Man mane is now officially a dinosaur. Rushing in to replace the king is the prince of facial hair, the moustache. The latest to join this trending grooming fervour is the Aussie hunk, Chris Hemsworth. Relishing his new moult, from a scruffy beard to a serious ‘stache, Hemsworth, uploaded a video of his makeover on Instagram for his upcoming flick starring Dakota Johnson and Jon Hamm, recently on Instagram, and mentioned, “Tryin to find the look for Bad Times at the El Royale.”
He is only emulating what George Clooney and Brad Pitt did a while back. While Pitt still nourishes a wee bit of a goatee, Clooney’s upper lip, true to his image, has sprouted a professorial hair stack. The new mantra is clear: the chin should be clean, but a face should not be devoid of the masculine pendant. The scale is tilting decidedly towards a thick and furry topiary rather than a slick and pointy affair a la Clark Gable. Michael Shannon, an odd celebrity to exemplify but one who is setting the facial trend certainly, has grown one to that end. Model and fashionista Richard Biedul’s action, one of the early ones to unleash the rage, sums up the zeitgeist. Shearing his six-year-old painstakingly manicured rustic beard, his recent Instagram post sees his upper lip cuddling an inch-thick ‘stache. He is reported to have said, “When I first grew my beard, it wasn’t a trend-lead decision. It was just an aesthetic statement. And I think the removal of my beard is exactly the same. I think it depends on the kind of moustache you decide to grow, but I think they are definitely reflective of their owner’s personality. My moustache muse has to be Tom Selleck.”
That the 80s Magnum, P.I. Selleck, with his simple bushy, but monstrously affable upper lip property would be a unanimous inspiration is no surprise. Those who bounce about in happening joints might easily have come across the followers of his glorious pelt. Not very well known outside the US, but Jeff Foxworthy, stand-up comedian and better known as the host of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? can be another go-to guy as would be, don’t-want-to-be-but-am-Bond, Daniel Craig. But yes, his chevron will take some doing – say a few months, so if you start about now you might be in for a dignified Movember. Do have a look at an old timer, Burt Reynolds or the actor with a current massive uptick, Pablo Schreiber in Orange is the new Black.
If you want to play aggressive, we do have Hugh Jackman with his no-messing-around train driver’s ‘stache or Paul Rudd’s handlebar. Be careful with the Jackman-Rudd though – try not to come too close to porn star Ron Jeremy’s hairy possession. But this risk has a huge payout –the ‘pornstache’, the moustache trend that is presently off the charts. It is a handlebar that does not taper out at the ends. Do remember it takes a really strong personality to tug it along. Exercising mediation on the DGAF (don’t give a f*&^%) factor – in this case, rather in all such cases, can be good thing. Come to think of it, this trend is also practical and not all cosmetic. A strategic moustache, factoring in one’s facial outline and persona, can soften the harshness of a dominant jaw-line, making the bearer of the diplomatic frond a more appealing case to the opposite sex.
P.S: Do keep a ‘stache comb for an occasional run-through, once-a-day wax coat on either edges post shower and periodic hedging should do it.