For the adventurous fellow who wants to explore the world of mustaches and give his beard a break, there are plenty of mustache styles for you to try which will provide a fun way to express yourself as well as probably get you some attention.
One particularly famous mustache style which will give you that super confident manly look is the walrus mustache.
Popular for cowboys and presidents alike, very few mustache styles say “I am who I am and I don’t give a darn what you think,” like a walrus.
True Walrus Mustache
Photo from: Walrus Mustache | Photo Courtesy of Facial Hair Wiki
A true walrus mustache will be exuberantly bushy, will grow down over the top lip and cover up at least part of the mouth, though the most epic walruses will curtain over the mouth completely.
On the sides, the walrus will run down at least past the bottom lip, and can go most the way down to the chin. It doesn’t require any fancy styling per-se.
No curving the ends or anything like that. It’s just a simple, bushy, rugged mustache.
The walrus should not be confused with the chevron mustache style (think Tom Selleck) which is tamer.
It’s well trimmed and groomed to never pass the upper lip and the sides never go below the upper lip either.
Nor should the walrus be confused with the handlebar mustache, the ends of which curl back up towards the cheeks.
Famous Walrus Mustaches
To help get a better image in your head, there are plenty of famous walrus mustaches to view and imitate.
Here are just a few:
- Teddy Roosevelt
- Friedrich Nietzsche
- Sam Elliott
- Nick Offerman
- Yosemite Sam
A very popular style for men of all sorts, though especially for the very learned and very powerful men, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this style has not quite regained popularity since its heyday.
It saw a brief resurgence in the 60s amongst the hippie movement, and since then it seems to have become a never popular but ever present mustache of choice for some men.
Popular Opinion Towards the Walrus
As you can probably already tell from the above, if you sport a walrus mustache, you’re typically “a man’s man” and there will be a number of assumptions made about your personality:
- You’re a bit on the rugged side
- You like to keep things simple and to the point
- You may be a bit rough around the edges, but you’re not a mean guy
- You don’t take people’s crap
How to Achieve the Walrus Mustache
As mentioned before, the walrus mustache is fairly simple, and as long as you know how to trim a mustache, you should have no problem.
Hopefully, by this point in your game, you should know how to use beard and mustache scissors.
Before we give you the steps, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
1. They take a long time to grow.
2. You need to be able to grow thick and coarse facial hair; if you’re growth tends to be thin and scraggly, this might not be for you.
3. The walrus generally looks best if you have a broader, rounder face than if you have a skinny long one.
Here Are Your Steps:
- Let it grow! Seriously – no trimming for about three months to get it bushy enough
- Once it’s nice and full, determine how wide and long you want it and keep those parameters in mind
- Trim all of your non-mustache area
- Use a mustache comb to comb the mustache out using downward strokes
- Using quality scissors and trim it up, making sure it covers at least the top lip and the bottom ends should at least be below the corners of your mouth
And there you go! You’ll be looking manly and confident sporting your new walrus mustache.
Styling the Walrus
While you can absolutely wear your walrus as is, there may be occasions where you want it a bit out of the way (an important date perhaps).
No worries! You don’t need to trim it after all of that work. Rather, just use some mustache wax to work it into your mustache and then comb into the shape you need.
Push up just a bit to create a flare above your lip, which should keep it up out of the way and make it look a bit neater.
Photo from: Jean_Nelson / depositphotos.com, Nicku / depositphotos.com.