You may not think about your sideburns very often, but they are an important part of your hairstyle. Changing your sideburns can change your look and even alter the appearance of your facial structure. You don’t have to have mutton chops to make a statement with your sideburns. These photos of men with sideburns show that you can balance out your features and make your hairstyle stand out with just about any type of sideburn.
According to Ask Men, sideburns are named after Ambrose Everett Burnside, a civil war general and politician. His rough sideburns extended from his ears to his handlebar mustache. People called them burnsides. The syllables were eventually transposed into sideburns, as they’re known today.
James Dean Sideburns
In the 1950s, celebrities like James Dean popularized the sideburn. The rockabilly duck-wing hairstyle didn’t need to have long sideburns to be cool.
In fact, in some photos of James Dean show him with short or mid-length sideburns. The popular hairstyle for the rebellious crowd at the time involved brushing the top towards the back and allowing the sides to flare out a little bit.
The front could be kept messy or tamed into a long curl that flopped over the face. In this picture, James Dean is actually getting his famous sideburns trimmed.