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Grooming and the Metrosexual Male

Updated on July 10, 2020
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Michael has been teaching social science economics and ICT since the 1980's.

Grooming the Metrosexual Male

Men it would seem have come a long way in recent years. Do you prefer a perfectly coiffured haircut, or are you more of a shaved head caveman kinda guy?

The metrosexual male is evolving. From the dandies of the 17th century to todays crimped and pimped young blades about town. It shows that male beauty is complicated. Men used to be so simple to understand?

If you are of a certain age, and you survived the fitness, diet and fashion fads of the last few decades. You may know that the 60’s and 70’s, wasn't all it is cracked up to be.

The chances are good, that you may have once had abs and used the odd bit of male make-up, even if it was just a little concealer or foundation, to hide those temporary facial flaws.

Modelling Male Beauty

Luke is a modern male
Luke is a modern male | Source

Rise of the Metrosexual

Who can forget David Bowie and his legions of male beauty clones, looking like an explosion in a paint factory?

Like many men, you probably grew out of it, your skin settled down to something less resembling a butcher’s apron.

Now comes the 80’s 90’s and the oughties. A new breed of men, who want male beauty products and Mens grooming, have emerged from the undergrowth.

If Joey Essex or David Beckham change their haircuts, within days you will see the same haircut on many men in the street.

This need to follow the leader, is not new and has roots back to the earliest times.

Who can forget the hippie days, where every man 'had' to have really long hair and even a ponytail. Otherwise you were considered to be "part of the system,man". Which was seriously uncool.

The Metrosexual

The term Metrosexual was actually coined many years ago and is made up from two other words. Metropolitan and heterosexual, and aimed to describe an affluent, urban living young man.

The term originated in an article by Mark Simpson.

Published on November 15, 1994, in The Independent.

Simpson's Definition:

'Metrosexual man, the single young man with a high disposable income, living or working in the city (because that’s where all the best shops are), is perhaps the most promising consumer market of the decade. In the Eighties he was only to be found inside fashion magazines such as GQ'

'Now he’s everywhere and he’s going shopping'.

The difference between Bowie era male beauty, and their make up, is a million miles away from the clean lined, modern definition of male beauty.

The male make up products that are available today are so subtle, that most men would not notice other men wearing them.

If we are to believe the hype, these men are really taking better care of themselves.

The evidence appears to support it. Then that's okay, isn't it?

The Fragrance of Man

The vast majority of men in the past; we are led to believe did not take very good care of themselves.

The assumption is that maybe they would get a haircut every now and again but generally men were slobs. I refute this interpretation.

I would often splash on Paco Rabanne after my weekly bath. (I used to bath once a week; whether I needed to or not ;)

Few men would dream of using a face mask or make up in daily life unless they were an actor on the stage.

But this began to change in the 1970's and male face masks became more common. This male beauty phenomenon is not as superficial as it may at first appear.

It has more to do with self esteem, self respect and just 'self'. Wanting to look after yourself is simply a great idea. Men are now more engaged and concerned with their health and well being than finding that long term mate; which is now less of an priority.

Man Finance

Metrosexualism seems to be most focused in the single affluent male with a high disposable income group.

Apparently these men are looking after themselves better, and enjoying spending their money on the things they want instead of spending their money supporting a family.

The average family size in developed countries has/is decreasing from 2.4 children per household to 1.4 children.

There is a departure from the traditional heterosexual male role of husband and provider paradigm. Men are stepping away from this role in their millions.

Of course there have always been men, that cared about their appearance. Fine fragrance's for men have been recorded throughout history.

Many popular male fragrance's tend to mimic a wide variety of fresh and woody tones, including traces of lemon and cedar-wood.

Why these particular natural smells appeal to men is a bit of a mystery. It may remind them of a more primitive time when they lived in the forest. The smell of a Cedar or Pine forest is intoxicating.

Another interesting point on male fragrance preference is it's constancy over time.

Yves San Laurent, Paco Rabanne, and even Old Spice, are still the top selling male fragrances.

Cedars of Lebanon

Fragrant Cedar wood has been used for over 6,000 years to build homes. It's no surprise we like the smell and it is often found in men's colognes
Fragrant Cedar wood has been used for over 6,000 years to build homes. It's no surprise we like the smell and it is often found in men's colognes | Source

Time for a Man Chat

The new male, is a man that looks after himself, in terms of his personal grooming, attire, diet and fitness.

There is growing awareness, that we need to look after ourselves, as well as the planet.

Taking better care of yourself; is as a good a place to start as any. There is however the creeping suspicion, that there is more to this, than just encouraging men to look after themselves better.

The Man Business

It’s should come as no surprise then, that this new male, as a 'consumer type'. Is the main preoccupation of clothing designers, cosmetics companies, fitness gym's, specialist food producers, restaurateurs amongst a myriad of other demands for their attentions and cash.

There have always been of course, companies that cater primarily to men. These companies tend to be established brands, with high end merchandise and high quality products.

To gain the loyalty of any man, takes a lot of effort and a track record. It is no surprise that companies that are supported by men, usually have been around for a very long time.

New companies wishing to jump onto this particular bandwagon, need to focus on what these men want. And deliver the goods.

The male beauty business alone is now a massive market. Men may have been largely neglected in the past but companies are catching on fast.

Maybe we can all learn something from these changing trends. It could be that these new men, are actually blazing a trail to something positive for all men.

Green Smoothies quick and easy

Male Beauty Tucked Plucked and Sucked

There are all manner of hair clippers, luxuriating shower scrubs, not to mention diet’s, that are so organically healthy. They still have soil on them.

It makes one wonder, how we managed to survive so long without vitamin supplements, ‘good’ gut bacteria, low cholesterol drinks and getting the fat, out of our diet. and of course hitting the gym daily?

Nobody smokes anymore and if you do; you are looked on as some kind of pariah that has just dragged a horse corpse into the room.

Having grey hair, used to be seen as distinguished. Today it is often considered the mark of a man that has let himself go, 'gone to seed'. Many men go grey very young, not to mention male pattern baldness.

Have these men really let themselves go? Or is it that they haven't got the memo yet on hair dye.

The Hair Dye Experiment

To test the idea, that men's hair colour, can have an effect on the way they are perceived. With my wife's help, I dyed my silver hair, natural dark brown and went out to a big family dinner.

My extended family and friends asked me 'are you going to the gym more regularly'? and commented . 'You look so well? and 'how much weight you have lost'!

No-one spotted the 'conker brown' hair on my head, until my friends wife Denise walked in, and exclaimed!

“What have you done to your hair, you look fabulous”

At which point, one of the guys actually said what every man at the table was thinking

'wow, didn't notice that'.

We had been sitting together for 2 hours?

What did I discover from this exercise. What women have known forever. Men are useless at observation and this is why they can never find anything. I thought I had invented a word to describe this behavior. I called it the 'Manscan' * but apparently someone beat me to it.

* 'Manscan' - the cursory examination a man gives to the search for a pair of socks or similar small objects of desire in particular and immediately declares that he cannot find them.

Women on the other hand can find anything anywhere and seem to notice the tiniest flaws and imperfections in themselves and more interestingly in each other.

Men in general do not tend to notice these types of cosmetic changes, much to the annoyance of countless millions of women.

How many times has a women asked a man 'how do I look'?

The man is befuddled, looking all over the woman, trying to figure out what has changed.

The problem is compounded when we take into account that he probably didn't know what you looked like before either.

Men do not pay that much attention to these so important details (to women) It's just not that interesting to most men. Or should I say, it didn't used to be.

This attention to cosmetic details, is not the natural habitat of most men.

Maybe now that more men, are using make-up and hair dye, they will notice when someone else makes a change to their appearance.

The problem as always with men; is that they will be too busy fixing their own make-up, to notice anyone else's.

Many women do say that men become more attractive as they age. These women could all be lying of course.

The growth in men's grooming, male beauty products and make up may lead to increased competition for the bathroom. Other than that who knows.

For these men, the future looks and smells great.

New Hair Dye for Men

Rediscovering your inner Peacock.

When I pulled my hair dye stunt, my good friend George was impressed. He told us that he had been given a gift certificate, for the pharmacy. for Xmas 6 months earlier.

He explained how he often furtively paused by the hair dye display, contemplating buying some hair dye, but had always chickened out!

He said “You have inspired me. I am going to get that hair dye, and slap it on my head"That was over 2 years ago. George still hasn't bought that dye.

What may have started off as a joke on my part, actually got my friends thinking seriously about this whole idea. I know that many more men now regularly dye their hair.

Fortunately for me I haven't got much hair left and can get away with a number 2 crop.

Metrosexualism is for life, not just Xmas

Some men have 'evolved' this one time journalist's, marketing concept, into a full on, life choice.

Of course there are more aspects to this trend, than at first meets the eye. It could be that we are witnessing a new trend in the way men see themselves in modern society.

Many men have opted to spend more of their money, time and effort on themselves.

There are a growing number of men opting to stay single have no family commitments.

In the Natural World

Male beauty display in the animal kingdom, tends to be very apparent and colourful.

Consider the striking plumage of male birds, compared to the rather dull plumage of the female of the species.

Maybe men are rediscovering their inner Peacock.

What Is Your Opinion

Is Your Man A Metrosexual?

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    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR

      Micheal is 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Pathologists, what can I say lol

      It must be in the job description. Disheveled person required.

      Hair dye, why do people do it? I don't get it.

      What happened to growing older gracefully.

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      7 years ago


      Just saw this. I got grins all the way through it. The subject comes up among many of my colleagues as a tease, frequently.

      I think the only difference between metrosexuals and funeral directors is the family thing. Most of my straight colleagues are married, or bonded to a significant other. And many of them escape the city, as soon as possible, at the end of their shift. So, that knocks those out.

      The bits about staying fresh, keeping a manicure and even a pedicure, a good hair cut and shave (or trimmed beard and mustache, if they have one), wearing tasteful threads that may lean toward classic - more than trendy ... they've had those parts incorporated into their lives for decades now.

      I can say the same thing for most of my medical professional associates as well, with exception to pathologists, lol. I've met many male pathologists that were in definite need of some lessons in scrubbing and grooming!

      The hair dye thing would probably have me falling out laughing, lol. I've never been impressed with men's hair dye. I don't dye my own yet and I'm dreading the day when I might feel the need to do it.

      I'll have to pass this around to some of my friends. No doubt they'll be grinning in light of the reminder of recent conversations about this very topic as well. :)

      Great job!


    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR

      Micheal is 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi ishwaryaa22,

      I agree. I think it is a great idea to look after oneself better.

      It amazes me that men have survived so long without these new ideas.

      Thanks for your comments.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      7 years ago from Chennai, India

      An insightful hub! Metrosexual Man is the latest word in the world of magazines and it is often written in bold letters. Most women prefer metrosexual men - they like men who take good care of both their looks and personal hygiene as well as loaded with good income and all. Once again, an engaging hub and I learnt more from your hub! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR

      Micheal is 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Why thank you Pamela99,

      I like my hair the way it is too. It was funny pulling the hair dye stunt but it just shows you that most men are clueless to these subtle changes.

      I agree that it looks as if the bathroom cabinets are going to be heaving with metrosexual mens, grooming and cosmetic products.

      I do believe in looking after our health but this new generation seem much more self absorbed with their appearance than older men.

      Maybe it is just a case of marketing finding an untapped new market?

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I certainly learned a lot from your hub. I love the hair dye trick you pulled on your friends. I think your hair looks good the way it is. I don't like to see a man look too prissy, but clean and neat are good. I like a touch of gray in older men. I grew up loving to watch Clint Eastwood and Paul Newman and they were good looking without all the extra work. It sounds like the bathrooms of America are going to be really full of hers and now his stuff! I really enjoyed reading your hub. Voted up and awesome.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR

      Micheal is 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi vibesites,

      It does appear that many men are moving away from the traditional roles set out for them in the past.

      More money to spend on themselves is a big inducement not to get 'hooked up' to any, one woman. Or any woman at all in some cases.

      This is a very interesting phenomenon to observe.

    • vibesites profile image


      7 years ago from United States

      To some women, they like a well-groomed guy with a good smell and who dresses impeccably. While other women don't like a metrosexual guy because they feel like he's more "beautiful" than the woman, and even (unconsciously) beats her when it comes to grooming department. Hehehe. Very nice hub, very interesting. :)

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR

      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Nell,

      It was funny and we did have a great laugh with the hair dye.

      Interestingly the guys would often talk about it and their hair too became slowly darker lol over time. I used to say. 'you've dyed your hair' they all denied it lol.

      Just like your son, both of my boys (30,28) use all kinds on lotions and potions. They think it perfectly normal that men should dye my hair, if they want.

      I do agree, it is good that we should look after ourselves.

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, that was a great idea to dye your hair, and then sit back and wait to see the reaction. Funny how they all thought you had been to the gym! just a small change makes such a difference. I do like men to look good and take care of their appearance, but sometimes I think they go too far these days! lol! my son actually dyed his hair a while ago, and he is only 32! he said, and I quote, ' I have gone grey, help! it keeps shining in the light and makes me look old'! next thing I know he is phoning to say he has done it! now for the face cream! great hub and voted all the way! nell

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR

      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Natashalh,

      I know what you mean. As in all things there must be a balance.

      Mens grooming has come on a lot, in the last few decades.

      I am all for looking after ourselves better and putting our best feet forward but.

      I draw the line at plucking my eyebrows.

      I haven't quite gotton over, to the full on metrosexual side... yet! :)

    • Natashalh profile image


      8 years ago from Hawaii

      I think folks need to strike a balance. A man can be well-groomed and thoroughly manly! I actually think it shows great 'manly self-confidence' to be willing to clean up a bit. I used to live with a house full of guys and they were all very set on being stinky and messy. It got a little overwhelming!

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR

      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Sunny,

      I have to say that I am in the same position as you viz a viz the hair lol. It is good that we take better care of ourselves. As far as mens grooming goes. I do like an old fashioned shave by a real barber. They are so rare in the UK now. Glad it made you laugh :)

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      Sonny Ellar 

      8 years ago from Saudi Arabia

      I had a great reading experience! this hub is informatively written and interesting! yes there is nothing wrong in looking after yourself. back in my country, (I am now in Saudi Arabia) every once in a while I pamper myself or treat myself with a foot spa, some facial treatment and yes hair cut is important too but I can't (haven't tried shaving it) and I think I won't look good without the hair on my scalp (laughing)

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR

      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Levertis Steele,

      Thank you for reading and leaving an interesting comment.

      If looking after yourself is fashionable.

      That is a good enough.

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      Levertis Steele 

      8 years ago

      Men who take good care of themselves look great as long as they lean toward the masculine and lay off the feminine. A real woman wants a real man, please! Most women do not want men who look like women. If they are naturally feminine, then that is acceptable because it is real and natural, not enhanced. There is a thin line between homosexual amd metrosexual tendencies. So, real men who prefer women need to use much common sense. There is not anything wrong with a man who takes care of his appearance as long as he is not ridiculous. Real men know how far to go with that.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR

      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi THEHuG5,

      This was a fun hub to write too. It never ceases to amaze me what us humans will get up to.

      I will not be plucking my eyebrows or shaving my legs either! lol.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR

      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Curiad,

      I am with you on that one, I always leaned towards Sean Connery myself lol.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR

      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi ytsenoh,

      That's the great thing about the English language. It is constantly evolving.

      Glad you liked this little bit of fun hub.

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      8 years ago

      I'm actually glad that more men are starting to take better care of themselves. I don't think theres anything wrong with doing a face mask or getting a manicure every now and then (no nail polish though please). I wouldn't consider that metrosexual but I do get disturbed when men start arching their eyebrows and shaving their legs. That's definitely not cool. I don't like "metrosexual" men but I do like a manly man who takes decent care of himself.

      That joey essez guy is nuts wearing shoes that are too small just to avoid creases! Ridiculous!

      This is an interesting and refreshing hub.

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      8 years ago

      LOL molometer, I have had a shaved head for 20 years. I am clean but I don't go for all the pimping stuff. I always fancied myself as a sort of Clint Eastwood western kinda guy!

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      8 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      I love the "I'm too sexy to be metrosexual" comment, absolutely hysterical. What a great subject to write about, molometer. The first time I had ever heard the term was about three years ago. Isn't it interesting how urban living can give Merriam-Webster a few more pages for its book of words? Very interesting and humorous hub. Thank you!

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      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi alocsin,

      I am with you on this one, as I shave my head for the same reason. I cannot be bothered with all that fussing around either.

      I am too sexy to lol.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR

      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Alecia Murphy,

      I think you may have a point. But who would you want to be outside the cave when the sabre toothed tigers are hungry?lol

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm too sexy to be metrosexual.

      I actually have almost a shaved head, but only because it's a lot easier to take care of. Voting this hub and interesting.

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      Alecia Murphy 

      8 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      The metrosexual is the new male animal, one that in its proper place is respectable but gone overbooard is the new caveman! How about someone right in the middle? Now all we need is a name! Great hub!

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR

      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Jeannieinabottle,

      It really is getting confusing for us chaps too. I don't know whether to dye my hair 'and take 20 years' off of my age or stay grey and pass invisible through life lol Avoiding all the gold diggers that seem to have sprung up in the last 10 years? It is quite dangerous to be a man at the moment! Whatever that is?

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      Jeannie Marie 

      8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      For your poll, you should add as a 4th option:

      I am single because I am tired of metrosexuals.

      It is a nice idea for men to keep up with their appearances, but it has gotten out of hand. I've dated men that use more hair products than I do (and trust me, that is A LOT!) and men more obsessed with fashion than I could ever be. It is disturbing. There is also a new trend with men really liking chick flicks, but I am getting off topic. Excellent hub and voted up!

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      S E Winslow 

      8 years ago from Richmond

      Excellent article.

      From the perspective of a female who never really got into all the grooming stuff for women, I was uneasy with this when it began. I like manly men who don't faun over their looks. It is, perhaps, in today's world, part of why I'm still single.

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      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello jeyaramd,

      Have you seen these fish in the shopping malls that chew the dead skin off peoples feet?

      I wonder what the RSPCA have to say about these poor fish? lol

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      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi jeyaramd,

      I must admit too that I have had the odd spa treatment and there is nothing better than a professional shave by a barber with an open razor.

      A friend of mine regularly has a pedicure whatever that is?

      I agree with you that we must look after ourselves, it is an outward expression of an inner feeling of contentment that we are happy with ourselves.

      I do think that there is huge pressures on men now comparable to the pressures that women have had forever. I don't think that is a good thing.

      Slapping tons of make-up on always makes me wonder 'what are they trying to hide or convey. A natural look is more appealing to me.

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      8 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      This is so true. Times are definitely changing. The last time I was at the barber; he asked if I wanted my eye brows done. It felt kind of awkward. I told him its fine. That was an experience. Some of my male coworkers are having their nails done. That was a bit off. No punn intended. Its just not my cup of tea. Perhaps, I couldn't afford those luxuries at the time.

      Anyhow, I consider myself to be well groomed. I enjoy taking care of myself. When we love ourselves, we definitely show others how to love us. Its awesome. However, I don't know if I would be considered as groomed as a metrosexual. I think makeup is a no no. A facial and spa is nice. I have to admit that perk. Thanks for the informative hub.

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      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Lady_E,

      David Beckham is an icon to the whole metrosexual marketing fraternity. He was modeling along time before he married. He is a brand in his own right really. He has been very famous from a very early age from his football career. Now that he is less active in football he has stepped up the modelling side. If anything I think he has helped his wife's career to last a little longer. Where are all the other spice girls?

      Thanks for your interesting comment.

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      8 years ago from London, UK

      Lovely and unique read.

      David Beckham (my favourite footballer) is classed as a Metrosexual... but then again, that could be the influence of his wife.

      Interesting. Cheers.

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      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello AudreyHowitt,

      Nice to hear from you. As I said in the hub this whole idea is for the birds.

      How can you base your life plan on something that was dreamed up in a marketing planning meeting to sell product to a hapless public?

      People actually believe the marketing hype that they are metrosexuals. The term was invented in 1992.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      8 years ago from California

      I am still with a jeans and flannel shirt kinda guy--guess I am not too hip--and the big plus--no fighting over the mirror

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      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Brett,

      I accept your reasoning for using moisturizer, no really I do lol.

      I did the whole shaved head for a few years as I could not be bothered with it in the morning.

      However when I was socializing I became aware that people thought I was either some kind of criminal on alternatively some eastern religious mystic.

      Now I have gone for the old silver-back look ala gorilla and it seems to be working.

      I am considering going the whole hog and grow out a weedy silver ponytail. What do you think, too much? lol

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      Brett C 

      8 years ago from Asia

      LOL ... good hub. Have to admit, I have always been groomed but not quite to the metro-sexual level. However, now that I'm living in South Korea, the freezing weather has actually mad me turn to moisturizer (either that, or split bleeding skin).

      I also solved the hair issue with a razor ... no one can tell now ha ha.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR

      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Ha ha Rosemay,

      You said that not me lol

      Curious yes... Nosey Never!

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      8 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Or maybe we women are just too curious... nosey. Lol

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      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello rosemay,

      I suppose it actually proves the point doesn't it.

      Most men couldn't care less about grooming apart from the odd hair dye person like your partner and me when I want to scare the locals lol.

      I just did a quick count up and women do outnumber men on the the comments section so I guess your right. Man Chat attracts women ha ha!

      I had such fun with this hub and maybe we have just confirmed what we all suspected.

      Metrosexualism is not very popular at all?

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      8 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Hi molometer My partner is very casual but he does dye his hair and worries about pimples. Lol

      But most men don't realise that they do suit grey or white hair, they sort of grow into it. But it all part of that age thing and not wanting to look old.

      I think mores ladies have come and commented in your male chat hub. Lol. Yes we are interested in our men... :-)

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      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Jen,

      I can't imagine many women putting up with a guy that hogs the make-up mirror.

      Not attractive to watch someone... think I'll stop right there lol

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      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi always,

      I think that our children are much more likely to go for the hair dye than I would. I know my boys wouldn't bat an eyelash either lol

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      8 years ago

      I love this it is so true. I had to giggle about the hair dye, which I know men do contemplate among other things to spruce up their outer image.

      Though if a guy takes longer than me to get ready for the day it's a deal breaker. Awesome!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is great stuff. My Son called and said, " My hair is more blond than ever " I told him it was because he was outside mowing so much, the sun had lightened it. That's when he told me " No, not the sun. I got it out of a bottle " HaHa.. I loved it...Cheers

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      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Personally I like to call mine silver threads lol. Mine were foisted on me in my early 30's.

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      Brian L. Powell 

      8 years ago from Dallas, Texas (Oak Cliff)

      I have earned my grey hairs; and, it is easier to get a crew cut to hide them.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR

      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Tom,

      I am with you on this one too.

      I even wash once a month whether I need it or not lol

      I'm afraid their marketing malarkey is wasted on me and on you by the sound of it.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR

      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Amy,

      Wow what a character. I guess some men are very vain, Narcissus for one comes to mind.

      I agree with you a marriage is supposed to be a team sport not 'a star' and a cheering section.

      Sounds like you had a lucky escape.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR

      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Sneha,

      nice to know someone likes it lol.

      I do too.

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      8 years ago from 41042

      I was laughing all the way through this hub. Marketing marketing marketing, they know women tend to buy anything that will make them look better or lose weight so now they're playing on that whole concept to try to force males to do the same. I've earned my graying hair and while my attire is casual I think anyone who knows me would be shocked if I ever attended an event in a tuxedo. I subscribe to just being yourself, just be happy. Peace!! Tom

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      Amy Becherer 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      My ex had absolutely beautiful salt & pepper hair. I am a licensed barber (long time ago) and cut his hair a lot more often than I had mine cut. In fact, he always did spend a lot more time in front of the mirror than I, which, personally, is a real turn-off. I think men should and do have the same options as women have always had. Hair dye, shaving products that pamper the skin, cologne, hair gels and the special, anti-yellowing shampoo for gray hair that my ex used, moisturizing lotions and Love Potion #9. One of the things that put me off my ex was his weekend shopping sprees for expensive clothing. I was busy being frugal while he had a BMW, two Harley Davidsons and expensive apparel. And, its not that he made much more than I brought in. ARGGGG... He should have bought Love Potion #9!!!

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      Sneha Sunny 

      8 years ago from India

      Hey I can imagine you in brown hairs... but I must say that I like the present white ones more.. :D

      Well, people these days don't even wait for their hairs to grow white to color them. :D

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR

      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Theresa and thanks for the lovely smiles.

      Back at ya' :)

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      Theresa Ast 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Michael- Clever. You are so right...the hope is to age under any circumstances. :) Several smiles. Theresa

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR

      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Theresa,

      I am hoping to age under any circumstances lol.

      Hope it put a smile on your face.


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      Theresa Ast 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Lots of fun and interesting to boot! :) I am with you. Keeping the gray is so much easier; you never have to worry about your roots growing out and revealing your true hair-color. The nest we can do I suppose is age gracefully (but with a little spunk!) Theresa

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR

      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Alastar,

      Just got to adjust my lippy before I reply:)

      If only 7 grew I would be grateful, I am beginning to even consider a comb over:/

      If only I was a little more vain I would; but my lack of concern for all things fashionable is holding me back lol

      Glad it gave you a chuckle, your comments are like a gentle rain...always welcome.

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      Alastar Packer 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      What do you think your doing pushing the Jean Genie look on Hubpages molometer! Hahaa! Seriously though, you've got a great hub on the metrosexual here."..pariah that has just dragged a corpse into the room." Classic. Funny about the brown dye too, and molometer its not a myth, for every gray hair one plucks, seven really do grow in its place!

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR

      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sunnie,

      you know you are always welcome even in a 'man chat' lol

      Men are getting the same pressure to look 'bang tidy' as women have had for year's.

      It's a kind of perverse justice I suppose?

      Thanks I like my grey hair too.

      'The old silver fox' has a few moves left lol

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      Sunnie Day 

      8 years ago

      I know I am dropping in on a man but this was so good..Molometer...I have to say I love your white hair!..This was a great article...I think men are changing a lot in how they care for themselves..I remember a pair of jeans, a flannel shirt, mountain boots would turn my head..Oh wait that was because I loved Grissely matter..most men are groomed to the tee now..more so as much as women..I wish it was easier for women to not dye their hair..I am once more on a mission to not dye mine again..

      Thanks again,



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