Let other men cultivate unkempt face caterpillars this Movember. If you’re going to go hirsute to raise awareness of men’s health issues, this is your best chance to experiment with a look you may want to hold on to, or at least inspire conversation (or behind-the-back ridicule). Whatever the case, you should pick a flattering or funky style, get growing a few weeks in advance of November and set yourself up with the proper gear to keep your activist mustache well-groomed.

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Clip Art, $12
Trim your mustache for Movember; keep these in your dresser drawer for cutting stray threads the rest of the year.

Wax On, $17
Capt. Fawcett’s Expedition Strength Moustache Wax will keep your handlebars up and at the ready.

Comb Alone, $9
Small enough to keep in your pocket, this classic comb from Kent is handmade in England.