If there’s one thing that always turns heads, it’s a handlebar mustache! People simply cannot resist a second look at one of those beauties. Talk about the ultimate confidence booster!
The handlebar is the iconic definition of sophisticated masculinity. I mean, really, is there a mustache more distinguished or refined? Is there any symbol of manliness more distinctive? Has there ever been a more perfect blend of ruggedness with gentility and nobility?
If you’ve always longed to grow a handlebar mustache, now’s your chance. Before you go for it just know that, like developing and shaping your beard, growing one of these bad boys requires commitment, patience, and know-how.
That’s our cue to help you earn your wings with the ultimate bro-mo.
Yep, there are several. While pretty much all handlebar mustaches have a part in the middle, there are some distinct varieties. Check ‘em out and decide which is really you. Of course, we recommend growing one to accompany an awesome beard for double the impact, but it’s up to you.
Bushier throughout. Even the hairs under the nose are long and thick. The Hungarian handlebar is brushed outwards into a wave of hair that curls a little at the edges.
Much like the Hungarian, but not quite as bushy and with more flamboyant twirls that point upwards rather than curling right around.
Think Sam Elliott or the late Wilford Brimley, the “diabeetus” guy. Think First World War soldiers, especially those from eastern Europe. This big, long lip-forest droops down below the top lip all the way along, hiding your mouth entirely. You can still brush it outwards and twirl it at the corners. This is a commitment to ruggedness that we stand and applaud. If you can do it, mad respect, bro.
Time for a spot of tea with cucumber sandwiches while watching cricket, eh? The English handlebar is well trimmed to be quite thin and the ends point straight out instead of twirling. The longer the points, the better!
A thin, sculpted handlebar where parts of the upper lip above and below the mustache are kept shaved clean. This style involves the most maintenance but can have the sharpest, cleanest lines all the way along with wiry side curls of immaculate precision.
The key to a handlebar mo is to let the side hairs near the corners of the mouth grow long. The basic rules are…
💡 Tip: Grow a full beard first. Then when you let the mustache corner hairs grow and grow, they can blend in with your beard and not look so weird. On its own, a fledgling handlebar can look weird to those that are not privy to your majestic mo plans. Do not trim, no matter how badly you want to!
Growing it from scratch? You’ll need to allow three months (or more) to fully develop that puppy.
Growing it from your existing mo? You won’t have to wait so long, but still expect at least a month or two to get those edge hairs long enough to twirl.
In about two to three months, your handlebar mustache will be taking shape clearly and distinctly. Now keep going!
Without some product in it, your handlebar mustache will simply be a hanging-bar mustache. That’s great if you’re going for the Walrus style. But otherwise, gravity is not kind to those wings.
This is where products come in so you can start creating the distinctive handlebar shape and curls.
Depending on your style and needs, a good Beard Balm and Mustache Wax will be your best friends. They will help train the direction of hair growth and blend growing side hairs in with your beard.
As the handlebar ends really develop, a touch of wax on those points may be what you need, especially if you’re looking to create really fine points or narrow wisps that hold in place all day.
If you’re going for the bushier Imperial, Hungarian or Walrus styles, beard balm wins, hands down.
Trial and error will get you through.
A handlebar mustache isn’t called a soup strainer for nothing! As your mo lengthens and the side hairs develop a life of their own, you’re gonna have to practice eating and drinking so as not to get stuff all over that epic lip forest. It becomes a magnet for crumbs, liquids, sauces, you name it. Watch out especially for messy foods like wings, ribs, soups, milk, cereal, toast… hell, just practice.
And be sure to use a napkin regularly. A true gentleman always does, anyway.
Now go forth, dude, and handlebar up! Follow these tips to the letter and be sure your facial hair grooming routine is A-1 and you’ll develop a distinguished lip-rug that will be the envy of all the other bros, even the most rugged.