Goatee Beards: Different Styles to Try & Tips to Maintain It

Goatee Beards: Different Styles to Try & Tips to Maintain It

Do you ever find yourself googling 'Tony Stark beard style name' or 'type of Kayne West beard'? I'm sure many of us do that or have done it in the past! Everybody loves to look chic then why not take inspiration from our favourite celebrity who dons that goatee beard style perfectly. But before you pick that Ironman beard style for you, make sure you know everything about it and whether or not it will suit you.

So, dive in to understand everything about men's goatee styles – what are goatee beards, what are goatee types, and how you can maintain them.

What are goatee beards?

Goatee beards are short, and the name takes after the lock of hair on a goat's chin. Although there are different goatee types, they all have a common trait – all include some level of hair on the chin that covers the lowermost face and around the mouth. Usually, goatee beard styles also incorporate hair on the upper lip.

The style is unique and yet adorned by many men across the globe. To define goatee in simple terms, it would mean facial hair growing in five regions of your face – chin, moustache, soul patch, mutton chops or cheeks, and neck.

Read our guide to learn how to style a goatee beard.

Is goatee style the same as Van Dyke?

The answer is no! Quite often, the goatee beard styles are mistaken for Van Dyke.

A goatee without a moustache is the standard goatee beard, whereas a combination of moustache and goatee forms a circle beard, which is mostly mislabelled as Van Dyke style. But the Van Dyke beard isn't connected to the cheeks, thus forming a T-shape.

Tips on How to Maintain a Goatee Beard Style

Goatee beard styles require good grooming efforts to maintain their length and shape. Here's when the electric beard trimmers and shavers like Braun All-in-one Trimmer MGK7221, Braun XT3000 All-in-one Manscaping Kit, Braun Beard Trimmer BT5260, or Braun Series 9 Electric Shaver come in to ease the task compared to a pair of scissors or razors. Their flex head adapts to your contours perfectly, giving you a precise trim or shave.

The MGK7221 is a 10-in-1 multi-grooming kit with eight attachments and a Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide razor. Its Adaptive motor reads your beard 13 times per second and adjusts the power of the trimmer motor to the beard thickness to give an effortless trim. Thanks to its four combs, you can now achieve any beard length from 0.5 to 21mm. You can also maintain the desired goatee style with its contour edging and detailed trimming. On the other hand, the Series 9 comes with five synchronised shaving elements – two OptiFoil, a direct and cut trimmer, a lift and cut trimmer, and a skin guard to give you an overall flawless shave.

Similarly, the Braun XT3000 is an All-in-one grooming kit for trimming, shaving, shaping and styling your beard and body hair as you want. This beard trimmer, electric razor and shaver for men is designed ergonomically for ultimate precision and control for easy shaping, shaving and trimming, even in tricky areas. It includes different comb attachments (0, 1, 2, 3, 5 mm) for face and body grooming. Furthermore, its anti-slip, 360º rubberized grip handle makes it easy to style your goatee beard even in the shower.

If you’re looking for only a beard trimmer, then BT5260 can be your best bet. It comes with a precision dial for 39 length settings in 0.5mm step sizes for an effortless trimming experience. Its main beard trimmer head lets you create accurate lines and edges on your cheeks and neck – so now goatee styling is just a step away. Whether a short goatee or long one, it has two beard comb attachments (0.5 to 10 mm and 11 to 20 mm). It also features lifetime sharp blades and a durable battery.

So, once you choose the perfect tool for your grooming needs, here's what you can do for your goatee:

  1. Shape your beard hair consistently using a comb. This will help you to identify any unruly hair varying in length.

  2. Using the trimmer, carve the edges and shape your goatee accordingly. Avoid trimming the hair too short if you intend to keep a long goatee. In this case, don't touch the hair under the chin and on the neck.

  3. If you're going for a shorter goatee, place a finger on the underside of your chin to check the length of your beard under the chin.

  4. Trim any hair that you don't intend on involving in your goatee. You can also use the different heads and guards that come with your trimmer to maintain the desired length of your goatee.

  5. For final touches, you can use beard scissors to prune any extra hair. In the case of a long goatee, point cut the underside to give it a natural look.

  6. Finish your trimming session by applying some beard oil or balm to moisturise and condition the hair.

  7. Bonus – if you're planning to style your goatee right after, you can use a styling balm or gel to help keep the desired goatee shape.

What are different types of men's goatee styles?

Here are some distinctive goatee types that you can style:

Standard goatee

In this style, you grow a goatee without a moustache from the chin and soul patch. It is kept short, about half to one inch in length. The standard goatee without a moustache is best for a round-shaped face.

Some of the famous standard goatee styles are donned by Shaggy from Scooby-Doo, Fred Durst from the band Limp Bizkit, American baseball player Chipper Jones, Bollywood celebrity Gulshan Grover, and many more.

Chin goatee beard style

Also known as the chin puff, the chin goatee is similar to a standard goatee with one small difference – length. This chin goatee is grown a bit longer than the standard one – about two inches long. It is very much similar to an actual goat's tuft and is suitable for those with diamond- and square-shaped faces. The shape of this style can vary, it can be round, diamond-shaped or narrower to resemble a teardrop shape.

Some of the famous people who styled this look pretty well include Scott Ian, an American musician; Pierce Brosnan, an Irish actor and producer amongst others.

Petite goatee styles

The petite goatee styles begin under the lips and go slightly beyond the chin. It is short with about half an inch of chin hair, making it a partial goatee. So, if you're not sure whether the goatee beard is your style or you've just started with a bearded look, then petite goatee style is for you. It resembles the shape of a small upside-down teardrop, just like Nici Larson in Musketeer styled it. However, this goatee style requires a lot of grooming to maintain the subtle look and is suitable for a square-shaped face.

Extended goatee beard

The extended goatee features hair wide around a part of the jawline. It looks like a moustache connected to the beard without the sideburns. This style has different variations that are easy to achieve by simply modifying the angle and shape of the beard hair. It is best for an oblong face shape. The extended goatee beard styles require you to grow the beard longer than the preferred size and then trim it to the desired shape.

You can seek inspiration from sons of Anarchy actor Charlie Hunnam. Some other celebrities who have styled the extended goatee, include Bollywood actors Emraan Hashmi, John Abraham, Vidyut Jammwal, Shahid Kapoor, etc.

Anchor goatee style

The name itself is indicative of what the beard might look like and is best for round- or triangular-shaped faces. Anchor goatee is similar to Van Dyke, but it is more of a disconnected goatee. Here the goatee extends outwards along the jawline and 4is wider than the moustache. So, when the shape of soul patch, moustache, and goatee are combined, it resembles the shape of an anchor – thus the name anchor goatee. You should avoid this style if your face shape is long or heart-shaped, as it can make your chin look pointy.

Remember Tony Stark's beard style, from The Iron Man and The Avengers series? That's a perfect example of this goatee style. It is also popularly known as Tony Stark beard or Ironman beard style.

Long goatee

This big goatee is perfect for those of you who prefer a partially long goatee over a full-length goatee. Although long goatee style is preferred by many, it requires good beard care. In this goatee style, the moustache is connected to the beard without any sideburns and is suitable for a square-shaped face. Hollywood star Brad Pitt is among the popular celebrities to have adorned this look pretty well.

Full goatee

Also known as the circle beard or French goatee, this goatee style is the most common and best for a diamond-shaped face. The moustache and goatee beard connect, making it appear like a full circle around the mouth. It can be worn as long or short, with the lengthier version known as a long goatee. A full goatee or circle beard is one of the easiest styles to maintain, making sure all your sides are clean shaved and your beard is cleanly trimmed.

Full goatee style has been popular among most celebrities, including Hollywood actors Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Kanye West, Idris Alba, Leonardo DiCaprio, Dwayne Johnson, and Bollywood actors Ranbir Kapoor (in the movie Sanju and Tamasha) and Amitabh Bachchan.

Scruffy goatee

The moustache-goatee combo of a full beard with a stubble of about one to two weeks around your cheeks and neck makes a scruffy goatee. The scruff creates a good contrast with your full goatee, giving you a prominent look. This look has been worn by actors R. Madhavan, Arjun Kapoor, Chris Hemsworth and Indian cricketer Virat Kohli.


Be it Tony Stark's beard or Johnny Depp's goatee, you also can wear a beard like that simply by following some grooming and styling tips. Keep in mind that growing and maintaining a beard takes some patience and effort. But it is all worth it once you get it all right, so go for it and flaunt that goatee beard like your style icon.

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