The Horseshoe Mustache & How To Grow It

Photo of John Rich horseshoe mustache.
John Rich with his horseshoe mustache.

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.

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 jaw line. No hair is to grow past the jaw line. 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 hang loosely down, usually below the chin.

Photo of Fu Manchu mustache.
Fu Manchu mustache.

The cheeks and chin should be clean 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 jaw line 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.

Pictures Gallery Of Famous Men With Horseshoe Mustache

Photo of Shaquille O Neal horseshoe mustache.
Shaquille O Neal

Picture of John Travolta horseshoe mustache.
John Travolta

Image of Sal Fasano thick horseshoe mustache.
Sal Fasano

Photo of Roope Latvala with long hair and horseshoe mustache.
Roope Latvala

Joe Namath horseshoe mustache style photo.
Joe Namath

Image of Jared Allen horseshoe mustache for men.
Jared Allen

Photo of Hulk Hogan horseshoe mustache.
Hulk Hogan

Photo of Chuck Liddell with crew cut hairstyle and horseshoe mustache.
Chuck Liddell

Pic of Bill Kelliher horseshoe mustache style.
Bill Kelliher

Photo of Ben Stiller horseshoe mustache in Dodge Ball.
Ben Stiller

Image George Michael horseshoe mustache.
George Michael

Image of Goose Gossage mustache.
Goose Gossage


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