A growing number of reservists are growing a mustache, and the trend is rising globally. Whether it’s a fashion statement, cultural homage, or a way to express oneself, growing a mustache can have both positive and negative effects on our hair.
Some believe this trend originated from the look of IDF soldiers during the Yom Kippur War. However, mustaches have a long history in various cultures, often associated with strength and courage.
For instance, in India and Britain, mustaches have traditionally symbolized the warrior class. In fact, at one point in the 19th century, it was mandatory for every British soldier to grow a mustache.
Hungary boasts a particularly thick mustache style, covering a large part of the cheeks and ending with a straight edge. This style gained popularity during the Hungarian Rebellion in the 19th century.
The American-style mustache, often referred to as ‘the imperial mustache,’ gained prominence in heavy motorcycle and rock culture. In Turkey, the mustache is not only a decoration but also a political statement.
Even among Israel’s 2023 reserve soldiers, the mustache phenomenon represents togetherness, courage, and social connection.
The need for proper care
While these ideals are commendable, proper care and grooming are essential, according to Dr. Monica Allman, an expert in skin diseases and aesthetics, who serves as the medical director of Maccabi Aesthetics.
Hair growth above the upper lip varies among individuals due to genetics, hormones, metabolism, and even lifestyle factors like sun exposure and dietary habits. Shaving the mustache area requires caution to avoid injuring the delicate lip mucous membrane. Personal maintenance is equally important.
Facial hair in men grows in a rapid way due to hormonal influences but may not always be symmetrical. This area is highly susceptible to changes, as it contains numerous sebaceous and sweat glands.
Neglecting proper care can lead to itching, scaling, discomfort, and the appearance of flakes on the mustache. Stress can even cause small bald spots to form in this area. To maintain hygiene, it is crucial to clean the hair using dedicated products such as shampoo and a small amount of conditioner.