Chin Strip

Chin Strip While Leaving Your Clothes On

A chin strip is like a thong for your face. If you just don’t feel like going completely face-naked, a chin strip might be just enough hair to keep your manliness intact.

The chin strip is essentially a long soul patch that extends down to the tip of the chin. Chin strips come in two styles. The most common is a rectangle of whiskers the same width from top to bottom. A second version has the bottom of the strip shaped into a point.

Who the Chin Strip Says You Are

If you wear a chin strip, you might be seen as the kid who had to wade into the pool a step at a time before he was willing to go all in.

You Know a Chin Strip is Right for You if…

  • You don’t mind women thinking you just forgot to shave that part of your chin.
  • You were looking up “chin strap” and got confused.
  • You needed an option after your roommate got pissed at you and shaved off half your beard while you were sleeping off last night’s party.
  • That part of your chin is the only place you can grow facial hair.

How to Grow a Chin Strip

Even with so small a patch to grow, barbers still advise starting your chin strip project with a full beard growth. This provides enough hair for shaping every facial hair style. You’ll also want to see where your hair grows and where it doesn’t. Leave it alone for a minimum of four weeks, or until you have about a half-inch of hair grown out.

How to Groom a Chin Strip

  • A key factor for a well-placed chin strip is positioning it right down the center of your chin and aligning it with your nose.
  • With such a narrow patch of hair it’s critical that you get it straight.
  • Some barbers recommend using an electric trimmer without a guard as a good way to start the beard trimming process. The trimmer will give a precision line around the facial hair you’re leaving in place. A safety razor and a steady hand can also do the job.
  • Starting by your ears, shave your face inward. To achieve balance on both sides of your face, alternate shaving the two sides a section at a time.
  • When you get to your chin, shave from side to side until you get the width of the chin strip that you’re shooting for.
  • Manicure the remaining facial hair with a trimmer fitted with an adjustable guard, shaving the patch against the grain. Clipper the hair until it’s short and has an even length to it.
  • A chin strip about the width of your nose is a pretty good reference point. A narrow chin strip can help make a wide jaw look a little more tapered.

Similar Beard Styles

  • Petite Goatee – A narrow goatee that starts below the bottom lip and narrows to a point at the chin.
  • Soul Patch – A dab of facial hair in a circle, square or rectangle (or any other shape) just below the lower lip. A favorite of beatnicks and jazz musicians.