A Goatee is a beard style that incorporates hair on the chin and an optional mustache without hair on the cheeks. The hair on the chin is trimmed and styled into different shapes to create different Goatee styles.
Ideal Face Shapes: Round, Oval, Square, Diamond, Triangular
Ideal Beard Types: All
- Always keep the cheeks neat and clean-shaven
- The best length of a Goatee’s hair is around two-thirds of an inch
- If you have patchy beard hairs below your lower lip, go with the hipster or soul patch goatee style
9 Cool Goatee Beard Style Variations for Men
1. Classic Goatee Shape Beard
Also referred to as the Standard or Pure Goatee, the Classic Goatee is the original variation. This facial hairstyle connects the chin and soul patch.
The mustache is shaved. Like all Goatee styles, the cheeks are clean-shaven.
A Classic Goatee is ideal for guys with decent hair on the chin. And the best length of this style is between 1/2 and 1 inch.
2. Full Goatee Beard Style
The Full Goatee combines the classic style with a mustache.
The mustache, soul patch, and chin hairs are connected; forming a square shape around the mouth. A full goatee is also called a Circle Goatee.
3. Hipster Goatee Facial Hair Style
If you can only grow facial hairs at the tip of the chin but want a Goatee, this style is for you. A Hipster Goatee combines a mustache and chin hair without a soul patch.
4. Zappa Goatee
This goatee style was the signature look of Frank Zappa – a famous American composer and songwriter. The style comprises a thick soul patch and mustache.
The overgrown mustache extends a few inches below the lower lip, making it look like it’s hanging on the top lip.
Also, the soul patch connects to the chin forming a thick, rectangular shape.
5. Soul Patch
Also referred to as a Mouche, a Soul Patch involves shaving the cheeks and the chin but leaving the small patch of hair that grows under the lower lip.
You can decide to shave your mustache or incorporate it.
This style is perfect for anyone looking to add a dash of personality to their face without committing to a full Goatee.
6. Landing Strip
If a Soul Patch is too small, a Landing Strip style is a great alternative. This style is a strip at the center of the chin connecting the bottom of the chin and the soul patch.
The strip can be wider at the chin and narrower at the top.
You can pair it with a mustache. Basically, this beard style is simple to maintain and looks great.
7. The Chin Strip
A Chin Strip or Chin Puff is similar to a Landing Strip. The only difference is the length of the beard hair. For this style, the facial hair is longer and extends down, past the chin.
8. Anchor Goatee
This style resembles a ship’s anchor.
It has three components: the mustache, a soul patch, and a goatee. To recreate the shape of a ship anchor, the mustache should be narrower than the goatee.
An Anchor Goatee is a great style for guys with patchy hairs under the lower lip; provided the soul patch area is solid.
It’s also ideal for those looking for a laid-back goatee style.
9. Van Dyke Goatee Beard
The Van Dyke beard style is one of the oldest Goatee styles in existence. It’s named after Anthony Van Dyck – a successful portraitist of the 17th century.
This style comprises a mustache and a narrow goatee shaped like a water drop; that connects the soul patch to the chin.
While the mustache and goatee are not connected, they form a T shape. And to add a little bit of sophistication, you can upturn the mustache to look like handlebars.
And that’s all for Goatee beard styles.
Compared to most popular beard styles, Goatees are easy to cut, style, and maintain. Plus, they look good on most men.
Try as many as you can until you have one that looks the best on you.
And with that said, don’t hesitate to ask questions and share your thoughts in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.
Frequently Asked Questions About Goatee Beard Style
Another name for a goatee beard is a Circle Beard.
That is why celebrities like The Rock (Dwayne Johnson), Johnny Depp, Idris Elba, Robert Downey Jr., and Manny Pacquiao love wearing a goatee.
While this belief has subsided, the goatee beard has occasionally been used in the media to depict evil, threatening, or sinister characters. There are also several studies that show many people perceive a downward-facing triangle shape as evil.
The length of a goatee and how far it goes under the chin depends on the style you want. For instance, the neck and area under the chin are fully shaved for a Soul Patch, Hipster, Zappa, Landing Strip, and Chin Puff styles.