The biker handlebar mustache or the horseshoe moustache has begun to gain popularity recently. People have been on this fiery road for a while now with this moustache type.
A lot of them want to share a cool rugged style for their rugged personality. The rugged Biker handlebar mustache is a symbol of rugged masculinity, attitude and workman grit.
It’s a statement that says “I don’t care what you think I am going to get the work done anyway, no matter what”. But, not everyone can rock it with swagger enough to get away with it.
In this article, we will discuss what this style is, the user-friendliness of the biker handlebar mustache and how you can rock the style according to your own personality.
Table of Contents
- What is a Biker Handlebar Mustache / Horseshoe Moustache?
- Variations of the Horseshoe Moustache Styles
- History of the Biker Handlebar Mustache
- Bikers & Their Mustaches
- How to Grow and Style the Horseshoe Moustache
- How to Trim the Biker Handlebar Mustache
What is a Biker Handlebar Mustache / Horseshoe Moustache?
A biker handlebar mustache is a moustache that resembles the shape of a horseshoe. A horseshoe mustache starts above the upper lip, often a little above the center, and curves downward and back toward the chin.
It has fewer hairs than a handlebar mustache and more of a tapered look. This type of moustache is also known as the moustache diabolique, devil’s moustache or the moustache à la grecque.
It looks similar to the popular handlebar moustache, except that the ends are flared out wide, rather than being straight.
Variations of the Horseshoe Moustache Styles
The Horseshoe Moustache is enigmatic, mysterious, seductive, iconic, and sexy. It’s also one of the most challenging moustache styles to grow and maintain.
The horseshoe shape is as unique in appearance as it is in the name. The style can be worn with sideburns depending on the individual.
Some men wear their sideburns naturally, and others wear their sideburns with mustache comb. The horseshoe mustache can also be worn with goatees.
Like the sideburns, the style of the goatee depends on the individual. Some goatees are worn naturally, while others are waxed. The following are how it may look with different variations.
History of the Biker Handlebar Mustache
The style originated in France in the late 1940s and 1950s. The Horseshoe Moustache began as a way of hiding a receding hairline. It gained notoriety due to its popularity among bikers, bikers’ wives, and biker wannabes.
Today, the Horseshoe Moustache is often worn by men due to the increased popularity of the hipster subculture. Some hipsters, urbanites, and yuppies revived the style briefly in the 1970s, but most people find it uncomfortable and unattractive. All in all, the horseshoe moustache is a rather interesting fashion story.
Bikers & Their Mustaches
A lot of people experiment with facial hair, and facial hair seems to be an important component in biker subcultures. There’s clearly a subculture of mustaches among bikers. If you want to look like a biker, a handlebar mustache is probably a must.
Beards have a long association with the biker lifestyle. The biker culture has regenerated beards and mustaches. The horseshoe is one style that over time has become associated with motorcyclist gangs.
How to Grow and Style the Horseshoe Moustache
First Beard Trimming
The horseshoe mustache is a mustache with long downward facing bars that form an upside-down. You’ll basically need a tool that does three things, trim, shave, and edge. I recommend using the styler from Gillette and it’s really a three-in-one shaver.
Good for any mustache or beard. It comes with three combs of different lengths, two millimeters, four millimeters, and six millimeters. First, you decide how long you want your beard to be.
Let your beard grow for a few days until it’s about half an inch long. This gives a good base to work from. Attach the comb to trim all of the beard and neck. This evens the length of the beard throughout.
Remove the comb from the razor and rinse any excess hair from the trimmer. Loose hairs in the trimmer can get in the way of it cutting new hair and cause uncomfortable tugging.
Shape Your Mustache
Once the trimmer is free of hair, then use only the trimmer to outline the shape of the horseshoe mustache. Do this in two steps.
First, trim the neckbeard. Then take extra care to go slowly as you trim the cheeks and chin leaving the mustache and finger width, strips and bars of hair from the corners of your mouth, to the jaw.
After outlining the look you want and checking the symmetry of the horseshoe then you still need to add definition. This is best done in two ways.
One closely shaving the chin, cheeks, and neck and secondly tightening the lines and edges of the mustache. After you finish shaving your mustache with your trimmer, then shave the rest of the face clean.
Prepare The Skin
Before you start with a close shave, always prepare the skin. First, wash the area to be shaved with a facial scrub. It cleans away any oil, little dirt, or dead skin that can block the Razor’s path and prevent a smooth glide.
Then, rinse the scrub off your face. You can further hydrate your hair by splashing your face with warm water or by soaking a towel with warm water and holding it against your skin for up to three minutes.
Doing this really reduces the force you’ll need to shave because it softens your hair and makes it easier to cut. Thirdly, coat the skin of your neck and cheeks using a clear shave gel.
White shaving foam makes it harder to see the lines and edges of your mustache. So it’s a good idea to use a clear shave gel. It’s also recommended to use shave gels because they tend to have more glide than shave foams.
Add Definition With a Close Shave
Now you should be ready for a closer shave. Let’s attach the blade to the razor and start shaving. Many guys prefer to shave in the direction that the hair grows, meaning with grain, and then follow up with strokes in the opposite direction.
However, since facial hair tends to grow in different directions, you’ll almost always be shaving both with and against the grain. A razor like the Gillette 3-in-1 shaver will help you get a comfortable shave even against the grain.
So as long as you’re using light strokes and reapplying shaving cream before you go back over with your razor, you should shave in the direction you’re most comfortable with.
Always save the sensitive area on the neck for last to allow the shave gel more time to soften the hairs. With every few strokes rinse the blade with water to keep it clear of any gel or lose hairs. That way nothing blocks the Razor’s path before finishing with the shave.
Tighten Outer Edges
The final step is tightening the outer edges of my horseshoe mustache. I find that the easiest and most precise way to do this is by using a single-blade razor. The styler we started to use has one on the back.
So simply turn the razor over and finish defining the lines around the top and sides of your stash to get clean edges. Turn the blade parallel to the hairline and use short light strokes to cut away from the mustache.
All you have left to do is rinse your face with cold water and apply a moisturizing after shave lotion, the lotion rehydrates your skin and leaves it soft and smooth. And there you have it.
How to Trim the Biker Handlebar Mustache
A horseshoe mustache also called the “U” or “U-shaped” mustache, is a facial hairstyle that features hair on the upper lip only. It resembles the shape of a horseshoe or U, hence its name.
The horseshoe mustache is characterized by the hair on the upper lip only. The hair on the sides of the upper lip is removed, giving it a clean appearance.
It is also considered to be one of the most difficult mustaches to grow and style because of its narrow shape. The horseshoe mustache can be worn by men of any age since it looks good on all facial types.
It’s best suited for men with thin faces. If you have a wide face, you can still pull off this look but make sure you trim your moustache regularly to keep it looking