That’s how guys look when they grow a goatee beard that doesn’t suit their face. Or, worse yet, they don’t maintain it.
There I said it.
Guys, with any beard, but especially goatee facial hair, you need to make sure of two things:
1 – That you picked the right goatee types for your face shape and personality.
2 – That you keep it neat and trimmed, even if you’re going for a long goatee beard.
If you don’t do those two things, then better to not even start one.
Don’t worry, though.
If you are reading this then it means that you have every intention to follow through and do things the right way.
In this article I am going to give you some tips on how to grow a goatee beard, give you some ideas for the right goatee for different face shapes, and also how to maintain and groom your goatee once you’ve grown it.
Let’s dive right into the guide!
How to Pick the Right Goatee Types for Your Face
The key thing to remember when choosing the right goatee beard style is that you want to accentuate the facial features you want to show off and not the ones that don’t flatter you.
If you have a round face, then the goatee style for you choose from will be different than if you have an angular face.
Let’s go through some face shapes and which goatees match. And, in some cases which ones don’t.
Let me start with the goatee beard to absolutely stay away from if you have a round face, and that is the round or circle beard goatee types.
Let me remind you that goatee facial hair is supposed to accentuate your good traits. A circle beard will only make it obvious that your face is round and pudgy.
Instead, stick with some more edgy goatee styles like the Van Dyke or the Chin Curtain and try to keep the chin on the long side if you have a double chin.
With a more angular face shape like a triangle, you’re open to a wide variety of goatee types.
Except for, again, the circle beard. It definitely does not look right on this face shape.
Instead for a Van Dyke as I already mentioned, or try out an Anchor Goatee or a Balbo Beard.
This is another face shape that works with a variety of goatee facial hair types. Since you have some angles to your face, any of the goatee styles can work here.
Even the circle beard will be fine on a square face as long as you don’t go too round. Your best bet, though is a goatee that is longer on the chin.
With the oval face, you should definitely avoid the circle beard. You can do a full goatee as long as it is narrow around the mouth with straight lines and not rounded.
Some other goatee types that work are the standard goatee with no mustache and one long on the chin like an actual billy goat.
How to Grow a Goatee
It isn’t particularly difficult to grow a goatee.
The key thing is to go in with a plan before you start out and be ready to adapt if it isn’t going the way you thought it would.
After all, you may have goatee beards in mind that seem like they will work only to find that your beard doesn’t grow in the way you need it to.
So, be ready to change the plan if it looks like your beard is not going to work with you.
Step One – Be patient
Beards don’t grow overnight.
Give it a few weeks of growing before you can really shape it and go for a style.
It will be much easier to shape it when there is a bit of length there.
If you want to try to speed up the process, then check out this article about some beard growth vitamins.
Step Two – Do an evaluation
After your beard has a bit of length to it, it should show some signs of how it likes to grow.
Is it patchy?
Does it grow thicker on the chin than on the mustache? Vice versa?
The way it grows will help you determine how the shape should be.
If it is patchy on the edges, then you know you should trim it to where it gets thick. Maybe the goatee ends up smaller than you had anticipated because of that. Or, it could happen that it is thick all over and you have free reign to style it however you like.
Step Three – Shape It
Now is the moment of truth where you can give birth to the goatee facial hair of your dreams.
Take a good trimmer and make an outline of where you want the goatee to start. If you are unsure of yourself, go to a barber and have him do it. Bring a picture to make sure you’re both on the same page.
Step Four – Trim It
Now you have the shape, you should trim it down to get any long hairs gone. It also helps to grow the goatee in evenly.
It may seem counter productive to trim it while you are trying to grow it, but it does help.
Remember what I said about patience?
Your patience will be rewarded with a well groomed and evenly grown in goatee beard that will suit you to a tee.
Step Five – Show it Off
Now that you have your goatee facial hair on point, get out there and show the world! Put your mug up on Instagram, too!
Maintaining a Goatee
Just because your goatee is not a full beard doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t treat it like a beard.
Now you need to keep yourself groomed and stylish.
You can read a full how-to guide on how to maintain your beard here, but here are a few brief pointers.
Use a beard brush or comb to keep it shaped and smooth. This will also help it grow and keep the natural oils evenly distributed throughout your beard.
You can also use a beard oil to keep it hydrated and healthy. Since you should also be washing your beard, it can lose the oils that are necessary to keep it soft and smooth as well as shiny in the healthiest way. A beard oil will replace those oils and keep your beard soft.
The last thing to do is keep it trimmed. Make sure your goatee looks like you actually care about how it looks. Try to avoid periods where it gets too long or looks scraggly. Trim the edges and occasionally take some scissors to the longer hairs to keep it looking sharp.
Wrapping it Up
And just like that, you’ve got yourself a glorious goatee that doesn’t look creepy or make people uncomfortable when you are around.
You’ve also avoided looking like a 90’s holdover and actually have some taste and a curated personal style.
Now, just take care of your goatee and it will take care of you!
Got any questions about goatee or beard grooming in general? Let us know by leaving a comment below.