Mustache wax is one of those products that you typically won’t ever need, until you actually really need it. Then it becomes very important. This is because once you grow a bushy mustache, you have three options: Cut your mustache, wear every bit of food and drink in your mustache, or wax your mustache away from your mouth.
And like most any product on the market, there are good ones and not so good ones. Curious name aside, Peckerhead has built a reputation as being the gold standard of strong hold mustache waxes, so we decided to put it to the test courtesy of a tin provided to us by the Peckerhead brand itself. You won’t find this wax on Amazon. They don’t need to list it there. It sells itself and backs up its claim of the best strong hold mustache wax on the market. Here are some details.
Visual: Upon opening the tin, i’m greeted with a beautiful light brown/golden-colored wax. There is no rattling of the tin when I shake it. Products that rattle when you shake them are usually too hard of a concoction to remove from the container. There is no rattle here.
Smell: There is a moderate sweet smell of beeswax, and a faint touch of pine resin, which makes sense given the ingredients. The smell is subtle and natural due to the absence of any essential oils.
Use: Removing the wax from the tin takes some moderate effort but its by no means difficult. This is a good thing. I’ve found that the more difficult it is to remove a mustache wax from its tin, the better hold it provides. There is a direct correlation between how stiff a wax is and how well it will hold your mustache wax in place. If you want something soft to hold hair, then use glue. Otherwise, you’ll have to learn to use strong hold wax properly.
As the instructions indicate on Peckerhead’s website, I sat with the tin of wax in my pocket for about 20 minutes while my body’s warmth did it’s thing. After the 20 minutes, the product did indeed soften up enough to become pliable. And after that, application was a cinch. If you can’t do this, you deserve a soft wax with no hold.
After warming the wax in my pocket, I scraped out a pea-sized amount on my fingers, and went to work. After working the wax into my mustache, I combed the wax into my mustache several times, making sure to be gentle and careful not to pull out many hairs. Once it was combed through and styled to my preferences, it took about 8 minutes for the wax to take hold.
The wax’s hold lasted most of the day, keeping my mustache in perfect “curled” form for a good 15 hours. I went to sleep without removing the wax. I honestly had no idea how to remove Peckerhead wax from my mustache, as the high content of pine resin made it difficult to wash out.
The Next Morning
I was happy to find that my mustache was still looking sharp the next morning, and the wax was still in place. A simple styling of the handlebars and I was good to go for another day. A wax that holds for two days? An impressive feat considering that the previous wax I was using lasted about 3 hours. I’m now replacing my tin of Fisticuffs Mustache Wax with Peckerhead Mustache Wax. Here is a note that the founder sent to me before the review:
“It’s best to warm the tin of wax in your pocket for 10-15 minutes before application. It won’t melt, but will instead become more pliable. Most people have a hard time coming to terms with this, but a mustache wax that melts in your hands just won’t create an effective hold. After you’ve applied the wax, and your mustache looks the way you want it to, have a short pour of bourbon and remember the reasons you grew a mustache in the first place.”
Why We Like It
We like Peckerhead Mustache Wax because it has minimal, all-natural ingredients, and it has a hold that literally lasts for several days. It may be a a bit difficult to remove from the tin, but they’re not afraid to alienate the consumers that want to easily scrape out a mustache wax, but have a strong hold too.
This is a strong wax, therefore you may have to warm the wax up in your pocket for a bit to make it pliable enough to apply to your mustache. There is also no added essential oils, so the smell it gives off, although subtle, reflects the natural ingredients used to concoct the product.
- Pine Resin