Trendsetter, art lover, motorcycle rider — the mixed associations people have with the goatee are an indication of its versatile, if quirky, appeal. It’s a look that tends to generate a love it or hate it response, so if you’re not into controversy, this isn’t for you. There are those that say this style should have died in the ’90s. There are others who say the goatee, with it’s barely-there style, is the ultimate sign of a guy who won’t commit to anything. Regardless, the goatee will always indicate that you are — or would like to be perceived as — slightly cooler than the other kids. And if that’s fine by you, it’s okay with us.
Growing a goatee isn’t hard, but it does require following a few rules. “Never let the hair extend past the creases at the side of your mouth,” says O’Malley. “Also, because the goatee has more defined lines, symmetry is important.” Use your trimmer to cleanly define the edges around your jawline, then step back and take a look in the mirror to make sure you have the same thickness and shape to the hair on either side of the centerline.
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