If you want to talk about a mustache with panache, the handlebar mustache would definitely be a top choice. This classic bastion of facial hair awesomeness has been sported by iconic men in sports, politics, business and the Wild West alike, including such intriguing figures as Wyatt Earp, J.P. Morgan, “Buffalo” Bill Cody, Rollie Fingers, and yes, even the Monopoly Man.
Although the handlebar mustache was largely shunned as archaic and somewhat out of favor in the late 20th century, this unique form of facial hair has re-emerged as a symbol of individuality and masculine style in the early part of this century. In today’s time, we have experienced a resurgence of the popularity of facial hair in general, and in many respects, the handlebar mustache can be viewed as one of the pinnacles of manly expression.
Commitment: The Prerequisite To Growing A Handlebar Mustache
So how does the average man go about growing a handlebar mustache? One thing is for certain: You won’t be able to do it overnight, or even in one month. The minimum growing time for a mustache as distinguished as the handlebar will be at least six weeks, and for many men, that’s just scratching the surface.
Now there may be some guys who have Viking genes and can grow facial hair almost at will, but for the majority of men out there, this is going to take some time. You have to be ready to commit to the process, and be willing to resist the many temptations to quit that may come your way. Once you have resolutely decided that you can indeed go the distance, the guide outlined below will help you conquer each step of the process. If you want to speed up the growth process, click here.
The 5-Step Process to The Perfect Handlebar Mustache
Step 1: Refuse To Trim Your Mustache
Rule number one for growing a handlebar mustache is simply this: You gotta let it grow. Resist, with all your might, the temptation to trim it. Your mustache has to grow to a certain level of thickness before it can even be upgraded to handlebar status, and this growing process will help to “train” your mustache hairs to do the right thing when you’re ready to go full-on handlebar. So keep the hammer down, and keep the scissors away.
Step 2: Train Your Mustache By Combing It
This is a crucial part of the handlebar formation process. Once you have grown out your mustache to a nice degree of thickness, you can then start combing it in order to train your ‘stache hairs to move into handlebar position. Using a mustache comb, part the mustache at the middle and comb the hairs outward to the right and to the left, according to which side they’re on. What you’re doing is establishing a growth pattern that will eventually guide your hairs into an acceptable handlebar configuration.
Step 3: Break Out The Wax
That’s right, gentlemen, the handlebar look doesn’t just happen; many times your ‘stache will need to be waxed in order to hold its proper handlebar form. The best time to wax is right after you get out of the shower, while your mustache is still damp. Using your fingertips, apply a small dab (or two) of mustache wax onto the very top edge of your mustache. Next, comb the wax into your mustache, working it into all of the hairs from the top down, and out to the edges. Don’t be afraid to get generous with the wax if you have to; whatever it takes to get the job done is what you should do. If your ‘stache hairs are rather wiry or coarse, use more wax to bring those wild hairs into submission.
Step 4: Do The Twist
This is always the fun part. If you’ve been eagerly looking forward to the day when you could twist or twirl your mustache with reckless abandon, it’s time to carpe diem. Apply a dab of wax to the tips of your mustache on both sides, and then twist the hairs with your fingers, almost like you would do with a frayed shoelace that’s missing the small plastic tube at the tip. Curl this twisted hair up, and then inwards towards the center of your face.
If you’re not feeling a greater sense of manly empowerment by now, I’m not sure when you will. If you want a more intense curl on the ends (a la Salvador Dali), wrap the tips of your mustache hair around a pencil or pen and hold it there for a few seconds, much like your wife or girlfriend does to her hair with a curling iron. This twisting and/or wrapping action will be responsible for giving your mustache the full-on handlebar aesthetic that you’ve been seeking.
Step 5: Stay Maintenance-Minded
Handlebar mustaches require due maintenance, but it is a small price to pay to achieve such a distinctive look. This means that you will need to wash, comb, wax, curl, and twist it every day. Mustache maintenance should become as routine for you as brushing your teeth.
How To Grow A Thicker Mustache?
Many guys feel as though the steps listed above are out of their reach, simply because they have problems growing a thick mustache. Well, there are 3 key things you can do to help turn your thin wire into a legit handlebar:
Nutrition plays a vital role in facial hair growth. Take supplements like calcium, biotin, and any B complex vitamins, as they will help add some “fertilizer” to your mustache.
2. Castor oil
Massaging your mustache area with castor oil will stimulate those stubborn follicles and increase the flow of blood to the area, which in turn will help to promote growth.
3. Amla oil
This ancient ayurvedic herbal oil comes from the gooseberry plant (native to India), and is revered for its ability to promote healthy hair, prevent premature graying, and combat hair loss. Just shampoo your mustache as you normally would, and after you have rinsed it out (while it’s still wet), massage the amla oil into the strands of your mustache hair, from roots to tips. Let it sit there for about 10 to 15 minutes, and then thoroughly rinse it out using warm water. If you do this on a regular basis, you should see a notable change in the health and thickness of your mustache hair.
Alright…you’ve got what you need to grow a nice, robust handlebar mustache. Put it into practice, and show the world that you can handle the handlebar! For shaping and trimming tips, read on!