Facial Hair Styles

How to Grow a Handlebar Moustache

How to Grow a Handlebar Moustache

Growing a handlebar moustache is a bold move – it’s a facial hair style that certainly makes a statement.

This style first became popular in the late 19th century – today, you’re more likely to find it accompanying a hipster beard.

A handlebar moustache suits a quirky personality perfectly. If you like your facial hair long, this is a great way to experiment with your look.

Here’s our guide to growing, styling, waxing and maintaining a handlebar moustache for facial hair that makes you feel like the best version of you:

How Long Does it Take to Grow a Handlebar Moustache?

It might only take a few days for you to grow a moustache usually, but it could take months for you to get that distinctive handlebar look, especially if you’re starting from scratch.

You’ll need to be patient to grow a handlebar moustache – be prepared for a lot of trimming as your hair grows longer to keep it from creeping over your top lip.

However, be mindful that there might be a few days (or even weeks) where you have to put up with slightly odd-looking facial hair while your ends get steadily longer – it’ll all be worth it in the end though!

How to Trim a Handlebar Moustache

Keep on top of your facial hair as you grow it out with the Gillette All Purpose Styler & Beard Trimmer, which is ideal for trimming everything from your eyebrows to your nasal hair and moustache. If you use scissors, you won’t be able to achieve anywhere near as much precision.

Our All Purpose Styler is designed to give you a neat, even trim – crisp, clear lines will highlight the curled ends of a handlebar moustache extremely well.

If you want your ‘tache to be the standout feature on your face and want to remove your beard, you can use the Gillette Styler for that too – attach one of our Fusion5 blades and you’ll be good to go. Read our top tips for trimming a beard successfully, every time.

How to Style a Handlebar Moustache

There are three important steps for styling a handlebar moustache: combing, waxing and curling.

When your moustache is long enough to comb, make sure you’re brushing it through at least once a day to keep it looking neat and to encourage it to continue growing in the right direction.

Shape the ends of your moustache with wax to get classic handlebar curls that will stay put all day. Apply wax by rubbing a small amount between your fingers until it dissolves a little, then rub it into your moustache, starting in the centre and working towards the ends.

Try not to use too much wax at a time – you want your handlebar moustache to look naturally quirky, not dripping in styling products.

5 Handlebar Moustache Styles to Try Out

Here are five very different ways to shape a handlebar moustache and let your personality show through your facial hair:

1. The Classic Handlebar

Get a classic handlebar moustache by curling the ends of your ‘tache, styling them upwards in the direction of your cheekbones.

2. The Petite Handlebar

This style is similar to a classic handlebar ‘tache, just a bit smaller. The edges of a petite handlebar should end just before your cheeks, rather than covering them.

3. The English Handlebar

For this equally classic look, grow your facial hair in the same way, but instead of curling the ends of your moustache, wax them into a straight point to create your own distinctive style.

4. The Imperial Handlebar

This style of handlebar was particularly popular around the turn of the 20th century. It’s bushier moustache, with the ends twisted upwards towards your cheeks. The Imperial style is great if your facial hair grows quickly and thickly.

5. The Hungarian Handlebar

To get a Hungarian handlebar moustache, grow your ‘tache in the same way you would to achieve a classic handlebar, but style the ends by curling them downwards, rather than upwards for a different look.

Will I Suit a Handlebar Moustache?

The only way to really know if you’ll suit a handlebar moustache is to try it out. Experimenting with your facial hair can be a lot of fun, but it requires patience, and you might have to put up with a less-than-flattering look while you grow it out.

If your face is quite long and square or rectangular in shape, a handlebar moustache will suit you particularly well. It’s completely up to you whether or not you choose to style it with a beard – just make sure you keep your beard well-groomed with hydrating shaving gels and sharp razor blades. Sign up to the Gillette shave club and you’ll never have to use a dull blade again.

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