Handlebar Moustache Survey by NMJohn
Let’s hear it for NMJohn and his great moustache!
1. How long have you had a handlebar moustache, and what is your history with moustaches?
I started growing it about 5 months ago. I have had a circle beard with a goatee for about 15 years, but never a mustache on its own. Today I performed my “goatectomy” and have removed the goatee
2. What moved you to grow a handlebar moustache? Do any relatives or ancestors have handlebar moustaches?
I took a second job waiting tables at a restaurant with a 1920’s speakeasy feel. I thought that it would be a fun way to get to greet tables in that theme. No male relatives have grown handlebar mustaches (Thankfully, no female ones have either).
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?
Those who say something say that they really like it. My wife thought that I was going through some mid-life crisis and probably still believes it. She keeps asking how long it is going to get and says that she does not want huge curls though she does not criticize the size of the current ones.
4. What are some of the funny or strange comments others have made about your handlebar moustache over time?
“That looks like a Prussian moustache, are you of Prussian ancestry?”
From a fellow choir member, “I bet you will sing better with it”
“How are you and your fabulous moustache today?”
“I like you with facial hair” with someone who has never seen me without facial hair.
“Where’s the rest of the quartet?”
“I bet you would be a good professor, with the moustache you sure look like one”
“All you need to do now is get a fire engine.”
“That’s a mighty fine moustache that you have there. I might just have to kill you for your pelt!”
5. Has having a handlebar moustache had any effects on your personality/behavior, attitude, self-expression, sense of self?
It is a confidence builder. I always felt intimidated by a certain client in the past (for no really good reason) but greeted him with a big smile thinking to myself, “I am not afraid of you; I have this awesome mustache which you should respect”.
6. What is it in your personality that drew you to growing a handlebar moustache?
Some would probably say that it is due to my excessive vanity and self-absorption, but I don’t pay any attention to them because I am too busy admiring myself and the moustache in the mirror to notice.
7. Have you been in any moustache contests or attended any such gatherings?
No … But if money was involved…
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?
“Thank you, that is the exact reaction that I was hoping for when I grew it.” Honestly, is growing a handlebar mustache any odder than the strange piercings, earlobe stretching, odd tattoos, and bright pink and blue hair coloring that I see every day? Besides, within minutes, I could go back to being moustacheless using trimmers and a razor if I choose to, unlike more extreme body modifications.
9. What waxes, styling aids or glues to you prefer and why?
I use American Crew Fiber – (which is a lanolin wax product) daily because it both softens and makes the hair more manageable. I am still experimenting. I find Got2B Glued and glue stick allow for quick styling when the mustache is all messed up or needs a quick fix. I use Firehouse Wacky Tacky and Dark but only after I already am pleased with the general look unwaxed and just want to seal it in place. Sometimes I just go natural, but not when I am working at the restaurant where I like having it very precisely and neatly groomed.
10. What do you think a handlebar moustache does for a man?
It covers his upper lip like no other covering. It also brings him into one of the last male-only fraternities. It is a celebration of unashamedly being a man.
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?
It would take a sharp object such as a razor or trimmer to cut it off. If I developed leprosy and my face was about to fall off and it could be proved that it was due to the moustache that would convince me to not grow it back. Or if my picture with a moustache showed up on the FBI Most Wanted posters and I wished to go incognito.
12. Have you accumulated any moustached merchandise, shirts, mugs or other stuff?
No. The mustache speaks for itself.
13. Can you recommend some other moustache web sites?
I like the handlebar club forum. I have been tracking my progress on my own blog “My Quest for the Epic Handlebar Mustache” at http://myepicmustache.blogspot.com (thanks for already including it in your links). I love handlebarmoustachelife.com – it really is the best resource out there.
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 like its color though it is redder than my top of head hair. It’s less gray then my beard (before I shaved it), but still has a lot of gray, some red, black, and brown. It is kind of a calico mustache or a “tigerstache”. The uneven coloring creates tiger strips between light and dark areas which I think are kind of cool. Dying it would only make it appear fake or unnatural and I have no desire to do that. I would have liked to see how it would have naturally looked in my younger days, but I can’t go back.
15. What would you like to see on handlebarmoustachelife.com?
Use a different font or color for answers to these questions to make the surveys easier to read. Also allow the respondents to add multiple pictures and update them over time so that we can more than just one image.
16. How has having a handlebar moustache affected your love life, dating, and does it interfere with kissing?
As a married man my experiences in this department are only with one woman and will remain as such. My wife tends to wear these lipsticks/glosses that rub off on me when we kiss, She then takes her fingers to wipe it off of my lips- invariably she starts wiping the wrong direction which messes up the stache. I then back off and say, “honey, stop. Let me take care of that.” Lately she has been complaining about hair getting in the way, to which I have been making a special effort to have a clear mouth before kissing.
17. What do you do for a living and what impact do you think your handlebar moustache has with customers, coworkers and superiors?
As a waiter it is a tip generating machine. The tips have grown along with the moustache. For my other work, it gets nice complements with everyone who says anything.
18. Does your handlebar moustache give you any superpowers?
The moustache is the “Mo” in my Mojo.
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?
I now drink will straws. God gave us fingers to clear the lips and brush aside the whiskers prior to eating and napkins to use afterwards.
20. Have you ever styled your mustache in a comical manner or specifically for a Halloween costume?
No, I did not have this moustache for Halloween. I may go as a man with a moustache for Halloween.
21. What is your preferred style for your handlebar moustache, and do you do a variety of styles?
As it grows longer, I will continue to experiment. I don’t like weird styles – You know, the ones that you see at the championship photos that look like octopuses, windmills, or bird cages. I just want to look good. So far I have tried cowboy/Hungarian, English style, tight curls, loose curls, just a swoosh. My everyday look includes my natural curls.
22. Please suggest a question you would like to see in this survey, and add your answer to it as well:
Q: What is the natural texture (fine/wiry/straight/curly/ etc…) and consistency (thick/thin/patchy/solid/etc…) of your moustache and how does that affect your ability to style it.
A. Wiry and Brushy – kind of like yours Eric, and average consistent thickness. My moustache tends to want to look messy even when styled. I see pictures of some very perfectly groomed and styled moustaches and realize that mine will never look like them.
Q. What other facial hair accompanies your handlebar and what thoughts do you have for a change?
A: I recently had a very close cut goatee now it’s a stand-alone handlebar.
Q. How do you define the areas from where you get the hair for your mustache? Do you trim above the lips? Shave any hair in the moustache producing area? Incorporate hair on the cheeks or below the lip line? Are you considering making any changes?
A. I let all hair between the smile lines grow. Nothing below the lip line gets incorporated into the mustache. No changes planned for now.
Q. What do you think of the Handlebarmoustachelife website?
A. I love it. I have learned so much and would have probably never tried growing one (or given up) without this resource. Keep it up!
23. Would you share your location and / or your age?
New Mexico USA/ 48 Years old