The Chevron Mustache – Time to Revisit a Classic

It’s 2023 and time to up your facial hair game. If you’re looking for a new look to add to your swag bag, the chevron mustache may be just what you need. This natural style is easy to grow, maintain, and you won’t break your bank buying styling products.

A chevron mustache is one that grows and follows the shape of your upper lip and looks like an upside-down letter “v.” It takes about 3 months to grow enough hair for a proper chevron mustache, but this style takes very little maintenance after that – just keep it trimmed so it doesn’t cover your upper lip or go down past your bottom lip.

Read on to learn more about the chevron mustache, including how to grow and maintain it, and see if it will suit your face.

What is a chevron mustache?

If you’re just starting out you may want to try dipping your toes in the mustache water with the simple, natural lines of a chevron mustache.

This manly mustache covers part of your upper lip and extends slightly past the corners of your mouth. The hairs should not be so long that they will go in your mouth. Realistically speaking, you may need about three months’ worth of mustache growth to achieve a proper chevron mustache.

Don’t want to wait? Check out this article for 4 tips on how to make your mustache grow more quickly.

It’s a look that’s been worn by everyone from military generals, to Hollywood actors, pirates, swashbucklers, and even porn stars. Since it doesn’t need any styling products, it can be worn by just about anyone.

This is a great style to try if you are just starting out growing a mustache. It requires little to no upkeep, so you just need to let your mustache grow out for several weeks and then trim it. You’ll need to clip your mustache so the hair doesn’t grow past your lips.

The key to the chevron mustache is to keep it trimmed so it doesn’t grow past the corners of your mouth. If you let the sides grow longer, you’ll be looking at a walrus mustache in the mirror, not a chevron.

Ron Swanson's mustache is iconic, but it's not a chevron style - because it goes down past his lower lip, this is a classic walrus style mustache.
Not a chevron! Ron Swanson’s mustache falls past the bottom of his lips, so it’s considered a walrus-style mustache.

A chevron mustache is a great way to change your appearance without having to spend hours in front of the mirror grooming and maintaining your mustache.

Celebrities with chevron mustaches

Since this is such an easy mustache style to grow and maintain, you should expect to see it on the faces of some of your favorite celebrities.

Here are a few of Hollywood’s leading men known to sport a chevron mustache:

  • Tom Selleck
  • Eddie Murphy
  • David Harbour

These three celebrities have incorporated their chevron mustache into their signature looks. You too can achieve the look of a natural, chevron mustache.

Tom Selleck

Actor Tom Selleck, most famous for his role as Magnum, P.I., has been wearing a chevron mustache since the eighties.

Tom Selleck’s mustache is so iconic that there’s a Facebook page dedicated to it!

In fact, Selleck has been rocking his ‘stache for so long that he’d be unrecognizable without it! Don’t believe me? Check out this video of the clean-shaved actor in the 1992 comedy Folks!

Eddie Murphy

Comedian Eddie Murphy, is another celebrity that has been rocking a chevron mustache since forever.

From “Saturday Night Live” to “The Nutty Professor,” his roles may have changed, but the mustache remains the same.

David Harbour

Actor David Harbour, best known as Sheriff Jim Hopper in the Netflix original series Stranger Things, rocks a serious chevron mustache.

David Harbour's chevron-style mustache is often paired with a beard or stubble.

It’s thick, full, trimmed precisely, and often paired with serious stubble to a beard.

Chevron mustache vs stubble mustache

A stubble mustache is just what it sounds like: stubble. It’s the hair sproutings that grow over your lip when you don’t shave for a few days. Stubble can be anywhere in length from 0.4mm (light stubble) up to 5mm (heavy stubble).

A chevron mustache doesn’t require serious maintenance, but it must be well-groomed. A stubble mustache, on the other hand, isn’t groomed at all as it still growing.

For a stubble mustache, you can just let the hairs above your lip grow out for a couple of days and, presto! There isn’t much grooming to do because it’s stubble.

The chevron mustache also doesn’t need much maintenance, grooming, or a bunch of styling products. To achieve this look, you shave all of your facial hair except your mustache. You will need to let your mustache grow bushy, and full, and make sure you keep some length at the corners.

If you are unsure how you will look with a mustache, this is a great first choice to see how it will enhance your appearance. A chevron mustache is a natural, low-maintenance mustache.

How to get a chevron mustache to look good

The beauty of a chevron mustache is that it requires little to no upkeep. No need to spend hours in front of your bathroom mirror. Just let your mustache grow. 

A chevron mustache is meant to look natural. You will not have to use mustache wax to keep it in place. Your mustache maintenance will be limited to the occasional trim. What could be easier?

Keep your chevron mustache trimmed and you will be good to go!

Best face shape for a chevron mustache

Who looks best in a chevron mustache? Everyone does.

It doesn’t matter if your face is square, round, oblong, or oval. Come one. Come all. The chevron mustache is an equal-opportunity mustache. 

The only way you will know how a chevron mustache will look on you is to give it a try.

Do’s and don’ts of a chevron mustache

It won’t matter if you have a chevron mustache, a full beard, a partial beard, or any other variation of facial hair, you will need to have a good skincare routine.

Dos of the chevron mustache style:

  • Do eat a healthy diet to promote hair growth
  • Do train your mustache using a small amount of wax and a comb
  • Do wash and moisturize it regularly

Don’ts of the chevron mustache style:

  • Don’t apply too much mustache wax
  • Don’t use hair care products on your face
  • Don’t irritate or pick at ingrown hairs

How to grow a chevron mustache

Here’s the good news guys: if you maintain a healthy diet, get plenty of exercise and rest, you should be able to achieve a chevron mustache.

Your mustache will have to grow out for about two to three months to allow it to grow and fill in. A chevron mustache needs to be full. 

Once it grows in, you just need to trim it so your top lip isn’t completely covered. You will also need to trim the corners so they don’t extend too far past the edges of your mouth.

A chevron mustache looks best on straight hair, but if you have coarse hair, it can give your mustache a neater appearance. 

How to trim a chevron mustache

We’ve talked a lot about how to grow and take care of a chevron mustache. The key is to keep it simple and neat.

To trim your chevron mustache, you should:

  • Comb your mustache hair down
  • Create a clean v-shape along the top line of your mustache on both sides
  • Trim the bottom of your mustache so it doesn’t cover the top of your lip
  • Trim the sides of your mustache so they don’t go lower than your lips
Check out this video for a quick how-to on trimming your grown-out stubble into a proper chevron mustache.

How to maintain a chevron mustache

There isn’t a lot of maintenance necessary for a chevron mustache.

Once you let your facial hair grow out to the desired length, just trim it like in the video. Just remember not to let your mustache get too long or grow too far past the corners of your mouth. 

And as always, here are a few tips to remember:

  • Eat a healthy diet, get plenty of exercise and rest.
  • Spend a few extra dollars on a good set of clippers. 
  • Make your chevron mustache your own. 

It is definitely time for you to consider the classic style of a chevron mustache to add a bit more personality to your mug. 







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