Handlebar moustache

Last updated
Copenhagen wigmaker about 1893 Carl Frederik Holm (1848) c 1893.jpg
Copenhagen wigmaker about 1893

A handlebar moustache is a moustache with particularly lengthy and upwardly curved extremities. These moustache styles are named for their resemblance to the handlebars of a bicycle. [1] It is also known as a spaghetti moustache, because of its stereotypical association with Italian men. [2] [3] The Handlebar Club humorously describes the style as "a hirsute appendage of the upper lip and with graspable extremities". [4]



Similar styles of moustache are quite ancient, appearing on statues and other depictions of Iron Age Celts. [5] In the United States, handlebar moustaches were worn in the later part of the 19th century by Wild West figures like Wyatt Earp. [6] [7] In Europe, handlebar moustaches were often worn by soldiers during the 19th century through roughly the World War I era.

In 1972, to win a $300 "best facial hair" prize offered by team owner Charlie O. Finley, Oakland A's pitcher Rollie Fingers grew a handlebar moustache which he sported throughout his career. [8] [9]

More recently, the contemporary hipster subculture has embraced the handlebar moustache by mocking conventional ideals of fashion, and by combining a highly manicured handlebar moustache with the portrayal of an unkempt appearance or a haphazardly selected clothing ensemble. [10]

Famous handlebar moustaches

Company mascots


This style is usually achieved by the use of moustache wax, [26] although hair gel, a curling iron, or natural curling can suffice. Generally, the greater the curl of the extremities, the more dramatic the appearance achieved. When worn without wax or grooming, the moustache style may more closely resemble a walrus moustache.

See also

Related Research Articles

Hairstyle Style of hair, usually on the human scalp

A hairstyle, hairdo, or haircut refers to the styling of hair, usually on the human scalp. Sometimes, this could also mean an editing of facial or body hair. The fashioning of hair can be considered an aspect of personal grooming, fashion, and cosmetics, although practical, cultural, and popular considerations also influence some hairstyles.

Beard Facial hair

A beard is the hair that grows on the jaw, chin, upper lip, lower lip, cheeks, and neck of humans and some non-human animals. In humans, usually only pubescent or adult males are able to grow beards. Some women with hirsutism, a hormonal condition of excessive hairiness, may develop a beard.

Sideburns Patches of facial hair grown on the sides of the face

Sideburns, sideboards, or side whiskers are facial hair grown on the sides of the face, extending from the hairline to run parallel to or beyond the ears. The term sideburns is a 19th-century corruption of the original burnsides, named after American Civil War general Ambrose Burnside, a man known for his unusual facial hairstyle that connected thick sideburns by way of a moustache, but left the chin clean-shaven.

Rollie Fingers American baseball player

Roland Glen "Rollie" Fingers is an American retired professional baseball pitcher who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Oakland Athletics (1968–1976), San Diego Padres (1977–1980), and Milwaukee Brewers (1981–1985). Fingers's effectiveness as a relief pitcher helped redefine the value of relievers within baseball and helped usher in the modern closer role. He is a three-time World Series champion, a seven-time All-Star, a four-time Rolaids Relief Man of the Year, and a three-time MLB saves leader. Fingers won the American League's (AL) Most Valuable Player Award and Cy Young Award in 1981.

Moustache Facial hair grown above the upper lip

A moustache is a strip of facial hair grown above the upper lip. Moustaches have been worn in various styles throughout history.

Moustache wax

Moustache wax is a stiff pomade applied to a moustache as a grooming aid to hold the hairs in place, especially at the extremities. The required product strength is based on whisker length and the desired style. It can also have restorative properties, which become more important as the hair length increases. The wax is usually scented and sometimes pigmented with dyes; high end products utilize various combinations of iron oxide to create darker shades.

Bhagat Singh 20th-century Indian revolutionary

Bhagat Singh was an Indian socialist revolutionary whose two acts of dramatic violence against the British in India and execution at age 23 made him a folk hero of the Indian independence movement.

Walrus moustache

The walrus mustache is characterized by whiskers that are thick, bushy, and drop over the mouth. The style resembles the whiskers of a walrus, hence the name.

Toothbrush moustache Style of moustache

The toothbrush moustache is a moustache style. The sides of the moustache are vertical rather than tapered, giving the moustache hairs the appearance of toothbrush bristles that are attached to the nose. It was made famous by such comedians as Charlie Chaplin and Oliver Hardy. The style first became popular in the United States in the late 19th century—from there it spread to Germany and elsewhere—reaching a height of popularity in the inter-war years, before becoming unfashionable after World War II due to its association with German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

Eponymous hairstyle

An eponymous hairstyle is a particular hairstyle that has become fashionable during a certain period of time through its association with a prominent individual.

Moustache cup

The moustache cup is a drinking cup with a semicircular ledge inside. The ledge has a half moon-shaped opening to allow the passage of liquids and serves as a guard to keep moustaches dry. It is generally acknowledged to have been invented in the 1860s by British potter Harvey Adams.

Van Dyke beard Style of beard comprising a moustache and a goatee with all hair on the cheeks shaven

A Van Dyke is a style of facial hair named after the 17th-century Flemish painter Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641). A Van Dyke specifically consists of any growth of both a moustache and goatee with all hair on the cheeks shaved. Even this particular style, though, has many variants, including a curled moustache versus a non-curled one and a soul patch versus none. The style is sometimes called a "Charlie" after King Charles I of England, who was painted with this type of beard by van Dyck. "Pike-devant" or "pickedevant" are other little-known synonyms for a Van Dyke beard.

Handlebar Club

The Handlebar Club is an association of aficionados of the handlebar moustache, based in London. The club's sole requirement for membership is "a hirsute appendage of the upper lip and with graspable extremities"; beards are absolutely forbidden. The club engages in activism to assuage discrimination against the handlebarred as well as competitive facial hair tourneys, and has inspired the foundation of transatlantic and Scandinavian counterparts. The club declares itself to be at war with a society that demands people choose "the bland, the boring and the generic"; a club chant includes the proposition that being kissed by a smooth face is akin to "meat without the salt".

Mustache March

Mustache March is an annual event occurring in the month of March, where members in the United States Air Force and United States Space Force grow mustaches to honor Air Force legend Robin Olds. As the name implies, it starts on the 1st of March and any participant who starts in the month of February is disqualified and also a child.The idea stems from an early Air Force tradition in which members of the U.S. Air Force would grow mustaches in good-natured protest against facial hair regulations during the month of March. The act of growing a mustache as a gesture of defiance against dogmatic leadership is attributed to U.S. Air Force triple-ace Robin Olds who grew an extravagantly waxed handlebar mustache which did not comply with U.S. Air Force regulations.

Facial hair in the military

Facial hair in the military has been at various times common, prohibited, or an integral part of the uniform.

The Mustache Gang, a term coined for the 1972 Oakland Athletics baseball team, a team that broke the traditionally conservative baseball views by sporting mustaches. Prior to the 1970s there had only been two baseball players who had facial hair during the regular season: Stanley "Frenchy" Bordagaray of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who was then ordered to shave by his manager, and Wally Schang of the Philadelphia A's. This changed when the A's outfielder, Reggie Jackson, showed up to spring training with a fully grown mustache which would later be thought of as the catalyst that sparked the move away from the conservative baseball era. This move lead to the World Series final to be dubbed "Hairs vs. Squares", as the Oakland A's Mustache Gang faced off with the conservatively clean-shaven Cincinnati Reds.

<i>Dalis Mustache</i>

Dali's Mustache is an absurdist humorous book by the surrealist artist Salvador Dalí (1904–1989) and his friend, the photographer Philippe Halsman (1906–1979). The first edition was published in October 1954 in New York; slightly modified French editions followed in the 1980s and 1990s.

Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan Indian lawyer, activist, leader

Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan, is an Indian Ambedkarite lawyer turned activist. He is the co-founder and national president of Bhim Army. In February 2021, the TIME magazine featured him in its Annual list of "100 emerging leaders who are shaping the future".

Ned Kelly beard Style of facial hair

A Ned Kelly beard is a style of facial hair named after 19th-century Australian bushranger and outlaw Ned Kelly. It consists of a full, luxuriant beard and a moustache, and is typically accompanied by short, styled hair. Although the term dates back to the early 20th-century, it gained currency in Australia in the 2000s to refer to a trend in hipster fashion, and was named word of the month in March 2014 by the Australian National Dictionary Centre.

India's Struggle for Independence is the book written by historian and professor Bipan Chandra and published by Penguin Random House in 1987. The book centers around the Indian independence movement.


  1. Dictionary.com Unabridged. "handlebar moustache". Random House, Inc. Retrieved 2011-02-23.
  2. Gauri Shah. "'Moonch'as Gracias: Salman's Dabangglook has brought the good 'ole moustache in the spotlight". Times of India. Retrieved 2012-08-15. The handle-bar a.k.a 'spaghetti moustache' grew in popularity thanks to Italian men.
  3. Clements, Caroline (29 October 2010). "Broadsheet's Guide to Movember". Broadsheet. Retrieved 2012-08-15. Handlebar or Spaghetti Moustache: Curling upwards at the sides like an Italian lion tamer
  4. "London's Handlebar Club campaigns against sacking of Indian airline steward". The Economic Times . 16 Feb 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-27.
  5. "The Celts Themselves". www.unc.edu. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  6. Barnett, Ryan. "Top 10: Outrageous Moustaches". Ask Men.
  7. "Handlebar moustache is a work of art to Russell". Daily News. Dec 27, 1993.
  8. "Biography". Rollie Fingers Official Website. Retrieved 2011-09-22.
  9. Armold, Elijah (January 25, 2007). "A Man and His Famous Moustache: Hall of Fame reliever Rollie Fingers and his facial hair visited York Area Sports Night". York Daily Record.
  10. Nelson, D. (14 June 2011). "What is a Hipster Mustache". Wise Geek.
  11. "The 20 Best Politician Beards And Mustaches". Complex Pop Culture. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
  12. "The 20 Best Politician Beards And Mustaches". Complex Pop Culture. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
  13. "Manly Facial Hair: 11 Different Types Of Mustaches". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
  14. "The Greatest Western Moustaches". American Cowboy. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
  15. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-02. Retrieved 2014-10-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. http://www.iosworld.org/The%20Idea%20of%20Bhagat%20Singh.htm
  17. http://www.mulnivasisangh.com/shaheed-bhagat-singh-youth-icon-of-india/
  18. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2014-10-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. "Bhagat Singh remains the most sustaining symbol of the national freedom movement". India Today. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  20. Says, Vikas Singh (2013-07-23). "106th birth anniversary of Chandrashekhar Azad". The India Post. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
  21. "Rare pic: The moment when India's hero Chandra Shekhar Azad chose death over subjugation". Zee News. 2016-02-27. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
  22. "If I Were A Rich Man". Frieze Magazine. Retrieved 2014-07-07.
  23. "National Bohemian". Pabst Brewing Company. Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  24. "Long Live The Maharaja, The Maharaja Is Dead!". www.rajeevmahajan.com. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  25. Mohan, Rama. "Modi Wants to Replace Air India's 'Maharaja' Mascot with Common Man" . Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  26. "The Wax FAQtor: Questions about Moustache Wax". The Handlebar Club. Retrieved 2011-09-21.