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How to get a soul patch beard in 5 steps

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If you can grow a beard, you can master the soul patch. It’s that simple. Subtle and clean-cut, a soul patch beard adds a dash of character to your face, without the commitment of a full-on beard. Team it with a mustache to make a Zappa, or style it out solo: either way, here’s how to grow a soul patch that speaks to your shaving expertise.

What is a soul patch?

A soul patch is a small, sharply-trimmed beard that sits just below the lips, above the chin. Soul patch styles can be pointed (also known as a ‘soul point’) or square, but they’re generally about the size of a stamp. Precision is the order of the day.

How to grow a soul patch beard

To get a solid soul patch beard, you’ll need to start off with a clean, dry beard at least 1cm long. Then:
Step 1

Step 1:

Using a full-size trimmer, bring your facial hair down to around 3-5mm, leaving the hair on the soul patch region under your lip longer.
Step 2

Step 2:

Use your precision trimmer to trim the hairs on your chin, until you’re left with a tuft of hair just under your bottom lip.

Step 3:

Now for some precision work: use your mini foil shaver to define your soul patch. Imagine a line running down the center of your face. Pointed or square, your soul patch beard needs to be evenly distributed on both sides of this line. Start 8-10 mm below the lip, and stop above the dip in your chin. Beyond that, there are no rules.

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What you need


Philips Norelco Beardtrimmer 7200

Vacuum beard trimmer, Series 7000

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    Philips Norelco Beardtrimmer 7200

    Vacuum beard trimmer, Series 7000

    Powerful suction, less mess

    Trim your beard, mustache and sideburns while keeping tidy with this trimmer. Its powerful vacuum catches cut hair as you go along, giving you a mess-free trim.. See all benefits

    Suggested retail price: $59.99
  • Powerful suction, less mess

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Step 4:

Use your beard or stubble trimmer to get your patch to your preferred length.
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Step 5:

With a rotary shaver, shave your cheeks and neck clean, moving in a gentle, circular motion. Go back to using the mini foil shaver when shaving the tighter areas around your soul patch. You’ve come too far to remove it now.

How to maintain a soul patch beard

Growing a soul patch is easy – but maintenance is even easier. Simply keep the rest of your face clean-shaven and use your stubble trimmer, or precision trimmer, to reshape your patch at will.

Soul patch styles have a history

This relatively low-maintenance mini beard first gained popularity with beatniks and artists in the 1950s. It’s said that jazz trumpeters started the trend for soul patch styles as they enjoyed the cushioning this beard offered during mammoth jam sessions.

Today, the soul patch beard serves no real purpose. Anyone can grow one, and they suit all face types. At some point in your life a soul patch will just feel right … and then it won’t. When the time comes to move on, think of a soul patch as training wheels for a full beard – or a holiday from a clean shave.

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