Cut a dash, grow a Tash

Movember has now become a traditional excuse for men to stop shaving their upper lip, and all around the world fellas will be sporting newly-sprouted soup-strainers to raise funds for mens charities.

Movember began in Australia, where cricketers like Denis Lillee, Rod Marsh and Merv Hughes have always allowed their tashes to do the talking. More than 15 years on from the first Movember, men all over the world are wearing whiskers for charity.

However, sporting a proper ‘tache is a question of style as well as commitment, and it’s fair to say that the mousatache still hasn’t made the fashion comeback that many expected a few years ago, when Ryan Gosling and Justin Bieber were trying to make moustaches happen. As a result. many celebrities who do Movember tend to skip shaving altogether, resulting in a face-fuzz that includes beard and sideburns. Read more...

One exception is Daniel Craig, who sported a classic military moustache for Movember five years ago and managed to look like a cross between James Bond and his own granddad.

Of course, your upper lip can be the source of all sorts of amazing creations, from the carefully groomed pencil tash to lush waxed handlebars, from the droopy horseshoe to the bushy walrus. However, most men who grow moustaches these days are looking for something a little more natural – Jimi Hendrix’s ragged bandit moustache has been strongly influential, while Robert Redford’s cowboy whiskers remain the benchmark for blonde guys.

There are two ways to grow a tash – first you can simply stop shaving your upper lip. Secondly, you can stop shaving altogether, grow a full beard and then get rid of the rest once you’re past the bumfluff stage.

But once you’ve done it, you may find you like it – and you may not be the only one. Spain has a saying that “A kiss without a moustache is like an egg without salt”, and generations of heart-throbs from Clark Gable to Tom Selleck show that plenty of ladies find that facial furniture tickles their fancy, too.

A Good Cause
Movember traditionally raises money for men’s health charities, with prostate and testicular cancer associations receiving plenty of funds from the initiative each year. Men still die on average six years earlier than women, and Mental health is also a particular issue for men. Middle-aged men are the most likely to commit suicide, and male suicide is an increasing concern in both the UK and Spain. Funding for mental health charities that tackle these problems is also sorely needed.