Handlebar Moustache Survey by Paul Lambermont of NY
- How long have you had a handlebar moustache, and what is your history with moustaches?
I’ve had a beard since 1980. I shaved my beard and moustache in the summer of, 2014, something I regretted, greatly. I started a handlebar initially in June of 2013. Shaved and then grew it back in in fall 2014
- What moved you to grow a handlebar moustache? Do any relatives or ancestors have handlebar moustaches?
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Growing a handlebar moustache was just something that I always wanted to do. As far as relatives or ancestors, well, my grandmother who was born in 1913, kept a very nice framed photograph of her father in her house and my great grandfather was sporting a very handsome handlebar moustache. My sister, who is a hairstylist and does straight razor shaves in her shop, now displays this photo.
- 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?
My wife isn’t crazy about my handlebar moustache. When I kiss her, she says,” I don’t want the wax on me.” I am a teaching artist in a few museums and after school programs. Elementary school children are very curious. They usually tell me that I look like a cartoon character. They admire my moustache also. My nephews, age 15 and 14 also like it.
- What are some of the funny or strange comments others have made about your handlebar moustache over time?
I get stares. I know I’m getting the stares because of it. My mother in law says that it is pretentious.
- Has having a handlebar moustache had any effects on your personality/behavior, attitude, self-expression, and sense of self?
One cannot wear a handlebar moustache without a sense of humor. One cannot wear one and take one’s self too seriously. That is what I like about it
- What is it in your personality that drew you to growing a handlebar moustache?
I was drawn to the handlebar moustache because of its association with the 1890’s. I love the style that period evokes. Men wore waistcoats and ties to work on a daily basis I’m also a big fan of Impressionist painters. I would like to see this style brought back in a big way. In that time period, men had really good style.
- Have you been in any moustache contests or attended any such gatherings?
No. I’m rather under socialized
- It takes courage to wear a handlebar moustache. What would you say to those who think you look odd, silly or stupid with it?
No on ever dares to say it looks silly, odd or stupid. I hear only comments of admiration. And if I ever heard anything else, I would ignore those comments, as I know they deserve to be ignored.
- What waxes, styling aids or glues to you prefer and why?
Right now on a daily basis, I use Can You Handlebar Secondary Moustache Wax. It is seriously stiff and has to be worked into the moustache in a very intense way. It’s very good daily moustache wax I used to use Brooklyn Brand Moustache wax and although it was beautifully fragrant, it did not hold a curl very well. Mon Platin Jojoba wax is also a good product but it is water reversible and not good on humid days.
- What do you think a handlebar moustache does for a man?
A handlebar moustache first of all asserts individuality; it takes balls to walk around with such a style. And it also makes a man reconsider his sense of humor. One cannot take oneself too seriously when wearing a handlebar moustache. And a sense of humor is what gives one balls.
- 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?
In June 2014, my wife asked me to shave my face and because I love her I did. I had not shaved my face since 1980. I really hated it except that I saw my father’s face in my own shaved face. Because my wife is an esthetician, she gave me a facial although the facial was a wonderful experience and I liked seeing my father’s face reflected in my own, I will never shave my face again. I did get my face shaved by a barber during that same time period and that is a really great experience. However, I will never shave my facial hair again
- Have you accumulated any moustached merchandise, shirts, mugs or other stuff?
- Can you recommend some other moustache web sites?
- All about color: How closely does your moustache match the color of the hair on your head? How many colors are in your moustache? Do you like its color? Have you ever dyed it?
I use henna to color my beard and moustache. Naturally, My beard and moustache are all White. My wife thinks that all white is not a good look for me; she thinks all white makes me look old. I color it and it makes me look red. I guess it’s okay.
- What would you like to see on handlebarmoustachelife.com?
Any information, really.
- How has having a handlebar moustache affected your love life, dating, and does it interfere with kissing?
I’ll just say that my wife is not a fan of big facial hair but she loves me anyway.
- What do you do for a living and what impact do you think your handlebar moustache has with customers, coworkers and superiors?
I’m a teaching artist in a few museums. Children think my moustache is cool and make nice, complementary comments on it. Coworkers and superiors say nothing about it.
- Eating – neatly – can be a challenge with a larger moustache. Do you have any eating tips, or stories to share? Have you been tempted to remove the HB due to eating issues?
Actually, the Handlebar Moustache makes eating easier. Because the stache is swept away from the mouth and waxed, food enters the mouth quite easily. I actually think this may be the reason people started waxing their moustaches.
- Have you ever styled your mustache in a comical manner or specifically for a Halloween costume?
No. I don’t actually celebrate any holidays.
- What is your preferred style for your handlebar moustache, and do you do a variety of styles?
I sometimes do a tight curl, close to the corners of my mouth, sometimes, it’s looser, below my the corners of my mouth
- Would you share your location and / or your age?
Flushing, NY 54 years old