While you’ve earned the right to let your hair down (literally), there’s no denying that long hair looks effortlessly cool when tied up. Which is why the bun – aka man bun – remains an on-trend hairstyle for the year ahead.
Despite the haters, it’s another perfect example of function-meets-fashion. And it all comes back to looking this knob – or knot or tuft on the back on your head – just naturally happened.
Man Bun Styles
While the Fabios grow their hair for the pleasure of preening and primping for hours on end, having a pristine mane that’s long and lush isn’t viable or important for most. Nor does it feel very masculine. The man-bun avoids all this precision styling, allowing you to grab your locks and tie them up, completely fuss-free. But certainly not style-free.
The ninja knot – embodying the look of the samurai – is a bun using only the hair on top of the head. The actual haircut for this type requires an undercut, so the hair on the sides and back of the head is razor short. This makes the man-bun pop, and is a far more ‘fashion-y’ version of the man-bun.
Styling requires grabbing all the top hair length and tying it into a single bun. It’s great for guys who are still growing out their length. But, be warned: shaving the sides is a beast to maintain and can inhibit a natural, long hair look.
The windswept, salty benefits of beach hair extend to the man-bun. The surf and sun are great thickeners of hair strands and lightening their pigment, which can then be swept up into a man-bun, away from the face post-swim. A full-bun is the foundation of this look, which sits loose and mid-to-high level at the back of the head.
Expect some fringe strands to fall out along the way, adding to the just-came-in-from-a-wave look. Cooler still, try the ninja knot but without the undercut, so you’ve got hair length flowing at the back of the head with a small bun tied neatly on top.
Surprise! The hipster has picked up the man-bun look too. But, hipsters usually wear their man-bun with an equally-trendy beard, which gives back a more ‘try-hard’ than stylish feel and looks a lot more homeless-hipster.
The hipster man-bun tends to be a full-bun but loose and rugged (like this knot on your head kinda just happened, ya know?) This requires all the hair on the head to be used. You will need quite a bit of hair length to achieve this look (think 10 inches) resulting in a good size bun, with some slack in the hair shaft, which shows it isn’t too tight or planned, more carefree.
For more stylish hipster bun, rock facial hair, but a groomed version – anything that resembles armpit hair or hair from ‘down-there’ should be trimmed immediately.
While the man-bun isn’t the most corporate-do on the (stock) market, the business-bun makes it work. Nothing shaved or sheared here, make sure the bun is relatively inconspicuous: sitting low to midway up the back of the head.
Styling options could be sleek with a bit of hair oil to keep the pieces in place or a matte, dry finish with hair paste. Just don’t overdo the oil, Mr Grease.
How To Tie A Man Bun
To tie a man bun, take an elastic hairband. Scoop the entirety of your hair – starting from the forehead to the crown to the back of the head – aiming for one clean swoop. Once you have collected all your hair at the point where you want you man-bun to form, you’ll be left with a ponytail.
Take the tail and pass it through the elastic band, as you would a regular ponytail. Pass the hair again through the elastic band, but stopping once the knot part of the bun is formed (roughly half the distance of the end of the scooped hair). Now, close and circle the elastic band on the end of hair, not too loose that the bun could fall out, and not too tight that you get a migraine.
Taking Care A Man Bun
The man-bun requires you to have long hair. And the key to long hair is taking good care of it (even if you do style it messily). Getting it get regularly prevents excessive dryness at the oldest parts of your hair – the ends, which leads to split ends and fuzziness.
Come shower time, invest in some good quality shampoo and conditioner, ensuring you use enough to cover all the hair, especially the ends. A deep conditioning treatment is useful for the ends too and a leave-in conditioner applied weekly or fortnightly is certainly something you can do to help keep your hair looking healthy.
Finally, if you’re prone to using hairdryers or straighteners, apply a heat protector before hand. Again, pay special attention to your ends as a lot of the natural oils from the scalp can’t work their way to the end of the hair shaft. You want to have even hair-health, from root to tip.
Man Bun FAQ
What does having a man bun mean?
It means you're in touch with your sensitive side, a man of the people.
Who wears a man bun?
Manly yuppies, hippies and the homeless.
How long does it take to grow a man bun?
You will need between 6-12 months to grow a man bun.