There is a great deal of importance given to the culture of mustaches and beards, and no style captures the imagination more than the large handlebar style. This is an imperialistic style that has extremely long and bushy extremities. These ends are so dense and long that they can actually be grabbed with ones hand. The title came from the fact that the long extremities resemble the handlebar of a bicycle or a motorcycle.
Facial hair styles have been in vogue for a long time, and the various different styles have evolved over centuries. There are hundreds of different kinds of beards, sideburns, and mustaches that are fashionable today, and by simply looking around you can view most of these styles. Growing a handlebar mustache is not a difficult task and it can be easily done with a bit of patience and perseverance.
Growing and Grooming a Handlebar Mustache
As mentioned earlier, it is fairly simple to get this style. The first thing that you need to do is stop shaving your upper lip. A few weeks must pass before the final mustache can culminate, but it is worth the wait. Shave other parts of the face, but let the ends grow without cutting, or trimming the mustache. Once the length of the hair has grown enough, you need to buy some styling wax. It is the best way to get that perfect look.
Now, you need to start combing your mustache twice a day, and while doing so, you must create a parting in the middle. The character of a handlebar will be incomplete without the parting in the middle. While the ends are growing longer and longer, you need to keep trimming the center to get the perfect look. Now, apply the wax to the ends to make them slick and to maintain them in place. Now, take a pencil and curl the ends of the mustache tightly. Once you have removed the pencil the curls will stay in place in that manner.
The handlebar mustache came to the public eye in the 18th and 19th century. It came to symbolize the classic Victorian and Edwardian era look, and all the 'gentlemen' of that time regularly wore it to proclaim their social status. Great Britain is where this look supposedly originated and pretty soon it started spreading to all corners of the world. Soldiers from the British Armed Forces and the Royal Air Force also, sported these mustaches very extensively and with great panache. In fact, the symbolic pictures of English colonialism all contain an Englishman wearing this style.
There have been many famous people throughout the course of history who have sported a handlebar mustache, and this just goes to show the amazing popularity that this style is enjoyed. Here are a few of the people.
- Thomas Hardy
- Archduke Franz Ferdinand
- Edward Elgar
- Joseph Stalin
- Bertrand Russell