The goatee with soul patch is interesting. These days, goatees come in a variety of different shapes and styles. Many of them incorporate the soul patch and you probably wouldn’t even have realized it.
But it’s often a fantastic addition to a goatee, giving it fullness and balance. It’s also very easy to maintain. Trimming it and keeping it neat adds literally seconds to your usual goatee sculpting routine.
Although wearing a soul patch on its own may not be as trendy as it was in the 1950s, using it to supplement a goatee style is still alive and kicking.
I wanted to talk through exactly what this style is, as well as show you what it looks like. I’ll then take you through a brief, step-by-step routine on exactly how to trim a goatee with a soul patch.
Strap in, gentlemen.
What Does A Goatee With A Soul Patch Look Like?
The simplest way to describe it would be to explain the two components separately.
A “goatee” refers to any facial hairstyle consisting of hair on the chin but not on the cheeks. This rule is crucial. The term used to refer only to the hair on the chin.
However, since the ‘90s, “goatees” frequently consist of a mustache as well as a chin beard often connected to each other.
But there can never be any hair on the cheeks.
The soul patch is a small patch of facial hair that lies immediately beneath the lower lip. In the 1950’s it was extremely popular among jazz musicians, artists, and beatniks in America.
Combining the two styles would give you a goatee that included a small patch beneath the lower lip – a soul patch.
In order for the “goatee with soul patch” to really be defined as an individual style, the soul patch does need to be clearly outlined.
If it was to simply merge with the chin beard, it wouldn’t really stand out as a specific style.
Here’s another example of this glorious style:
The Benefits Of Goatees With Soul Patches
You’ve now got a good idea of what it looks like. It’s time to consider whether it might be the style for you. Here are a few benefits of adopting this style as your own.
1. It’s easy to maintain
As you’ll see in the tutorial below, it doesn’t take much to keep this style afloat. The goatee alone is quite a low maintenance style.
They generally aren’t very long, and so don’t have the sometimes excessive grooming requirements of longer beard styles such as combing and balming.
Some upkeep is required, mainly due to the necessity of shaving the cheeks. But this is considered a minor downside by most goateed men.
The soul patch in itself is such a tiny tuft of hair that it takes 30 seconds to neaten up.
Maintaining it really doesn’t take much effort at all. All you’d need to do is shave a few hairs either side of it to sharpen the outline. But more on that later.
In summary, if you’re looking for a style that won’t take up much of your valuable time, this one is definitely worth considering.
2. It adds a sophisticated flair
The goatee is one of the most familiar facial hairstyles in the world. They are everywhere.
After you’ve seen three or four walking down the road toward you within the space of ten minutes, they may start to get a little uninteresting.
Including a well-trimmed, neatly defined soul patch in the style is a subtle way to differentiate yourself.
As I mentioned earlier, it does add a sense of fullness and balance to the goatee. It fleshes it out but still keeps it tidy.
Being so closely linked to a bygone beatnik and jazz era, the soul patch does add a sophisticated and artistic flair to a goatee. It just makes it more interesting, spicing things up just a little.
3. It’s versatile
Goatees are popular for a reason. There aren’t many situations in which they wouldn’t fall perfectly into place.
They’re subtle, and because of that they get by without drawing too much attention. That’s not to say they aren’t attractive, because they definitely can be. But they aren’t in-your-face or overbearing.
The soul patch alone is just as subtle, if not more so. However, wearing the soul patch on its own is so dated that it actually might turn some heads. Not for the right reasons, mind you.
But combining the goatee with the soul patch allows it to remain current, and to retain its subtlety and versatility.
Weddings, job interviews, dates. You name it. There aren’t many situations in existence where this style wouldn’t be considered appropriate.
How To Trim A Goatee With A Soul Patch
It isn’t difficult to carve out a solid goatee. But there are a few pitfalls you really want to avoid. This is a step-by-step tutorial teaching how to achieve this style with minimal effort.
This step may not seem essential, but once you’ve done it a few times you’ll start to think otherwise.
Rubbing down with an exfoliating scrub before trimming will remove the top layer of dirt, oil, and dead skin cells.
This layer would otherwise obstruct the trimmer and cause unnecessary tugging and pulling.
For this reason, exfoliating first actually reduces skin irritation and leads to a neater and more even-looking goatee overall.
2. Trim the whole beard down
You’ll need an electric trimmer for this. If you don’t already have one, the Philips Norelco Oneblade QP6520/70 will give you 14 length settings between 0.4 and 10mm.
It’s ideal for goatees. You can check it out on Amazon here.
You’re trimming your whole beard down at this point and not just the goatee area.
It’s much easier to carve out the goatee outline once the whole beard is down to the length you want the goatee to be. In other words, the “goatee length”.
Once you’ve chosen what length you want your goatee to be, set your trimmer’s adjustable comb to it and get to work.
Of course, you’ll want to focus more on your goatee area. Varying the length by a millimeter here and there can actually make the hair thickness look more natural and even.
The cheeks should be trimmed but aren’t as crucial to get right because you’ll be shaving them down soon anyway.
3. Define the shape of your goatee
It’s time to actually carve out the goatee outline. The easiest way to do this would be to use the naked blade of your trimmer.
Get an idea of what the sides of your goatee will look like. A common mistake is to make the goatee too narrow. An attractive goatee is actually wider than you might think at first.
Visualize lines that follow the curve of your mustache down past your jawline and down your neck.
This produces a very natural curve for the sides of your goatee. It almost produces a triangular shape for your goatee, leading down from you mustache to your chin.
Consider the sides of your goatee to be a natural extension of your mustache downward and your results will be a lot better.
Remember to extend these lines down your neck as well.
Now, using the naked blade of your trimmer, trim all of the hair outside of these lines. This includes the cheeks, as well as the outer sides of the neck. Using the naked blade will trim it down as short as possible before shaving.
What you’ve just done is carved out your goatee outline.
Remember, if your mustache and chin beard don’t connect, it isn’t a big deal. Follow this trimming method in any case, and trim these lines. Disconnected goatee styles look great as well.
Neaten up your mustache by making tiny little trims. Trim any bits of hair that cross the border of the upper lip – this can look pretty unattractive otherwise.
4. Define the soul patch
This is what you’ve been waiting for. The little patch of hair beneath your lower lip needs defining. It’s probably already there, but surrounded by stray hairs and potentially merged with your chin beard.
The shape you choose for your soul patch is up to you. Goatees go well with simple, circular soul patches. Some men choose a downward-facing triangle.
Using the same blade, trim any stray hairs either side of the soul patch. Be careful not to trim into the border of the goatee itself.
Sharpen up the border of the soul patch itself by trimming it into the shape you want.
5. Define the neckline
Although you’ve trimmed down the sides of your neck, you still have neck stubble in the center.
A goatee neckline may not be wide, but it still needs to be at the correct height. It should lie around two finger-widths above the Adam’s Apple. It should also have a slight curve, almost following the angle of your jaw.
Don’t make the goatee neckline straight, or too high.
6. Shave outside the goatee
Trimming the areas outside your goatee using the naked blade of your trimmer should leave just very short stubble.
Although this will be barely noticeable, you’ll want to shave this stubble off if you want perfection.
Trimming it down first as you’ve just done will make shaving it so much easier.
Apply some shaving gel to the areas outside your goatee neckline. Using a manual razor or an electric shaver, shave these areas.
Use single strokes, keep the skin gently taut, and try to shave with the grain. This should minimize cuts and irritation.
Use the razor to line up your goatee and sharpen up the edges.
7. Moisturize well
Once you’ve shaved, wash your face with lukewarm water and gently towel-dry it.
Shaved skin is going to be irritated, and irritated skin needs moisture. Finish every shaving session by slathering on some moisturizing cream. Make a habit of this and you’ll be thanking yourself over and over again.
Sometimes, the most subtle additions can have a significant impact on appearance. The simple addition of a soul patch to a goatee can add flavor and sophistication.
Trimming the style doesn’t take a huge amount of effort, but as with any goatee style, it needs to be done correctly. Not doing so could lead to unusual-looking outcomes.
You’ve learned what it looks like, why it’s awesome, and how to trim it like a pro. Hopefully, there isn’t a single other thing you’d want to know about this increasingly popular style.