The Man Bun isn’t a complicated hairstyle; however, it’s been there for decades and never seems to go out of fashion.
One of the biggest reasons why this haircut is still considered one of the best for men is its simplicity.
It’s a great choice for anyone looking to contain their long, unruly hair or hide any ugly bald patches on their head.
If you’ve been having questions about this haircut or would like to learn more about it, you’re in the right place.
In this post, I’ll take you through everything you need to know about the Man Bun Haircut; including:
- What a Man Bun Haircut is
- Types of Man Bun Haircuts
- DIY Tips on How to Do a Man Bun Haircut
- How to Maintain Your Man Bun
- And finally, how to Ask Your Barber for A Man Bun Haircut
If so, let’s get started…
What Is a Man Bun Haircut?
The Man Bun was popularized by hipsters, but it has made its way into the stylebook of gents across all groups and ages.
It involves wrapping long hair into a knot at the top of a person’s head or depending on how they want to style it.
A lot of men love rocking this haircut.
It is not difficult to maintain, gives a classy look, and has many styling potentials.
Depending on the kind of person you are, there is a Man Bun Haircut style that will suit your persona. It allows you to express your style as you like.
With that in mind, here are a few awesome Man Bun Hairstyle examples you can borrow inspiration from.
Types of Man Bun Haircut
#1 Man Bun Undercut Fade
Do you have hair that is not very long but still want to rock a befitting Man Bun Haircut?
An undercut fade helps you draw the right attention to your Man Bun. This way, it wouldn’t matter whether it is a big bun or not – it will still look great.
An undercut fade is not very low, but low enough to give the appearance of a silhouette. This creates a perfect contrast that easily calls attention to your bun.
How to get this style?
- Fade out the hair on the back and side of the hair
- Pull and tie the remaining top hair into a bun
#2 Man Bun Taper Fade
This style is perfect if you have long hair, but you also don’t want to carry a full Man Bun.
Yes! It is perfect.
Mainly because you get to show off your big bun, while still keeping a clean and polished look.
How to go about it?
- Carve out the part you want to fade. Be careful not to take it too high
- Remove hair from this part until all sides are completely even
- Pull the rest of the hair into a low Man Bun
#3 Man Bun Low Fade
If the kind of job you do doesn’t give room for a full-on Man Bun hairstyle, a low fade Man Bun is perfect for you.
So, what are you getting here?
Well, a low fade is a very popular haircut. But its popularity and class receive a boost whenever it is paired with a Man Bun.
If you are not so keen on experimenting with other fade styles, then I think you should go with this cut.
To achieve this look:
- Start fade above the ears and angle your way around the hairline down to the neck
- Even out the fade, keeping the undercut low
- Gather the longer part of your hair into a Man Bun in a comfortable position
#4 Man Bun with Beard
Are you a hipster at heart?
If your answer is yes, then I believe that the perfect style for you is a Man Bun paired with a beard.
This look is very easy to create, especially if you have a head full of hair and enough facial hair to compliment it.
If you want to wear this look and don’t have a full-grown beard or long hair, you will need to have a lot of patience. With patience and proper grooming, your hair and beard can grow out long enough for you to try this style.
How to achieve this style?
- Pull your hair into a bun and don’t wear it too high on your head
- Comb out and style your beard
#5 Classic Man Bun
This has to be the simplest, yet sophisticated and stylish hairstyle I know!
Basically, you don’t have to do anything extra, and yet you can step out looking very classy and trendy.
Who does it work for?
If you are in a phase where you find growing your hair long appealing, then you should try doing a classic Man Bun.
With or without a beard, the classic Man Bun is a stylish look that’s easy to pull off.
To get this style; gather and tie up your hair into a bun at the back of your head.
The best part about this style is that you don’t have to bother about your hair styling taking your time. You can dress up in record time.
#6 Black Man Bun
For those who’ve been looking for proof of the non-restrictive nature of this style, then this is it.
If you have straight hair that you can pull into a bun, then you can wear a Man Bun effortlessly regardless of your hair type.
Whether you have straight hair, kinky black hair, or dreadlocks, you can rock the Black Man Bun Hairstyles easily.
Black Man Bun Hairstyles are made for all types of hairs.
How do you get this particular cut?
To achieve it:
- Decide on how you want to wear your hair; e.g. with a fade, undercut fade, or perm, etc.
- After achieving the desired style, tie the rest of your hair (at the top of your head) into a man bun
#7 Top Knot
A Top Knot is simply a special way of styling a Man Bun. The only significant difference is that it rests higher on the head than a standard Man Bun.
Here is how to tie a top knot:
- Whether you want a loosely tied knot for a messy finish or a tight knot for a cleaner look, the same process applies. All you need to do is pack your hair up to form a ponytail before you create the knot.
- Then make your knot as tight or loose as you want, bearing in mind that it sits higher than the regular Man Bun styles.
Do you think this style is limiting?
I hope not because it isn’t. You can wear a top knot even if you have black hair, as long as your hair is long enough.
You can combine many fade styles with your top knot.
#8 Messy Man Bun
For the free-spirited gents with wild, unruly hair, this style will be ideal for you.
To achieve this edgy look;
- Don’t bother running a brush through your hair
- Instead, run your hands through your hair and gather it into a low ponytail
- Secure the ponytail at the base of your neck to form a messy bun
A Messy Man Bun allows you to keep hair looking lively, wild, and natural; while still being contained within the bun. I’ll say that’s a win-win for you and your hair.
#9 Man Bun Dreadlocks
If you are open to new ways to style your dreadlocks, then you should try out this Man Bun style.
What will you be getting?
A super cool hairstyle that shows off your locs in a new and refreshing way.
Also, if you’d like to show off your great cheekbones, sweeping up those locs is the way to go!
This style is weather friendly, especially for those who live in hot regions.
To get it:
- Gather locs into a ponytail at the back of your head and tie a comfortable bun
- You can play around by leaving some locs on the side
#10 Half-Up Top Knot
The Top Bun is different from the standard Man Bun in a small way; i.e. in terms of the placement of the bun on the head.
A Half-Up Top Knot is a more intricate style.
It involves putting one half of the hair into a high top knot and allowing the rest to flow behind.
This style is for the bold, charismatic, and quirky gents that want to show off their sense of style.
If you ask me, I’ll say this is the go-to Man Bun style if you want to appear svelte and sophisticated at an event.
To get this style:
- Use a comb to divide your hair into two portions
- Try to go for an even, or almost even, division for a better final look
- Pull the front part into a high ponytail and form your bun
- And, comb out the back part
And you’ll be ready to turn heads.
At this point:
You already know all the cool Man Bun hairstyles that are trending in 2021. But, here are a couple of things you should also keep in mind.
How to Achieve a Man Bun Hairstyle
Before I dive into the ‘how’, let me tell you about the things you will be needing first.
A Man Bun is very low maintenance, therefore, the following will do fine:
- A good shampoo
- A conditioner
- A leave-in conditioner
- Bobby pins
- Styling product- medium to high hold.
- A mirror
If your hair is not long enough to pack, you won’t be able to achieve a proper Man Bun. This style is best for long and mid-length hair.
The 4-Step Process of A DIY Man Bun
1. Prep Your Hair.
Shampoo and condition your hair to remove grease, sweat, and any other accumulated dirt. Dry and run a brush through it to remove any knots and tangles.
2. Apply a Leave-In Conditioner and Styling Gel.
Work-in your leave-in conditioner through your hair while still damp to lock in moisture. This will give your hair a healthy and fresh appearance.
You can either allow it to dry naturally after, or use a blow dryer to hasten the process.
Apply a holding gel if you are aiming for a sleek look.
3. Gather Your Hair.
Once you have applied all your products, gather and tie your hair into a loose ponytail at the middle of your crown.
You can always decide to wear it lower or higher; depending on the style you want.
4. Secure Your Hair.
Use a hairband to wrap your ponytail. The number of times you do this depends on the kind of hold you are aiming to achieve.
On the final wrap, take your hair only halfway through the band to create a loop. If done right, the ends of your hair should be pointing downwards, towards your neck.
Whether you have a classic Man Bun, Side Fade Man Bun, or a Black Man Bun, the same process applies. But there might be slight changes to suit your hair type and personal preferences.
How to Ask for A Man Bun Haircut
To avoid finding yourself in a situation of ‘what I had in mind vs what my barber gave me,’ you have to make sure that you and your barber are on the same page about your hair needs.
Your barber might not get a clear picture of what you want from a simple description, so, before anything is done on your hair, make sure they fully understand what you are looking for.
It will be easier if:
- You do adequate research to know what you want exactly and how to clearly describe it. If you want a fade, decide on which type you want.
- Carry a clear reference photo.
If you are open to trying any Man Bun style, discuss with your barber first. It helps if you trust their judgment.
Man Bun Haircut Maintenance
A Man Bun is a low maintenance style, and in my opinion, I think this is one of the reasons why it has managed to stay in fashion for so long.
To maintain your Man Bun, you need to:
- Invest in good hair care products. Make sure the products you use work for your hair.
- Invest in quality hair bands. Your style revolves around having a bun, and the hair bands help to keep your bun intact. You don’t want a band that will snap easily while you’re going about your daily duties.
- Get regular trims. Whether you have a fade style or the classic Man Bun, you should get regular trims and snips to keep your hair looking neat and well-taken care of.
Without any doubts:
A Man Bun is on the list of hairstyles that make you feel and look amazing with very little effort.
Plus, it’s one of a few haircuts that can be quickly achieved when someone is in a hurry or without the necessary tools to do a DIY self-cut.
If you have any questions about Man Buns or would like to contribute to this topic, don’t hesitate to let me know in the comment section below.