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Are we going to see more stubble in 2014? What about hair? And body art? Isn't that getting to be old tat? Experts say the direction for men's grooming in 2014 is more of what we saw this year - much more.

Jo Smith of Toni&Guy Georges in Melbourne's CBD says hair styles for men are staying sleek and short at the sides, with a bit of length on top to style and texture for night or day.

"We're definitely seeing that neat thing continuing into next year," Smith says.

Sofia Azorakos, the 2014 American Crew All Star Challenge Australian winner, agrees. “Men's hair in 2014 will depend on your lifestyle," she says. "Most men want more versatility out of their 'do.

"At the moment, it's keeping the sides tight and short, and the top heavy with texture, allowing a sleek look by day and that rockabilly quiff by night.

"I think this look will continue to be popular in 2014.”

According to Smith, the general neatness of men's hair will continue to be offset by beards and other facial hair.

And the hairy face thing that's grown in the past 18 months or so from hipster-only to near-ubiquity is definitely not going to fade away.

"A lot of men are keeping their 'Movember' moustaches this year," Smith says.

Cricketers including Mitch Johnson and Dave Warner are leading the way. Both players seem to have refrained from shaving it all off on December 1 for superstitious reasons after striking it lucky with bat and ball in November. It's modern, but also harks back to the glory days of Australian cricket when most of the top men - think Merv Hughes, David Boon, Dennis Lillee, Max Walker - were heavily moustachioed.

And tattoos? No matter what you might think about them, they aren't going away. In fact, much like their owners, it seems like we're stuck with them. "They'll still be seen in 2014," Smith says but she offers a warning. Tattoos - as with facial hair - need to look neat.

"Beards and moustaches need to be well maintained," she says. "Nicely clipped, shaved where needs be, not looking like an old hobo. Tattoos are the same. A little goes a long way."

There's still some anti-tattoo prejudice out there, Smith warns. "We worked for a corporate client recently and they insisted that none of the male stylists we sent along had visible tattoos."

And it's not all haircuts and beards. Lyndall Mitchell, director of the Aurora Spa in St Kilda, says "wellness" will also be important for men in 2014. And so will be switching off, if only for a little while.

"We now have a labelled condition called nomophobia which is the fear of being out of mobile contact," Mitchell says. "With the science now which shows how stress impacts ageing, it's important to fight this.

"Rituals like having a designated time each night where you switch off from technology are becoming more popular. They help lower stress and enhance sleeping patterns."

And trying to achieve the maximum results in the minimum amount of time are also likely to become more popular next year, Lyndall says.

"Steam room treatments are a winner. They help to relax the muscles and open the pores of the skin for a deep cleansing effect.

"And we are seeing an even greater demand for clean, green products and this will continue for 2014. Clients want to put products on their skin that are not full of chemicals, rather a product that helps to enhance their wellbeing."

So, to your 2014 modern man checklist: get a neat haircut with a bit of length on top, a well-kept moustache, a discreet tattoo, and switch off the mobile devices now and again. Are you up for it?

9 comments

  • Men are increasingly becoming worse than women when it comes to fashion. Melbourne is now full of the classic "Lady-men" who sport beards, tatts and silly skinny jeans. All a statement of their own unique individuality of course! Pity they don't have the brains to know that fashion is ephemeral and tattoos are permanent. Sheep, one and all.

    Commenter
    Elijah Baley
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    December 17, 2013, 11:37PM
    • For starters the main story headline should have been " we urned it"
      As to facial hair, if trimmed properly unlike a garden guru on TV, I'm all for it.
      If Mitch takes his off it will be like Sampson, he'll loose his mojo for sure.
      Hirsute Heros stand up and be recognised as real men.

      Commenter
      Jetlagged
      Date and time
      December 18, 2013, 2:17AM
      • Invest in tattoo removal technologies! its going to be a very profitable industry in the not too distant future!

        Commenter
        brad
        Location
        sydney
        Date and time
        December 18, 2013, 2:45AM
        • How exactly are people who already have tattoos going to be "in" when they are adorned with a virtually ineradicable"fashion accessory" that is "out"? Perhaps it will be like the width of ties - just wit 20 years until wide or narrow ties come into fashion again. At least piercings and hair can be removed in the privacy of your own bathroom. Removing tattoos is somewhat more complicated, painful and expensive.
          With regard to Elijah's comment, not sure how a beard makes a male a "Lady-man". On my travels to Bangkok, I have yet to see a "Lady-man with a beard. My observation is that they do all they can not to look like men.

          Commenter
          Doug
          Location
          Canberra
          Date and time
          December 18, 2013, 4:11AM
          • You lost me at 'men' and 'grooming' in the same sentence. Hygiene, sure. Presentation, possibly. Sculpting, hardly. Soap, deodorant, toothpaste versus body wash, after shave, moisturiser. Apologises for being so damn primitive, but I prefer women to be the fairer sex.

            Commenter
            mutt
            Date and time
            December 18, 2013, 5:12AM
            • Many years ago I learnt a simple rule.....don't worry about "fashion" just focus on style, ie what suits you/ your body. Forget fashion, fashion comes and goes. You are never a victim of style, but there are lots of fashion victims.

              And as someone who has a couple of discreet tattoos, only when I wear a tank top can they be seen, so all I can say is less is more.... the one thing I can say is that "sleeve/ leg/ neck/ hand tatts" are the MULLETS of the 21st century... when we look at the photos from the 80's and see our mullets we think....OMG, what was I thinking, thankfully I could cut it off.... something those with all over tattoos will not be able to do that once the "fashion subsides" and it will......

              Commenter
              shemp
              Location
              melb
              Date and time
              December 18, 2013, 7:43AM
              • My ginger mo has now turned white, mind you it was grown in the last "mo era" of the 70s and now well and truly a part of me. Bet Mitchell Johnson will get sick of trimming the side bits (droopy mo's always make you look sad) so can see the droop coming of quick. Dave Warner's mo really suits him. Recently a young delivery man sporting an envious mo said to me "ah, a fellow mo bro"" Think this may catch on, and men, whispy chin bits look ridiculous. Just my thoughts.
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                Commenter
                Davy 60
                Location
                Bellarine Pen.
                Date and time
                December 18, 2013, 7:49AM
                • SHort back and ides and a quiff on top is going to attract the wrong kind of attention together with a pat on the bum,and not from a female

                  Commenter
                  Fred Bloggs
                  Location
                  Castlemaine
                  Date and time
                  December 18, 2013, 8:36AM
                  • The only decent piece of advice my father ever gave me was to hold-off getting a tattoo until after I'd turned 30. Unsurprisingly, once I got to 30 I no longer wanted one.

                    The attraction of tatts and beards is a mystery to me, but as a red-blooded gay man I have no complaints about watching tight-bodied Gen Y men strutting around in their skinny jeans. No complaints whatsoever.

                    Commenter
                    Tom
                    Location
                    2000
                    Date and time
                    December 18, 2013, 8:36AM
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