The man bun will always be a hard sell. The margin for error is colossal. Get it right, and you can untangle the trickiest men’s hairstyle in the book. Some see this style as a crime. Other famous faces have proved it can be done if you follow the rules. So if you’re interested, let’s jump into the man bun guide.
What is a man bun?
A man bun is a style that features a ponytail or bunch of hair, bundled together somewhere on the crown. When the bun is placed high on the head, it’s usually referred to as a topknot.
A little bun of history
The man bun has been around for thousands of years. Or at least an impression of the tied up hair style has been seen on the Terracotta Army, samurai warriors in Edo-period Japan, and Sumo wrestlers.
Jumping into the late noughties, David Beckham first showcased his own take on the man bun. Jared Leto, Chris Hemsworth, and Leonardo DiCaprio gave it a try, closely followed by Orlando Bloom.
Who can pull off the man bun style
Certain hairstyles suit different face shapes, and the man bun is no exception. People with a less defined bone structure will work as this style can slim your facial features. The topknot pairs well with a beard that’ll masculinise the style too.
Hair type is just as important. Thick hair can be a lot harder to control, giving the illusion of a more rounded face shape. This can make your head appear larger than it actually is. On the other end is very thin hair, and this can be equally problematic as receding hairlines will be more visible with the hair pulled back.
How to get a man bun
You’ll need to grow your hair out there are ways to speed up the process. Regular trims keep your hair in the best condition, as healthier locks tend to grow quicker. It may sound counterproductive to lose an inch in the pursuit for more, but it’ll prevent any damage that could stunt your growth along the line.
Split ends can appear if you’re not cutting your hair regularly. This can cause damage to your hair in the long run. And make it much more difficult to grow a solid man bun. Also incorporate a conditioner on the ends to keep it moisturised as healthy hair grows much faster. Your conditioner should contain natural ingredients, like coconut, palm or jojoba oil, that’ll moisturise the scalp without risk of irritation.
How to style a man bun
Shoulder length hair is optimal. At your temple, brush the first section of hair back to the point where you want your bun to sit. Tie a hair band around the hair to create a loose pony, then twist it and loop over again, then pull the hair through half way to leave the ends tucked out of the band.
Keep rocking your man bun
Once you’ve tied your hair back, sea salt mist can give light hold and texture, while a little matte clay can stray loose ends. You may need to keep on top of it throughout the day, especially if the wind gets in your new style. These can look untidy, so make sure you’re also getting regular trims on the sides and at the back.
So there you have it. The guide to pulling off one of the most difficult hairstyles for men to try. Got any extra tips or techniques? Leave your comments in the section below, we’d love to hear from you.