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The Goatee With Soul Patch: Pictures, Benefits

July 31, 2023
The Goatee With Soul Patch: Pictures, Benefits

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: 

goatee with soul patch
A small, neat, carefully trimmed patch of hair beneath the lower lip – the soul patch
From 123RF

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.

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. 


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.