How to Grow and Style a Handlebar Moustache

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The average person’s hair grows 6 inches every year. That means that the world’s longest moustache took 28 years to grow.

It is going to take some time to grow the perfect moustache. Three months at least, at that rate of growth, even if you’re not looking to get into the Guinness Book of Records. Styling it is a different art.

The moustache has a long history and the handlebar is no exception. You could be at the very start of your handlebar journey. Or maybe taking your current ‘tache in a different direction. No matter, we have all the details on growing and styling your facial hair for you.

What Is a Handlebar Moustache?

The handlebar isn’t limited to one style of moustache. It’s a loose term used to describe a family of styles.

A Handlebar Moustache is one whose length extends beyond the corner of the mouth. It has ‘graspable’ extremities.

Its tips are usually curved upwards, but not always.

The Problems with Growing a Handlebar Moustache

Depending on how fast your hair grows, a handlebar can take upwards of 3 months to achieve. The length required to produce a proper handlebar moustache is what takes the time.

As it grows, it might not look too great. You’ll need be taming and tending to it to keep it in place. After a long night out or a day of exercise, this can be difficult.

As your moustache grows and the hair gets longer, the temptation to trim will set in. It will get in the way of drinking and eating. It will try to get into your mouth. It will come between you and your loved ones when kissing too!

How to Grow Your Handlebar Moustache

If you are ready to accept the challenge, however, we outline everything you need to know below.

Start with a Beard

Incorporating your moustache into a beard will help disguise how rough it looks as it grows. Once it reaches the desired length, shave the beard off. Then you can work with the moustache that remains.

Give Your Hair a Boost

It’ll take at least 3 months to get to a good length. But there are some things you can do to help it along.

Your hair growth depends on your age, hair type, and general health. Your body requires energy to grow hair. So, ensure you’re eating well-balanced meals and taking care of your body. This will support faster growth.

You can also use essential oils to help the process. Pumpkin seed, rosemary, and peppermint oil can help thicken the hair and keep it healthy.

Don’t use the essential oil undiluted on your skin. Thin them down with a carrier oil like castor or coconut oil, which can also help to prevent damage.

Some people think keratin supplements help grow hair but there’s not much science to back that up. But they might encourage shine which can make your moustache look healthier

Don’t Trim

Facial hair gets itchy because of a build-up of dead skin cells, dirt, and bacteria on the skin.

Wash and condition your moustache often. This should help prevent the build-up and relieve itchiness. But avoid using chemical washes, lotions, and foams. They can also contribute to itching.

Relieving itching may ease the temptation to trim. Whether starting with a beard or just a moustache, try not to cut it while it grows.

It takes a long time to grow and direct the hair so you need all the length you can get.

How to Style Your Handlebar Moustache

Below we’ll tell you when to start styling and how to maintain it once you’ve got it where you want it.


You can take this step while in the growth stage.

While you’re waiting for your moustache to grow, start twisting the ends to style them upwards. Spend some time experimenting in front of the mirror. This will give you a good idea of the shape you want to achieve and how it’s going to look.

Wait until you have enough length to start curling the extremities. Then you can think about trimming the edges to achieve your desired shape.

Train the Hair

You’ll need to start training your hair to grow in the right direction. This doesn’t happen on its own.

Once a day, create a central parting in the moustache. Do this by combing under your nose, to the left and right, splitting the hair down the middle. Do this at least every day.

You can also use a blow dryer to train the hair. While the hair is damp, comb your moustache into the right shape and curl the tips around your fingers.

Use a low setting on the hairdryer to ensure you do not heat damage your hair. Hold the blow dryer at arm’s length and dry the curled edges with the hair wrapped around your finger.

Find Your Style

Consider how long you want your moustache to be and what style you’re going to aim for. The various styles of handlebar are Natural, Dali, English, Imperial, Hungarian and Freestyle.

If you want a large curl handlebar like anything other than the Natural you need to let the hair grow long.

If you prefer your moustache to be small and neat, like the Natural, you can trim the ends to the style.

Use Moustache Wax

The key to getting good points is using moustache wax. Without wax, all the training in the world won’t stop your hair from drooping at the ends.

Choose a time when your moustache is still damp from cleansing and conditioning. I scrape a small amount of wax from the tin under my fingernail. Then I lift it out onto my fingertip. A piece the size of a match head is about right.

Smooth the wax into one side of your moustache. I use both my fingertip and fingernail to work the wax into the hair on my upper lip. Start from the centre and work towards the tip. Repeat for the other side.

You can then use a comb to spread the wax through your hair. Use it both flat to your face and more perpendicular. Moving outwards, work it towards each end, moving in the direction of the hair, with a little flick up at the points. I wipe any excess wax from the comb onto a tissue. Some hair types may need more wax.


Twist the hair between your fingers and curl the tips upwards and inwards. if the tips do not have enough wax, add more to the tips only

Maintain Your Moustache

Ensuring that your handlebar is healthy and shapely requires a lot of maintenance. Wash & condition, comb, wax, and curl it as often as you can. Every day is ideal.

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