How to keep mustache hair soft

Updated April 17, 2017

From Tom Selleck to Colin Farrell, many famous men have sported moustaches over the years. If you like the look of a moustache, but have found the moustache hairs are too course and dry for you, there are a few simple steps to follow to care for your moustache properly. Avoid using soaps or facial cleansers on your moustache, as these can dry out the hairs and the skin underneath. To achieve a soft, moisturised moustache, treat your moustache hair much like the hair on your head. While there are shampoos and conditioners made especially for moustaches and beards, any regular moisturising shampoo and conditioner will work.

Stand in a warm shower for a few minutes to open pores, soften hairs and provide a good place to wash and condition your moustache without creating a mess.

Splash water on your face while still in the shower and gently rub a small dime-sized amount of shampoo into your moustache. Rinse.

Apply a dime-sized amount of conditioner to your moustache, making sure to cover the hairs all the way to the roots.

Let the conditioner sit for two to four minutes on your moustache hairs as you stand in the shower.

Rinse your moustache thoroughly to remove all conditioner. If you have acne prone skin, make sure to remove all conditioner residue, as this can promote acne.

Apply a hot oil treatment to moustache hairs once a week and let it sit for five to 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly for additional softening.

Things You'll Need

  • Moisturising shampoo
  • Moisturising conditioner
  • Hot oil hair treatment (optional)
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Betsy Morgan has been writing and editing professionally since 1995. She has written for publications like "Wired" magazine, "Paper" magazine and She has a Bachelor of Arts in history from Columbia University.