The Men’s Health Style Team Settles The Debate: What’s The Rule For Sideburns?

Take a look at your haircut before you shave away

Elvis wore his long and full. Peter Fonda’s mutton chops creeped down his chin. There was an unfortunate period in the ’80s where they all but disappeared. But the standard for sideburns today falls somewhere in the middle. These small extensions of hair change with the times and trends. Here’s what you need to know now.

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The thickness of your sideburns should be consistent with the rest of your hair. If it’s on the longer side, keep your ‘burns a bit fuller. If your hair is short, it should be short everywhere.

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The length of sideburns can balance the other lines on your face. Just like square-shaped sunglasses look better on guys with a round face, there are do’s and don’ts with sideburns. As a general rule, they shouldn’t extend much further than the midpoint of your ear.

Longer sideburns—that extend to the bottom of the ear—can help offset a long face or chin and they’ll also help a round face look less so. Shorter sideburns that hit mid-ear look good if you have a weak chin or an oval face. Lastly, keep the bottom line of the sideburn parallel with your jaw line.

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Keep your haircut looking fresh by trimming sideburns between cuts.

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