Embrace Sideburns With The Best Styling Combinations
Sideburns have been an inherent attribute of the most masculine, rebellious and attractive characters throughout history, both fictional and real. Take, for example, Logan, a savage wolverine that was incredibly powerful and brutal, or Edward Cullen, the iconic obsession of several generations of girls and women all around the world. General officers and rock n’ roll stars also sported this facial accessory with success. Today, it’s one of the most notorious men trends to reemerge, and it’s definitely here to stay. Sideburns and goatee.
Originally, the sideburn hair was called burnsides, after General Ambrose Burnside. His merit as the general wasn’t outstanding, unlike his magnificent facial hair. Bushy strips of facial fur, going down the cheeks, connected the hair on the head with the full mustache. Plenty of officers sported beards and lengthy side-whiskers those days. Thus, the combination of Burnside’s mustache with side-whiskers was named Burnside whiskers, which eventually corrupted into side burns. Today, you don’t have to be a fictional character or a military serviceman to harness sideburns as they are highly adjustable to any hairstyle, from coiled-curly to spiky hair.
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Of course, we don’t say that you can wear Burnside’s side burns with any hairstyle you like. Nowadays, there are so many variations of the side-whiskers that you are expected to match them with the haircut you’re harnessing. For instance, Mutton Chops look balanced with the undercut, whereas Ice Picks can complement a man bun. Just don’t be afraid of experimenting.
Why You Need To Have Side Burns?
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There are many reasons for having side burns, actually. First, they create a frame for your face, so it looks more manly and defined. Then they accentuate your jawline, thus making you instantly look slenderer. Also, they create the image of dense thatch, so unless you have thick Asian hair, they’re obligatory for you. Life with no sideburns is full of hardship, don’t you think?
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How To Trim Your Sideburns
When considering how to trim sideburns, you need to decide on their length first. To choose it, you can use the knob in front of the ear hole, the Tragus, as the starting point. Medium sideburns finish at the Tragus level, short go above it and long extend the lobes. Note, however, because our ears are usually asymmetrical, it would be best to use some central facial element like a nose or mouth as a yardstick. So, when you’ve drawn the blueprint of your sideburns in the head, it’s time to grab the clippers and let them do their job.
There’s a myriad of sideburn styles, and it’s important to consider such factors as your face shape and the workplace dress code when choosing the one. Just keep in mind that with long styles, thin sideburns elongate the shape of your face, while thick ones make it look wider. If you need to balance out your oval face or look appropriate for work, opt for shorter whiskers.
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Long sideburns help you frame the face. If you have round, broad or square façade, go with a thin style as it elongates the face. For oblong faces, stick with wide sideburns, which will enlarge your lineaments. For the beard styles with a full beard, long sideburns are the best way to shape it up.
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If you’re after a job-appropriate look, consider short sideburns styles. Harness your whiskers with a smooth-shaved face or a very short beard. The cut-off line shouldn’t exceed the earlobe for the look to appear edgy and clean. If you have curly hair, short sideburns would perfectly complement it.
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To successfully pull off the side burns men opt for the tapered effect. It’s created with the gradual transitions from the longer to the shorter hair starting from the temples. Decide on how low your sideburns will be and if they will connect to the beard. Line up the narrowest part with the ear area you’ve selected.
Skinny beard merged or disconnected sideburns create a traditional refined look. Your hairstyle should reflect the elegance of the beard and temple line. A great option, in this case, would be slicked back hair.
It’s no coincidence that Muttonchops remind you of the Wolverine because he’s the one who sported them in the most flattering way. Mutton chops beard is very defined and outlined. The side burns in this look are long and can flow to the mouth corners. Then the hair, moving down, becomes wider and merges into a beard.
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Sideburns aren’t the remnants of the past anymore. They can look incredibly stylish and modern. The secret is behind the right trim choice for different hairstyles and face shapes.