Handlebar Moustache Survey by Jim Garner of Alabama
1. How long have you had a handlebar moustache, and what is your history with moustaches?
I have had a stache on this go now for about a year and a half, (since my last child was born) though I had to trim it back and do a walrus stage while it grew out, because I had trimmed it lopsided. I restored the handlebar to its glory about 5 weeks ago. Prior to that I wore a handlebar about 6 years ago for about 3 years. I have had facial hair on and off since I was about 22.
2. What moved you to grow a handlebar moustache? Do any relatives or ancestors have handlebar moustaches?
Well because of follicle troubles, a beard just doesn’t look good, nor does a goatee. Nor does a short trimmed stache. The handlebar is about the only thing that looks halfway decent. My late step-father-in-law had a handlebar. I did not consciously grow one because of him, but perhaps there was some influence.
3. What are some of the reactions of others as you grew your handlebar moustache? What sort of reactions or comments did you get initially from your significant other?
Some like it. Some don’t. My wife wants me to grow facial hair, because without any, I have a baby face… but as I mentioned being follically challenged I have few options.
4. What are some of the funny or strange comments others have made about your handlebar moustache over time?
Just the other day I was told that I looked like Hercule Poirot, the famous Belgian detective created by Agatha Christie.
5. Has having a handlebar moustache had any effects on your personality, behavior, attitude, self-expression or sense of self?
It takes a bit of personal strength to start on the path to stachehood. I have always had a bit of desire to stand out a bit, but also struggled a bit with self-expression. I decided to do it, and have had pretty much only positive feedback regarding the stache. A few have called in a lip cockroach, but these are in the minority. Mostly I get questions on how to do it, and comments on how they tried, but it did not work out. Personally, I believe the stache accentuates my smile, which I almost always have. I also like how it looks with my bow-ties.
6. What is it in your personality that drew you to growing a handlebar moustache?
Well, I have always tended to be more formal, and enjoy being a bit different. The handlebar allows me to do a bit of both in a very visible way.
7. Have you been in any moustache contests or attended any such gatherings?
No, I have not.
8. It takes courage to wear a handlebar moustache. What would you say to those who think you look odd, silly or stupid with it?
Well, generally I just ignore them, but if I am feeling belligerent, I might say, “There are only two people whose opinion I listen to regarding the stache, and you are not one of them.” Or, “I like it and the wife likes it, and frankly that is all I care about.”
9. What waxes, styling aids or glues to you prefer and why?
I make my own wax from beeswax, jojoba oil and colorant. The selection of waxes is limited in the local area, (Clubman only) which I tried but did not like. After being burned with that, I was leery to spend my hard earned cash on anything else, so after reading up on various recipes from The Handlebar Mustache Club (http://www.handlebarclub.co.uk/), I started experimenting with beeswax and found a solution that works for me. I posted it on their forum several years ago.
10. What do you think a handlebar moustache does for a man?
Mustaches are not very common, and styled staches even less so. I have had mostly positive feedback from the stache, which could help a man strengthen his ego, or self-image, if that were a problem. It takes a bit of personal strength to set out on this path, and that is strengthened by the feedback.
11. How attached are you to your handlebar moustache and what would it take for you to cut it off or remove the curls and not grow it back?
I like the stache. While I may consider cutting it off, (and have done so a couple of times already) I would not promise to never grow it again. After not having it for a year or so, I get to wanting it back.
12. Have you accumulated any moustached merchandise, shirts, mugs or other stuff? Include web site addresses if you have them so others can take a look.
I have not accumulated any stach paraphernalia.
13. Can you recommend some moustache web sites if you know any worth mentioning?
Aside from this site, I recommend the Handlebar Mustache Club (http://www.handlebarclub.co.uk/)
14. All about color: How closely does your moustache match the color of the hair on your head? How many colors are in your moustache? Pepper’n’Salt? Ginger? A bit of everything? Do you like it? Have you ever dyed it?
My stache is the same color as my hair. Though I have noticed some lighter (white) hairs in my beards stubble, and expect within a few years to have some salt and pepper action going, but that is happening on top of the head as well. In fact, aside from the better texture of my own wax, it is the control over color (the ability to match my natural color) that has me fooling with my own wax. I can get it to the exact shade so that it is hardly noticeable. ‘Neutral’ colors actually end up lightening the color…
15. What would you like to see on handlebarmoustachelife.com?
17. How has having a handlebar moustache affected your love life, dating, and does it interfere with kissing?
It has not interfered with the live life.
16. What do you do for a living and what impact do you think your handlebar moustache has with customers, coworkers and superiors?
I am a computer programmer. I have not noticed an impact, but computer programmers are known to be a bit eccentric, sometimes sporting long hair and so forth. The stache is a bit different, but in that light, not at all over the top.
18. Does your handlebar moustache give you any superpowers?
19. Would you share your location?
Bonus Question by Josh: “Have you ever styled your mustache in a comical manner or specifically for a Halloween costume?”
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