We wish you a hairy Christmas

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?