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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.

Dizzy Gillespie with a Soul Patch beard style

Famous jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie with a Soul Patch

Who Can Pull It Off?

Although the Soul Patch can accommodate almost every face type out-there I would suggest it most to the artistic types. It gives out a smooth appearance so the lifestyle should match the beard style. I would say that square and round faces would benefit more from this particular style. The dot descending past the mouth adds 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


Be aware that you must have a thick or medium density beard 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 on the links below. But the most important tip is that maintenance is the key to preserving the perfect Soul Patch.

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

Howie Mondel with his soul patch beard style

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