Mutton Chops

Mutton Chops – Hold the Chin Hair

The popularity of mutton chops seems to track with the release of every new X-Men movie. Even if you thought the last sequel sucked, you might want to ready your MC ‘stache for the next Avengers movie. You know, Wolverine is a Marvel character, too.

The most common style of mutton chops are long, full sideburns that extend down to the corners of the mouth and are not connected by chin hair or a mustache. They are often wider at the ends than where they start. Some versions connect to a mustache, creating a solid line of hair. Mutton chops can be bushy or trimmed close to the face.

Who Mutton Chops Say You Are

Mutton chops are perfect for fans of 19th century politicians, as well as working class guys. They’re probably the biggest style statement you can make with your sideburns. A lot of other types of beards go in and out of fashion pretty quickly, but mutton chops only frequent men’s faces about every 150 years. Bikers seem to like them, and those guys are definitely secure in their manliness.

You Know Mutton Chops Are Right for You if…

  • You don’t mind being compared to a 5-foot 3-inch guy named Wolverine.
  • You don’t plan to wear a gas mask anytime soon.
  • You’re balancing your baldness.
  • You really hunger for big, bushy whiskers but still want to enjoy a good slab of ribs without a lot of clean up.

How to Grow Mutton Chops

  • Like most beard styles, you should grow a whole beard before carving out your mutton chops. That’s at least a four week commitment.
  • If you’ve never grown a beard before, bringing in a full set of whiskers will tell you where your facial hair grows well and where it doesn’t. For instance, if you don’t have much of a mustache, exclude mutton chop-styles that connect with the hair above your lip. It’s better than getting your hopes up for one style, and finding out your whiskers just won’t cooperate.
  • If your chosen mutton chop-style is more like a pair long but closely trimmed sideburns, you can get away with growing that specific hair-area and shaving the rest of your face. The full beard option is still the best way to start, but you can probably get away with just a week’s worth of growing time with the shorter style.

How to Groom Mutton Chops

Similar Beard Styles

Friendly Mutton Chops – Take your mutton chops and add a connecting mustache.