Looking to style, maintain, and care for your handlebar moustache but not quite sure where to start?
Don’t stress, Jericho Australia helps thousands of Aussie and New Zealand men each month to look and nourish their facial fuzz with the best grooming and care products on the market. As a result, our team knows the ins and outs of keeping your moustache looking its best.
Whether you’re just growing your handlebar moustache, or you’ve just recently taken an interest in grooming, styling, and proper beard and moustache care, our handlebar moustache style and care guide can help you to look and feel your best.
Table of contents
- What is a handlebar moustache?
- Different types of handlebar moustaches
- How to style your handlebar moustache
- How to maintain & care for your handlebar moustache
What is a Handlebar Moustache?
Before we dive into things, what is a handlebar moustache and how is it any different from a regular moustache?
Well, if you’re Australian, the image that might pop into your head when you hear the phrase ‘handlebar moustache’ could be of the notorious underground figure Chopper Reid (brilliantly interpreted by Aussie Icon Eric Bana in the 2000 film, Chopper).
If you’re visiting us from the States or any other part of the world, think Hulk Hogan, Willem Dafoe in Whiskey Bay or Paul Rudd in Anchor Man.
Whether twirled up like the classic barber shop images may conjure up or the horseshoe shape that requires a bit less flair, handlebar moustaches take many different shapes and sizes.
Different Types of Handlebar Moustaches
As we touched on above, handlebar moustaches take on many different shapes and sizes with different levels of flair. Some of the most common types of handlebar moustaches include:
- The horseshoe (think: Hulk Hogan)
- The imperial (upwards flair)
- The English handlebar moustache (succinct and sensible)
- The Hungarian handlebar moustache (broad and bushy)
- The Salvador Dali handlebar moustache (art inspired)
- The mini handlebar moustache (short and sweet)
Let’s be honest, the handlebar moustache is a state of mind, not a single facial hair fixture that is tied into conformity.
How to Style your Handlebar Moustache
Alright, depending on your chosen handlebar moustache style, there will be different levels of styling and preparation required to keep things looking their best. But, for the sake of brevity and to cover off the most common and complex, let’s look specifically at the traditional handlebar moustache (English or Imperial) with a little upward flair.
Of course, working against gravity is your greatest challenge with handlebar moustache styling, so here is our simple guide to get it right.
Step 1: Start by washing and conditioning your facial hair
Step 2: Once washed and dried, comb and untangle with care
Step 3: Apply wax directly to your hands – warm up and activate the wax in your palms and fingers for the best result when it comes to styling.
Step 4: With the wax applied liberally to your fingertips, get to work styling your handlebar moustache into your desired shape and style.
Step 5: Tame your strays & wash your hands – you’re done!
How to Maintain & Care for Your Handlebar Moustache
When it comes to maintaining and caring for your handlebar moustache, it’s about staying on top of your fuzz with regular washing, conditioning, balm, and waxing.
Here are five simple steps to maintain & care for your handlebar moustache:
- Regular washing & conditioning
- Brush your beard or moustache regularly to remove stray hair and keep things in check
- Trim your moustache as required – there is nothing worse than unsightly stragglers
- Avoid harsh chemicals – come on guys, no more body wash on your face, please!
- Use high-quality moustache waxes and balms for styling – your beard and moustache hair are unique, so you need to use speciality products to get the best look and to maintain your fuzz health.
There you have it, how to style & maintain your handlebar moustache.
As we mentioned, your beard and moustache hair is unique, so getting the best look and maintaining facial hair health comes down to using the right products (you can’t go wrong with Jericho) and creating a regular maintenance routine.