Growing sideburns seems simple, but many men do not know where to begin their effort to sport sideburns. The problem tends to come not with growing sideburns, but properly maintaining them. Some men think sideburns are old-fashioned, but well-grown sideburns are still a popular way to stand out. Read below for how to properly grow and care for your sideburns.
One of the reasons men sometimes shy away from growing sideburns or other facial hair is that they become accustomed to their current look. Once the new hair begins to grow, they are sometimes scared of the change and shave it off. Remember that the initial stages of sideburn growth are the worst, so if you can get past this part, you will be fine. Start your sideburn growth in the summer or while on a vacation to allow yourself some time to get used to the new style.
In addition to cutting off shaving in the areas where your sideburns will grow, you should also stop shaving your entire face for a little while. If possible, let your facial hair grow for about four weeks. It will be tempting to shave during this time, but you want to make sure your sideburns are the proper thickness before you trim.
Next, choose the type of sideburn you want. If your face is long and skinny, the sideburns should be long and thick. If you have a rounder face, keep the sideburns shorter and thinner. The same short, thin look goes for people with square jaws. Once you choose the style, shave the rest of your face with a razor and shaving cream. Shave around the areas where your sideburns will be, but make the sideburns a little bit larger than you think you want. You can always go back and shave more, but you cannot reverse over-shaving. If you want to trim down the thickness of your sideburns, use a beard trimmer. Shave the rest of your face regularly to make your sideburns stand out.