Alright, Kingsmen, here’s a question we get asked all the time: Do we really need mustache wax? Can’t we just use beard balm or beard butter for the same purpose? How do we use mustache wax and how much should we use?
Today, we look at mustache wax, why we need it and how to use it.
What is Mustache Wax?
Mustache wax is, above all else, a styling product. In fact, of all the products designed to offer hold for your facial hair, mustache wax is the strongest. This product can be used in your beard as well and delivers a strong, long-lasting hold to control those flyaways or keep your style looking great all day.
It’s the tool of choice for those with more gravity-defying beard a mustache styles and can be a life save for any of you Kingsmen out there who struggle with flyaways and stray hairs.
Your mustache wax can tackle those problems, enabling your whiskers to look just as good at the end of the day as you did the moment you first styled them.
How is Mustache Wax Different From Beard Balm?
In short, mustache wax has a higher wax content than beard balm, giving it more strength when it comes to styling and hold. Both mustache wax and beard balm contain wax, often beeswax, which acts as the muscle, strong-arming all those stray whiskers that can make your beard or mustache look untidy.
Mustache wax excels beyond the abilities of beard balm is that it can hold more complicated styles or tame beards that are a little but more unruly than average.
Beard balm is great at keeping a beard and mustache from looking unkempt but if you find it’s not offering you enough hold for what you need, mustache wax is the answer.
All those beautifully sculpted handlebar mustaches that seem to point right to space effortlessly?
That’s mustache wax.
If you’re looking for a styling product that will offer your beard nourishment, leaving it healthy-looking and shiny while taming a few flyaways, then you want beard balm.
How to Use Mustache Wax
Do not apply your mustache wax directly after you’ve used beard oil in your mane. Give the beard oil time to absorb first, between 5 and ten minutes. Freshly-applied beard oil will make the surface of your whiskers slick, and the wax just won’t grip.
That being said, here are step-by-step instructions for how to use mustache wax:
Once your oil has absorbed, pop your mustache wax tin in a warm face cloth or your back pocket for a minute or two to warm it up a little bit, making it easier to work with.
You’ll want to start with a small amount. Using too much mustache wax can lead to your beard looking stiff and uninviting. A pea-sized amount of facial hair wax is a good start.
Rub the product between your hands to melt it a little bit.
When the mustache wax is emulsified and spread evenly between both palms and your fingertips, begin to work it in where you need hold and control.
Use your palms to smooth over the outside of your beard, while your fingertips can be used for smaller, more intricate details, like your mustache.
Once you’ve created the style you like, run a boar’s hair beard brush over your beard for even distribution and a little extra neatness.
How Much Mustache Wax Should I Use?
We recommend starting with a pea-sized amount, but it’s all going to depend on how long your beard and mustache are as well as how complicated your style is.
Kingsmen entering beard style contests are going to use a lot more mustache wax than a Kingsmen who’s just headed to work and needs a neat and tidy mane.
Trial and error is your friend, here but always start small with mustache wax.
It’s easier to add more mustache wax than it is to take it out of your facial hair. You’ll know you’ve used too much when your beard looks stiff and greasy.
You’ll also struggle to wash out the build-up your daily mustache wax causes. The right amount of mustache wax will wash out with a beard wash with ease.
What is the Best Mustache Wax?
At Kingsmen, we always recommend having a good mustache wax on hand, even if you don’t use it every day, because you never know when you’ll need it.
It can come in handy when you’ve slept strange and woken up with a cowlick in your beard, or on spectacularly humid days when your beard just won’t do what you want it to. Mustache waxes are the muscles you need when your mane is misbehaving and the strong-hold required by many different beard styles and mustache styles.
We want to know, have you used mustache wax before? What do you use it for? Let us know in the comments and be sure to subscribe to our newsletter for more on beard care!