I mustache you a question……..
What’s your first perception of a man wearing a mustache, especially a mustache with no other forms of facial hair?
Pervert……..creepy……..serial killer, you name it and that’s what people are thinking. But why?
Why does something that naturally grows from a man’s lip give off the strangest projections to so many?
The History of the Mustache
Facial hair, in general, has trended up and down all throughout history. But leading the way was the powerful and almighty mustache!
One of the earliest recollections of men’s mustaches was England’s medieval knights. Dating back to the 5th century and up to the 15th century, most English medieval knight’s helmets were accommodated for men’s mustaches.
Where mustaches came into its prime was after the Elizabethan era of England around 1603. English monarchs, princes, and even rebels all wore the glorious mustache. You’ll notice many classical portraits of powerful men rocking the masculine mustache from this time period. At that time the mustache was linked to authority. So why did it eventually fall into the negative connotation it has in today’s society?
First off, the discovery of germs and bacteria in the mid-1800s put a halt to all men’s facial hair. Since this was a relatively new discovery, panic set in, and doctors believed facial hair would pass germs more frequently than someone who was clean-shaven. Germs were officially tied to facial hair from this point on. This is why cleanliness is always questioned when people see a man’s facial hair, especially if its unkempt.
In the early 1900s, chemical warfare introduced the need for sealed gas masks, which facial hair prevented, thus military personal began shaving.
During the Great Depression (1929-1939), men were desperate for jobs and couldn’t afford miss out on a job or job interview because of facial hair, so they shaved.
All these events slowly decayed men’s facial hair as a whole, but still, why does the mustache get unfavorable criticism?
You can thank the media and a few real life people. Mustaches were originally used to depict villains, including one of the eldest and most well-known Christian villains, the Devil. Other examples of fictitious mustache wearing villains include Captain Hook, Waluigi, and Bill “the Butcher”. Even some of the most ruthless leaders throughout history wore mustaches: Hitler, Stalin, Saddam Hussein, and Vlad the Impaler.
Mustaches in the Real World
For fun, go to Google and search “creepy guy”. Nine out of twelve of the first images you see have men with a mustache. But I have hope for all mustaches.
A study done by YouGov showed that most people didn’t really have an opinion on men’s mustaches, but men are more in favor of the “stache” compa000red to women (39% men to 25% women). However, I personally believe this applies to all men’s facial hair comparisons, not just mustaches. And not surprisingly, women had more negative impressions of the mustache compared to men (21% women to 12% men). Go figure…….but why?
The dating site Plenty of Fish conducted a survey of 500 heterosexual females that were 21 and older in the U.S. to gather an opinion of the almighty mustache!
- Majority of women are either unsure or unbiased about a man and his mustache.
- On levels of attractiveness, most women say it depends on the mustache, but besides that, the love/hate relationships were actually pretty close (20.22% hate vs. 17.42% love).
- Majority of women whom don’t find mustaches all that pleasing does so because they think they are out of date (48.15%).
From personal experience, women hate mustaches mainly because they way they feel on their face. Most women can’t stand the hair of men’s upper lips tickling theirs while kissing or things of that nature. But my face doesn’t mind so what’s the problem for me?
Also, aren’t men’s mustaches unprofessional? Hell no they aren’t.
A study done by Quicken and the American Mustache Institute concluded men with only mustaches made more than men with beards or clean-shaven faces (8.2% more than beards and 4.3% more than clean-shaven). Men with mustaches were also reported to get hired more often with their majestic mustaches. What I found odd in their study was that men with mustaches were terrible with their money! Men with mustaches tend to spend 11% more and save 39% less than their clean-shaven counterparts!
Grow That Sucker Out
It’s amazing how so little hair requires so much maintenance. Men’s mustaches are much more of a hassle than growing any other parts of facial hair mainly because:
- Any hair growing from your cheek or jaw line has nothing below it except your neck which might itch every once in a while. A man’s mustache will grow right into his mouth.
- At a long length, food and drinks WILL get into your mustache. It’s not a matter of IF, but HOW MUCH. The absolute worst is when the hair ultimately decides to follow the food into your mouth and you bite down on it. Talk about painful!
Elegant mustaches take much more patience, tolerance, and who cares, especially if it stands alone.
Make use of beard wax, which has a stronger hold than beard balm, and style/curl your mustache away from your mouth. It’s definitely a must when dealing with longer mustaches.
And finally, after growing my mustache out, I have a whole new respect for men with mustaches. Beards are easy. Mustache wearing men always seem to give each other that respectable salute!
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“Rugged. Self-assured. Adult. These are the words that describe the man who wears a mustache.”
Book of the Month: “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” as told to Alex Haley