I would like to know how the different minhagim regarding growing payos (sidelocks) developed. I see so many different styles including curled, straight, tucked behind the ear, twisted above the ear, sideburns, wild growth etc. Can each of these styles be traced back to certain countries of origin? Are there any styles that trace back to the early days of Jewish history?

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    "Why are there so many types of shoes that Jews wear?" seems like an equally interesting question. We all know people have different styles and various aesthetics go in and out of style.
    – Double AA
    Dec 29, 2016 at 0:57
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    @DoubleAA. Great. So you're saying that it's just a matter of styles like shoes and eyeglasses. That's what I was asking. Why don't you post that as the answer?
    – Mark A.
    Dec 29, 2016 at 3:20
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    @MarkA. Because if he is right, then it would be nearly impossible to prove, as Jewish literature gives very little screen time to irrelevant historical fashion decisions.
    – mevaqesh
    Dec 29, 2016 at 8:41
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    Related questions on the meaning and origins of arup peyos, geknipt payos, short Lubavitch peyos and Teimani simanim
    – Rish
    Dec 29, 2016 at 10:16
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    @mevaqesh. So it's just a question of style? Exactly like shoes and glasses? No other significance in the different minhagim? I imagine somebody out there has some better info than that.
    – Mark A.
    Dec 29, 2016 at 16:19


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