Top Lip Topiary

Stop men dying too young. That’s what Movember is all about. That and growing a silly lip warmer, but mainly the preventing unnecessary heartache and loss.

The Movember Foundation tackles prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Essentially: grow a mo, save a bro.

A moustache (according to some) is the epitome of authority and raw manhood - of course there are a few ladies who should be equally chuffed with their top lip topiary, but for now, it’s all about the men.

According to The Art of Manliness, when pre-pubescent moustaches grow up, they want to be Tom Selleck’s moustache. Give yours the nourishment, love and support that it needs to achieve its childhood dream.

But before we get to the mo shaping stage, we need to grow before we can show.

Pointers for growing your mo

  1. Push through the pain. Remember why you’re doing this - you’ve always dreamed of straining soup through your top lip - be brave, chin (top lip?) up and all that - your facial fluff will look crap in the early days, but stick at it. It will fill in... hopefully...
  1. Itch that scratch or scratch that itch? Whatever, just don’t shave the little slug off. You’ve been through worse - remember that hair cut your mum gave you when you were 8? That was embarrassing, this is for a worthy cause, plus you’ll look like a stud at the end of it. Winner.
  1. Oh hi Narcissis, no, no, you earned that sneak peak in your little pocket mirror. Don’t forget that ‘tash needs attention, so invest in some proper grooming tools and remember: a well groomed mo is the making of all discerning gentleman.

Styling your mo

But what style should you don? You could channel your inner Carlton circa 1995 and keep the fuzz under your nose, or (if you have facial hair to rival the Werewolf of London) why not allow your mo to mature and get your Tom Selleck on?

Freddie Mercury? Ron Burgundy? Ron Swanson? Borat? Hulk Hogan? The possibilities are endless...

If you struggling for inspiration, check out our comprehensive style cheat sheet.

But remember to keep in mind why you’re growing your mo.

Prostate cancer, the facts

Over one million men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. It is the most prevalent form of cancer for men in the UK. And only men have a prostate gland, so it’s up to you to have yours checked, regularly.

If left undiagnosed, prostate cancer may spread from the prostate and invade distant parts of the body, particularly the lymph nodes and bones, producing secondary tumours. And that is a whole world of pain that no one wants.

Don’t be alarmed, but:

  • If detected early, you have a 98% chance of survival beyond 5 years.
  • If detected late, you only have a 26% chance of survival beyond 5 years.

Testing for prostate cancer

And you know what? You don’t even need to have a finger up your butt to find out. PSA testing is a simple blood test your doctor can do, so speak to yours now.

But if you don’t want to (or can't!) grow a mo and you still want to support the men in your life, check out our Movember inspired decals - we donate 50% of sales to the Movember Foundation - what are you waiting for?

Ready, set, mo!

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