If you thought long hair for men lacked masculinity, think again. The man bun is bringing it back, and all you need to rock it is a
bit of attitude. Oh, and a beard.
They’re the perfect hybrid of classic and laid-back, and everyone from David Beckham to Jared Leto has sported one at some point or another. Spreading across men’s heads everywhere, the man bun signals the return of the long hair for men, marking it as a major hair trend for 2014 and beyond.
And although one would be inclined to believe that such a fashionable bun style wouldn’t necessarily work for the guys, somehow it does. And in a big way.
After the break, we take a closer look at the man bun phenomenon, talking long hair for men and offering tips on how to properly care for it.
Either you hate it or you love it, but long hair for men is such a big statement that it’s quite impossible not to leave an impression. Add a man bun to the picture, and expect the conversations to start flowing. After all, this is the style that ended up convincing half the guys everywhere to finally grow out their hair, and more accurately this is the style that made women realize they actually have a thing for men with long hair.
We can blame it all on the allure of this rugged, slightly unkempt style that works so great when juxtaposed to a strong, masculine look. Also, there’s something sexy about a tousled, effortlessly undone bun when pulled off by a guy sporting the absolute right attitude.
If you find yourself wondering about what a man bun is, take solace in knowing that you’re probably not the only one. After acknowledging the fact that both the long hair for men and the buns date back centuries, knowing that such a thing as a man bun eventually took on character won’t come off half as surprising.
A man bun is ideally a whole bun defined by the strands of hair being all gathered and tied up either on top of the head, or somewhere lower at the nape. Also trending, the half buns, known as pony buns, represent the style that sees for half of the hair to be gathered in a loose bun at the top, and the other half to be left falling naturally.
Either style works in consolidating the trend sported more recently by Leonardo di Caprio, Harry Styles, Jared Leto and Shia LaBeouf amongst others.
Before jumping on the long hair trend and riding it, you have to know that this style, more than any other, requires proper hair maintenance, which implies the use of the right products, getting regular hair trims, and taking really good care of your scalp.
As a short-haired guy, your routine probably doesn’t extend beyond glossing over some shampoo and running a comb through your hair. But if you have long hair, or plan on finally growing it out, here are the tips to help you and your hair look great at all times: