Black Men Goatee: 20 Best Styles, Trends & Photos


black man goatee

A new goatee style is always a good way to change up your look. As one of the most popular beard styles for black men, the goatee has been sported by celebrities like Common, Kanye West, and Will Smith.

Goatee styles for black men are typically shorter in length and likely trimmed to be rounded, circle beards or extended goatee styles. 

Black men’s goatees are in style, and there are a few ways to cut and fade your facial hair to get the right look.

About the Goatee Style

The goatee style is a bold look for any man. Depending on how you wear your facial hair, it says a lot about your personal style and professional routine. We found goatee inspiration from several black celebrities who styled their goatees to get the right beard for their face shape.

Whether your hair is long or short, curly or straight, salt and pepper or dyed, there is a goatee style that will enhance your angles and make you feel like a million bucks getting ready for the day.

Most of these goatees can be cut at home, but you may need beard products or even a barber’s touch to get special designs. See the last section for sharp lines and unique fades from famous barbers for black men.

Celebrity Goatees

We found so many black celebrities who love wearing goatees. Whether on the red carpet or for an activating role, these are some of our favorite black celebrity beards with some quotes about their personal style.

Kanye West Goatee

Everything Kanye does has his own sense of style, but he also relies on a team that includes stylist Lotta Volkova or Cassius Clay.

Kanye has a round goatee style that covers his chin and upper lip with thin connecting lines and a soul patch.

Kanye West Goatee
Kanye West Goatee Style

“Believe in your flyness, conquer your shyness.”

Common the Rapper Goatee

His music is as inspirational as this thick, circle goatee. Common never disappoints with his sophisticated style.

Common's circle beard goatee
Common’s on point bald and beard look.

“Don’t believe in role models, but if I do, then I’m mine.”

Will Smith Goatee

Will Smith loves the circle or rounded goatee, which fully connects and requires a maintenance routine to keep stray hairs in line.

Perfect circle goatee - Will Smith
Will Smith always has a clean goatee style. 

“Don’t chase people. Be yourself, do your own thing and work hard. The right people, the ones who really belong in your life will to you and stay.”

Jamie Foxx Goatee

If you haven’t seen this smooth look from Jamie Foxx, you’re missing out on a tightly maintained, modified anchor beard.

Jamie Foxx anchor goatee
Modified anchor goatee with longer chin hair.

“When I was growing up in Terrell, Texas, I felt that it was not where I was supposed to be. I knew that I was meant for a different destination. I think that the minute I was born, there was something inside telling me where I would go, it’s like energy – an intangible destiny.”

Pharrell Williams

While the singer and fashion icon Pharrell Williams doesn’t always show off his facial hair, he’s grown out his mustache and chin hair more in the past few years.

Pharrell Williams goatee
Pharrell Williams typically sports a mustache, but this look shows off more of an extended goatee.

“When I was growing up in Terrell, Texas, I felt that it was not where I was supposed to be. I knew that I was meant for a different destination. I think that the minute I was born, there was something inside telling me where I would go, it’s like energy – an intangible destiny.”

Popular Goatees

Anchor Beard Goatee

The anchor beard is a modified goatee style with a soul patch that connects to chin hair, forming the shape of an “anchor.” It can be worn with or without a mustache.

Black men anchor goatee beard
Perfectly styled anchor goatee.

Van Dyke Goatee

The Van Dyke is an awesome beard style that elongates your chin while also allowing you to style your mustache hair.

Donald Glover Van Dyke Goatee
Donald Glover AKA Childish Gambino wears a Van Dyke Goatee Beard.

Circle Beard Goatee

When it comes to professional events, the circle beard offers another level of sophistication. Be careful with this look, as it requires symmetry and thicker hair.

Common pulls it off nicely with a shiny and sleek bald head. It’s also clear he could grow a full beard thanks to his thick facial hair. We recommend using a beard oil to get a healthy, lustrous goatee beard like this.

Common rapper goatee
We’d be remiss not to put Common down for the best circle goatee.

Stubble, Door Knocker Goatee

Similar to the stubble beard, the stubble goatee is a barely shaved beard that looks extremely neat, and it’s easy to maintain.

You only need an electric beard trimmer and a short comb guard to keep the stubble length. This look is typically worn with cleanly shaven cheeks.

Black man door knocker goatee
The Door Knocker is all business.

Salt and Pepper Goatee

Growing older means taking a moment to refine your style and show off your wisdom with a salt and pepper beard.

Idris Elba Salt and Pepper Goatee
Idris Elba keeps his salt and pepper bead minimal on the red carpet.

Faded Goatee

These goatees extend farther out towards the jaw and cheekbones, but with a clean fade that separates the beard from the sideburns.

Black men faded goatee
Goatee skin faded to the cheekbones.

Classic Goatee Without Mustache

Many goatees play around with the hair above the chin, whether to include a soul patch or mustache is up to you.

black man goatee without mustache
Derek Luke – Classic Goatee

Extended Goatee

Chadwick Boseman’s look shows off one of the best extended goatee styles.

Chadwick Boseman extended goatee
Chadwick Boseman – Extended Goatee (Wakanda Forever!)

Other Black Men Goatee Styles

Perhaps the best part about going to a barber is feeling inspired to do something that sets you apart from every other guy in the room.

These black man goatee styles feature incredible designs from some top Instagram barbers, whether you’re looking for a short beard style or want to grow black men beard styles like the ducktail goatee or chin strap.

Ludacris stylized goatee
Ludacris with an ultra-hip and stylized goatee
Beard fade with a bald fade haircut.
Faded beard style with a trendy bald fade haircut.
Boxed goatee beard
Boxed goatee with defined lines.
Small ducktail goatee beard
Small Ducktail
Goatee with styled sideburns
Goatee with uniquely styled sideburns.
Graduated goatee beard
Faded goatee with a ducktail.
Patchy goatee beard
Patchy goatee
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I'm the founder of Bald & Beards, an amateur barber and I've been obsessed with men's grooming, styles, and trends for over 20 years.