Our intrepid Lady Smut blogger Madeline Iva first called it to my attention. “How have we NOT done a post on this?!” she mused. Seemed like pure crazy talk, but it happened to be true. We hard hitting Lady Smutters had to date not yet pondered the merits (or lack thereof) of the man bun.
To be honest, I don’t recall a trend in recent memory more polarizing. When I asked a girlfriend about it, she texted back lightning fast in all shouty caps, “I HATE IT!!” Other Lady Smutters were of the same ilk. Yet there are polls showing that women, particularly those in the 18-24 year old crowd, love their guys with a pulled back ‘do. Makes them look “edgy,” they say.
Male celebrities are eatin’ it up like the latest diet craze. One of the earliest adapters was David Beckham. As a dude who by most people’s standards could define the word “metrosexual,” Beck has had myriad hairstyles over the years and he’s rocked the man bun many a’time. I have to say, with his full sleeves of tats and careful facial manscaping, Beckham is one of the few guys (IMHO) who can pull this off. Plus, if he was running all over a soccer field carrying the hopes of a nation on his shoulders, he probably didn’t want his focus getting distracted by his hair. However, I’d be remiss if I failed to point out that this is the same guy who also once sported (gasp!) cornrows.
Beckham aside, the world of the man bun has an array of devoted A-list followers, including Jared Leto, pairing it here with full beard and robin’s egg blue suit.
And Chris Hemsworth, who’s also a fan of the “mun,” as I’ve seen it called.
Even Bradley Cooper has kept himself on the cutting edge of hair fashion with his own version, preferring it a little higher on the head than the other dudes.
But before you start thinking that these guys are setting a new trend, it’s good to keep in the mind the adage of “everything old is new again.” In this case, ancient Japanese samuai warriors were rocking a man bun long before Hollywood came calling. So were sumo wrestlers. And Vikings.
So what’s a girl to do if her guy really, really wants to throw his hair back in a bun? Rather than shudder in horror and run far far away, the best approach might be to make sure he at least gets it right. Manbunhairstyle.net to the rescue! This website answers all of your burning man bun questions, including making the distinction between a bun and a topknot, and which products to use for your guy to look his best.
Like it or not, the man bun appears to be here to stay, at least until the next trend comes along and takes its place. Personally, I’m a fan of men’s buns, just not those on the top of their heads. 😉
To bun or not to bun? That is the question for you, readers. Let us know your thoughts on the man bun – or on men’s buns! – in the comments below. And check back every day for a fresh new post so you’ll never get “behind” on the latest trends.