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How to Grow a Handlebar Mustache

A handlebar mustache is a fairly uncommon sight these days on a younger man. While not for the impatient, a handlebar mustache is a great conversation starter with both men and women. With some patience and planning you can have a dignified handlebar mustache in no time.

Part One of Three:
Growing your Mustache
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    Gather your supplies. First, choose a wax for your hair. There are many kinds of mustache wax available. If your mustache hair is thick and wiry you should buy a stiff wax. Inversely, if your mustache hair is thin, you can buy a softer wax.[1] You will also need a fine-tooth comb to help you brush out your mustache and a small pair of hair-trimming scissors. These can be found at most beauty supply stores.
    • When in doubt, buy two containers of wax, one with a medium stiffness and one with a strong stiffness.
    • Experiment with comb types. Some people prefer fine tooth combs, others use unconventional combs such as head lice combs.[2]
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    Stop shaving your upper lip. Most handlebar mustaches use hair from the entire upper lip. If you’re just starting out it’s best to play it safe. Don’t shave any part of your face that may help your mustache look fuller. This can include the areas next to the corners of your mouth.[3]
    • It may take up to three months for your mustache to become thick and glorious. Don’t give up!
    • Don’t trim your mustache, even the parts right above your lip.
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    Train the new hairs. Once your mustache is long enough to comb, start training your hairs to keep the shape you like. Part your mustache down the middle of your lip and gently comb each half away from your nose. Add a small amount of mustache wax or hair putty before combing to help your hairs stay in place.
    • If you use a tub of wax, warm a small amount between your fingers before applying it. Evenly coat all of your hairs by combing the wax through your mustache.
    • If you use a stick of wax, apply it directly to your mustache before combing.
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    Experiment as you wait. It takes time to grow a decent handlebar mustache. While you wait, start shaping the new hair by twisting the ends. Your mustache won’t be long enough to get a good curl but you’ll be able to get an idea of how it might look. In this stage you can start trimming the sides to create different shapes.
    • Never trim the hairs directly above your lip. If they stay short, you won’t be able to brush them into your mustache.
    • Give uncooperative hairs time to grow out. Once they’re longer they’ll be easier to manipulate.
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Part Two of Three:
Shaping your Mustache
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    Find your style. Once the tips of your mustache have gotten long enough to curl you can start planning the way you want it to eventually look. Consider how long you want your moustache to grow. If you want a large curl or a bigger mustache you need to let the hairs grow. If you like the look of a smaller mustache you can begin trimming the ends when they get too long.[4]
    • Never trim the bottom of the mustache near the lip. These hairs need to be long so that they can be combed away from your mouth.
    • Handlebar mustaches look good on both clean-shaven and bearded faces. They pair well with well-groomed, classic barbershop hairstyles or bald heads.
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    Use a blow dryer to shape your mustache. This helps train your mustache into the shape you like. Once you’ve had your mustache for a few months, you can skip this step. After you shower towel dry your mustache. Use a comb to part your mustache down the middle of your lip. Mold your damp mustache into the shape you like by curling the ends around your fingers. Next, carefully dry the curled edges to set the curls.
    • Keep the hair wrapped around your finger as you dry it. This will help control the curl and let you know if the air is too hot.
    • Use a low setting on your blow dryer. If the air is too hot it can damage your mustache.
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    Apply the mustache wax. If your wax comes in a stick, apply the wax directly to your mustache and brush through it with a fine-tooth comb. If the wax comes in a tub, warm a small amount of wax between your fingers before applying. Carefully spread the warmed wax into your mustache. Make sure that all of the hairs are evenly coated and comb the mustache into place.[5]
    • The wax should be almost invisible against your hair. If it isn’t, you may need to buy tinted wax.
    • If you add too much wax simply brush some of it out with the comb.
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    Shape your mustache. After combing, re-shape the curls of your mustache by twisting the edges around your fingers into a curl you like. Once the wax dries your mustache will keep its form. If your mustache is still having trouble keeping its curl, heat a curling iron to medium heat and wrap the hair around it for ten to fifteen seconds. Make sure not to burn your face.[6]
    • Some people prefer large, looping curls, while others like to wax their mustache ends into straight lines. Experiment to find what works for you.
    • Some people use a stronger wax on the curled tips of their mustache to help them keep their shape.
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Part Three of Three:
Taking Care of your Mustache
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    Wash your mustache daily. Check your mustache for flakes of dead skin or waxy residue. Brush your mustache with a stiff, dry toothbrush to remove the debris and exfoliate your skin. Next, wash your mustache with shampoo. This will remove the wax and skin oils from your mustache.
    • Some people choose to wash their mustache in the mornings. If you sleep with wax in your mustache, it may leave a colorful residue on your pillowcase.
    • If shampoo isn’t powerful enough to remove the wax from your mustache use dish soap instead.
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    Be careful when eating or drinking. Your mustache can pick up all sorts of things throughout the day. Right before you have a meal, spread a small amount of mustache wax on the bottom strands of hair. This will help them stay clear of your mouth and insulate them from liquids.
    • When eating crumbly foods, wipe your mouth often to keep your mustache free of crumbs.
    • Avoid eating soups and other messy food in public until you get the hang of eating with a large mustache.
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    Eat foods that might help your hair grow quickly. Some foods contain the same nutrients found in hair. Many experts believe that if you eat these foods your body will be able to grow your hair and fingernails more quickly.[7] Foods such as salmon, yellow peppers, avocados, and egg yolks are thought to speed hair growth.
    • If your mustache hair is growing quickly then the hair on your scalp will grow quickly as well.
    • It can take one or two months to see results.
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  • Where can I buy strong mustache wax?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Firehouse Wacky Tacky Mustache Wax is probably the strongest available. You can buy it on Amazon, or directly from the manufacturer's website.
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  • How do I get mustache wax out of my fine toothed comb?
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    • Try using a hair dryer to heat up the wax. Once softened, wipe off the wax with a towel or tissue.
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  • Which wax should I use if I want to grow my mustache?
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    • This depends on the coarseness of your hair. If your mustache is wiry and thick you'll need a strong wax. If it's thin and fine you can use a softer wax. When in doubt get a stronger wax. You may need to buy a few different kinds and experiment. Good luck!
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  • Can a bald guy over 50 wear one?
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    • Absolutely! Bald men look especially handsome with handlebar mustaches. For example, Tom Hardy rocked the bald-with-handlebar-mustache look in the movie Bronson.
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  • Join a club or visit internet forums to find other men with handlebar mustaches. They will be able to give you great advice and product recommendations.
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  • Be patient! You can’t grow a handlebar mustache overnight.
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  • Be careful when eating to keep crumbs out of your mustache.
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  • If you don’t wash your mustache regularly it may start smelling like food.
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Things You’ll NeedEdit

  • Mustache wax
  • A fine tooth comb (or alternative comb)
  • A blow dryer
  • Shampoo or dish soap
  • A clean, dry toothbrush

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Reader Success Stories

  • RS

    Rodger S.

    Dec 8, 2017

    "A couple of tips were helpful: not trimming the hairs just above the lip, and using a hair dryer to help set the hairs in place. I am a senior adult and have worn facial hair for most of my life, but this'll be my first attempt at sporting a handlebar!"..." more
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    Norm Van Winkle

    Jul 10, 2017

    "I'm considering making a handlebar mustache for a more "Santa" look, but have never done so previously. This was very helpful for me, especially being sure not to trim the hair at my upper lip, as well as the suggestions to buy a couple of waxes, to see what will work best for me. Thanks very much!"..." more
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    Rod Arly

    Jun 15, 2017

    "I naturally grow so much hair on my beard. Never had a handlebar before and though a bit late, I am going to do one because I like making my boyfriend jealous and he can't grow squat!"..." more
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    Sarah-Jane White

    Jun 17, 2016

    "I was looking for info for a friend and the article is brilliant. Very user friendly with clear and simple instructions. It was also very interesting. Thanks."..." more
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    Vinod Srinivasan

    Mar 9, 2017

    "Nice tips. I am starting this now, hopefully will follow the tips and grow a nice handlebar mustache soon. "
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    Eric Thomas

    Aug 11, 2017

    "Did not realize I had to train the hair. This article was immensely helpful."
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    Dave Bond

    Sep 27, 2016

    "Great article with good tips. "
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    Tarunvir Singh

    Jan 4, 2017

    "Good, I am happy."
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