Goatee styles for men

Updated February 21, 2017

If you don't want a full beard, but like the idea of having some facial hair, a goatee is the way to go. Besides generally improving your looks, a goatee can increase the perceived length of a round face. But there's no need to stick with a single goatee style. There are many variants to choose from, ranging from near-beards all the way down to tiny tufts of hair. With so much to choose from, you're sure to find the goatee style that's right for you.

Traditional Goatee

This is the ordinary goatee that nearly everyone recognises. The hair is allowed to grow underneath the lower lip and trimmed to the width of the mouth, rounded off under the chin. The sides of the goatee can be vertical or rounded, and a moustache is optional.

Extended Goatee

This style, also known as a Hollywoodian or tailback, is formed by shaving a full beard down so as to have a straight trim extending horizontally back from the corners of the mouth. A moustache is usually worn with it, though an extended goatee can work with a shaved upper lip.


The Balbo also is usually worn with a moustache, but in this case the goatee and moustache are not connected. The Balbo is shaved so as to form an inverted "T" shape, with a narrow strip of hair extending down from the mouth and then widening at the chin.

Chin Strip

This is a narrow variant of the goatee: a vertical strip of hair growing downward from the lips. The exact width of the chin strip can vary according to your preferences, and the bottom of the strip can be tapered to a point.

Soul Patch

The soul patch is the smallest of the goatee styles, also known as an imperial or mouche. Only the area of hair directly beneath the lips is allowed to grow, and it is often cut in the shape of an inverted triangle. The dimensions of the patch can be adjusted as desired.

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