So, you’ve been toying with the idea of getting a little sideburn action going. Now, before you let anyone tell you it’s a dated 70s look, remind them that your style choices are perfectly in line with current trends. In fact, sideburns are very 2022.
This style first became popular in the 19th century – the name comes from the American Civil War Genera Ambrose Burnside. Fast-forward to the 21st century, and sideburns are pretty much synonymous with cyclist Bradley Wiggins, while Hugh Jackman is often seen sporting this style too.
The truth is, sideburns, mutton chops, sideboards – whatever you wish to call this pesky side hair – isn’t for everyone. But that’s precisely why we like this style, and why you should too.
What are Sideburns?
You would think it’s pretty straightforward right? But people do get confused about where sideburns start and finish. They’re somewhere between facial hair and an extension of your hairstyle.
Sideburns are facial hair that extends from the hair in front of the ears, in a downwards direction towards the chin, but usually stopping in line with the ear lobe. One thing to avoid is uneven sideburns as these won’t complement your beard styling. Nevertheless, sideburns are a statement style for people oozing with charisma and creativity and add panache to any occasion. Men without sideburns take note, the (totally non-fictional) board of beard experts has reported men with sideburns consistently have more fun!
Think you’ve got what it takes to pull off sideburns? Then this article is for you. Read on to find out how to grow sideburns and how to maintain this characteristically funky look.
How to Grow Sideburns
First off, sideburns aren’t no side project. Just because they occupy that very special place at the side of our faces doesn’t mean they don’t demand your prime attention!
So, expect to show your facial side hairs the same amount of dedication as you would with your whiskers or chin beard. First time sider? Here’s a few tips to get your sideburns growing.
To get short sideburns, grow your beard for about three to four weeks before shaping it into your desired sideburn style.
Once you’ve got a decent amount of facial hair, use your preferred sideburn trimmer to trim off the excess hair off your neck, cheeks and chin. Use a trimming tool like King C. Gillette Beard Trimmer Beard Trimmer to get a precision trim and close shave.