Evolution of the ‘stache
Like everything that’s trendy, the moustache will definitely evolve in the coming months. According to the barbershop experts, the lumbersexual look will trickle down to the masses and, hence, become less desirable for the early adopters, who are at the forefront of the latest looks. “The next big thing will be very groomed facial hair reminiscent of the 1920’s, with a thinner, more refined moustache and, eventually, the buck ‘stache,” says Vaillancourt. You’ve been warned!
Like all hair, beards and moustaches require daily upkeep to maintain their impeccably groomed look. Your clients will need to wash and moisturize their facial hair with a mild shampoo for a soft and lustrous texture. A good conditioner or beard oil should also be part of the everyday grooming routine to keep facial hair soft and supple.
Pete Goupil, a barber at Salon Espace C in Brossard, Que., and international all-star educator for American Crew, says that beard grooming is what separates barbers from other stylists. He recommends trimming your client’s long beard every three to four weeks. “I start by cleaning the edges of the beard, then brushing and combing it before shaping it with the clipper. I do this at least three times to have a nice, clean outline,” explains Goupil. For everyday maintenance at home, he suggests American Crew’s 3-in-1 shampoo, conditioner and body wash, a boar-bristle brush and a beard oil.