The Wild West was a time in American history when both opportunity and tragedy coexisted. You might strike it rich, but when you exit from a saloon into the searing light of a desert afternoon, you might get shot.
But it was a time that left an indelible mark on fashion: cowboy boots, hats, and other western apparel, as well as an infinite supply of film material.
It was also the source of the horseshoe mustache.
The horseshoe was popular among cowboys in the Wild West, and it is still worn on men’s faces today. And it’s exactly what the name implies: a full mustache in the shape of a horseshoe.
If you’re sporting a horseshoe mustache, you’re most likely a tough guy. Or maybe you want to be a tough guy, and you think your mustache will help you do that.
You may also be a cyclist. Many bikers, especially men who ride Harleys, have or have had a horseshoe mustache. You’re a badass. It’s not something you’d wear to work, but then then, you probably don’t work in one.
What Face Shape Does the Horseshoe Mustache Look Best On?
The horseshoe mustache suits men with rounder, more oval faces. In many circumstances, the horseshoe appears better with a wider face.
The Horseshoe Mustache: How to Shave It
The horseshoe mustache is fashioned like an upside down ‘U’ around your mouth and down the sides of your chin to give you a better sense. An upside down ‘U’ is said to bring ill luck, but we’ll leave it up to the horseshoe style’s users to decide.
Growing a full beard and developing the style from there is the best approach to acquire the horseshoe. Shave your cheekbones and the area below your bottom lip on your chin. You’ll have a trail of hair running down your neck from the sides of your mustache.
Next, remove the mustache line just below the chin, as you don’t want the ‘horseshoe’ to go down your neck.
Finally, shave the width to your preference, but no more than a quarter-inch across, according to experts. Trim the sides a couple of times a week if you want it to look neat.
What Famous People Have a Horseshoe Mustache?
Hulk Hogan, the legendary wrestler, has one of the most famous horseshoe ‘staches in modern culture. In the comedy “Anchorman,” actor Paul Rudd donned a half-horseshoe (also known as the “Dallas mustache”).