halfway stage that the deliberation over what to do with your mo begins to rear its hairy head. Well, here are our Top Ten Mos for 2011 to give you some inspiration…
Don Corleone – The Godfather
More groomed than most is the tache belonging to the late Marlon Brando in his role as Don Corleone in The Godfather. Who knows, without his tache he may not have won that Oscar for Best Actor. All men, be warned – this month, the power is in the facial hair.
Grooming tip: keep this one short. This would suit those who are a bit baby-faced and can’t quite get the length.
Whatever you’ve seen him in, whether it’s Friends, Magnum PI or Three Men and a Baby, one thing is always constant: Selleck’s moustache. There was a period when his tache went missing in action; the less said about that the better, though. It has even been said by fans that Selleck’s tache is the most iconic contribution to cinema.
Grooming tip: trim the bottom and use a small comb to make a parting for true Magnum PI resemblance.
This man is the classic image of an American cowboy, and sure to be a firm favourite with those Mo Bros out there who are sporting the facial silver fox look. This hunk was quoted in an edition of Playgirl in 1976 saying: “I don’t want to be known as a sex symbol.” So that’s why you posed with your bare buns out in The Legacy in the same year Sam, hey?
Grooming tip: this is significantly bushier so some backcombing may be in order. However, do not mess with the colour of your mo. If it is partially grey just think of those as go faster stripes, as dyeing your facial hair is always a step too far, hey Billy Connolly?
This artistic genius did not stop with his artwork. With an extravagant handlebar style, Dali took it one step further and merged it in to one of his eyebrows. Whether this impaired his vision or not could be said to be determined by the eye of the beholder of his artwork. Whatever your take on this, I think it would be agreed that he must have used a lot of wax.
Grooming tip: do not get eyebrow extensions to recreate this look. Hot glue near the eyes is only a recipe for disaster.
Master of the roundhouse kick, it is rumoured that this man holds the Guinness World Record for the most beard related killings. Also that he has no chin behind his beard, and that as Oswald shot, Chuck Norris met all three bullets with his beard. Chuck Norris often changes barbers due to the deadly reflexes of his beard. There is also a lot of speculation that Chuck Norris was born with a beard and when doctors tried to shave it off he roundhouse kicked them in the face with his precociously strong baby legs, knocking them unconscious.
Grooming tip: there’s only one beard and mo like Chuck Norris’, don’t even attempt to compete.
Hailing from the mighty Staines, it would be fair to say that Ali G’s mo is his trademark. In this instance the upper lip hair completes the square look of this beard.
Grooming tip: do not use a black marker pen to draw the outline and shave around it. It will not work and you will not be able to get the pen off for days, no matter how neat it is. While this sounds daft, believe us, it has been done.
Mercury was the award-winning former lead singer of rock band Queen. He had huge stage presence with his charismatic and flamboyant style aided in no small terms by his often-controversial attire and pronounced jet-black moustache. Commenting on his facial hair live on stage he announced: “A lot of people hate it, I don’t give a f**k, I like my moustache and I’m going to keep it!”
Grooming tip: this one is so well-groomed it actually looks fake. Lots of combing, trimming and plucking of any stray hairs needed for this one.
Hulk Hogan is the modern-day master of all-white-haired taches. If Father Christmas were to go and live in America and take up WWF, this is what he would look like. These handlebars are his trademark and while some people may mock, remember, Hogan knows best.
Grooming tip: don’t trim this too much at the sides – the wider, the better in this instance.
Australian cricketer Merv has one hell of a mo going on. However, this has not been the only bit of experimental hair styling this man has had. Merv made it into the top ten dodgiest haircuts in cricket while he sported what can only be described as a bowl-cut perm.
Grooming tip: similar to Hulk Hogan’s but this time the handlebars need to travel further along the cheek.
This fictional Agatha Christie detective of Belgian nationality was famed for his analytical, methodical and unrushed approach to solving crime as well as his impeccable demeanour. This is often manifested in his abhorrence of dirt and disease as well as his attention to detail of both dress and the grooming of his iconic moustache.
Grooming tip: this is the granddaddy of all taches. If you can recreate this then you are sure to have the best mo of the month. The only tip we have for this is persevere and experiment with different styling products. Patience is a must for this one.
So when you have decided how to style your mo, don’t forget to keep collecting money for the cause. You can set up your page at http://uk.movember.com and also watch out for the many Movember parties which will happen at the end of the month to celebrate your efforts.