The goatee is a style of facial hair that is commonly a combination of a moustache and a beard — although they can be worn without a moustache. Men of all ages have been sporting this look for years. Goatee styles are coloured to hide grey hair, or worn natural, allowing for a salt and pepper or grey/silver appearance. Goatee styles include the Modern, the Musketeer, the Soul Patch and the Van Dyck.
The Modern goatee is close shaven and can be worn with or without a short moustache that can be attached or slightly separated from the beard. It requires plenty of maintenance, but when kept properly, it is a clean look with sharp lines that gives a neater appearance.
The Musketeer goatee derived its name from the facial hair worn by the historical French Three Musketeers. This style requires a sharp, pointed moustache along with a sharp and pointed beard, which are not connected. Therefore, this goatee requires plenty of upkeep to maintain the sharp, clean lines.
The Soul Patch is a goatee where a thin patch of hair is located below the middle of the mouth and is normally kept trimmed for a neat look. However, this style is a little more versatile. The tiny tuft of hair can either be worn below the mouth or be a thin, trimmed patch that runs from the middle of the mouth to below the chin.
The Van Dyck style is named after the 17th-century painter, Sir Anthony van Dyck. This style contains a thick beard with an equally thick connecting moustache. For enhancement, the moustache is often turned up at the corners. The beard can be twisted to turn up at the ends for added embellishment. While this look requires little maintenance, it does need to be styled every morning to keep the ends twisted upward.