More than a century ago, beards and goatees were the rages of men’s fashion.

But during the early 20th century, disposable razors have become more popular, making the bearded face style outdatedBut during the last decade, getting a stylish full-grown beard is once again the new “in” for men’s grooming fashion.

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Famous actors like Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Jason Momoa are boasting facial hair. Meanwhile, there are people like Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr., who sports a goatee instead. If you’re planning to grow a goatee, read on to find out how to get the best results.

Goatee vs Beard

There’s a big difference between a goatee and a beard: the area covered by facial hair. Full beard includes facial hair on chin and cheeks. This is often paired with a mustache connected to the beard for completing the look. A full beard usually covers almost the lower part of the face and only requires minimal grooming.

Goatees, on the other hand, are facial hair that only covers the chin. During the 1990s, men started using goatees with a mustache, which creates a distinctive, but less dramatic facial hair. Most people who sport a goatee are men in their early 20s or those who cannot grow a full beard.

Not all men can grow a full beard, and the best option for some is growing a goatee. There are a lot of factors that can affect facial hair growth (such as genetics), and some are just really unlucky to grow it. If you want to opt for the goatee alternative, here’s how you can start.

  1. Know Your Goatee Style

There are a lot of goatee styles to choose; some would look better than the others while some styles can make you look older. Factors include your beard color, skin color, and face shape. This initial step is only to get yourself informed on generic forms that worked on a lot of people. You can change your decision once you have grown your facial hair and styled it for the first time.

  • Round face – It usually consists of goatee styles that have no mustache (such as the Norse skipper and pure goatee).
  • Diamond face – A chin puff with handlebar mustache usually works with diamond face shapes.
  • Square face – Styles like a petite goatee and Balbo work well with square shape faces. Some goatee styles for diamond face shape can also work for a square-shaped face.
  • Triangular face – You can experiment with anchor and goat patch goatee.
  1. The Shaping Game

This can be considered as the hardest part of growing a beard: the waiting game. On average, facial hair grows about 1/2 inch per month. This equates to 2-4 months of waiting. It can be faster or slower based on your genetics. Although this can be boring for people who grow a full beard, this is the experimental stage for people who grows a goatee.

After the early stages of discomfort and patchy beard (at least a week or two), you can finally shape your goatee the way you want it. Don’t be afraid to experiment on new looks; goatees grow faster than its full beard counterpart. You might discover a unique style that compliments your face perfectly as you go.

  1. Take Care of your Health and Testosterones

Like other cellular activities, the growth of facial hair depends on your diet and overall lifestyle. The better your diet and habits are, the better your goatee would be. A balanced diet, a good amount of sleep, and enough exercise will not only affect your general well-being. It will also make your goatee grow faster and better looking.

Hair growth in men is handled by a hormone called testosterone, which can be boosted by eating certain foods. Ginger, fatty fish, and leafy green vegetables can do wonders. Also, avoid canned foods, as well as dishes that are high in calories, sugar, and salt.

  1. Decide For Your Best Look

Creating the best goatee shape might take the time or not at all. It depends on your preference and how you want to present your goatee. This is where shaping is crucial when your facial hair reached its full length; it is already in the shape you want. The only thing you need to do is to maintain its shape and keep it clean.

  1. The Long Term Game Plan

And last but not least, you need to consider the long-term game plan. Growing a goatee is not the most important part of maintaining the scruffy-bearded style. It’s all about the maintenance. Who wouldn’t always want to look good with their goatee? Although easy to grow, goatees need to be maintained every few days. Keep all the facial hair away and keep your face clean-shaven (except the initial goatee shape). To keep it looking good and prevent oily mess, wash your goatee every day with shampoo.

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