Plan For Plenty Of Time
If you're planning on growing a proper handlebar moustache, then you will need to set aside enough time to complete your goal.
Its going to take 1-3 months to grow a moustache. After this time you can proudly say that you are a mustachio-d man.
However a handlebar moustache will take some additional time on top of this. This is because the crowning glory of the handlebar moustache is the ends of the moustache.
These ends are noticeably longer than the rest if the moustache and are able to be twisted up, give the whole piece of facial hair its signature look.
So you should allow for around 4-6 months before you can sport a full handlebar moustache.
Shave The Rest Of Your Beard
During the initial stages, it can be handy to grow out a full beard until your moustache is long enough, it will act as a sort of camouflage
Once you have a full moustache ready you'll want to shave off the rest of your facial hair (if you haven't already).
Use plenty of hot water and shaving cream to shave off the rest of your facial hair, unless you opt for the easier option and use a beard trimmer. You may be left with stubble, but it will do the job.
Trim Your Moustache Into Shape
So once you've grown a long enough moustache and have trimmed away the rest of your beard you'll need to trim your moustache into shape.
Any hairs that are too short, and that you're not planning to twist in an upwards curl, should be trimmed to keep the overall moustache in shape.
You don't need to trim the hairs too short, just enough to keep them off your lip. The other option is to leave them until they grow long enough to curl upwards with the rest of the hairs.
Style Your Moustache Into A Handlebar
Once your moustache is long enough and is trimmed into shape, it is finally time to complete your handlebar moustache.
We strongly recommend you use some high quality Moustache Wax. A good Moustache Wax will usually contain beeswax, this will set and give your facial hair a strong hold.
Take a small pinch of the wax and rub together in your fingers to warm it up, then apply it to the ends of your moustache, work the wax down the hairs and twist them together.
After the wax has coated enough of the hairs then curl the hairs up into the classic handlebar look and VOILA!
Keep It Clean And Trimmed
Moving forward there are a few things to bear in mind if you want to maintain your new look. You will find that your moustache will need to be washed out frequently to remove any excess build up of wax.
A good shampoo will do the job of stripping away the unwanted wax in your facial hair and any other food particles.
It is also a good idea to add some beard oil to your grooming routine, since you will only be using the oil on your moustache you will only need a small amount.
Every so often you should be sure to trim your lip hair before it gets too long. Once per week or once every 2 weeks should suffice for a trim.
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