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On Facial Hair
There is a guy who works in the same building as I do, and I pass him in the hallway every now and then. Each time I see him, his face startles me a little bit. He's got a mustache, but he has shaved an area between the top of the mustache and his nose. There's just a narrow strip of hair balanced precariously on the top of his upper lip. Whenever I look at him, I get the impression that the mustache is sliding down his face and is in danger of tumbling right off.

I don't think this is wise mustache-management. I suppose he is trying to avoid the opposite extreme, which also creeps me out incidentally -- the mustache that looks like it is trying to crawl into the wearer's nose. Also not the best look.

I knew a kid in high school who grew a mustache once, and there was a large space in the center with no growth. Two furry strips, and a distinct space in-between. I always thought it looked a little bit like two caterpillars had crawled onto his lip and died there. To make it even more disturbing, his eyebrows matched the mustache-pieces almost exactly.

Gentlemen: if you choose to sport facial hair, you should think very carefully about what it looks like, and the repercussions!

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guingel From: guingel Date: August 22nd, 2003 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)
ick. I've never really been fond of moustaches (I use the Agatha Christie spelling ;) without beards. I mean, there are occasions when it won't look bad, but it's very rare and probably best not to risk it. But of course, full beards don't really look good until you pass a certain age. Like, in high school, even if your beard is full, it looks a little silly.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 22nd, 2003 11:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't spell at all! I actually had to look it up on m-w before I could write this post! I just picked the first word it listed that looked right.

So true, so true. Kids with facial hair just seem out of place.
guingel From: guingel Date: August 22nd, 2003 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)
::grins:: I use m-w all the time. and when I spell-checked my comment before posting it lj told me to say mustache. Actually, Poirot not only uses an "o", he also always makes it plural. His "moustaches". XD He's a strange little man. I like him more than Miss Marple though. At least he has Hastings!
cynnerth From: cynnerth Date: August 22nd, 2003 07:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I am very fond of mustaches, but not the kind that are partially shaved...whether above it or down the middle or short on the sides. Let the whole mustache be there, or forget it!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 22nd, 2003 11:06 am (UTC) (Link)
That makes sense! I don't especially like mustaches in general, to be honest (in case that isn't already obvious, hee..), but partial mustaches are even weirder.
jenx From: jenx Date: August 22nd, 2003 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Facial hair falls under the category of "just because you *can*, doesn't mean you should". Some men look good with facial hair, some don't. Some men get so used to how their faces look the way they've styled/shaved the hair that they don't realize it looks weird.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 22nd, 2003 11:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I agree completely. I'm not a big fan of facial hair in general, but there are a few times when it looks very good.
estarsign From: estarsign Date: August 22nd, 2003 09:18 am (UTC) (Link)
My non favorite is that little spot of hair growing under the bottom lip, where it's not really a beard, just a small patch of hair. I do not understand that at all. It looks to me like a weird lip growth.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 22nd, 2003 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah! The bit where it looks like they just didn't quite finish shaving or something..!
theuglyvolvo From: theuglyvolvo Date: August 22nd, 2003 11:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Is that a soulpatch or is a soulpatch something else?
I hate those too.


And those ones too close to the nose can look sort of hitlerish if you're not careful.
guingel From: guingel Date: August 22nd, 2003 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
i think it's a soulpatch, too
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 16th, 2005 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
The spot grown under the bottom lip is called an "imperial". Check out Frank Zappa, one of the most famouse people with this type of hair growth.
From: stilldocked Date: August 22nd, 2003 09:26 am (UTC) (Link)
so basically, you work with a guy who looks like Schneider, from One Day at a Time?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 22nd, 2003 10:59 am (UTC) (Link)
um, I've never seen One Day at a Time. I googled it though, and is he the top left guy in this pic?

If so, then his lip looks more like mustache #3, the kid I went to high school with. Yuck.
From: stilldocked Date: August 22nd, 2003 11:38 am (UTC) (Link)
that would be him!
From: blueskies131 Date: August 22nd, 2003 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
hehe i totally agree with you on that one.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: August 23rd, 2003 02:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
What's wrong with facial hair?
Its the poor man's plastic surgery.

Its me you are talking about isn't it!

Could you mean a mustache like movie director John Waters or actor Terry O'Quinn of Millennium or Harsh Realm?

renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 25th, 2003 07:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Some facial hair looks good. Depends on the person...like somebody above said: just because one CAN doesn't mean one SHOULD. I'm particularly against the mustache-only look.

Nope, you weren't any of my examples, don't worry! I didn't find pictures of those people, so I don't know.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: August 25th, 2003 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Next Time Use Google Images!

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