Mustaches were cool movember long before. Beards may be the facial hair of choice for this decade, but in the 1970s, it was all about masculine mustaches of the ’80s . And of course, most beards have a mustache. If you want to rock a stache or add one to your beard, you can wear a handlebar bear here.
The mustache is named after the distinctive long and curved ends that resemble the handlebars of a bicycle. Or as the club handle the qualification for membership, it describes, “a hair-raising limb on the upper lip and with palpable extremities.”
While it was recently added to the hipster fashion file, the handlebar has a long history . The first evidence of this facial hairstyle goes back to the Iron Age, which can be seen on Celtic statues. More recently, it was popular in eighteenth-century Europe and late nineteenth-century America. A few famous handlebar wearers include Wyatt Earp, Franz Ferdinand and baseball player Rollie Finger . This smooth back hair with an undercut and hovering mustache looks as fashionable today as it did when the picture was taken.
This shorter mustache is known as the Petit handlebar. It has the same bent ends but less length. To get these iconic curls on the side, a mustache wax is required. Clubman is an easy to find brand that comes in neutral, black and brown. There are also many boutique waxes available online.
The handlebar is easy to style . This version features short hair straight across the lip and longer hair on the sides. To obtain the arched ends, rub a little wax between your fingers and apply to the mustache. Twist or Pinch ends together and pull into the desired shape. Finish with more wax if necessary.
The handlebar can be worn alone or with a goatee or beard of any length. Extend the handlebars against the facial hair by letting it grow longer than the surrounding hair or creating defined ends with wax.
The handlebar can also be styled without wax. This usually takes a little longer and training. Start with wax to form the hair and it will eventually do it by itself. Regular cleansing, care and combability of the facial hair also help to maintain the ideal shape as well as soft and manageable hair.
For a bold statement, it’s all about the handlebar. Wear it alone or with beard, with rolled edges or long and bushy. It’s an extraordinary look that will set you apart from others.