Love it or hate it, the fauxnytail is one of the hottest looks happening right now. Guys everywhere are jumping aboard the (almost) long-hair train and riding it straight into man bun / fauxnytail territory. It’s a contentious look that a lot of men are finding hard to define. Is it hipster? Is it hippie? Is it just hip?
We caught up with Christopher Kapetanov of Preen to get the inside scoop on who it works for and how to rock it. And don’t forget to check out the gallery at the end for some follicular inspiration.
Who Can Wear It
Every man deserves to be on-trend and stylish, but the man bun is not a look for everyone. With the right face shape, hair type, bun placement, clothing and attitude, the look is hot. Without, you’re going to look like someone’s creepy uncle who blew out too many braincells on acid back in the day. Christopher advises that the fauxnytail is best suited to masculine faces, rather than rounder, softer shapes.
Where hair type is concerned, the man bun is a little more versatile. Most hair types will be suitable unless yours falls to one of the extreme ends of the spectrum. Very thin, fine hair can’t provide the impact this style needs. “It’ll just look like a little snail on top of your head,” Christopher notes, which is unlikely to be the look you’re going for. Very thick hair isn’t ideal either, as it makes a bun that’s overpowering, particularly for small faces. The only exception is men with a lot of fine hair, who may still be able to pull together a bun with decent volume.
Slightly wavy or curly hair of medium density is best for this look, as it will have texture due to the curl/wave and the bun will be proportionately shaped to the face.
How To Style The FauxnyTail
It’s no easy feat to pop something on top of your head without looking like a Christmas tree. The secret is location, location, location. A bun that’s directly on top of your head or too far down the back looks like an unfortunate accident, not the suave style you want it to be.
To place your bun properly, consider your face in profile and draw a visual line – starting from the chin, going up towards the top of the ear, and ending at the crown. Voila: you’ve discovered the bun district. A bun placed there will follow the natural line of your jaw and complement your face.
For a little something extra, Christopher adds, slightly lighten your hair from the midlength to the ends in a balayage or ombre effect. This will diffuse the colour a bit and add some nice natural contrast.
Ultimately, remember that the fauxnytail is supposed to look carefree and relaxed. Don’t over-style it. Have the back and sides cut regularly if you wish, but don’t manicure the bun too much. It looks better if it’s just the right amount of messy and unkempt. The message here is “I really can’t be bothered, and I still look damn good.”
Scroll through our gallery for inspirations.