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Do you have a patchy mustache? If the answer is yes, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many people have their facial hair grow in patches where 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 will talk about why so many guys have a patchy, thin mustache – and then give you 7 tips on how 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!
This is the number one reason why guys have patchy mustaches. It is probably because of genetics if you are thinning on the sides or in other areas of your mustache. It’s likely that someone in your family had this issue, and it has to do with the levels of 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 impossible for every man to grow a super dense, thick mustache – but we have some tips that can help you out.
You probably remember yourself trying to grow a mustache or beard in high school 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 body hair stays like that throughout 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.
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 the contrast is more prominent. 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.
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 mustache 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 the style and this is why they look great.
5. You shave it often
Another common mistake is that you often shave 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 will eventually slow down the process because shaving can cause irritation and inflammation.
If this worked, guys 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. Not having any hair growing on this part of your face is pretty normal because it has different genes. This doesn’t mean that your mustache is irregular or patchy.
How to Grow a Thicker Mustache
Have a balanced diet
We have talked about it in many of our facial hair growth articles that what you eat is really important for your hair follicles. Your hair is made of proteins and minerals that come from your diet, and if you don’t eat properly, 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; you need a good diet to look good and have healthy hair. 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.
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. Many guys don’t realize that because a mustache looks small compared to a beard, but it 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 when not looking that good.
Use beard roller
If you already have a beard roller, you can use it on your mustache area too to get a thicker mustache.
Derma rollers work by making small punctures into the skin, and those punctures will cause your body to kickstart its natural production of collagen and increase blood flow, which makes your skin tighter.
As we mention in the article about derma roller for beard growth, it is only proven to work in scalp hair, but you can find a lot of cases of people having 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.
Minoxidil is a topical solution that is FDA approved and proven to help with hair loss and growth. It shortens the telogen (resting) phase of hair follicles and prolongs the anagen (active) phase. As more hair is in a growing phase, less falls 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 for 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.
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 try them, do some research first and choose supplements that contain vitamins and minerals that are proven 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
You should use mustache wax specifically made for mustache and beard styling to get the best results. 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 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, you should try out some mustache styles meant for patchy mustaches.
These styles will hide the patchy parts and make your mustache look fuller.
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 got its name.
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 in a way that will look fuller.
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 beards 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.
Russell is the founder of themensattitude.com. He is a barber a beard enthusiast and he is obsessed with trying men’s lifestyle products and blog about them. If you have any questions you can hit him up via the contact page.