1970s Haircuts With Sideburns

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1970s Haircuts With Sideburns
Thick sideburns are sometimes called mutton chops. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The 1970s was known for some wild and unruly fashions and hairstyles. Men's hairstyles during the 1970s were long and sometimes were accompanied by sideburns. Sideburns were patches of facial hair men wore on the sides of the face. These extended from the hairline to below the ears. Sideburns were sometimes worn with a long moustache to accentuate a sense of rebelliousness.


The mullet was all the rage in the '70s. From the front, the mullet looked short, but from the back it looked long. Short hair framed the face, while the sides and back remained long. Sometimes mullets were worn very long, even down to the shoulders. David Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust persona and the TV character MacGyver both rocked the mullet in the 1970s. Often, the mullet was worn with long, thick sideburns, called mutton chops.


Shags were also "in" during the '70s. The shag hairstyle was also a long hairstyle on men, except the hair was layered, soft and messy-looking. More layers were put toward the top of the head. The shag was almost always accompanied by sideburns and a patch of hair on the chin. Think Mick Jagger or Shaggy from the cartoon "Scooby Doo." At the time, it was a very popular hairstyle for rock stars.


The Afro was a popular hairstyle worn by African-Americans during the 1970s. The Afro, also called a "'Fro," was worn long and extended straight out from the head, forming a bowl shape. Sometimes Afros were very large. Usually this hairstyle also was accompanied by thick sideburns, which were called mutton chops, or just chops. A longer moustache was also in style with this hairdo. Michael Jackson and Jimi Hendrix both sported the Afro.

Long and Short

Men had long hair in the 1970s. Hair was worn to the shoulders or even longer. Often there were no fringe, and the hair hung flat without any styling. Men wore shorter sideburns with longer hair and sometimes wore moustaches. Tom Petty, Steve Winwood and Kenny Loggins all wore long hair. During the 1970s Loggins even wore his long hair with a full beard. Shorter cuts that fell just by the ear were also popular and worn with sideburns. This was particularly popular with men who had curls. Robert Reed, the actor who played Mike Brady on "The Brady Bunch," wore this hairstyle in the 1970s.

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