Handlebar Moustache Survey by Reghart
1. How long have you had a handlebar moustache, and what is your history with moustaches?
My moustache has been a hidden (handlebar) moustache until only a couple weeks ago, when I decided to go all out and wax using a gift of clubman a fellow mustachioed man gave me at my workplace.
2. What moved you to grow a handlebar moustache? Do any relatives or ancestors have handlebar moustaches?
Well, I had been considering styling my moustache for quite some time, and as I had a big bushy beard when this fancy struck my mind, it was relatively easy to hide the growth until I found I could twirl the ends of the ‘stache around my fingers. It was then I knew that I would take the next step and purchase wax. However, before I was able to get to the drug store where I’d seen the stuff, I was gifted a tube of Clubman by a random mustachioed customer at my work whom I’ve never seen since. He saw the potential in the bushy moustache that was there, and thought I’d make good use of the wax. This event spoke to me as a sign from on high that I should bear a handlebar upon my lip!
As to my relations and ancestors, to my knowledge, none has had a moustache of any note, though both my father and my grandfather had beards with integrated moustaches, but nothing impressive in that regard. However, my ancestors hail from Germany, so I’m sure that someone related to me, somewhere in that fine European country has had a handlebar before!
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?
Well… my wife despised it, though I think she’s getting used to it, and a friend of mine laughed his butt off when he first saw it. Another friend commented, “Dude, your moustache gives you a permanent smile!” But I ignore these disdainful reactions and persevere!
4. What are some of the funny or strange comments others have made about your handlebar moustache over time?
Well, my wife found a picture online of a gentleman with quite a large handlebar (I actually think it was a pic from the WB&M Championship) and the comment “Mustache rides: He’s giving them” and compared me to him, jokingly of course, and one of my co-workers makes twirling motions with his fingers every so often, and my customers have started to refer to me as “the guy with the long moustache”
5. Has having a handlebar moustache had any effects on your personality/behavior, attitude, self-expression, sense of self?
In a way yes, I feel as if it is a way that is, among my social circles, unique to me for self-expression. No one else I know does it, and I like to be different, though I always have. It does make me feel obliged to be a bit more sophisticated however, and it, along with the pointy goatee that I have always favored when not wearing a full beard make my face more memorable than an average joe.
6. What is it in your personality that drew you to growing a handlebar moustache?
I believe this would be my desire to be different from my peers, and my desire to express myself in a way that is both conventional in some ways, acceptable to my employer (a long, full beard as I had desired in the past was certainly NOT, lol), and unique among the men I associate with.
7. Have you been in any moustache contests or attended any such gatherings?
I have not, though I’d like to in the future.
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?
Hm… Mostly I just smile and let them have their opinion, all the while keeping my moustache. And besides, I care not for the opinion of strangers, and the only people whose opinions I’d even consider valuing on that front would be that of my friends and family, and my resolve with them is, “Meh, they’ll get used to it when they see me with it each and every day!”
9. What waxes, styling aids or glues to you prefer and why?
Currently, I’m using Clubman, primarily because it was given to me, and I have no other option for the moment. I do like it, however, and I probably will not try any other wax until finances allow me to experiment. I also will continue Clubman for a very practical reason: I can purchase it a stone’s throw from my workplace at CVS!
10. What do you think a handlebar moustache does for a man?
I believe a handlebar moustache marks out a Man among men (note the capital, that is intentional!). It gives a sense that this Man values his appearance, and is not a sloppy hipster with 3 days of premature facial growth, inside out shirts, and attached to an iPhone 24/7. It gives a Man a sense of dignity and gravitas. But Men must remember, to paraphrase Spider-Man, with Great Moustache comes Great Responsibility! A Man with a handlebar must earn the right to wear it, in my opinion! He must be courteous, something of an intellectual, kind to the fairer sex, and above all, he must maintain a sense of propriety in any situation! It does my heart ill to see a fine moustache gracing the face of a foul individual with no sense of dignity or sophistication…
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?
Since the moment I saw the finished product of my waxed moustache, I have loved it, and am quite loath to remove it. I think the only thing that would cause me to cut it off and never grow it back would be my wife actually filing for divorce over it. I don’t think it’ll come to that however, despite her initial derision of the ‘stache, I think she is coming to appreciate it. At least, while she may not like it very much, she respects my desire to have it.
12. Have you accumulated any moustached merchandise, shirts, mugs or other stuff?
No, but I wouldn’t mind having a few amusing little things! Though one thing I’d love to have would be a moustache coffee mug with the built in guard for a moustache to prevent coffee from staining the handlbar! I do love coffee, and as of now I have to drink very carefully to prevent the coffee from destroying my waxing job…
13. Can you recommend some other moustache web sites?
Yes, though it is not specifically moustache oriented, I like growabeardnow.com, run by Oxhorn, a rather famous World of Warcraft Machinima artist. He is the possessor of a most excellent beard, and also a fine waxed moustache! He has listed a great number of excellent beard and moustache related products!
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? Do you like its color? Have you ever dyed it?
My moustache is slightly lighter and redder than the hair on my head, the same as my beard, but I like the color, and the tone matches, which is good. I’ve only dyed my beard one time, prior to having my handlebar, and it was dyed the darkest of blacks, along with my hair on my head. I actually did this out of mourning for my daughter who was born premature, and I kept it this way for quite some time.
15. What would you like to see on handlebarmoustachelife.com?
Hm… I think a slightly better method of navigating the site would be nice, and more hyperlinks to further reading on the site, but otherwise it is a very good website for the mustachioed men of the world!
16. How has having a handlebar moustache affected your love life, dating, and does it interfere with kissing?
Well, my lovely wife, for all her tolerance and love for me absolutely despised my moustache upon first seeing it. She would not kiss me while the wax was on, and shuddered every time she saw it for a time. Then, after a few days of compromise (where I simply did not wax the stache and combed it into the beard, though to be honest, it stuck out quite a bit from the beard), she realized she was not being fair to me and relented. Now as for interference in the kissing department, to be honest, it’s actually easier to kiss waxed than unwaxed, as the hair doesn’t poke my lady in the nose and lips when it is smoothed to the sides! She doesn’t like the taste/smell of the wax though, so early morning kisses are rare, as this is when the wax goes on each day, but I get kisses when I come home because by the time I get off work the smell has long faded.
17. What do you do for a living and what impact do you think your handlebar moustache has with customers, coworkers and superiors?
Well, my coworkers were not exactly surprised to see me doing yet another odd thing with my facial hair, as I had dyed it (as previously stated), and gone from a full beard to a goatee several different times. I work in computer repair, and my workplace is not exceedingly strict on facial hair, though the owner draws the line at overly long beards. I had my beard as long as he’d allow for a while, but after his most recent “time to give it a trim” comment, I decided to lose the sideburns and trim down to a goatee, and reveal the ‘stache I’d hidden away! My customers have come to identify me by the moustache, and my superiors have yet to say a word, though several of my coworkers have actually complimented me on it, as have several customers! These compliments further my belief that it’s the right style for me.
18. Does your handlebar moustache give you any superpowers?
LOL, no… no… though… one can hope!
19. 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?
Napkins, napkins, napkins! Never eat without one unless you want to look like a total slob! My ‘stache has not gotten over my lip to the degree yet that it truly interferes even when waxed, but without the wax, I was constantly pushing the hairs aside. It can be slightly annoying, yes, but it’s not trouble enough to cut the mo’ off! Also, I’ve found a slight touch-up with wax after eating can help restore any damage done by eating or drinking.
20. Have you ever styled your mustache in a comical manner or specifically for a Halloween costume?
Not yet! But quite possibly, I will… I was thinking Dr. Robotnik at some point… that might be funny!
21. What is your preferred style for your handlebar moustache, and do you do a variety of styles?
I prefer a very simple style that is basically affixing my natural curve to my moustache: curves sweeping out from my nostrils, curving up to points at the ends. You’ll see, once I get a picture taken and e-mail it to you, as I don’t have one yet as of this writing!
22. Please suggest a question you would like to see in this survey, and add your answer to it as well:
My suggestion would be: “Any advice on how to dress to complement your graspable appendages?”
My answer would be: Nicely. It does not do to look like a total hipster slob with a handlebar moustache. However, when dressing nicely, be sure to dress in a manly fashion, not… effeminate… I personally wear nice jeans (no rips, purposeful or not), a collared shirt, and boots. I also wear a leather vest that I’ve been wearing for some time over my shirt. Now, if I had the money to spend on a new wardrobe, I think I’d adopt a more sophisticated look, probably a coat and tie, slacks and loafers, and maybe one of those little flat hats that have the small bills… I’m not sure what they’re called, but older gentlemen and golfers tend to wear them. I’ve often wanted to change my style of dress, but I rarely have money left over to buy clothing, and must wear what I’ve been gifted.
23. Would you share your location and / or your age?
I will say I’m 26, but keep my location a secret!
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