How to Trim Your Sideburns the Right Way

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A symbol of masculinity and rebellion, sideburns have been seen on military generals, kings of rock and Hugh Jackman’s wild wolverine. Recently, this assertive look has re-emerged as a strong facial feature for modern men. With a variety of shapes, styles, and lengths available, sideburns can balance out your facial features while enhancing strong jawlines and cheekbones. From polished and sleek to rugged and bold, there are options for everyone. Before you grab those clippers and get to work, find out which style suits you and learn how to get the perfect cut every time.

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Go big or go home. Longer sideburns are great for framing the face and usually end just below the ear. Before trimming, it is important to consider your face shape. Long, thin sideburns can be a great way to elongate the face, so they’re perfect for guys with large, square or round faces. On the other hand, if your face is narrow or long, cut your sideburns to highlight your features. Finally, if you are looking for a faded beard shape, there is a long way to go. Let them grow and cut them accordingly to create a clean and rugged look.

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Short sideburns are perfect if your 9-5 job calls for a formal look. This style works well with a clean shaven face or minimal facial hair. Generally, to keep the sideburns short and pointed, make sure the cut line stays above the bottom of the ear. If you’re looking to switch things up, play with the angles of the line or experiment with a short, tapered approach.

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Tapered Sideburns

Tapered sideburns present a modern take on classic sideburns. This faded effect is created by gradually varying the length of the hair, with the thickest hair being closest to the temples. Depending on the extent of your sideburns across your face and your blending with 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 turn your sleek look into a patchy mistake. Finally, this style can be ideal for men looking to hide uneven hair growth.

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Polished and classic, skinny sideburns are the perfect companion for short, slicked back hair. When it comes to length, this style looks great extended to the bottom of the ear or merged into a beard. When long, these skinny sideburns draw the eye downward and elongate the face. To create this look, use clippers to shape your sideburns, then grab a razor blade for a clean finish. Regular maintenance is necessary to remove stray hairs, but the extra few minutes each day are worth it.

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Mutton chops

Mutton chops are perfect for showcasing angled cheekbones and strong 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 man with a mustache, feel free to incorporate it into your new mutton chops. Then just grab your trimmer and sculpt the shape. The key feature is a clean shaven chin, however, leaving some hair on the neck below will soften the look slightly. It can be recommended if it’s your first time! Finally, stay stylish by brushing the hair with a comb.

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How to trim your side burns

FAQs

Should guys have favorites?

Sideburns aren’t the most popular hair choice, but they can symbolize rebellion and masculinity. There are also a wide variety of different styles to choose from, including tapered, long and short sideburns, each lending itself well to a different look.

Is it okay to shave sideburns?

If you prefer short hair, all you need to do is almost trim your sideburns. As a general rule, it’s a good idea to cut them no more than a quarter inch from where your ear rests on your head. It’s not necessary to shave your sideburns, and it could create a bigger problem for you, causing unwanted and prickly tripping.

Can you have your favorites laser engraved?

You do not need to remove your paws, and this should only be done due to personal preference. Laser hair removal can be performed on many areas of the body, including your sideburns. It should be noted that this process will hurt and you may find it uncomfortable to feel the hairs burning. That said, if you’re looking for a more permanent form of hair removal, this is probably the way to go.

How long do favorites take to regrow?

How long the sideburns take to grow back depends on the process you used to remove them. That said, they should grow at a rate of about a quarter inch per month, although this may vary slightly from person to person.

At what age do sideburns grow?

For men, facial hair growth, such as sideburns, tends to develop around puberty. In general, it could be around 15 or 16 years old. It may take a few more years before they can grow a full beard.

Can anyone grow sideburns?

Anyone can have favorites. You can then decide if you want to grow them into a beard and if you want them long, short, tapered, thin or thick like the style of mutton chops, emphasizing the angled cheekbones and giving a rugged look to the jawline.

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