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18th November 2013

Tash on!

Scarlett Whittell talks Movember style favorites and has no time for whining girls.

Ahh Movember. A hilarious month, with an equally hilarious name. It all started in 2003 with thirty ‘Mo Bros’ in Melbourne, Australia. Now the moustache-movement is global, raising awareness of prostate and testicular cancer all around the world.

Before the arrival of Movember, I thought growing a moustache was a straight-forward affair. I assumed it came naturally to men, like breathing … or thinking about women 18 times a day. Then I heard about the ‘ghost moustache’. You know the one, it looks like their top lip is a bit dusty. This month we must be particularly mindful of these fellas. Make sure to closely inspect their face before questioning their participation. You don’t want to offend them, that’s thirty days of hard work right there.

Those with a thicker tash face a different problem. How to shape one’s facial hair? It’s an important decision, after all you’ve got to live with it for a full month. To help out I’ve done a bit of moustache research (don’t laugh). Here are my three favourites:


1. Handlebars

The classic choice for those with a fast rate of growth. Whoever came up with the idea is a genius. A hairy pair of bicycle handlebars on your face? Impressive… and hilarious.


2. French

Without doubt, this is my favourite. Unfortunately I haven’t seen anyone donning a thin curly tash around Manchester yet, but I am still hopeful. This design requires a little dedication and a small tub of moustache wax – those perfect curls don’t come naturally. But it’s a small price to pay for the greatest moustache in town.


3. “The Broom”

Or as professionals in the field call it, ‘the broustache’. This also requires special equipment, this time it’s a moustache comb. I dream of the day I see a man whip out a small comb to groom his upper lip. Please boys, invest.

I must admit, a lip-full of wirey locks doesn’t get me going (I’m more of a light stubble sort-of-gal). However I have no time for girls whining about Movember.

My opinion? Suck it up girls, and tash on.


Chris Payne raises money for Movember

Movember is the growing of moustaches during November to raise awareness of prostate cancer. The goal of Movember is to “change the face of men’s health.” If you would like to donate to such a worthy cause please see here:

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