Ways to Style a Soul Patch

by Anne Kemp ; Updated September 28, 2017

Soul patches are a great way to show off individuality and personality.

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Known for its low maintenance style, the soul patch is popular among men who feel a beard or mustache involves too much upkeep. Dizzy GIllespie, Tom Waits and Gregg Allman have all been credited with popularizing the soul patch. While there are several ways to style this type of facial hair, proper grooming will help you to sport your soul patch perfectly.


Growing a small patch of facial hair just below men's lips became popular in the '50s and '60s among poets, beatniks and jazz musicians. The soul patch is a type of goatee and also called an "imperial" or "mouche." The definition of the soul patch was added to the Miriam Webster Dictionary in 1991.


Keep your soul patch styled and looking good by keeping the rest of your face facial hair free. Cleanly shave your jawline, cheeks and neck so that the only facial hair you sport is your soul patch. Determining thickness and length is also important so that you can wear the best type of soul patch for the shape of your face.

Traditional Styles

Most soul patches are limited to the area just under the lip. Most men prefer to keep a clean cut on their soul patches. It can be just a tuft of hair that is trimmed into an upside-down triangle with the tip of the triangle aimed downward. Pay close attention to symmetry.

Non-Traditional Styles

Like other body hair, soul patches can be dyed different colors or shaved into geometric shapes or with patterns in them. Growing your facial hair out so your soul patch is long is another option. Long-hair soul patches can be braided or can have beads threaded in them for added decoration.

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About the Author

Anne Kemp has been writing since 1998. She is a columnist for the "Frederick News-Post." a newspaper that is circulated in the D.C.-metro area, and she also writes a blog for FNP Online. Kemp attended the University of Maryland at Baltimore County and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of California, Los Angeles.