Sideburns were a growth of facial hair that was common among humanoids.

Starfleet personnel

As was common in military culture of 19th, 20th, and 21st century Earth, Starfleet personnel maintained a quasi-uniform hairstyle. Sideburns were perhaps the most universal aspect of this, as many male officers stylized their sideburns to end in triangular points. Many ships, including the USS Enterprise-D, had barbershops staffed by barbers onboard, where it was likely that this uniform sideburn style was administered. Some male personnel, William T. Riker being notable among them, chose to wear beards as well.

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Background information

According to Stephen E. Whitfield and Gene Roddenberry's The Making of Star Trek (pp. 286-287), the distinctive pointed sideburns worn by male Starfleet personnel originated as a compromise between Roddenberry's desire to show "futuristic" hairstyles reflective of Star Trek's setting and the actors' objections to the prospect of being required to abandon their favored contemporary styles off camera.

In I Am Spock (p. 28), Leonard Nimoy stated that he had initially suggested pointed sideburns specifically as a Vulcan style for Spock, and quipped that their propagation to other Federation characters was due to Vulcans being "galactic trendsetters." In a 2016 interview with, Laurel Goodwin further claimed that it was she who had originally suggested the look to Nimoy. [1]

According to Gustav Mendoza, his father, Richard Mendoza, a hairdresser who had worked for Lucille Ball, also helped in creating Spock's signature slanted sideburns. [2]

One version of Westmore's "Side-Burn Bible"

For Star Trek: The Next Generation and subsequent series, Michael Westmore created several iterations of a document known as the "Side-Burn Bible," or simply "The Bible" for short, illustrating his prescribed technique for makeup artists and hairstylists to artificially create these "pointy sideburns" utilizing crepe wool, which would be trimmed and applied in a manner that blended with performers' natural hair growth. Painting on of makeup was advised against, except to repair holes. (Makeup Man: From Rocky to Star Trek, pp. 204-205)

Several examples of performers who had their sideburns added on by the makeup department include:

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