How To Grow A Handlebar Mustache

If you’ve decided you want a handlebar mustache, then you are in for a wild ride. It might seem as easy as growing a mustache and then cutting it, but there’s a little more to it than that. 

How To Grow A Handlebar Mustache

Growing a handlebar mustache is quite the feat, and if you can do it, you will be admired by many and you’ll definitely stand out in a crowd. If you’re quite a quirky person, a handlebar mustache will be the perfect style for you. 

So how exactly do you grow a handlebar mustache? Though it might be a bit more technical than you think, we’ve got you covered.

We’ll be going over 5 steps you need to take in order to grow the perfect handlebar mustache, as well as how you can successfully maintain it.

What Is A Handlebar Mustache? 

Some of you may not know what a handlebar mustache is, so before we even get into how to grow one, let’s briefly go over what this quirky style is. 

Handlebar mustaches gained their popularity in the 19th Century, but in this day and age, you’re most likely to find them growing on the lips of hipsters.

There are a few different styles of handlebars, but the common denominator amongst them all is they are very large, extending above the lips, and they are twirled at both ends. 

The ends of the handlebar mustache are considerably longer than the rest of the mustache, and some people who opt for this style actually let the mustache grow over the lips too, but it depends on your personal preference. 

How To Grow A Handlebar Mustache

So now you have a better understanding of what a handlebar mustache is, let’s talk about how you actually grow one.

It will take you a bit of practice and patience to successfully grow a handlebar mustache, but as long as you follow these steps, you will see results in no time at all. 

It is important to note as well that the amount of time it will take to grow your mustache depends purely on your rate of growth and facial hair thickness, so while for some it will take a couple of weeks, for others it will take a bit longer. 

Step 1: Grow A Mustache… Don’t Trim It!

The first step in growing your own handlebar mustache will require you to grow a standard mustache and completely leave it alone.

You will be tempted to trim it, especially when it starts to get a bit wild and unkempt, but if you trim it will take you even longer to get your handlebar mustache. 

If your facial hair grows quite quickly, this step won’t be as difficult, because you’ll be able to move on to step two a bit faster.

If your facial hair growth rate is slower though, you’re just going to have to exercise patience as much as you can. 

Regardless of your growth rate, it’s natural instinct to want to trim when the hair gets too long, but just don’t do it.

How To Grow A Handlebar Mustache

Step 2: Start Combing Your Mustache

Once you’ve gotten through the pain of growing your mustache without giving in to trimming it, you can finally start molding it into a handlebar.

As soon as your mustache is long enough to comb, you need to comb it at least once a day. You need to create a parting by combing the hair that is under the nose to the left and also to the right.

Creating this parting and combing it this way every day will train the hair to grow in the typical handlebar style. 

Any mustache comb will do for this step, you just need to make sure that you comb every day for the best results. 

Step 3: Start Waxing Your Mustache

Another thing you will have to start doing is waxing your mustache. The best time to do this is when you get out of the shower and your mustache is damp. 

Begin at the middle of your lip and apply a small amount of wax with your fingertip. You will want to spread it out to the rest of your hair from there using a comb.

As you work your way out from the center, apply more wax if you need to, but remember that less is always more! 

If your mustache is a bit wirier in texture though, you can apply a bit more wax than you usually would. 

Step 4: Time To Twist & Shape

This is the step in which you should finally see your mustache take on the form of a handlebar.

Once you have trained your mustache by combing it and you’ve waxed it after you’ve been in the shower, you will already start to see the shape taking form. Now is when you will style it properly. 

In this step, you will need to apply a little bit of wax to both ends of the mustache. While you’re doing this, start twisting the hairs together with the edge of your fingertips.

Once you’ve done this, you will then curl the twisted hair up and inwards. 

It might take a little bit of time, but as you are doing this step, you will start to see the handlebar taking shape. 

Step 5: Keep It Maintained

And finally, once your handlebar mustache has manifested, you need to keep it maintained! As you can tell by this point, a handlebar mustache requires a lot of work and commitment, so it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. 

In order to keep its shape and volume, you will need to wash it, comb it, and curl it every single day. As long as you do this, it will keep its shape.


Being the proud owner of a handlebar mustache is no easy task, but it is incredibly rewarding for those who are committed to it. 

As long as you follow these steps and maintaining your mustache every day, you will have no issues and gain lots of compliments! 

Matt Park
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