The silver fox. A creature revered for its wisdom, cunning, virility, and charm. It’s no secret that age can do wonderful things to a man – the distinguished graying of a goatee is one of them. Here are the best goatees for seniors you can try out for yourself.
The gray goatee is to be worn with pride, with each silver strand telling a story of its own.
I’ll first list the best options on offer, before diving into some additional goatee tips for seniors.
Let’s get to it.
The 6 Best Goatees For Seniors
Trust me, there are loads of options out there. “Goatee” is a very broad term encompassing many, many different styles. Narrowing it down to a concise list wasn’t the easiest task.
Before we go any further, a “goatee” is any style in which there is hair on the chin but not on the cheeks. Although that may be oversimplifying things slightly, that principle should never steer you wrong.
Here are the best of them.
1. The Extended
An extended goatee is one where the bottom edges extend partially along the length of the jawline. It usually incorporates a mustache as well and this mustache is frequently connected to the chin beard.
In other words, it’s usually a connected goatee style, but not always. In addition to this, the sideburns are frequently trimmed very short – but again, this isn’t mandatory.
It’s a great goatee for a senior man because it can add definition to the jawline. As a man’s age progresses, the bone structure which was previously sharp can decline due to fatty excesses.
Using facial hair to bring back some youthful definition is usually very effective. Even if it’s just an inch along the jawline on either side, it can still add a bit of contouring.
It’s also pretty easy to achieve, with only a little bit of extra goatee to nurture on either side of the chin beard.
2. The Gray And Full
The Full Goatee has been good to men for decades. It grew immensely popular in the ‘90s before the trend started to wane. These days, however, it’s back in full force.
The concept is simple – a connected chin beard and mustache that encircles the mouth, with no cheek hair of course.
No bells and whistles. No fancy stuff. Just good ol’ fashioned styling that may not turn heads, but always carries with it a distinguished subtlety.
It’s difficult to go wrong with this style. It’s so universally accepted that its versatility speaks for itself. There are very few situations in which it would be considered “inappropriate” – so few that I struggle to think of even one.
Once again, it’s easy to trim and maintain. Ease of maintenance should also play a role when an older man determines what style he should choose.
Perhaps in his younger days, maintaining a Ducktail seemed like a lot more fun. But with age comes compromise. A Full Goatee is just simple and there’s nothing wrong with that whatsoever.
3. The Long And Full
Having said all that, there are still those who don’t mind a bit of extra maintenance. They’re willing to tolerate this in return for a more striking and attention-grabbing style.
Enter – the long goatee.
“Long” is, of course, a very subjective term. But that’s something you’ll have to decide for yourself. Is a ½ inch long? What about one inch, or two inches?
Essentially, the inclusion of this glorious style in this list is to help you understand that allowing your goatee to grow downward is a simple way to make the beard stand out.
For older men looking to make more of a statement, this goatee style may be the one.
The main additional maintenance requirements of this style are brushing it regularly and potentially combing it if long enough.
Brushing should be done with a boar bristle beard brush to straighten, flatten, and train the chin beard to grow neat and downward.
Those are just a few of the many benefits of brushing a beard regularly.
Combing should be done with a decent (but not extortionately expensive), ideally hand-cut, sandalwood or pearwood, anti-static beard comb. A long goatee can tangle up very quickly, regularly running the teeth of a comb will do it the world of good.
4. The Salt And Pepper Goatee
There’s just something about a “peppering” of gray across a dark goatee that looks so stylish. A simple way of describing the effect is a mixture of dark and gray/white.
Before we move forward, I completely understand that this effect isn’t entirely within your control. Some men have it naturally as they transition from dark to gray.
5. The Chin Puff
Speaking of subtlety, it doesn’t get much more subtle than this. The chin puff refers to a patch of hair extending from the tip of the chin to the lower lip. Think of it as an extended soul patch.
It’s about as easy to maintain as it gets, with shaving being the most time-consuming aspect of it.
Although it’s a very, very small goatee, it can still add a sense of fullness to the chin. It can also give off the illusion of the chin being longer, which can be beneficial to men with round or square-shaped faces.
Considering the long-held association between soul patches and the artistic community, it can also add a debonair edge to a senior man’s face.
It’s certainly one to consider if you’re looking for something that’s understated and very easy to manage.
6. The Circle With No Soul Patch
Catchy name, I know.
The simplest way to describe this goatee style would be as a Full Goatee (also known as a circle beard) with the soul patch carefully removed. The soul patch is that little patch of hair that lies right below the lower lip.
You’ve probably already got one and just don’t pay much attention to it.
But removing it can lead to a box-like appearance to the chin beard and is generally considered quite a modern variant of the goatee.
Although there isn’t anything about this goatee that makes it ideal for seniors, it just often works. It’s such a simple amendment to a typical goatee, and yet it can have a pretty significant effect on the look.
If you’re looking for a way to make the common goatee stand out just a little, try removing the soul patch. It’s a straightforward experiment that would take less than a minute – you may be pleasantly surprised.
Additional Goatee Grooming Tips For Seniors
Consider the following tips.
1. Consider a subtle beard oil or balm.
2. Try a beard brush to keep the goatee tangle-free and looking neat.
3. Experiment with different goatee styles to find the one that best suits your face shape and personal style.
4. Don’t be afraid to seek out advice from a professional barber or stylist. Hopefully, they’ll take your face shape into consideration and recommend the perfect style.
There you have it. Consider it an essential guide to goatees for the senior man.
Broadly speaking, there are few styles as distinguished and elegant as the goatee. The fact that there are so many possible styles within this umbrella term is a blessing.
However, it’s important to be able to differentiate between them in order to have as full an understanding as possible.
My advice would be to experiment and experiment well. Until you land upon the style you’ve always longed for, the journey is not yet complete. Most importantly – enjoy it.
Ready Sleek founder. Obsessed with casual style and the minimalist approach to building a highly functional wardrobe. Also a fan of classic, vintage hairstyles.