For some, a goatee is a perennial problem they try to get rid of as much and as often as possible. They don’t like the feel of it. Worse, many don’t like the look of it, both the bearers and the beholders. The truth is, not all goatees naturally grow well and neat.
A goatee can be a kind of self-expression, like a form of art or making a statement. It makes a guy appear confident. Well, normally, unless he’s just plain lazy at maintaining a clean-looking chin.
Anyone can make a goatee look neat and attractive. All it takes is some trimming here and a little shaping there. There’s a proper way to do these, though. Know how to go about making your goatee irresistible. Remember maintaining one requires patience and effort (especially if you’re a hairy guy!).
How to Trim and Shape a Goatee
- Resist the urge to shave at the initial stage. Grow hair on the chin. It may itch, but there won’t be any good-looking goatee to show off if there is not enough tuft of hair to begin with. This might take a while or be sooner than one thinks due to individual genetics. So just wait it off until the desired length has grown.
- While growing hair, plan on how to design the goatee. Think of it as some kind of hairdressing. Do a research on various styles, like the traditional goatee with the hair only visible under the chin, the van Dyke one with the mustache disconnected to the beard, or its opposite, the circle beard. There’s bound to be a design perfect for anyone.
- Apply beard oil or moisturizers. Avoid letting the skin dry since that causes more irritation. No moisturizers with alcohol! Alcohol causes dryness.
- Apply beard softener for the stubble.
- No more itchiness means now-messy facial hair. That means it’s time for some trimming. Some men look good with messy beards (how unfair), but guys in general, don’t. That’s reality.
- Avoid uneven or unwanted cuts or the look would be messier. If this can’t be done alone, get someone who can do it well. Trim to straighten lines. Trim the mustache lip, the upper cheek, and the neckline.
- Now shape goatee into the desired style.
- Create an outline. Comb the beard first to be able to trim for an even look. Use a new blade or new razor for better results. Take care of the edges of the beard.
- Be guided by smile lines when shaping — the beard should not be visible past the smile lines.
- Determine width by using the ends of the mustache as the guide.
- Define the outline by cutting short hair from the neck. Outline the goatee an inch above the Adam’s apple to be sure. Follow through with the cheeks by making small cuts. Be careful. Shave near the shaped goatee outwards.
- For that really cleanly shaped look, move the razor in every direction or angle. That will rid of unnecessary hair.
- Shave off unwanted stubble growing near the goatee.
- And it’s voila! It’s done! Well, do check if the desired result is met then clean off dirt and shaved hair by washing face with mild soap.
- For maintenance, always keep hair trimmed and washed with beard shampoo and beard conditioner.
- Be a new man! Wear a handsome goatee. Be comfortable. Nothing beats wearing an attractive goatee. Wear it with confidence.