The GOAT: Best Goatee Styles & How to Get Them

The GOAT: Best Goatee Styles & How to Get Them

By: Beau Vuillemot • Jan 20, 2023

Are you looking for a way to stand out from the crowd and show off your unique style? If so, consider growing a goatee! Goatees have been a popular facial hair trend for decades, but there are plenty of different goatee styles. From the classic Van Dyke to the modern-day full goatee, we’ll guide you through the best goatee styles and provide you with tips on how to achieve the perfect look.

What is a Goatee? 

A goatee is a type of facial hair typically trimmed and shaped to form a goatee shape. It usually consists of the growth of facial hair on the chin but may also include hair on the cheeks and upper lip. The goatee can be seen as a statement of masculinity and individuality, allowing men to express themselves through their facial hair. Whether you’re looking for a more classic or modern look, the goatee can be a great way to enhance your style.

Why are goatees so popular?

Goatees have been a style staple for decades, becoming increasingly popular in recent years. Their timelessness and versatility make them the perfect facial hair choice for those who want to express themselves through their style. The goatee is a classic look that never goes out of style, offering a range of options for men of all ages and facial shapes.

The best goatee styles

Many different types of goatee styles can be worn, but here are some of the most popular:

The Classic Goatee – This style features a chin patch of hair connected to a mustache. Johnny Depp made this look famous in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. 

The Van Dyke – The Van Dyke goatee style consists of a chin beard without a mustache, often with pointy ends at the bottom. This style was made famous by 17th-century painter Anthony van Dyck.

The Balbo – The Balbo goatee combines a chin patch of hair with a mustache and a disconnected soul patch below the lower lip. This style was made famous by actor Robert Downey Jr. as genius, billionaire, philanthropist, and playboy Tony Stark in Iron Man.

The Anchor – The anchor goatee is similar to the Balbo style, but the chin patch connects to the sideburns instead of forming a point at the bottom. This style is often worn by actor Liam Hemsworth as Liam Hemsworth.

The Handlebar – The handlebar goatee is a combination of a mustache and a chin beard that is grown out to long lengths and waxed into a curved shape at the ends. Actor Kurt Russell wore this style as Wyatt Earp in the movie Tombstone.

No matter which goatee style you choose, ensure good care of your facial hair by washing and conditioning it regularly. You should also trim your goatee every few weeks to keep it looking neat and tidy.

How to get the perfect goatee

The perfect goatee can take a lot of work to get right. It’s all about finding the right style and getting right angles. The key to success is starting with a clean shave. Make sure to use a razor or trimmer that won’t irritate your skin or cause ingrown hairs.

Once you’re prepped, you can start shaping your goatee. Using a comb, comb your facial hair down towards your chin and determine where you want the edges of your goatee to begin and end. Draw a line using a trimmer around the perimeter of your goatee, then use a razor to define it further. Keep the bottom of your goatee even for a classic, straight-across look. 

If you’re going for a more pointed goatee, make sure the lower part of your goatee is slightly longer than the top. Keep the sides and length even all the way around.

Finally, don’t forget to maintain your goatee. Use a trimmer to keep it manageable, or if you prefer a longer goatee, make sure to trim any straggling hairs growing outside your goatee's lines.

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