The man bun is basically a guy’s answer to a top knot. While one of our favorite styles on a guy, it has had its share of controversy and has been called out for being too trendy or hipster. But the man bun has made it through and is very much going strong. At this point, the man bun is a long-style staple and versatile enough for anyone with enough length to pull off. This is your sign to ditch the ponytail, fellas, and channel your inner Jared Leto with the man bun. Scroll below for the best man bun hairstyles around!
About the Experts
DG is a barber, educator, and owner of Rectify Studio which has been voted Best of Boston three times. With 19 years of experience and multiple awards won in hair competitions, DG is an expert in her craft. Currently, DG is an educator for Babyliss Pro and STMNT Grooming.
Drizzy is a Saint Louis-based artist, educator, and brand ambassador that has worked with celebrities like Nelly.
Man Bun Hairstyles
Tapered Man Bun
According to Drizzy, length is the key to getting the man bun. “It’s going to take some time to get it, especially if your hair is short. You’ll need to grow it out and have enough hair to pull it back into a ponytail. Then enough hair to tie that ponytail into a round shape ball,” he explains of the easy look.
DG cosigns—the only non-negotiable for the man bun is long hair (and patience). “If you have a short hairstyle, let the top grow first while only getting tapers. You’re bound to have some awkward stages but hey, that’s part of the process. Buy yourself some nice hats and only get tiny trims here and there for six months. When you have enough length all around, ask your hair artist to shape your hair so that you can continue to grow length for another six months (yes, it could take a year or longer),” she says.
Nod to the Past
Though still a major thing in 2022, man buns are not new, they have been around for a long time. “Way before the hipster crowd reclaimed them as a trendy care-free style in 2010, it was known to have originated in the 1500s worn by Japanese samurai warriors and western barbarians. Way before that it was also seen in the 2nd century worn by terracotta soldiers in china. In 2013, we started to see a massive trend come to life and since then, it’s a style that is relevant but far and few are trying to achieve it,” DG explains.
The man bun was made for texture. To get the look, keep your hair healthy. “Starting with a good foundation is everything for overall scalp and hair health,” DG notes. “I recommend using STMNT Daily Shampoo and Conditioner and washing two to three times a week. For styling a man bun, sprinkle the STMNT Wax Powder on damp, almost dry hair from the mid-shaft through the ends. Tossle, scrunch, let it dry in its natural state, and you’re good to go.” If you have finer hair, use a few spritzes of the powder from roots to ends before applying the wax powder.”
To achieve the man bun or top knot look, Drizzy recommends “the STMNT Grooming Spray and some beard oil to operate as a hair serum to keep the long hair moisturized. Once tied up you can go over with some STMNT Hairspray to keep the flyaways down while it’s tied up.”
Hair doesn’t have to be long all over—the undercut is a perfect complement to the man bun.
Pull your braids into the man bun by securing at the crown.
Never underestimate the power of a hair tie. “The man bun looks best when the hair is pulled up together to form a round shape at the back or on the top of the head,” says DG.
Slick the front of the style back without being too fixated on what’s going on in the actual bun for a fun and free vibe.
Half Braids Half Curls
Defined curls pop even more when coupled with braids and on display through the man bun.
Instead of tucking hair in, leave an S-curl out to add more depth.
Pull two pieces out and frame the face in an instant for an easy hair bun style.
The Rolled Bun
To try a different take on the bun. Leave some hair out on the base to create a rolled-over look. “The man bun is arguably a symbol of something new and daring in an age when it’s harder than ever to buck the status quo,” Drizzy comments.
Messy Man Bun
The man bun looks great even when it’s not overdone—that’s the beauty of the style.
Straight Hair Man Bun
All textures and hair types are flattered by tying their hair into a man bun. “A guy that wears a man bun is super comfortable in their skin, and that is what’s attractive,” says DG.
Thick Hair Man Bun
Pull and wrap thick hair into a man bun that shows off your length.
Man Bun Knot
As DG puts it, “there’s a difference between a man bun and a top knot.” She explains, “A top knot is an undercut, disconnected with length that you can bun up. A man bun is a complete commitment. The entire head has massive length.”
The undercut doesn’t have to be clean-shaven—make a statement with two lengths and pull it together by tying them back.
Low and Tight
Create a higher man bun with more hold by reaching for one of our staples, Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Medium Hold.
Want to rock a full bun at the gym? We recommend Hair Sweet Hair by Hum Nutrition to support your growth.
Space Man Buns
A masculine spin on the festival trend, the only thing better than one man bun is two.
Pull hair to the middle of the head with a few strands left out to make the look more approachable.
Ride the Waves
Tie your hair loosely back and exaggerate your waves. Long hair pro-tip: This is also a great way to avoid breakage while you catch some Zs.
Keep the style simple—all you really need is a hair tie, as demonstrated by this father-son duo.
Secure your bun with your own hair to double down on fullness.
Mohawk Man Bun
Jason Momoa is the man bun king and this mohawk style proves why. To sport it, shave your hair on either side and pull your bun through while leaving some hair in the back.
Pull a man bun together with a claw clip.
Push your bun off-center to switch it up.
Beard and Bun
A full beard is a perfect complement to the bun.
“The man bun is arguably a symbol of something new and daring in an age when it’s harder than ever to buck the status quo,” says Drizzy.
Dreadlocks Man Bun
Dreads make the man bun even cooler.
Tiny Man Bun
Who says you need loads of hair to pull off the man bun? Not us. Even if you have a small amount of hair, you can still turn it into the cutest little man bun.
Closed Centered Bun
A bun at the top of the hair is the only style you need for summer.
No hair is out of place in this example of a totally clean man bun.
Rock the man bun with faded sides for a fresh take.
A thick bun made of waves adds a special quality to the style.
Half-Up With Curls
Show off curls and length without worrying about hair traveling across your face with a half-up look.
Dyed Man Bun
Go blue or any other color of the rainbow to an edge to the long hair man bun.
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