The horseshoe mustache was most likely first popularized among cowboys working in the American West. This mustache gets its name from its appearance. When fully grown out, it looks like a horseshoe hanging upside down. It is similar in appearance to the Pancho Villa and the Fu Manchu, though distinctly different from both.
This look might not suit every man out there and it also depends on the growth of the beard. Men with oblong or square shaped faces perfectly pass the entry for this look, whereas men having oval or round shaped faces don’t. Some men are not able to grow out full beards, but to help them out, we have got the best horseshoe mustache styles and to grow it out in this article today.
How To Grow A Horseshoe Mustache
To grow a proper horseshoe, the hair must be allowed to grow out full on the lip. From the corners of the mouth, the hair is allowed to grow full in two lines that extend down to the jawline. No hair is to grow past the jawline. If it hangs down below the chin, one has grown a Pancho Villa.
This style differs from the Fu Manchu in that the hair is connected to the cheeks and chin all the way down. The Fu Manchu grows strictly from the corners of the lip and hangs loosely down, usually below the chin.
The cheeks and chin should be cleanly shaven everywhere except where the mustache is growing. This will help to accentuate the shape and form one is trying to achieve. Most men try to keep the sides running down to the jawline thin. However, it is acceptable to allow this area to grow as thick as the hair on the upper lip.
Many men believe that all it takes to grow a mustache is to stop shaving the whiskers off the upper lip. While this will generally work to get one started, it reaches a point where it must be trimmed and maintained daily to keep it from going wild and spoiling the look. This is especially true when one wants to grow a particular type of mustache such as the horseshoe.
Some mustaches can be worn with a full beard, a goatee, a soul patch, or other type of beard. This is not really one of them. It might look good with a soul patch if the person has the right facial shape, but in most cases, should be worn alone with the rest of the face shaved.
Before investing a great deal of time in growing and maintaining this style of mustache, one should determine whether the look is one that will work for him. This can easily be determined by leaving stubble where the mustache will be allowed to grow while shaving the rest of the face. This will create the line the hair will take when grown out fuller.
Horseshoe mustache is one of several styles available that have become popular enough to merit their own names. It is closely akin to the Pancho Villa and the Fu Manchu, but distinctively different. This style can trace its history to the old west in America. It was popular enough to earn a name based on its appearance rather than on what famous person wore it.
Most Stylish Horseshoe Mustaches
If you want to set your foot into this trend, then find here top 12 horseshoe mustaches to draw everybody’s attention.
1. Light Beard And Short Ends
Most of the men aren’t able to grow out a thick beard; they can go for this look. Since the hair is light and short, simply let the side ends of your mustache grow so that it falls right next to the sides of the lips.
2. Thick Horseshoe
If you’re lucky enough to have a thick growth, then you may easily achieve a bushy horseshoe mustache. For this look, let your beard grow out as much as it can and then trim it nicely to shape it into an inverted ‘U’.
3. Long Soul Patch + Horseshoe
If you want to go for a 2-in-1 look and are confident about it, then this look is what you should opt for. For this look, you need to trim out the beard entirely into an elongated inverted U and leave a soul patch of the same length in the chin area.
4. Chinese Villain
Popularly known as the Fu Manchu style, it became a favorite amongst beard-growers. To achieve this style, it may take time to grow longer length beard and also requires high maintenance and care, but if you have a fast hair growth, then you may definitely go for this look.
5. Infinite Horseshoe
This look is unique and is for those who are looking for some enhancements in their mustache style. Simply let the beard grow out naturally and then trim the sides of the beard until it is in a horseshoe shape reaching under chin area. Make sure to clean the neck area too other than the continuation of the horseshoe mustache.
6. Non- Identical Sides
This look might seem a bit odd at first, but it’s actually a thing in the world of beard trends. For this look, one side is left slightly thicker than the other making it asymmetrically aligned.
7. The 90 Degree Bend
This version of horseshoe mustache is for men who prefer having a neat look. The beard is trimmed in such a way that as soon as it grows downwards, the angle of the sides takes a legit 90-degree turn, like a bottomless rectangle shape.
8. Angled Inversion
This mustache look not only gives a horseshoe appearance, but it also looks more like a shape of a gate. For this look, trim the beard on the upper lip into a straight mustache and angle the sides at 90 degrees angle.
9. Triple Columned Mustache
This look is super professional and requires for the beard to be trimmed in a pointy end inverted U with a resembling soul patch in between.
10. Sharp-Edged Horseshoe
Almost like a Fu Manchu, this look has sharp-edged ends which reach down till the end of the jawline instead of hanging longer. This look needs careful precision while trimming.
11. Unshaven Beard+ Thin Horseshoe
It isn’t necessary to remain clean-shaved. If you like having hair around the face, then leave stubble on sides and a thin horseshoe to create a double-effect on the face.
12. Wide-Bottom Horseshoe
This horseshoe style mustache makes you look powerful and would make everyone think twice before they would approach you to communicate. While trimming, just make sure that you leave a wide patch at both ends of the beard for a wide bottom.
It may seem harder to style a mustache into a horseshoe initially, but with the frequent practice of trimming with angled adjustments, one can add variations to their inverted U’s like the ones we talked about in this article above.