A symbol of masculinity and rebelliousness, sideburns have been seen on military generals, kings of rock, and Hugh Jackman’s wild wolverine. Recently, this statement look has re-emerged as a strong facial feature for modern men. With a variance of shapes, styles, and lengths available, sideburns can balance out your facial features while enhancing rugged jawlines and cheekbones. From polished and sleek to tough and edgy, there are options for everyone. Before you grab out those clippers and get to work, find out which style is right for you and learn how to get the perfect trim every time.
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How to Trim Your Side Burns
Go big or go home. Longer sideburns are great for framing the face and generally finish just below the ear. Before trimming, it is important to consider the shape of your face. Long, thin sideburns can be a great way to elongate the face, therefore are perfect for men with broad, square, or round faces. In contrast, if your face is narrow or long, cut your sideburns wide to enhance your features. Finally, if you’re looking for a faded beard shape up, long is the way to go. Let them grow down and trim accordingly to create a streamlined, rugged look.
Short sideburns are great if your 9-5 job requires a formal look. This style works well with a clean-shaven face or minimal facial hair. Generally, to keep sideburns short and sharp, ensure the cut-off line stays above the bottom of the ear. If you’re looking to change things up, play with the angles of the line or experiment with a short, tapered approach.
Tapered sideburns present a modern take on the classic sideburn. This faded effect is created by a gradual variance in hair length, with the thickest hair closest to the temples. Depending on how far down your face your sideburns extend, and whether you are merging into a beard, the thinnest part will line up with a chosen section of the ear. Maintaining this look will require regular trims to ensure stray hairs don’t transform your sleek look into a patchy mistake. Finally, this style can be great for men looking to disguise uneven hair growth.
Polished and classic, skinny sideburns are the perfect sidekick for short, slicked-back hair. Regarding length, this style looks great extended to the bottom of the ear or merged into a beard. When long, these skinny sideburns will draw the eye downwards and elongate the face. To create this look, use clippers to shape out your sideburns, then grab a razor blade for a sharp finish. Regular maintenance is required to remove any stray hairs, but the extra few minutes each day will be worth it.
Mutton Chops are perfect for highlighting angular cheekbones and rugged jawlines. This Wolverine style consists of long, full sideburns that extend to the corners of the mouth and increase in width as they move down the face. To achieve this masculine look, let your sideburns grow out until they meet your beard. If you’re a mustache man, feel free to incorporate this into your new mutton chops. Next, simply grab your clippers and sculpt out the shape. The key feature is a clean-shaven chin, however leaving some hair on the neck underneath will slightly soften the look. This may be recommended if this is your first time! Finally, stay sleek by brushing the hairs down with a comb.
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