“Shave that shit! It looks terrible!” some coworker said (semi-jokingly).
It took about 4 months of growth and the mustache started to look respectable. Then I started growing the goatee for a complete pairing. The thought of stroking my goatee was appealing, especially while pondering deep thoughts in meetings.
As my mustache was getting unwieldy, it was time to style it. I picked up Pinaud-Clubman wax at CVS. It was $5 but it was awful. I needed dandruff shampoo for the flakes in my mustache. Embarrassing.
Even after my mustache was at a respectable status, my facial hair received mixed reviews from my friends and family. Not everyone loved it. Alas, after a year I decided to give it up and return to clean shaven life.
- Be Patient. This was an experiment that was going to take at least 6 months for me to know if I could grow a mustache. I never trimmed my mustache, even when one side seemed longer than the other.
- Be Prepared For Haterade. Public ridicule hurts, but like high school, pain is only temporary.
- Allocate time For Hair Care. For a bald person who spends little time getting ready, facial hair is a high maintenance task. I spent a lot of time every morning styling the mustache and goatee. Comb, wax, hair dryer, repeat. Either that or I’m chewing on hair with my breakfast cereal.
- Invest in Good Products. Quality wax and a comb are necessary for a good mustache. If you don’t believe me, feel free to try the cheapo wax before a date. =)