How to grow a moustache fast [effortless quick growth]

Growing a moustache can be one of the quickest ways to change your appearance with facial hair. It doesn’t matter whether you are growing a moustache for a special occasion or you want to change your current style and look. Having a moustache can significantly change your face and support a new style incredibly well. In this article, we are going to have a look at the quickest ways to grow a moustache that you are proud of in a short amount of time as possible.

You can grow a moustache quickly by growing everything out for at least two weeks and then cutting back the cheeks and chin for maximum contrast. To support the growth, you can eat a balanced diet, make sure you’re getting lots of sleep, and increased testosterone with exercise and weight loss.

Growing out a moustache is perfect for people who struggle to grow beard hair on their cheeks or have significant gaps on their beard. There is a trend of growing out a massive moustache called a beardstache. The beardstache is a very thick and substantial moustache which is supported only by stubble on the cheeks and chin – or nothing at all.

Let’s focus on the first steps of the journey to a beard start which is where you can grow a moustache fast and effortlessly by using some simple beard growing tricks.

Grow out everything

The first step to growing out your moustache quickly is to wait for as long as you possibly can. For those of you with a hard deadline on growing a moustache you should from now until the day before you need to have a moustache. The longer you can wait the better.

Growing out of beard requires nothing but patience for the majority of people.

I recommend that you grow out your beard for no less than two months if you are serious about growing a moustache quickly.

In the early days it will feel like it is going quickly because the rate of change of your beard length is going to be much higher. After about a week it may feel like it has slowed down but – stay in there – it is still growing!

This waiting process will give you an opportunity to really understand how your moustache grows.

Is it lopsided? Does one side have a denser coverage? Are you happy with the top line of the moustache? This is important intelligence for later on – when you trim everything up.

Later on in this list I will give you everything you need to know about giving your body the best opportunity to grow a thick moustache and I highly recommend that you practice as much patience as you can muster.

Going from two months’ worth of growth (or as much as you can) to a moustache requires you to trim up each part of the growth to give yourself the maximum amount of moustache and contrast between the hair on your upper lip and the surrounding areas.

Cut back for maximum contrast

Once you have grown out your moustache for a while, cutting back the areas around the moustache will be the definitive step for creating your perfect moustache.

Your aim at this step is to create a moustache with maximum amount of contrast between the hair on the upper lip and the surrounding areas. It is likely that you will want to shave your cheeks, chin, sideburns, and neck area with a single blade safety razor – or you can go for the moustache with stubble look.

The moustache with stubble look is very popular and I have a full article dedicated to that style. If you want to know more check out my other article – moustache with stubble [polls, styling guide, and tips].

Depending on the type of growth that you have been able to achieve you may want to explore different moustache style options to perfectly capture your growth strong points.

Different moustache style options

Here is a gallery with a ton of different moustache styles for you to take inspiration from:

choosing a moustache style in the early days of growing a moustache means you are limited to where your maximum potential is. For example, if you cannot grow the connection between your moustache and your chin it’s best that you stop the moustache style at the point where the gap is most obvious.

As your moustache grows over a longer period of time you will be able to fill in the gap with hair from the surrounding areas. Until then, work with what you have got and cut your moustache back.

You have got the following variables to choose from:

  • moustache length at ends – you can choose to have your moustache extend down your face towards your chin if your growth supports it. For most people, you probably only want to go as far as the corners of your mouth.
  • Moustache bottom line – do you want the moustache length to go over your top lip? You can choose to trim above your lip up to 3 mm without making your moustache look too thin.
  • Moustache top line – it’s not a line that many people think of but if you have got sparse coverage on the top of your moustache you can choose to lower the top line carefully with a single blade safety razor.

Clean lines and maximum contrast between your moustache and the rest of your face seems to be where the best opportunity for growing a moustache fast lies.

If you are not happy with the amount of contracts that you have been able to achieve between your moustache and the rest of your face you can choose to enhance the moustache with a couple of products:

These products will help you make your moustache look thicker and fuller much quicker.

Eat a balanced diet

Eating a balanced diet is a very important part of helping your moustache grow quickly and strongly.

Your body can only grow a moustache as well as the fuel that you are putting into it. Here is my YouTube video that talks about the seven foods that increase beard growth where I even include a full vegetarian option:

foods can also be used to increase the amount of testosterone available in the body. Testosterone is turned into DHT which is a hormone which stimulates beard growth at the hair follicle.

Research has shown that a diet with less than 40 percent of the energy derived from fat leads to decreased testosterone levels.

Examples of foods that contain high amounts of plant-based fats include almonds, walnuts, natural peanut butter, avocados, and olive oil. These plant-based fats are really important for testosterone production.

Also, try these other science-backed foods for a boost in your testosterone levels.

  1. Ginger – A 2012 study showed that taking a daily ginger supplement for three months increased testosterone levels by 17.7 percent.
  2. Pomegranates – Another study showed that drinking pomegranate juice for 14 days increased the testosterone found in their saliva by 24 percent.
  3. Fortified plant milk – Vitamin D found in plant milk such as almonds, soy, hemp, and flax can increase testosterone levels. You can also get a great boost of vitamin D from the sun too! So remember to get out and about!
  4. Leafy green vegetables – Leafy greens are full of magnesium – which is an element that has been shown to increase the levels of testosterone in the human body. Eat lots of spinach, kale and swiss chard!

Some other great options include fatty fish such as tuna, salmon, anchovy’s, sardines, mackerel. Spinach and kale which contains a load of vitamin C and vitamin A. There is citrus and other throughputs, eggs, avocados, nuts and seeds, and much more.

As long as you are not adhering to a calorie restricted diet or some form of elimination diet (where you purposely remove some types of food from your diet) you are almost certainly getting the suitable amount of nutrients through your diet.

If in doubt go and see your doctor.

Gets lots of sleep

In today’s fast-paced, portable electronic, and social media-driven world, it can be very hard to get enough good quality sleep. But, if you want to grow a moustache fast you need to make sleep a priority for you throughout the growth period.

Studies have shown that the QUANTITY of sleep a person gets is correlated with the morning testosterone levels in males. At least seven hours of sleep is recommended for males and, for teenagers, up to nine hours is preferred.

Try these techniques to get a good nights sleep:

  • Avoid stimulants like caffeine eight hours before bed.
  • No alcohol – Alcohol stops the body from entering a deep sleep!
  • Avoid using screens at bedtime – try at least 30 minutes of screen-free time before bed.
  • No binge eating before bed – a full stomach will disrupt your sleeping
  • Create a sleep-friendly bedroom – a dark quiet and cool room will help you get the best night’s sleep.
  • Avoid long weekend lie-ins – this can actually give you the same feeling as ‘jet-lag’ on Monday mornings.

Not only will getting a good amount of sleep help grow your moustache it will also help you feel better in general. This will lead to you making better decisions and having enough energy to do some exercise – which also encourages your body to produce testosterone.

Do some exercise

High intensity exercise has been shown to increase the amount of testosterone in teenagers and older males. Prioritising exercise in the morning – or where ever you can best fit it into your schedule – will help boost testosterone which will aid in growing a moustache quickly.

HIIT training

You can do a 30 minute high intensity interval training cardio workout at home by following this YouTube video:

Alternatively you can set up your own exercise routine by focusing on large muscle groups like your legs. Exercising large muscle groups like your legs means that your be able to achieve a larger effect with less effort.

Use this as a scaffold for your high intensity exercise:

  • warm up with some light jogging and stretches on the spot.
  • Do four sets of eight repetitions of push-ups interspersed with the same number of squats.
  • Do four sets of eight reps of snatch lift with a kettle bell or other 10 kg object and interspersed with the same number of pullups.
  • Do five sets of maximum 10 second sprints on the spot or on the street outside your house.
  • And cool down with light jogging and stretches for five minutes.

Do this exercise three times per week and you should notice an increase in your overall health which will result in your body being able to grow a moustache more efficiently.

Lose some weight

There is some evidence to suggest that being overweight can lower testosterone levels.

Limiting (or eliminating) sugary drinks, chocolate, doughnuts, ice cream, and other refined sugar products from your diet will play a massive role in determining your weight.

You should aim to eat lots of fresh produce, leafy greens, fish and whole grains. combined with exercise this is a fantastic way to boost testosterone levels for teenagers.

Medical options for helping a moustache grow quicker

Sometimes nature needs a little bit of help. If you find that your moustache isn’t as growing as fast as you like all it is not growing as densely as you wish you can try the following options.

It is important to note that not all of these are suitable for everyone and minoxidil has only been approved for use on the scalp and not on the face or moustache area. Even though there is a large community of people using minoxidil on their face please proceed with caution and if you have any side-effects seek professional help from your trusted health professional immediately.

Check out my YouTube video for the science behind the proven ways to grow facial hair:

Here are a few options I mentioned in the video:


Minoxidil was first introduced as an oral medicine for the treatment of hypertension in the 1970s. At the same time doctors observed that there was hair regrowth in bolding patients which led to the development of topical formulation for treating male pattern baldness in males and then females. There was a 2% minoxidil solution launched on the market in 1986 followed by a 5% solution in 1993. It has continued to be a good topical treatment for a range of hair related disorders.

The most well-known hair growth treatment is Minoxidil. It’s found in hair regrowth products such as Rogaine. The FDA has NOT approved Minoxidil for use on the face and so all of the instructions are for the scalp. One of my favourite places on the internet, Reddit, has a subreddit where people show their progress pics.

Although minoxidil has been used for treating hair loss for a long time it has been proven to provide remarkable benefits to patients with a range of hair related disorders. There are many off label uses for minoxidil that are not currently improved by the FDA even though topical minoxidil treatment is considered an effective and safe options or a range of patients.


Derma rollers and micro-needling are popular with women to smooth out wrinkles and now the manufacturers have men in their sights.

The way they work

  1. The small needles on the beard roller enter the surface of the skin.
  2. The body responds by healing the area and sending blood to the affected area.
  3. Circulation improves where the skin has been rollered. This brings along nutrient & hormone-rich blood to the affected area.

This study shows that scalp hair can be stimulated by derma rolling. Importantly this study also shows that when combined with Minoxidil the effects on the scalp are amplified.

Remember that this is only done on the scalp and the science still hasn’t shown that it will work the same on the beard!

Red light therapy

Red light therapy is touted as a safe and effective natural treatment for hair loss and boosting hair growth. There is a fair amount of research that uses red light therapy that results in increased hair count, hair density, and hair thickness.

Many of the studies are based on the production of hair on the scalp so the evidence must be taken with a pinch of salt when applied to the facial region.

Here are a couple of studies that may help you decide is red light therapy is for you:

A 2019 analysis examined 8 clinical studies, comprising a total of 11 double-blind randomized controlled trials. The analysis showed a significant increase in hair density for people who were treated with red light therapy. There was a significant increase in hair growth with red light therapy treatments versus placebo treatments.

A meta-analysis from 2018 reviewed recent advances in non-surgical treatments for hair loss. 22 studies were examined by comparing red light therapy to other common treatments such as hormone-regulating drugs like Finasteride and Dutasteride. Researchers concluded that red light therapy was a better method for the treatment of hair loss.

Proponents of red light therapy report that there are no side effects from using this therapy – unlike when you are using medications like Minoxidil. If you have struggled with other therapies you should consider asking your health professional about using red light to boost your hair growth as a teenager. As long as you can afford the treatment it doesn’t look like you have anything to lose!


In this article, we have gone over everything you need to know about growing a moustache faster so that it becomes a moustache and style that you are proud of

Ultimately, looking after your body and giving it the best opportunity to perform at its best is the number one way of growing your moustache faster. You can use simple tricks like maximising the contrast between your moustache and the surrounding areas to make it look thicker and fuller quickly whilst also using temporary beard dying products such as beard pens and hair fibres to maximise that contrast.

If you need a little bit of help you can also use minoxidil – although the effects are shown over a much longer period of time – and micro-needling and red light therapy.

The Author

Andy Stapleton

Andy is a writer and YouTuber with a PhD in science. He has written and/or produced videos for Science Alert, COSMOS magazine, and Australia's Science Channel among others. He is an avid beard grower and after many years of growing and trialling different beard styles, he started this blog to share the tips, tricks, and science that he has learned along the way!