Whether you’re a seasoned mustache veteran or a first time grower, Movember is the perfect time to experiment with your facial hair. From new ways to shave to styles we recommend, this guide will keep your ’stache on point during this year’s facial hair frenzy.

MASTER THE STRAIGHT RAZOR

The four-step process to shaving your beard like a pro.

STROP YOUR RAZOR

First, you must purchase a sturdy strop — there are mountable options that make for classy, manly bathroom décor. Next, flip open your razor to a full 180 degrees. Holding the handle in your strong hand and pulling the strop taut with your other, run your blade along the leather strap starting from the end closest to you. When it reaches the opposite side, flip your blade and run it back toward you. Repeat this motion roughly 30 times each time you shave.

PREPARE YOUR FACE

Shower before you shave — the warm moisture will open your pores and soften your facial hair. Next, apply a preshave formula, preferably one that doubles as an antiseptic. From there, lather on your shaving cream as you normally would. If you want to make the experience a little more luxurious, try using a brush to apply your lather — not only does it produce a satisfying scratch-of-the-back-type sensation, it also ensures a closer, cleaner shave.

START SHAVING

Find a comfortable grip on your razor — we recommend resting your pinkie finger on the blade’s handle, and placing your thumb on the side of the blade. With your empty hand, reach around your head and pull your skin up. Tilting the razor, use slow, downward strokes as you brush your face and neck with the razor. Little pressure is needed — the razor should be sharp enough to do most of the work. Rinse your razor as shaven hairs begin to compile on the blade.

RINSE THE RIGHT WAY

During your rinse, it’s wise to use cool water — this will help your pores close up, just as the hot water opened them in the first place. Pat your face dry with a towel. Next, apply an aftershave product. This will nix any potential skin irritation caused by the shave, make you smell great, and keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. To complete the experience, apply a small bit of talcum powder — this will absorb any residual moisture that your towel might have missed.


MO’ REASONS TO GROW

What started as a fun way to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer in Canada, the Canadian Movember Foundation is expanding its reach this year and will be donating to testicular cancer research and suicide prevention causes as well.

CAN’T GROW A ’STACHE BUT STILL WANT TO TAKE PART?

You can pledge to friends and family or simply make a general donation at www.movember.com/donate

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