Patience is key when it comes to growing the walrus moustache – it’s a facial hair style that isn’t exactly easy to hide.
The walrus moustache can be easily mistaken for the classic chevron moustache, but this thick moustache style typically suits an older gentleman, with a rounded face shape.
However, if you like the sound of the challenge of growing a long, thick moustache – and have the patience for it – the walrus moustache is a great look to try out.
Be the best version of yourself with the Gillette guide to growing, styling and maintaining a walrus moustache.
What is a Walrus Moustache?
This style is first thought to have been adopted by the Celts and Gauls, and enjoyed another surge of popularity among men in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The walrus moustache simply means a long ‘tache with whiskers. It earns its name from the distinctive whiskers of a walrus, this style is anything but discreet, requiring a certain personality to pull it off.
If you decide to go for it, you’ll need to prepare yourself for a thick, bushy, overgrown moustache that nicely hangs itself over your top lip.
Some walrus moustache styles also curl upwards, which can lend itself to a more sophisticated, finished look. Others droop even further down the lip line, with a slight twist at the end to provide more symmetry to the face.
If you want, you can pair your walrus moustache with a beard, which can broaden out the face and suits men with longer, oval face shapes.
This look is favoured by top actor Sam Elliott, who sported it in the recent big-screen remake of the musical A Star is Born, bringing it back in style for the 21st century.
One question men have after experimenting with style is: ‘how on earth do I eat with a walrus moustache?’ While it might take a little more effort to chow into your favourite burgers and sandwiches without messing up your ‘tache, don’t let that discourage you.
All you need to do is cut your food up into smaller, bitesize pieces and lift up your walrus moustache hair occasionally when biting into larger meals. You’ll gradually get used to eating with a walrus moustache as it grows, so be patient – once it’s perfectly groomed and grown, it’ll all be worth it!
Growing a Walrus Moustache: Step-by-Step
Growing a walrus moustache won’t happen overnight – you’ll need to be prepared to wait a few weeks to achieve a strong walrus ‘tache.
Top tip: This style comes into its own when you have thick, coarse facial hair, so if your beard growth tends to be fair and thin, this style might not be the best one for you. However, we have lots of other moustache style inspiration for you to follow.
How to Grow a Walrus Moustache
1. Let it grow: A walrus moustache can take up to three or four months to be in a place where you can style it, as it needs to be the right length to look a little overgrown and comb over your top lip slightly.
Use a moustache comb to brush through the hair daily, which will train it to grow downwards. Regularly cleansing and moisturizing the area using King C. Gillette Beard Care Kit will help to keep the skin fresh and encourage healthy hair growth.
2. Trim: With all focus needing to be on your bold moustache, we recommend shaving or trimming the rest of your facial hair to keep it looking as sharp as possible.
3. Comb it: Volume and length are essential to this moustache style, so once yours has reached its full potential, you’ll need to comb it daily to encourage it into the exact shape you desire.
4. Tidy up: To keep this moustache style looking neat and defined, trim the length regularly to tidy up any unkempt bits of hair.
How to Style a Walrus Moustache
Once you’ve achieved the perfect overgrown walrus look, we recommend carefully trimming around the edges of your moustache at least every week, but more often if you need to, with the help of the Gillette All Purpose Styler and Beard Trimmer.