Mustache Not Growing In The Middle – (These Tips Might Help)

When it comes to grooming, especially with facial hair some things are simply out of your control. 

This is especially the case if your mustache not growing in the middle. 

In this article, you’ll understand why and ( I’ll give you some tips on what you can do to change this). 

With that said, let’s get into it. 

Mustache not growing in the middle

If you’ve got a gap in the middle of your mustache, you should be too stressed about it.

Hair grows randomly and you cannot really control it. 

Don’t suffer from an inferiority complex over your mustache, sometimes it truly is out and we’ll get to why this is the case later on. 

Just keep growing and don’t shave it off thinking they’ll be changed, it’s not true. 

If you keep up with the practices I mention later, one day you may wake up to see your mustache growing bigger and thicker in that area. 

But it can be random and there’s no way to guarantee growth. 

So why does hair struggle to grow in the middle of your mustache?  

Why doesn’t my mustache grow in the middle?

Ultimately hair growing on that part of your face comes down to genetics/hormones and you’ll have to embrace it. 

The mustache gap takes place in an area of the face called the “philtrum” also known as the Cupid bow. 

Simple genetics may mean you have a large Cupid bow making the gap seem more noticeable.

(See how genetics play a large role in all of this, from hair to facial features) 

Hair already struggles to grow on this part of your face too. 

The philtrum generally has fewer hair follicles than other parts of your face (it’s certainly not just you that’s struggling) 

Overall the hair in this area: 

  • Grows at a slower frequency
  • Grows at a lower density

Hair is just simply less likely to grow in these anatomical folds, it’s just the way things are and that’s why you shouldn’t feel as though something is abnormal. 

Also, if you have lighter hair,  or the hair on your Philrum point away, then this can make this area look larger again. 

Shock,  another genetic reason. 

I’ve had friends who’ve had a gap in their mustache then a few years later it’s full and grown out. 

Unless you analyze your body composition daily, there’s no switch you can flick to get hair growing to a specific part of your body. 

However, if it’s something you truly want to change, next we’ll go through some tricks you could put in place to help you get some hair in this area. 

How to grow a mustache on the  philtrum

Instead of trying a thick mustache look, why don’t you try and change the style a little? 

Worth what you’ve got and try something that fits with what you’re working with. 

Here are some options: 

  • The Fu Manchu 
  • The pencil 
  • The Dali 

These styles help with hair that missing in the middle of your mustache, test them out and see which one fits you the best.

Grow it out 

These styles are great and for work, the best and most natural thing you can do would be to simply wait and grow that part of the face out. 

If you got solid hair on either side of your philtrum, I’m certain your start growing hair there too, it just playing catch up. 

From when you start growing your tache out properly, it can take 2-3 minimum to start seeing growth there and this is for fully mature men 30+. 

If you are in your early 20 or a teen, you really shouldn’t be stressing it’s normal not to have fully grown hair in this area.

You probably only just started to grow hair, expecting to have a thick mustache at this age is unlikely and you really will have to leverage patience with this one. 

Push hair 

If you grab yourself a boar bristle brush, you can look to push the hairs close to your Philrum back into place. 

Brush it with beard balm to also help to keep the hair in place. 

Then in your want to go one extra apply some wax, just to stick it in place.

Keep consistent with this and you may come to find in a couple of months, you would have trained your hair to grow back toward the philtrum which in turn, will give you that full look you’ve been after. 

Make sure your body is right

Your health matters. 

If your body is in chaos you Simply can’t expect hair to grow in one of the most difficult parts of your body. 

It may use valuable nutrients, hormones, and chemicals to be keeping you alive. 

So, you should look to be healthy and pick up those testosterone levels. 

Exercise. get fit. run. lift heavy. 

A fit body helps to improve your metabolism and gives suit good hormonal balance. 

Get some weights on yourself! 

Lifting heavily promotes testosterone release responsible for the majority of hair growth.

Sleep. 7 – 8 hours regularly.

Allow your body to recover, also, when you sleep is where most hair growth is done. 

Eat right. Take the fat and sugars out of your diet. Get in more protein into your diet too. 

Now if you’ve taken in all I have said so far, you should set the right foundation to grow hair or minimize the look of lack of hair. 

At the very least, you’ll have a better lifestyle and you’ll be less stressed about this problem. 

But for those of you who are impatient here are some possible methods you could use to help with growth 

Applying Products 

I do advocate for patience, however, if you’re looking to stimulate hair growth, you can do this: 

Castor oil 

can help stimulate growth

It’s normally used to help grow hair on the scalp and beard. 

Also, there are many testimonials online of cater oil dramatically helping to beard and facial hair growth.

Check out the success stories on growing longer, thicker, and shinier hair on various parts of the body including eyelids, eyebrows, mustaches, and beards.

If it works on the hair on those parts of the body, I’m sure it’ll work on your philtrum. 

Try to use a  light carrier oil because castor oil in itself Can be quite dense. 

Massage in circular motions to get the product deep into the follicles, and leave for a few hours(5-7 hours). 

start doing this 3 times a week for 3 months and then check for growth.

Medical treatments 

Medical treatment? Don’t do it.

 You’ll end up with more side effects that may not be worth a little bit of hair. 

Playing with testosterone levels or getting surgery isn’t something I would recommend especially when there are more natural alternatives available. 

Minoxidil mustache gap

This is a follicle stimulant and just like caster oil, it has helped people to grow hair. 

Some people use minoxidil 5% to grow a thicker mustache.

Be cautious, it is a drug and it too has side effects so be sure to check in with your doctor before you start applying it.

However, minoxidil doesn’t just stimulate the production of hair in the area but can also thicken it which takes hair growth problems on the philtrum.

 If you are to use it, only use minoxidil until all the vellus hair turns to terminal hair. 

But in my opinion, over everything, just be patient 


In this article, we went over why your mustache not growing in the middle and how you should tackle your mustache gap. 

First, you must understand that the mustache gap is normal as that area struggles to grow hair in general. 

You need or look to be patient and realize age has a factor to play in how quickly and thick hair grows on your body. 

Look to: 

  • Eat and train we’ll
  • Brush your hair to fill the gap 
  • Try and new style 
  • Apply caster oil 

These can help with hair growth you should try to do these before attempting anything medical as a gap in your mustache is completely normal.

If you found this article on your mustache not growing in the middle helpful, check out other articles on this topic such as Is a mustache considered unprofessional?

Patrick Boulang

Patrick Boulang

Patrick is the Primary editor for Clipphub. He has sales background however has always had a passion in barbering and personal self grooming. He now he spends most of his time giving information to hair clipper users to get them comfortable with personal grooming and improve their work on clients as he believes anyone can become skills with their blades.