A common problem that many men are plagued with is a beard that grows in patchy and uneven. While some decide to shave it off out of frustration, there are others who decide to embrace the unique fashion in which the beard grows. If you’re one of the many men whose beard grows in patchy and you don’t know which style would work for you, here are 22 amazing patchy beard styles you can choose from.
Styling With Your Patchy Beards
Patchy beard styles are for men who either barely grow enough hair to form a beard, or don’t grow hair on their cheeks at all. Many of these options feature nearly bare faces and styles that don’t require cheek hair.
1. The Thin Strap
If your beard barely grows in at all, or the patchiness is very uneven and scattered, you may want to try rocking a chin strap. This look features a thin strip of beard that travels along the entire jawline and up to the sideburns. To achieve this, shave the face clean leaving a small amount of beard along the jawline. Then, using a trimmer, shape the beard into a clean, straight line.
2. Strap and Goatee
Another chin strap to consider is this goatee combo. This is perfect for men who don’t like to sport a bare face. Just style your beard like the one above, but make sure to leave your goatee instead of shaving the entire face clean.
3. Chin Beard Only
This goatee look features only the hair on the chin and beneath the lip. For men whose beards suffer from extreme patchiness, this look is a great option. Just shave the face clean, leaving the hair on the chin. Then, shape and style the goatee to your preference.
4. Patchy Chin Beard with Mustache
Styling the chin goatee with a mustache is a great option for men who like to have more hair on their face. Just follow that same direction as the last patchy beard style, but leave the mustache intact.
5. Goatee with Soul Patch
This next style features a goatee with a soul patch. This is great for men whose chin hairs don’t grow in thick enough to sport a full chin beard. To achieve this look, shave the face and neck clean, leaving the mustache and chin hairs. Using a trimmer, style the hair below your bottom lip into a soul patch.
6. Patchy Goatee
If you’re comfortable with showing off your patchy beard, you can do so by combining it with a goatee. Johnny Depp has a severely patchy beard that he sports with a thick mustache and a soul patch that extends down into his chin hairs.
7. Faded Chin Strap
This chinstrap is trimmed very thin, in order to give it a less prominent, faded look. Coupled with a detached goatee, this look distracts attention away from the beard and accentuates the thick hair that is left on the mustache and chin.
These styles are for men who can grow a moderate amount of beard hair but don’t know how to style it properly in order to either disguise or accentuate the patchiness. A few of these can be achieved by men who have severe patchiness, but most of these styles require a significant amount of beard hair.
8. Thick Strap
Here’s a thick chin strap option for men who can grow a decent amount of hair along the chin. Instead of shaving the majority of the beard off, only shave the cheeks and hair below the bottom lip clean, leaving the mustache intact. Then, using a trimmer, shape the outline of your beard to mimic the shape of your jawline.
9. Thick Patchy Strap with Full Goatee
This chin strap option features a full goatee which is perfect for men who are able to achieve this level of hair growth. To achieve this style, shave the cheeks clean, leaving the goatee and hair along the jawline intact. Trim the outline of your beard using a trimmer to mimic the natural shape of the jawline.
10. Patchy Goatee
This unattached goatee features a soul patch, mustache and patchy beard combination. Instead of shaving the face clean, leave the beard as is and trim the hair short. Next, shape your soul patch and mustache according to your liking.
11. Faded Goatee
If you’re looking for an edgier version of the goatee, opt to style the hair along your jawline so that it fades out into the sideburns. This look is great for men who either don’t have sideburns or don’t grow a significant amount of hair along the jawline.
12. Keep Your Patch Unique
Here’s another goatee style that embraces the thin, patchy nature of the beard. Leaving the mustache and the hair along the chin thick, trim your goatee as an extension of your soul patch so that there is a continuous line from the chin to the jaw. Keep the hair along the cheeks intact to show off its uniqueness.
13. Attached to the Strap
This style is a goatee that is attached to the chin strap, as opposed to detaching the mustache from the beard. To achieve this look, shave the cheeks clean and style your goatee as you’d prefer, leaving the mustache attached to the beard.
14. Wild and Free
This style features clean-shaven cheeks and a thick, long, unruly goatee that extends under the chin. If you’re not afraid to sport such a daring goatee, go ahead and trim your goatee as desired and let it grow out.
15. Full Goatee
Here’s another goatee that is thick in nature, but has been stylishly trimmed down to a conservative and uniform length. If you are able to achieve a beard this thick, then this may be the style to consider.