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Do You Have A Patchy Mustache? 7 Tips On How To Grow A Thicker Mustache

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Do you have a patchy mustache? You’re not alone. Many people have their facial hair grow in patches and some areas are noticeably thinner than others. Some view this as an unattractive feature, but it doesn’t have to be! There are many ways to make your facial hair look fuller or at least more even.

Well, actually this is what we are going to do in this article. First, we are going to talk about the reasons why so many guys have a patchy, thin mustache – and then give you 7 tips to fix it. We’ll also give you some advice on what mustache styles will look most flattering and we’ll cover all kinds of materials that can help you out. So let’s get started with the possible reasons your mustache looks patchy!

1. Genetics

This is the number one reason that guys have patchy mustaches. If you are thinning on the sides or even in some areas of your mustache, this is probably because of genetics. It’s likely that someone in your family had this same issue and it is due to how much testosterone you produce. Testosterone is the hormone responsible for hair growth so if you have low testosterone levels hair growth slows down.

Mustache growth is exactly the same as beard growth, some men grow a dense and thick beard, while others can’t. So you just have to accept genetics and work with what you’ve got. It’s not possible for every man to grow a super dense, thick mustache – but we do have some tips that can help you out.

2. Age

You probably remember yourself in high school trying to grow a mustache or beard and how it didn’t really work. It is totally normal cause when you are at puberty testosterone levels are very high and your body is flooded with DHT which actually inhibits hair growth.

You develop hair in different parts of your body that have a peach fuzz feel. This type of hair is called vellus hair and is very fine and soft. The rest of your hair body stays like that through your whole life while your facial hair (including your mustache) changes when you enter adulthood and transition to what is called terminal hair. After that, you will notice accelerated beard growth usually when you’re in your early 20s.

So Vellus hair is transformed into Terminal hair which is the same thing that happens with your scalp hair. You’ll get a thicker, more visible beard, but it will also be sparser in some parts of your face where you didn’t have much hair, to begin with.

Young boy with mustache

3. Blond or light color beard

Another reason you might think you have a patchy mustache is that you have light or blonde hair. This isn’t the case for everyone, but if your hair is light-colored, it appears thinner.

I mean it makes sense. The darker your hair, the thicker it looks. This is especially apparent on the mustache because you can see a big contrast between the colors. If you have light-colored hair and pale skin, there will be no contrast between your mustache and your skin so it will look patchy.

blond beard

4. You trim it early

To grow a proper mustache you need to let it grow for some time. If you take the beard trimmer and trim it too early, your mustache will look patchy because of the uneven lengths of the hairs. The hair on your mustache grows slower than the rest of your facial hair so as the rest of your beard grows your mustache will look patchy.

You should let your mustache grow for a few months before you do any modifications to its shape or length.

Something else you need to keep in mind is that if you want a nice mustache you should not trim it when it covers your upper lip. When you see guys with nice iconic mustaches you should know that their length is way under their upper but they style and this is why they look great.

5. You shave it often

Another common mistake is that you shave often because you think your mustache will grow thicker or faster. As we mention in our “Does shaving help with beard growth?” article this is a myth. Shaving your facial hair will not make it grow faster or thicker, and could eventually slow down the process because shaving can cause irritation and inflammation.

If this worked then guys that are shaving daily would have the thickest beards and most dense mustaches.

6. The gap is normal

A lot of guys think they have a patchy mustache and start to panic.

Sometimes this happens because of the gap of hair in the middle of the mustache. This gap causes this effect, but it’s not something you should worry about because it is pretty normal.

This area is called the philtrum, and it is the spot where your nose starts to bend down. It’s normal that there won’t be any hair growing on this part of your face because it has different genes. This doesn’t mean that your mustache is irregular or patchy.

Patchy Mustache

How to Grow a Thicker Mustache

Have a balanced diet

We have talked about it in many of our facial hair growth articles, what you eat is really important for your hair follicles. Your hair is made of proteins and minerals that come from your diet, if you don’t eat properly then you will end up having some mustache growth problems.

Did you know that if you don’t get the calories that you need your hair will stop growing?

Growing a mustache is very calorie-consuming and you need to have a good diet to look good and have healthy hair.

Your mustache will grow healthy and thick by making sure you eat the right foods.

The most important factor is to get enough protein because it’s essential for hair growth.

Some high protein foods are meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, and legumes.  

Balanced diet for healthy Beard

Give your mustache time to grow

If you read our blog frequently you already know that in order to grow a full beard you need at least four to six months of not shaving. You need the same time to grow a nice mustache. A lot of guys don’t realize that because a mustache looks small compared to a beard, but it actually takes a lot of time to grow.

So if you want a thick mustache you need at least 4-6 months of no shaving and then you will be able to see your progress. You will get through some awkward phases during this time like when you are growing a beard but that is part of the process.

Something that will help you to go through this is using mustache wax, which will help you style your mustache.

Bearded Man looking his watch

Use beard roller

If you already have a beard roller you can use it to your mustache area too to get a thicker mustache.

Derma rollers work by making small punctures in the skin and those punctures cause your body to kickstart its natural production of collagen and increase blood flow which is what makes your skin tighter.

As we mention in the article about derma roller for beard growth, it is only proven that it works in scalp hair but you can find a lot of cases people have success with facial hair too.

If you decide to use a derma roller you should choose one with small needles, about 0.5mm-0.75mm because the bigger ones can damage your skin and smaller ones won’t get the job done. You use it every 2 days for the best results.

Use Minoxidil

Minoxidil is a topical solution that is FDA approved and proven to help with hair loss and growth. It works by shortening the telogen (resting) phase of hair follicles and prolonging the anagen (active) phase. As more hair is in a growing phase less falling off, therefore you get thicker and denser hair.

There are mixed reactions to minoxidil when it comes to facial hair. Some people say that it works and some don’t. There is also this study that shows minoxidil to be effective facial hair growth, but of course, it is just one study so you should take it with a grain of salt.

Finally, if you decide to use minoxidil you should know that it has some side effects that are not dangerous but can be annoying like dry skin, itching, and a few more.

If you use it and have any side effects, contact your dermatologist and stop using it immediately.

Use Supplements

You should be really careful with supplements because they could have side effects if you don’t know what you are doing.

If you decide to give them a try first, do some research and choose supplements that contain vitamins and minerals that are proven to be effective for hair growth.

Supplements don’t work wonders but could be helpful if you combine them with the other factors that might help.

Some vitamins and minerals that are proven to have an effect on hair growth are vitamins A, B, E, C, and zinc. Some people also recommend using fish oil or keratin supplements but we can’t guarantee their effectiveness in facial hair growth.

Use a mustache wax

While a mustache wax won’t make your mustache thicker it can help you style it in a way that makes it look thicker. This happens because instead of having your hair go in different directions it all goes in one direction, so it looks fuller

To get the best results you should try to use mustache wax that is specifically made for mustache and beard styling. Try to avoid using regular hair wax because it will be too heavy and your mustache hairs will not stay in place.

Use a beard brush

Using a beard brush in combination with your other products will help you style your mustache.

Combined with mustache wax it will help you get a more polished look.

In order to style your mustache properly, you should start from the middle of your mustache and comb the hairs to the side.

Mustache styles for patchy mustaches

If you have tried everything and nothing helped then you should try out some mustache styles that are meant for patchy mustaches.

These styles will hide the patchy parts and make your mustache look fuller.

The pencil mustache style

The pencil mustache style

This is one of the most popular styles for men that have a thin, patchy mustache but still want to grow one.

The pencil mustache is a thin line of hair that goes on the upper lip just like a pen, which is how it gets its name.

The Hungarian mustache style

The Hungarian mustache style

This is a very popular style in Eastern Europe and it is meant for men with thin mustaches.

In order to achieve this style, you should grow a mustache that is long enough to cover your upper lip and is styled to the sides.

While many people might think this is not a proper style for people with a patchy mustache, the truth is that it can work really well because you will have to style your mustache and it will look fuller.

Scruffy mustache

Scruffy Mustache

The scruffy mustache is another style for people with patchy mustaches because it hides the patchiness and makes your mustache look thicker.

It is a short mustache style and it is meant to be worn with a 5 o’clock shadow.

You can also check our complete guide with 21 beard without mustache styles for inspiration.


There you have it, folks. The top 7 tips to get a thicker mustache and keep that sexy facial hair looking fresh and fly. Now go out there with your newfound knowledge of the intricacies of grooming your ‘stache and show off! If you’ve tried any methods we mentioned or think we missed an important step in our guide, let us know below in the comments section so everyone can benefit from your additional advice.

Happy growing!

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