Goatees are a simple and easy way to keep facial hair looking neat in place of a clean-shaven look. They also work well for men not interested in having a full beard or who’s genes won’t allow a full beard to grow.
First, let’s review how to shave a goatee. Later, we will get into the different types, the upkeep, and face shape tips
How to Shave your Goatee using Scissors
- Wash and moisturize your beard. Make sure it’s totally dry
- Comb your beard
- Trim each side, one side at a time until all hair is even
- Move on to any other facial hair you want to keep
- Shave the rest of your facial hair using a normal razor
- Don’t forget to moisturize your skin and hair. This is important because razor burn and skin irritation neither looks nor feels good and facial hair that is limp, dry and lifeless doesn’t look good.
How to Shave your Goatee Using Trimmer
Once you get your full beard trimmed, find the style you want. There are several types of goatees and each one can work with different face shapes and personal preferences.
Step 1: Trimming it
The first thing you want to do is use a beard trimmer to clip your whiskers to an even 3-5 mm.
Step 2: Making The Outline
The next step involves creating an outline of your goatee. The outline would go around your chin. As a general rule of thumb, you want to make a wide goatee if you have a long face. Finally, you would trim down the remaining hair from your cheek area.
You could use a comb and comb out the outline of the goatee you’re wanting. Shave the excess hair from around your goatee so you only have the goatee left on your face.
Don’t forget to moisturize and exfoliation is important while prepping your beard to style because exfoliation strips dead skin cells and helps with a smoother shave.
Make sure the rest of your face is shaved clean, use a normal razor to get the rest of the hair fully cleaned out. Upkeep is essential for keeping a neat goatee. Facial hair grows fast so when you decide on this style of beard, you’re making a commitment.
Types of Goatees
There are six main styles of goatee from a normal (or pure) goatee, which is the goatee with no moustache to the Van Dyke. There are different lengths and some men even braid or put their goatees in ponytails.
Goatees can make you look both older and younger, so it’s important to choose the right style for your face shape and the right length for your styling needs.
Goatees grow out fast, so they require regular upkeep. You need to be ready to shave every day to every couple days. As with most beards, oils and regular washing also will make them look better, while totally ignoring can make you look lazy.
- Pure or real goatee- this is the basic goatee- there isn’t a moustache, it’s just hair going from the lips down to the chin.
- Full goatee– it’s a full moustache connected below your lips with a full beard just on your chin instead of along your cheeks
- Van Dyke- named after the Flemish painter Anthony Van Dyke, it’s a patchy goatee and moustache. The moustache is typically pointed, and the beard and moustache are not connected.
- Anchor- It’s like the Van Dyke, but the hair is longer and a little thicker.
- Landing strip- everything is shaved but a strip under your mouth to your chin in one small strip straight down the middle.
The petite goatee is a smaller version of the normal goatee with no moustache. It’s best to allow your beard to grow to about half an inch prior to shaving down.
In order to get the length right, you need to find the proper size comb to use to trim the beard to the length you’re wanting. Most beard razors will have brush add ons that will help you find the length you want. Comb through and raze all facial hair to the length you’re wanting.
Once you get the right length, take the comb off the beard sheers and shape around your goatee using the trimmer. Trim around the edges to the shape you’re wanting. The best look will be to keep cheek and neck hair short.
Make sure the whole beard is even but don’t trim too much. Exfoliate and use a moisturizing lotion. Let the lotion soak in while finishing shaving the rest of your face.
Once you finish, shave around the rest of your facial hair- either to stubble or clean shave. Once you have the goatee the shape and style you want, use a moisturizing aftershave. The petite goatee helps make your chin look longer and more defined.
First, make sure you keep the rest of your beard shaved clean every day. It won’t take long for your beard to take over and become disheveled and disheveled facial hair is never attractive nor does it set a good example if you’re looking for work or working.
If your hair is more course and drier, find a really good beard oil. Different oils work for different hair types so it may take some experimentation. There are oils like argon or coconut that work well for dry hair types.
Coconut and olive oils can leave a kind of oily residue while you’re getting used to it and you always want to be careful about potential skin reactions, but other than that, using a natural oil is usually better.
If you are in a pinch and out of your preferred, using olive oil, baking soda and vinegar can help. In the shower, wash with baking soda and rinse. Once it’s rinsed, mix some apple cider vinegar with water and rinse with the mixture.
Or you can take the olive or coconut oil and rub in into your beard before your shower and cover it with a plastic bag or cling wrap. Wait a while for the oil to soak in, then rinse it out in the shower. Not all the oil will come out, but it will provide a moisturizing treatment.
Advice About Face Shape
Not all face shapes will look good with all types of facial hair. If your face is oval, that’s the ideal. Oval is perfectly even on both sides and this shape is the best looking for a clean shaven face, but if you want a goatee the best look is to focus on the thickest hair on the tip of the chin.
If you have a round face, make sure your facial hair gives your face an elongated look.
Go for a thicker and longer goatee to make your face and chin look longer. If your face is long, go for short trimmed or even stubble. Everything you do should be about adding length or definition to your face.