How to wear the Soul Patch Beard style the best you can – Tips, Tricks, Pics and great examples

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What Is A Soul Patch

The mark of the jazzmen, beatniks, and hippies, the soul patch started its glory days back in the 1950s. It’s also known as the ‘mouche’ or ‘the jazz dot’ because it was mostly related to African-American musicians that thought of it as a great beard for rocking the trumpet. The first harbinger for the soul patch was the famous Dizzy Gillespie after which many followed.


This style is a simple one, it consists of a cluster of hair under the bottom lip. Maintenance is not a problem here, as it requires little to no trimming (except for the regular shave). You can use grooming products but the difference on that little clog of hair is little to none.

Howie Mondel with his soul patch beard style

What Is A Soul Patch

The mark of the jazzmen, beatniks, and hippies, the soul patch started its glory days back in the 1950s. It’s also known as the ‘mouche’ or ‘the jazz dot’ because it was mostly related to African-American musicians that thought of it as a great beard for rocking the trumpet. The first harbinger for the soul patch was the famous Dizzy Gillespie after which many followed.

Dizzy Gillespie with a Soul Patch beard style

Famous jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie with a Soul Patch

Who Can Pull It Off?

Although the Horseshoe mustache can accommodate almost every face type out-there I would suggest it most to the macho types. It gives out a rough appearance so the life style should match the mustache style. I would say that square and round faces would benefit more from this particular mustache style. The two lines descending past the mouth add some vertical direction to the face, making it appear longer.

Round face type for the Horseshoe mustache styleSquare face type for the Horseshoe mustache style

TIPS & TRICKS

Be aware that you must have a thick or medium density mustache to achieve the maximum effect. I would strongly not recommend it for the patchy type because it simply looks ridiculous. There are few tricks that make your beard thicker and you can find them in the links below. But the most important tip is that maintenance is the key to preserving the perfect horseshoe mustache style.

There are between 10,000 and 20,000 hairs on a man’s face and the average moustache has 600.

How To Horseshoe Mustache Guide:

Shaping and Trimming Your Horseshoe Mustache

For starters, you will need to grow a long mustache and goatee, so you’ll have plenty of material to work with. The main tools that you will need are a trimmer and a razor if your trimmer doesn’t have an edge function.

Step 1

Trimm your mustache to about 3-5 mm. The whiskers should be a bit longer.

Step 2

Use the trimmer to create a straight line from the outside and inside corner of your lips to your chin. The line should be distanced about 5 mm from your lips. You choose how thick you want to be your whiskers.

Step 3

Make sure the upper edge of your mustache is also nice and clean.

Step 4

When you are all done stylizing the horseshoe mustache, you should shave the remaining facial hair on your neck, cheeks, and chin. Be careful around the mustache.

Maintaining Your Horseshoe Mustache

Keep in mind that this mustache style requires regular maintenance. You should shave the neck, chin, and cheeks every few days to keep it clean. Also, don’t forget the regular oils and balms treatment.

Horseshoe mustache style example

The macho man facial hair style – Horseshoe Mustache

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