7 Facial Hairstyles We Wish Would Make A Comeback

These days, everyone’s all about the scruff. Boooooring! Take a page out of the history books and inspire your modern day look—just like these guys. Then, see the origins of some of the most famous facial hair in season two of Copper, premiering on Sunday, June 23rd at 10/9c only on BBC America.

1. Handlebar Moustache

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There’s no arguing against the handlebar moustache being the most dignified of ‘staches. So why is it no longer en vogue? Simple: Millennials are too damn lazy. Who has time to be waxing your facial hair when you could be Vining your breakfast cereal? Listen: Take the time. In the above picture, we see a very good-looking dog. Clearly this man knew there was only one way he could look more put-together than that dog: by maintaining a handsome handlebar moustache.

2. Chin Curtain

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Conceptually, the chin curtain sounds a bit upsetting. It’s a style based on highlighting one’s chin and jawline—ONLY one’s chin and jawline. But let’s think about it. Who’s the guy that popularized the chin curtain… oh. Abraham Lincoln—heard of him? Well, he did a ton of great stuff back in the 1860s, and though he might not have been strictly a “ladies man,” he did pretty well for himself.

3. Fu Manchu

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The fu manchu has a storied history. Kind of. There are some documented instances of it throughout history, starting with Joshua Chamberlain back in the mid-1850s, but it wasn’t till the literal Fu Manchu serialization came out in Britain in 1923 that there was finally a name for such an aggressive dedication to one’s moustache. Though it started in Britain, with this guy’s dye job, it’s a wonder this style hasn’t taken off in the US (yet).

4. Muttonchops

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Sideburns have pretty consistently been a thing, but what of the muttonchop—why should it be relegated to the annals of history? What better way is there to flaunt one’s masculinity than by expanding your sideburns down your entire face? There isn’t—unless your whole face was hair. But that’s probably a little too far.

5. Horseshoe moustache

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The horseshoe has had its memorable supporters throughout history (namely—and these are the only names you need—by Axl Rose and Hulk Hogan), but there’s absolutely no reason why it hasn’t been adopted by the wider population. Like, who doesn’t want to look like a walrus or a professional wrestler who used to have a popular reality TV show?

6. The William Empson

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The neckbeard (as it’s more commonly known now) often gets a bad rap. Back in the day, though, it was as acceptable as any other facial hairstyling. The English poet and critic, William Empson, was the man who brought it to prominence—so greatly invested in the style that he grew it halfway down his torso. Now, we’re not saying you should go that far, but why not give the neckbeard a chance? After all, it eliminates HALF of the maintenance of a normal beard—you only have to shave your cheeks—and these days everyone’s all about efficiency.

7. Van Dyke

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The Van Dyke isn’t for everyone. But who WAS it for? General Custard and Colonel Sanders, for two. Also, it was first fashioned by Anthony van Dyck, a famous Flemish painter. So let us ask you: Do you like art? Would you like to be a general who helped shut down the Southern resistance in the Civil War? Or perhaps the chef behind some of the finest fried chicken in history? Yeah, we thought so.

Inspired by…

This EXCLUSIVE clip from behind the scenes of Copper, where you can see these amazing facial hairstyles come to life. Then, watch the season two premiere on Sunday, June 23rd at 10/9c only on BBC America.

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