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Five Key Hairstyles We Saw in 2014

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As 2014 draws to a close it’s always nice to look back at the year and see what trends stood out amongst the crowd. Over the past couple of years we have started to see less dramatic changes in men’s fashion and grooming and the classics are well and truly back. With this in mind I decided I would take a look at five of the key hairstyles we saw in 2014 and rate them on how likely we are to see them continuing into 2015.

Short Back And Sides With Length On Top

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In 2014 we saw men of all ages looking to the clippers as we began to go shorter on the back and sides of our hair. The key to this style was its versatility, wavy or straight, there is a product to make this style possible for all hair types.

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Keeping the sides short and growing the length required on top takes time and effort and pushes the boundaries for even the most modern of males. Will we see this look in 2015? I can’t see this one going anywhere just yet, it’s the perfect all-rounder for most hair types and looks super cool.

The Pompadour

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An all-time classic stemming back to the 1950s, the pompadour has been worn by some of the most fashionable guys of all time including the likes of David Beckham, Justin Timberlake and let’s not forget the king himself, Elvis Presley.

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This rock and roll inspired look sweeps the hair upwards and away from the face with the sides slicked back. For a timeless look we saw gents keeping a bit more length on the sides with some opting to go for a more edgy modern take on the cut. Will we see this look in 2015? I think we will continue to see this look especially amongst the guys into the rockabilly scene and the super on trend bearded and tattooed chaps.

The Undercut

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The disconnection despite its popularity is still seen by some as an extreme look. The hair is clippered high on the head, right up to the curve with lots of length left on the top. Unlike traditional cuts there is generally no fading on the hair with the top left to hang below the crown. A tough look to pull off but when done properly, one that’s full of attitude.

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Will we see this look in 2015? I’m not too sure. The disconnected style may pass and be a bit of a fad, I’d expect to still see it on some of the runways but I suspect your average Joe may go back to a more traditional style as January comes around.

The Quiff

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From Barlow to Gosling the quiff is a style we have seen on some of the world’s most handsome men, so with good reason the majority of us have copied it at some point. The quiff is a safe option, the look is slick and sophisticated but not too in your face or likely to stand out in the boardroom. The sides can be taken high and tight or more length can be left on for a softer look or those with narrower faces.

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Will we see this look in 2015? Sported by young and old it’s highly unlikely to go anywhere fast. My only reserve would be that everyone has had a quiff at some point and so if you’re looking to make an impact with your style it’s probably best avoided.

The Top Knot

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2014 was certainly the year for the topknot with everyone from the hairy hipsters to the more street styled guys giving them a try. Getting this look takes perseverance and MFM commend anyone who can stick out that awkward middle stage. As with the undercut we saw this style taken super short on the sides where as some guys liked to keep the length and tie it up in a samurai bun style.

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Will we see this look in 2015? I think those that have this style just to look the part will soon tire of the hard work maintaining it and get rid. However it’s an awesome look and can suit most face shapes so I don’t expect it to disappear completely.

A Final Word…

So there you have it. Five of the most popular styles we have seen throughout the last year and my (albeit personal) opinion on how likely they are to be around as we move into 2015. Now we ask you – what sort of looks have you favoured this year and where do you see men’s grooming going as we start an exciting new year?

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  • Enrique Britto

    As a barber and upcoming hairstylists I see the transition from using a ton of gel and shaking around the hair to short back and sides with much length on top and even using the “solely feared>blow-dryer”. Therein, living south of the border, I have witnessed a large number of people wearing the not so popular “faux mohawk”.

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