Need a new, different hairstyle for the upcoming summer season? Maybe you’ve already considered rocking a relaxed Man Bun? While it contrasts from more traditional hairstyles such as the Quiff and Pompadour, this hairstyle has actually been worn by men for decades.
We’re here to provide you with the broad overview of the many types of different man buns out there and which type suits your hair and face the absolute best.
– Finally, we’ll guide you through how to style the famous bun. And which tools and products you just cannot live without, if you decide to go looong.
The history of the Man Bun
But okay, what’s the big deal with these man buns? They’re almost everywhere at the moment and most men probably considered making one at least once
For men with long hair, the classic man bun is a hairstyle that comprises either a ponytail or bunch of hair bundled together somewhere between the neck and top of the head in a more or less messy bundle.
Wait… Didn’t the hipster invent the man bun? Nope, sorry guys – the man bun actually goes waaaay back. All the way Sumo Wrestlers, Samurai warriors in Japan and the Scandinavian vikings. Since then, it has been worn by many more or less famous gents.
What Do You Need?
Obviously, you need length and lots of hair – at least shoulder-long hair. That’s the most important part. Already got that? GREAT! This means its possible for you to put your hair into a bun and that’s vital.
Now you just need the balls to pull it off and the right products. A sea salt spray, volumizing powder or a gritty clay adds a bit of texture and volume to the hairstyle. As well as the right type of shampoo and conditioner to avoid your hair looking greasy while keeping a natural touch.
The 3 Most Popular Man Bun Hairstyles
1. The Full Bun
The go-to man bun – This style can both be styled or kept natural and it’s up to you whether you want to place it low or high. Styled either classic or shaggy, this style is effortlessly cool – and actually also low maintenance!
2. The Low Bun
As the name suggests, the low bun is placed lower and has a more relaxed vibe than overly styled topknots. The low bun fusions the bad beach-bum with the city hipster.
The low bun requires a bit more hair than the regular man bun, but otherwise just pull your hair back, tie it with a band and forget about it.
3. The Faded Bun
Starting with the same point of departure as the full bun above, the faded bun is a classic man bun with a faded cut at the back or the sides. Here, a good pre-styling spray and a strong wax come in handy if you want to add a complementary slick back look.
How to tie a man bun
If you thought this hairstyle was hard work, you’re in for a positive surprise! When you’ve managed to grow your hair long, you’re actually more than halfway there already – WELL DONE BRO!
Then you just need to know how to style it properly. Luckily for you, we have an easy step-by-step guide for you right here:
- STEP 1: First step is making sure your hair is freshly washed and conditioned. Using a quality shampoo and conditioner is the best way. Our own personal pro tip is to use a shampoo brush in the shower to make sure that all excess oil, dirt and product residue is removed from the hair.
- STEP 2: Now it’s time to dry your hair. Use a hair dryer alongside a pre-styling spray with heat-protection and a quality brush or comb or let your hair air-dry after adding a sea salt spray to add more texture to your lengths.
- STEP 3: Start at the front of your head and brush your hair towards the place where you want your bun to be and then use your hand to hold the hair together.
- STEP 4: Grab a black hairband and make a loose ponytail and twist the hair around the band once or twice – now you’ve got your bun and it’s time for the finishing touch: Got your eyes on the shiny look? Use a pomade – favoring the natural? Grab a sea salt styling product to add light hold and a tousled, casual texture.
And voliá, you got the key to you can untangle the trickiest men’s hairstyle in the book!