How to Take Care of Goatees

A goatee and mustache combination is called a Vandyke.

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Goatees are a popular style of beard where the hair is only grown on the chin. When choosing a style of goatee, consider what shape will work best with your face. If you have a round face, consider keeping your goatee longer to make your face appear less round. A longer goatee also flatters a square face. For a long face, keep your goatee relatively short to achieve the opposite effect. If you have a large face, keep the goatee wider and longer to keep your facial hair in proportion with your face size. Keep the goatee shorter and more narrow if you have a small face. An oval face has the most leeway in goatee shaping; most styles and lengths of goatees are flattering to this face shape.

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Wash your goatee with a mild shampoo and rinse thoroughly. The shampoo will clean your goatee and ensure it is dirt free. If you don't rinse thoroughly, you may experience flaking in the skin around your goatee.


Apply conditioner after shampooing your goatee and allow the conditioner to sit for three minutes before rinsing. The hair on your goatee is coarser than the hair on your head, so the conditioner won't have as strong of an effect as it does on your head. Be sure to completely saturate your goatee with conditioner to soften the coarse goatee hairs.


Towel dry your goatee and comb it with a wide tooth comb.


Shave the area around your goatee with a traditional razor every day or once every two days. To do this, apply shaving cream to your face and shave downward towards the goatee. Rinse the razor after every few strokes to prevent clogging and rinse your face when finished


Trim your goatee once a week. Set your trimmer between 3/ 16-inch and 3/8-inch. Sit in front of a magnifying mirror so you will be less likely to make mistakes while trimming.


Brush any excess hair off of your face with a towel. Apply a small amount of hair wax if you need to shape your goatee.

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