Shenandoah (beard)

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This article is about the beard style. For other uses, see Shenandoah (disambiguation).
Edward Bates wearing a Shenandoah beard

A Shenandoah is a style of facial hair or beard. The hair is grown full and long over the jaw and chin, meeting with the sideburns but lacking a moustache.[1]

Other names for this style are chin curtain, Donegal, Lincoln and spade beard. The Shenandoah tends to be somewhat longer than the chin curtain.

Abraham Lincoln wearing a chin curtain beard.

The chin curtain beard is a particular style of facial hair that grows along the jaw line and covers the chin completely. This is not to be confused with the chinstrap beard—a similar style of beard that also grows along the jaw line but does not fully cover the chin. In addition, many chin curtain beards do not extend that far below the jawline, if at all, whereas all chinstrap beards generally do.

This style of facial hair was made famous by individuals such as Abraham Lincoln.

In Spain, it could be largely associated with 1970s progres and other cultural icons, such as writer Álvaro Pombo.

In the United States, the beard style remains common among married Amish men. Male members of the sect generally grow a beard after baptism, but shave the mustache off as it used to be associated with military service.[2][3][4]

An Amish man with a Shenandoah beard.

Notable examples[edit]

Herman Melville, c. 1846–47. Oil painting by Asa Twitchell.

Fictional characters[edit]


  1. ^ Henderson-Brown, Stephanie; Avadis, Catherine (2004), Advanced Hairdressing: A Coursebook for Level 3, Nelson Thornes, p 162.
  2. ^ John E. Bodnar. The Ethnic Experience in Pennsylvania. p. 89. ISBN 0838711553. 
  3. ^ Donald B. Kraybill. The Riddle of Amish Culture. Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 080186772X. 
  4. ^ Sarah Cheang (2009). Hair: Styling, Culture and Fashion. p. 113. ISBN 1845207920. 
  5. ^ "Brigham Young - Basic Facts". Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  6. ^ "Gargoyles Wiki - Hudson". Retrieved November 20, 2015. Hudson is a portly old gargoyle, with tan-colored skin, ruddy orange wings, and white hair and beard.