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15 Exciting Mustache Types

15 Exciting Mustache Types


The mustache is perhaps the most misunderstood of all facial hairstyles.

In fact, it was considered a joke and something that was worn ironically and inspired the odd “bow chicka wow wow” from family and friends for quite some time.

Then again, there were lots of men who wore one well, almost like a signature.

The good news is that mustaches are making a comeback into style and can be seen adorning genuinely cool guys the same way it did back in the 70s.

The mustache, if done right, can look absolutely fabulous. If you’re thinking about trying one, go for it. Below is a list of mustache styles and famous people who wore them well for inspiration.

15 Best Mustache Styles You Will Want To Try

Tom Selleck Mustache

Tom Selleck Mustache

This mustache style was made popular by Tom Selleck and is also known as the Chevron mustache. It relies on coarse hair, which can take months to grow.

The style is neat and is also one of the simpler takes on mustaches.

However, thetype of facial you have should be considered before trying out this style as it suits those with straighter hair here and can be maintained by trimming longer hair that begins to grow over your mouth.

Pencil Mustache

Film stars such as Errol Flynn and Clarke Gable started sporting this mustache style and ultimately made it famous. The pencil mustache is much easier to achieve than the Tom Selleck style.

This version also grows out in about one month, and the mustache needs to be maintained frequently.

So you need a bit more attention to grooming when it comes to the Pencil style. It resembles the straightness of a pencil presented in a more vintage way. 

Walrus Mustache

Walrus Mustache

The walrus mustache certainly makes a statement and is definitely not for the fainthearted.

The style which was made popular in the 19th and early part of the 20th-century boils down to growing out your facial hair over a period of five months.

The hair will then start to hang over your top lip, giving you the desired “walrus” effect. By shaving your remaining facial hair, you will truly recreate this traditional mustache style.

Horseshoe Mustache

This is one of the most exaggerated styles since it is distinctive and ultra-bold. However, you will need a few months to grow your hair if you’re going to attempt this style.

Aside from that, you need a whole lot of courage as well. It doesn’t suit lots of people, so ensure that it works for you. If not, you run the risk of looking like Ben Stiller in Dodgeball.

Handlebar Mustache

Handlebar Mustache

This particular style is a street favorite. It has curved ends that spiral towards the cheekbones.

If you’re looking for a youthful and fresher way to go about this classic favorite, then give yourself a modern haircut.

In order to create this style is quite simple. All you need is a small dab of mustache wax to wind each end of the stash out, thereby creating the curved ends.

Cowboy Mustache

Long before Woody made his mark in Toy Story, the cowboy mustache emerged. It’s a longer, scragglier, and messier version of the Selleck mustache.

However, it should not be too neat and should have a more rugged and less groomed appearance.

However, if you choose, you can actually tidy up the stash with a pair of scissors, so you’re not totally unkempt.

However, avoid precise cuts of large portions of the hair to maintain the ruggedness of the style.

Dali Mustache

Salvador Dali Mustache

This mustache style was won by the famous Spanish surrealist painter, Salvador Dali. In fact, it is said his spirit can be seen in this comical, yet signature style mustache.

The ends stand upright and can be styled by twirling some mustache wax throughout the lower portions of the hair so the strands stick out.

Dali traditionally wore a pomade and stated that his mustache was the most serious part of his personality.

The Eddie Murphy Mustache


The Fu Manchu mustache is something out of a comic book. It’s also one of the more eccentric styles of all time.

It’s taken from Dr Fu Manchu’s signature look and requires you to grow out the sides of your mustache, so it hangs over your chin.

Pair that with some longer hair on your chin and you’ve got yourself a more traditional mustache do.

Although, this style is more appropriate for Halloween as opposed to everyday life.

If you would like to give it a more modern take, guide your mustache in other directions for a unique and different look.

Scruffy Mustache

James Franco

This style is as the name dictates, scruff. However, it is still a favorite of high profile actors, even though it’s not a very distinctive look and is often accompanied by stubble.

Then again, it’s also one of the simpler and more stylish ways of approaching a mustache. Ultimately, it is a fail-safe option if you’re a little sceptical about growing out your stash.

The good news is that it won’t take very long for your facial into the Lindblad.

However, it can be altered for those that have thicker facial hair. To achieve this style, simply trim your mustache and stubble.

For inspiration, think Johnny Depp, Ryan Gosling and James Franco.

The Rock Star

Decades of music legends wore this style as a sign of true rock stardom. It was made acceptable for guys under 30 by Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles in the 60s.

Nowadays, there is a multitude of musicians fronting this mustache quite confidently.

This style can be worn by guys with thick or thin hair and you need to focus on letting the hair grow out onto the cheeks.

The Richard Roundtree Mustache

Richard Roundtree Mustache

You may not be as cool as Shaft, but you can channel some of his style with your mustache.

The trick is letting the hair grow down and around the corners of your mouth, thereby giving it a bit of a handlebar feel.

You can also go overboard and look absurd if that’s what you want.

However, for those who want to achieve that happy medium, and look as cool as Shaft, this mustache style will help you achieve just that.

The Lionel Richie Mustache

This mustache style was almost like a standard. In fact, it looks like that run-of-the-mill mustache.

However, it’s not. Richie meticulously groomed it so that not a hair fell over the edge of his upper lip. So ultimately, it is a manicured look.

However, if you can’t stand the thought of hair strands hanging over your upper lip and becoming a little prickly and poky at the same time, then this hairstyle might be just what you need.

The Steve Harvey Mustache

Steve Harvey Mustache

At first glance, it looks like Harvey glued a piece of felt to his upper lip or colored it in with a sharpie.

That’s because this mustache style is uncannily uniform and perhaps a little strange to behold.

If this is your thing though, then go ahead and groom your mustache like Harvey.

The Milo Ventimiglia Mustache

Ventimiglia may just be the most handsome man in the world. However, his mustache is probably the strongest argument on this list for giving one a try.

If you’re interested in getting the same look, then grow your mustache hair to a medium length, keep it tended but not too groomed and cut it off just as it passes the upper lip line.

This mustache that is probably the most modern and dare we say genuinely cool.

The Eddie Murphy Mustache

Eddie Murphy Mustache

This mustache is suitable for men with coarse facial hair. If that’s the case, you can get away with a super-short mustache that still makes an impression.

All you need to do is take a page from Eddie Murphy’s book and wear it with a smile.


Growing a mustache has various benefits, including health benefits.

For one, it is associated with a decreased risk of cancer. Also, you’ll save money on razors as you won’t be shaving off your mustache but simply trimming it.

Ultimately, a mustache also makes a man sexier and facial hair can create the illusion of a more symmetrical face.

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