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February 22, 2017

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How Long Should Your Handlebar Moustache Be?

How Long Should Your Handlebar Moustache Be?

by Tim Kramer

Your handlebar moustache should be precisely 3 ¾” on each side…Only kidding! Naturally, the answer to the question “How long should my handlebar moustache be?” is one that only you can arrive at. We do however have a few points to consider when deciding on a goal for your moustache length.

One consideration is the shape of your face. You may want to think about what length and fullness of handlebar moustache will compliment your face the most. Just as you learn to dress according to your body type, it can be helpful to learn how to moustache according to your face. Our previous article, Beard Growing Tips Based on Your Face Shape, offers several helpful tips.

Another consideration is whether you are growing the handlebar moustache by itself or plan to have it sit on top of a beard or goatee. This can help determine how long or full you want your handlebar moustache to be. When standing alone without a beard, keeping it short and tight can offer a clean manicured look. If you have a beard or goatee you may want to shoot for greater length or fullness to make sure it stands apart from your beard or goatee.

Just as you might do some image sourcing when considering a new haircut, take some time to look over the various styles you see in the bearding and moustache community before deciding on something for yourself. You can get a feel for face shape and how a handlebar looks separate or when combined with a beard or goatee, and decide which direction you might like to go in.

All that said, there’s really no hard and fast rule regarding moustache length when going for the handlebar. Whether you decide to keep it short, grow it long, grow it by itself, or grow it with a beard – it is important that you remember to take excellent care of your moustache. Training with a moustache comb and moustache wax, trimming properly, dewaxing in between styling, and even applying beard oil to your moustache will all help keep that handlebar moustache in tip-top shape.

See these articles for more handlebar moustache tips:

How To Train Your Moustache

When Should You Start Using Moustache Wax?

How To Style A Handlebar Moustache [Video]

How To Trim Your Moustache [Video]

 

This post is part of an ongoing CanYouHandlebar series designed to help our customers.  Please visit our full library of articles at TheBeardMentor.com.

February 19, 2017

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Beard Travel Tips

 

If you would rather read about CanYouHandlebar's Beard Travel Tips, have a look at the video transcript below. 

If you’re anything like me when you’re getting ready for a trip you want to make a list of what you’re going to take with you. And this is going to be everything – clothes, toiletries, the children, beard products, any EDC items, and so on. You want to make sure you get your beard products on that list. Whether it’s a one day trip or a one week trip you’re going to be in bad shape if don’t have your beard products with you.

Apply Before You Fly

Whether you’re flying to your first destination or you’re flying home, you always want to make sure to put beard oil on before you get on the plane. Because the air is recirculated it is naturally very dry. Dry air is not friendly to beards. By putting a little oil on before you get on the plane you’re going to make sure that when you get off the plane your beard is as soft as it could be.

What Makes Air Travel So Rough on Beards?

When you look at the number of different environments you’re going to encounter on any given trip, especially on a trip that involves a flight – you’re looking at walking into the airport, going through TSA (which may or may not require you to lift your beard – I’ve been asked to do this before), you’re going to be on a plane where the pressure is changing, where there is recirculated air that could contain any number of germs, particles, and microbes, and once you land you may at be at different elevation, an area that has different humidity, heat index, and any number of factors that can affect that. The bottom line is what you’re looking at is an environment that could be very unfriendly to your beard. You want to be sure you’re in the best position to take care of your beard so don’t forget your beard products.

Dress in Layers

When I’m flying, like many people do, I like to dress in layers. Typically, I travel with zip-up hoodie. Having a zip-up hoodie allows me the option of quickly taking it off without having to reach my arms above my head like I would with a pull over sweatshirt or something of that nature. You want to ensure that always, whether you’re zipping or unzipping your hoodie/jacket/sweatshirt, you’re paying attention to what you’re doing and making sure you aren’t getting caught.

Braiding, Tying, and Tucking

Something else you may want to consider when you’re traveling, if your beard is long enough is braiding your beard or even using a hair tie to contain it a little bit. This offers you an advantage in a number of situations. It starts from the moment you board the plane. Once you board the plane if you have a carry-on bag, especially one that’s in the style of a backpack you’re either going to put it under the seat in front of you or in the overhead compartment. Regardless, you’ll be taking it off your back. If you’re not careful and if your beard is not tied, you can easily get caught up in that. That yank is a bad thing to feel when you’re trying to get settled into what’s going to be a cramped space.

Once you sit down, if your flight is long enough you’re probably going to be having a meal on the flight or at the very least a snack at which point they’re going to ask you to put your tray table down. Regardless of whether or not your beard is tied, if you’re not careful what’s going to happen is when you put the tray down, you’re going to put it right on your beard. I did this on the flight up here. This also adds the advantage of being able to have less beard surface for food to get caught on if you’re eating a meal.

 

This post is part of an ongoing CanYouHandlebar series designed to help our customers.  Please visit our full library of articles at TheBeardMentor.com

February 18, 2017

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Always Be A Gentleman

Always Be A Gentleman

 

by Adam Barraclough

While acceptance of beards and moustaches is on the rise there remains a large contingent of folks who just don’t get it.  Beyond fashion and trends or what’s cool and what’s hip, there are many who can’t or won’t part with their negative assumptions about beards. For decades in the U.S. beards have been maligned; associated with dirty hippies, the destitute, outlaw counter-culture.  We have made a lot of progress toward wider acceptance in the workplace as well as the public eye, but we’re far from being where we need to be. 

Workplace restrictions on beards and moustaches are largely meant to foster a clean-cut look, though often this is disguised as a hygiene or safety concern.  That’s particularly insulting when these same workplaces have little or no restrictions when it comes to length and style of the hair on top of one’s head, which can  just as easily be transferred to food, beverage or the customer as any hair grown on the face.  Even if you are willing to wear a beard-net (and willing to supply your own!) many companies simply will not accept facial hair of certain lengths or styles from their employees.

There are legitimate exceptions, of course, but by and large it’s troubling that many of these limitations are driven by aesthetics as opposed to real honest hygiene or safety concerns.  What can we do to start changing this?  While there are some facial hair advocacy groups out there worth looking into, there’s also something we can all do to start positively influencing the way we are seen by the public:  Always be a gentleman. 

We live in a superficial world.  People judge a book by its cover, and as much as I may despise that it’s just a fact.  That’s why it’s so important to make a positive impression when we have the opportunity to do so.  We all have our own story or have heard a story of someone with facial hair being told “I didn’t expect you to be so nice.” or “You’re just a big teddy bear!”  Some people seem truly surprised to learn that guys with beards and moustaches aren’t villainous curs out to cause general mayhem.  When explaining the charity-based fundraising that goes on at beard competitions I frequently get an “Oh really?” response.

We have to realize at a certain point that we are all ambassadors of the beard and moustache community.  We can make this better for ourselves and can change attitudes, even if it’s one at a time, by being decent people to our fellow human beings.  Sure, it can be interesting at times to realize someone is experiencing a little intimidation at your “bearded badass” look, but if you have the chance to change that intimidation into respect, we are all better for it.

And I do want to take a moment to recognize that the disparity facing those of us with facial hair is inconsequential in light of the large amount of very real discrimination that takes place in this world of ours.  Ultimately, we can shave our beards and moustaches if needed.  I certainly would if it meant the difference between working to support my family or being unemployed.  But I’d also like to think that we’re getting incrementally closer to a world where a person’s ability and desire to express themselves via facial hair does not limit their options for earning a living, or earning the respect of their fellow citizens.

 

This post is part of an ongoing CanYouHandlebar series designed to help our customers.  Please visit our full library of articles at TheBeardMentor.com

February 16, 2017

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Benefits Of Using Two Moustache Waxes [VIDEO]

 

If you prefer to read about the benefits of using two moustache waxes, please have a look at the video transcript below.  

This is Mr. Stachetastic for TheBeardMentor.com brought to you by CanYouHandlebar.

Today I’m going to talk to you guys about using two different waxes in your moustache instead of just one.

So today I’m using Primary and Secondary from CanYouHandlebar. The ingredients in these two are the same however they do have different ratios.

Those different ratios are going to give you different textures and different feels in the moustache.

The Primary is a little bit softer of a wax. That’s going to make it easier to apply to my moustache. It’s going to make my moustache more pliable and easier to work with to start out. After that has set I’ll go back and put some Secondary on over top of it.

Secondary is a little bit stiffer of a wax and what this is going to do is give me a hard shell over the top of my moustache. After you get that hard shell put on your moustache you’re able to go out and do what you want to do. You have the ease of mind to be able to go out and run a marathon, go swimming, or do whatever you want to do because this stuff isn’t going to go anywhere. 

And when these two different properties (waxes) mix it just makes one great moustache wax.

This is Mr. Stachestastic for TheBeardMentor.com brought to you by CanYouHandlebar. 

 

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February 15, 2017

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Wearing A Handlebar Moustache With A Beard

Wearing A Handlebar Moustache With A Beard

 

by Tim Kramer 

While it might not matter to some, there are distinct benefits to looking at your beard/goatee and moustache as separate entities. This is especially true if you aim to have a handlebar moustache.

There are two main reasons why you want to treat your moustache and beard or goatee as separate entities.

The first has to do with caring for your beard/goatee and moustache separately. While similar, the truth is your moustache hairs and beard/goatee hairs are different. This is especially true if you use moustache wax to style your moustache.

Waxing is very helpful for training your moustache but it is also very important to remember the benefits of dewaxing your moustache and to follow up the dewaxing with some beard oil. Leaving the wax in your moustache can actually prevent those hairs from getting the nurturing and conditioning they need to grow and be healthy. Treating your moustache as a separate entity gives you the freedom to style it as you want to without worrying about how it will affect your beard.

The second reason to think of your beard/goatee and moustache separately has to do with the style and look. It is tempting to cheat by using some of your beard hairs in your moustache to make it look fuller or longer. While I understand the temptation, in the end it simply doesn’t work out. Waxing your beard hair into your moustache can create pulling or tugging as the muscles in your lip are intended to move independently of those in your cheek.  And should you ever go to trim your beard or moustache you could likely trim the wrong hairs and possibly lose many months or years worth of growth.

When done correctly, nothing looks nicer than wearing a thick handlebar moustache over your beard or goatee. There’s a really great contrast to be found between the stylish manicured look of the handlebar and the more rugged primal vibe of a beard or goatee.  If you have a beard or goatee and are thinking about letting your moustache grow out or want to start intentionally styling it as a handlebar moustache – go for it! If you have a handlebar moustache and are considering growing out the beard – give it a go! The best way to find out if the style works for you is to experiment and see how it looks.

Have fun and remember it’s your face, your moustache, and your beard or goatee. Stay bearded!

This post is part of an ongoing CanYouHandlebar series designed to help our customers.  Please visit our full library of articles at TheBeardMentor.com

February 14, 2017

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You Can't Buy Love (But You Can Buy Beard Products)

You Can't Buy Love (But You Can Buy Beard Products)

Perhaps someone asked you what you wanted for Valentine's Day and you couldn't come up with a good answer.  Maybe you're looking for a gift for a friend or significant other, or maybe you simply want to use this day of gift giving to treat yourself.  

We at CanYouHandlebar wanted to offer you a few suggestions, so we assembled some of our staff and gave them a very general prompt - pick a product for Valentine's Day and tell our readers why.  Here's what they had to say.  

Doug Geiger - Devotion Dry Oil 

Our Devotion scent contains both patchouli and floral notes.  Flowers are a classic Valentine's Day gift, but not everyone likes flowers, so choose some Devotion Dry Oil to put a new twist on a classic theme.  Gentleman, if you're looking to tame your beard for your partner's benefit, or ladies, if you love your man's beard but wish it was a bit more well-groomed, pick the Dry Oil.  Our carefully crafted recipe was designed to offer just a bit of a hold to tame those flyaways and fight against static electricity.  The result?  A great-looking and great-smelling beard. 

Adam Swanson - Wisdom Dry Oil

If I receive only one thing from the CYHB lineup for Valentine's day, I would hope for the Wisdom Dry Beard Oil. Its masculine, woodsy scent will leave your man feeling confident, like he can handle anything life throws at him. The creamy, smooth texture applies with ease and has just enough styling properties to calm those unruly hairs and keep them in place all day long. The dry beard oil is a very versatile product, as it works well in both long and short beards. 

Tim Kramer - Moustache Wax: Get A Pair

I recommend the Primary Moustache Wax, or better yet Get A Pair (Primary and Secondary). Our Primary Moustache Wax is perfect for keeping your man’s moustache out of your mouth or nose when kissing. Additionally it’s made with all natural beeswax which has a nice, slightly sweet, and not-at-all overwhelming scent. 

Andy Pokorski - Devotion Beard Oil  

I would say the Devotion Beard Oil because it is our most feminine scent. The floral notes in Devotion tend to be more appealing to the fairer sex while still having darker notes that balance it out.  Valentine's day is all about celebrating the love between couples, and the virtue of Devotion is an integral part of any good relationship. 

Adam Barraclough - Wisdom Beard Oil 

My beard absolutely drinks oil in the winter.  The cold and wind as well as the artificial heat inside can dry your beard out with a quickness and I prefer a twice-daily application of Wisdom Beard Oil to combat that.  Dry Oil works great as well, especially when you need to tame some flyaways in the process, but at my length of beard (12"+) I usually find myself reaching for Wisdom oil as a quick way to replenish any lost moisture.  Why Wisdom?  I think the scent hits just the right balance of masculine and clean.  Also, it's my wife's favorite, and it never hurts to take your partner's picks into consideration when selecting a scent.

Cody Wiley - Initiative Dry Oil 

It's simple - Initiative Dry Oil.  Initiative, because it's my favorite scent, very crisp and refreshing.  Dry Oil because it feels amazing when you use it on your beard and it's great for taming those runaway hairs.

Matt Cox - Secondary Moustache Wax

Trying to find your moustachioed valentine that perfect gift? I recommend Secondary Moustache Wax. This product is going to look good on him and make him feel more confident in himself. With this wax he will be able to style his moustache however he would like and have confidence that it won't move. Is he always on the go? No worries, the small one ounce tin fits perfectly in the fifth pocket on most pairs of jeans and keeps the wax warm enough for easy touch-ups.

Brian Furby - Beard Oil Brush

I'm going with a Beard Oil Brush, hands down.  It's versatile - it works with either traditional beard oils or Beard Dry Oils (beard balms), and gives the user a "hands-free", no-mess application throughout the entire beard.  The shape of the brush fits easily in your hand, and the travel can it comes in ensures you can pack it with you anywhere and not worry about the bristles getting flattened in your dopp kit or excess products getting on the surrounding items.  Bonus: it's easy to care for and long-lasting.  I've been using the same brush for over three years now, with minimal maintenance.

 

Still not sure what to get?  You can't go wrong with a CanYouHandlebar gift card. Happy Valentine's Day!  

 

This post is part of an ongoing CanYouHandlebar series designed to help our customers.  Please visit our full library of articles at TheBeardMentor.com

 

February 12, 2017

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Obscure Beard Tips Part 1 [VIDEO]

 

If you'd rather read about Obscure Beard Tips Part 1, feel free to have a look at the video transcript below.  

Tip 1: Learn the grain of your beard hair

What I noticed is with my sideburns I always just combed them down because that is the final destination - I want them to lay flat. But if I just go forward with my jaw line the hairs actually lock in to together and I get a nice little wave and I don’t get as much of a kick out with the shorter ones sticking way out.

Tip 2: Brush your beard before showering

It didn’t occur to me initially to brush my beard before I shower because who am I trying to impress in the shower?! Ten to fifteen passes, and my shower drains have never been happier.

Tip 3: Let a beard wash or soap soak in for a bit

Whether you’re washing with a beard soap or a beard wash once you apply it to your beard, work it in and everything, let it sit for a few minutes. What that will do is not only clean the hair but it will deep clean the hair.

Tip 4: Loose braids often work better

When I first started braiding my beard when it got long enough to braid to get it out of the way – I did a Beard and Kids video and I talk about braiding there. What I didn’t mention in that video is that you can pick how tight to your face the braid is going to start. What I do is I aim about a third of the way down my beard before the braid even starts and so when you first start it leave it kind of soft. Then after you’ve done two or three passes then you can start to tighten it up a bit.

Tip 5: Apply oil with the front and back of hands

When you are putting that oil in your hand put it on the center of one palm, rub your hands together – and here’s the tip – rub the back of your hands too. The reason I say that is because I like to go up through the bottom of my beard to apply to make sure I’m covering the backside and underside of my beard. So I put oil on the backside of my hands so as soon as my hands make contact there’s no part of my hands that are making contact with my beard that don’t have oil on them.

Tip 6: Don't hear what they say, hear what they mean

When they say something to you like, “You look like Duck Dynasty!” they genuinely are not trying to be the 1,757th person to say that to you. So don’t hear what they say; hear what they mean. What they mean is “I think that’s a cool beard!”

 
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February 11, 2017

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When Should You Start Using Moustache Wax?

 When Should You Start Using Moustache Wax?

by Cody Wiley

It’s safe to assume there are at least a couple of guys at CanYouHandlebar that know a thing or two about moustaches and waxing them. Lucky for you I think I’m among them and I’m here to answer a question many new beard or moustache growers have asked: When should you start using moustache wax?

Getting Started

When you start growing facial hair it’s a good rule of thumb to commit to letting it grow naturally for 1 to 3 months. This is so you can have a good idea of how your facial hair is going to grow in, and have an idea of the shape of your natural beard and moustache. During this starting out period you might notice your moustache hairs wiggling their way into the corners of your mouth.

As Good A Time As Any

This is a pivotal time for most moustache wearers-- what do I do now that my moustache has become a nuisance? Trim it? Shave it? I used to think these were the only options, and I trimmed my moustache for over a year because of it. There is another option-- tame and train your hairs. All you need is your favorite moustache wax, at least two fingers, and patience.

Train Your Moustache

You don’t need as much wax as you would if you were styling your moustache, but you will need enough to garner a hold. Working in mostly the same ways you would for styling (check out this great video on How To Wax Your Moustache!) apply the wax and gently work it in. It’s ok if your moustache doesn’t look natural at first, either from a bit more wax than was needed or because you’re forcing your hairs to lay in a formation that isn’t natural to them yet. It will take time, but the hairs will start to accept this new order and as they do you’ll notice the amount of wax it takes you to get them where you want starts to shrink. You’ll also note that the hairs are even lying differently than when you started. There isn’t a time frame for when this will be finished, and it will vary from moustache to moustache, so don’t get discouraged if the results don’t come as quickly as you would like.

If you have questions about other moustache issues, feel free to visit some of these great articles: 

How To Train Your Moustache

Top 5 Mistakes Beginners Make When Waxing A Moustache

How To Style The Perfect English Moustache

How To Style A Handlebar Moustache

 

This post is part of an ongoing CanYouHandlebar series designed to help our customers.  Please visit our full library of articles at TheBeardMentor.com.

February 10, 2017

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How To Trim Your Moustache

How To Trim Your Moustache

by Tim Kramer

If you've been growing your moustache for any length of time you probably know all to well the challenges of eating, drinking, flossing, kissing and well just about everything that involves keeping your moustache out of your mouth. You're likely reading this article in hopes of being able to trim up the moustache immediately afterward.

While I understand that, I would encourage you to consider if you might be able to train your moustache rather than trim it. This will result in having a healthier and fuller moustache. If that's the case please read my previous article “How To Train Your Moustache” first.

Still set on trimming up that marvelous moustache? You'll need a few tools to get the job done well. First you'll need a quality moustache comb. Secondly you'll need a pair of small, sharp scissors. Do not use electric trimmers as they do not give you as much control as scissors. Lastly if possible, you'll need a small makeup mirror that can give you an extremely close up view of your face.

Here are some helpful, easy tips that will save you from any disastrous trimming that could lead to having to shave your moustache:

Make sure your moustache has been washed and thoroughly dried so the hairs are laying naturally. I recommend using our Every Day Beard Soap as it will clean your moustache and keep the skin on your upper lip hydrated.

Using the quality moustache comb, comb through your moustache several times.
Once you've combed through your moustache a few times use the small, sharp scissors to start carefully trimming a SMALL amount from the edge of your moustache. Start in the middle, work to one end, and then come back to the middle and work to the other end. It can be helpful to comb several times throughout this process to make sure you are trimming evenly.

After you have trimmed your moustache, comb it one more time, step back and look at your moustache from every angle. If it looks even then you are done. If you see some places that need to be fixed repeat steps 2 & 3 above.

As a general rule of thumb we at CanYouHandlebar prefer to train rather than trim. If you decide to trim do so only as needed and remember to start small. And if you find yourself with a case of “trimmer’s regret” just remember that you can always grow it back.

If you're more of a visual learner, be sure to check out the video on How To Trim Your Moustache from our friend Matt Cox aka Mr. Stachetastic.

This post is part of an ongoing CanYouHandlebar series designed to help our customers.  Please visit our full library of articles at TheBeardMentor.com.
February 09, 2017

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Moustache Maintenance: Straightening And Training

Moustache Maintenance: Straightening and Training

by Adam Swanson

Truth be told, a moustache is sometimes a nuisance. Your moustaches may be unruly, have a little more curl than most folks, or you may just have an occasional stray that ends up poking you in the nose hair. Whatever the reason, you’ll eventually want to consider straightening your moustache to help train and keep it in place.

There’s a couple ways to handle straightening your moustache. The quickest way is to get a straightener and a hair dryer. These can be purchased anywhere online, but be mindful you get what you pay for. Start out by prepping and protecting your moustache with some beard oil. This will help keep your moustache from getting damaged as some of the straighteners use high temperatures in order to be effective. Make sure your straightener is plugged in and ready to go. Approach your moustache perpendicular with the straightener, and close it down on the moustache, moving smoothly and with purpose. Be very careful as you can easily burn your lip if you get too close, or heat your moustache completely off if you leave the straightener in place for too much time. Once straightened you can finish it off with an application of moustache wax and comb using a hair dryer for an all day hold.

If you are patient, you can train it naturally, by brushing and combing it regularly over time as it grows to help keep the hairs in place. For men like me, with an already fairly straight and cooperative moustache it’s the best way to go. I prefer to keep it pushed to the sides and off of the lip as much as possible - the training process can definitely be repetitive and borderline OCD - but it works for me. I just take my index and middle finger and put one on top and the other on bottom and move my hairs outward from the center. Don’t pull, but more of a gentle push. With repetition and time on your side, you can assure that there will be minimal damage done to your moustache because you’re not exposing it to excessive heat or brushing. I have found that the Dry Beard Oil helps keep my moustache in place and still feel natural.

Personally, the longer the moustache the easier it becomes to maintain, within reason. There is a weird middle stage where your moustache will not be in the right place, no matter what you do but trust me; just around the bend from there life becomes easier. I’m a lucky guy as my moustache goes terminal at a reasonable length. Not too short, and not terribly long. You’ll find your own rhythm as far as length and any straightening needed, don’t be afraid to experiment, and check back in for more advice here on The Beard Mentor.

 

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