Handlebar Moustache Survey by DeeDah in Chicago
DeeDah, you look great!
1. How long have you had a handlebar moustache, and what is your history with moustaches?
This is my first at about 9 weeks I think? Facial hair for decades though.
2. What moved you to grow a handlebar moustache? Do any relatives or ancestors have handlebar moustaches?
I have always had a pretty gnarly beard. I needed to shave a patch to take care of a patch of skin and I needed to shave a portion out. This seemed like a great time to give it a shot.
No relatives or ancestors have had one to my knowledge. Been some beards though.
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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?
Surprise is the usual reaction, then a bit of question as people don’t respond well to change all the time. I have a pretty unique personality/style so after the initial surprise; most of the people that know me have told me it fits me well. I have a few friends that are fans and like to track it like I do.
I do not currently have a significant other but of the women I have spent time with, most like it. There are 3 types, as it seems: 1. Don’t like it. 2. Curious, flirtatious, and enjoy but don’t want to take you home. 3. Wanna see just how ticklish they REALLY are.
4. What are some of the funny or strange comments others have made about your handlebar moustache over time?
“Ya know, I was JUST looking for a new Strongman for my carnival!”
Nothing terribly clever or funny but I am waiting!
5. Has having a handlebar moustache had any effects on your personality/behavior, attitude, self-expression, and sense of self?
It seems to have the effect of an extension of personality. But I am also a guy who wears a Tommy Bahama shirt (I am a collector), pair of jeans, and black boots on a daily basis. Doing something a bit different with my facial hair just seems to be a natural accent.
I will say that I spend a LOT more time looking in a mirror, which short of one time daily post shower, I never have had to do. I do find that on good ‘stache days, I am more vain, check it out more, and hear “Stayin Alive” by the Bee Gees playing in my head…
It has made me more approachable where the beard made me more scary looking.
6. What is it in your personality that drew you to growing a handlebar moustache?
As a former USMC, I have always been just a bit off the beaten path, mostly to enforce my own individuality, which you don’t get much on a day to day basis in the Corps, which has stuck with me through the years. I am also a pretty confident guy, comfortable in my own skin, boisterous, and loud. I MUST have facial hair of some kind to prevent a White Milk dud or Uncle Fester look.
7. Have you been in any moustache contests or attended any such gatherings?
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?
I hope this will not sound like an “internet tough guy” but I haven’t received negative comments thus far. My guess is that I wont much as I am a bigger guy and can be a bit intense and don’t naturally walk around with a smile.
However if I did? Wouldn’t bother me in the least and my return comments would vary on mood, if any comment at all. I have quite a thick skin and can take it as well as I give.
9. What waxes, styling aids or glues to you prefer and why?
Firehouse (Wacky Tacky) for bad hair days, heavy sculpting, or tips that will poke an eye out.
Fisticuffs for daily, touch-ups, all-round carry in the pocket.
A couple of different combs.
I have been happy with the above wax so I haven’t really ventured out much.
10. What do you think a handlebar moustache does for a man?
For me? I feel it makes me more approachable, which helps a natural scowl I tend to walk around with (although friends and family know I am basically as mean and tough as Winnie the Pooh). With a beard, friends used to joke that it looks like I would eat a baby.
It also acts a great filter for people. I find that anyone that approaches me through the filter has some similar personality traits that usually make for at least a good conversation. I am also a natural introvert (not to be confused with “shy”) and prefer to speak to quality over quantity of folks. The ‘stache keeps the unworthy at bay.
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 am becoming VERY attached. I always thought when men would describe their facial hair and say “lifestyle” to it, they were just exaggerating. I had NO idea what I was in for. It is almost like a hobby. I watch it grow, tame portions, shape others, watch over gnarly hairs on their own program, etc.
When asked “why”, I say “Its fun”. And it is.
I don’t see myself with extravagant curls to remove and I would feel comfortable with the current in a job interview or the like.
12. Have you accumulated any moustached merchandise, shirts, mugs or other stuff?
13. Can you recommend some other moustache web sites?
Nope, my first one.
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?
I run bald and have for decades so not really sure, but it would be close.
Mostly a uniform light chocolate brown with the silver coming in. A woman I take out calls it “a little bit of Silverback Ape”. I like that description.
LOVE the color, would never dye it. Seems like sacrilege.
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16. How has having a handlebar moustache affected your love life, dating, and does it interfere with kissing?
I think I have mentioned a little throughout…
Women that go out with me tend to have similar personality traits as I do and like any added attention it may provide. I have found my “dating pool” has shrunk but the quality has increased dramatically as the ‘stache is like a shield. My approach is also much easier.
I also hate to be cliché, but confidence trumps just about all in my experience and the Bar helps that anyway.
Without being crude, women that are ticklish and like to be tickled are ones that have no issues and enjoy it.
17. What do you do for a living and what impact do you think your handlebar moustache has with customers, coworkers and superiors?
I work as a computer geek in finance. I don’t think there is an impact as geeks aren’t known for high-style, I am not in an outside sales position, and already wear a Hawaiian shirt for every day of work for going on 8 years at this job. I also believe that it is important to keep it well groomed. I will also not be growing mine to ones you see in competitions. Although I admit I will admire. The handlebar works for me. The more eccentric styles you see would not work for me.
18. Does your handlebar moustache give you any superpowers?
Not sure since I haven’t been bit by the radioactive spider/gamma rays for all that long yet. The ‘stache has only started to flex in the past couple weeks.
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?
As a whiskey drinker, zero issue from the rocks/shot glass. I have also developed the bottom lip drinking which helps.
Eating, as mentioned around, use a knife and fork for much more, slow down, take your time. I have found that my meals out are more enjoyable as I cant just woof food down like the norm. I reverse pucker my lips to push the upper lip more out of the way. I have not attempted the scary foods, read as corn on the cob and bbq ribs yet.
20. Have you ever styled your mustache in a comical manner or specifically for a Halloween costume?
Nope, but I will be already for the Carny Strongman!
21. What is your preferred style for your handlebar moustache, and do you do a variety of styles?
I don’t like heavy curl (on me), but I love for my ‘stache to flex. I value fullness over any other quality as a thin moustache on me makes me look like I should own a van with some candy for the kids; it is horrible.
22. Would you share your location and / or your age?