Mutton chops are probably the least desired beard styles for 2019; however, that doesn’t mean that guys don’t rock them. Mutton chops are an old beard style that has died off in recent decades due to the rise of other trends. However, that still hasn’t satisfied some people who like to go with mutton chops as their beard style.
In this article, we are going to tell you a bit about Mutton Chops, and how to grow one.
What Are Mutton Chops?
Mutton Chops, or sideburns as they call it, is a type of beard style that men grow on their cheeks. They’re called mutton chops because the beard itself resembles a piece of meat. Usually, mutton chops are supposed to be grown all the way down to the jawline and are usually combined with another form of facial hair such as a goatee or mustache.
What’s the History of Mutton Chops?
You’d be surprised that everyone used to wear mutton chops back in the old days. It was a way for people to show off their class, masculinity, and intellect. But no matter how rich you were, mutton chops were worn by everyone from the highest of nobles, down to the poorest of peasants.
It‘s been a long time since we’ve seen this beard trend; however, experts suggest that they are ready for a striking comeback in the next years.
How to Grow One?
There are a few steps you need to take in order to successfully grow mutton chops.
The first one is to…
• Stop Shaving
Naturally, this is the first step for growing any beard style. Since mutton chops grow on the side of your cheeks, you can still shave the center areas in order to get a preview of how things might look. We mentioned before that mutton chops usually go hand in hand with eighter a goatee or a mustache, so be prepared for that as well.
• Set Clear Lines to Shave Around Them
Since mutton chops are designed to be bushy and wide, you will need to set clear lines and shave around them. Since the risk is too big, you will need to be very careful in how you shave the rest of the areas.
• Give it Time to Grow
This is a pretty straightforward step; however, everyone needs to take notes. Not everyone has the same growing abilities, so each person will need different time for their beard to grow. As soon as your beard gets bushy on the cheeks, you can start the next step which is…
• Start Shaping
The step you’ve been waiting for a long time has arrived. It might’ve taken you 5 weeks, it might’ve taken you 6 weeks, but your mutton chops are ready to be shaped. For this step, you will need to remember the lines you set prior in the 2nd step. Make sure to start removing any excess cheek, jaw, and central facial hair so that your mutton chops can take the desired shape.
• Maintaining Your Beard Style
The last step that you will need is to learn how to maintain your mutton chops. Mutton chops require more work time that other beard styles in order to maintain their form. People with mutton chops will usually use some kind of product along with a beard trimmer to regularly keep it in shape.