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How to Grow a Mustache, Ron-Swanson Style

Comedian Nick Offerman shares his no-fail strategy for how to grow a mustache—and a bushy one at that.

Nick Offerman’s memoir, Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living, gives a full accounting of the various mishaps that led our favorite meat-loving wood worker to where he is today—getting arrested, drinking coffee at age 8, etc.—all told with his characteristic macho charm. Of particular interest to us, however, are his secrets for growing the iconic Ron Swanson mustache. Below is an excerpt from “Paddle Your Own Canoe” with his easy-to-follow tips for achieving a similarly Swansonian ‘stache.

I have about as much advice on growing a moustache as I do on growing fingernails or hemorrhoids. I’ll tell you this much: My life is always more delicious when I have whiskers on my face, but that might just be because those whiskers tend to accumulate bacon crumbs and scotch, rendering them literally delicious all day long. In response to the query, “How do you grow that robust moustache for Ron Swanson?” I can walk you through the steps:

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1. I don’t shave my lip area.
2. After two weeks, I have a passable moustache, in the form of long, luxurious stubble.
3. I continue to eschew the razor.
4. After three to four weeks, my whiskers have developed to the point where I can play a sheriff who is so tough that he eats nails, but is still not Swanson.
5. I refuse to shave.
6. After five weeks, the whiskers growing from just beneath my nostrils have extended down, wirelike, to reach my top lip, a distance of one full imperial inch. Now, and only now, may I don the pleated Dockers and thick, long-sleeved knits of Pawnee’s director of Parks and Recreation with confidence and authority.

Want to grow your own “Swanson?” Join the Birchbox Man Movember Team. Perhaps you’re the type of guy who like to shave as he grows? Arm your upper lip with essentials from our Movember grooming shop.

For more tips, tools, and helpful advice on growing a glorious 'stache, check out our Movember hub.

Photo: Emily Shur © Penguin Group

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