20 Man Bun Styles for Not-Your-Next-Door-Guy

It is getting progressively famous on runways, red carpets, and making appearances in professional set-ups too. An article published by GQ even defined it as the “final frontier of grooming”. While a large number of men are enthusiastic fans of the man bun and have been sporting it for years, only recently it has gained such huge popularity thanks to celebrities like Jared Leto, Brad Pitt and the Instagram’s hottest guy, Brock O’Hurn—who have been rocking the disheveled or sleek knots on the top of their heads with exceptional ease.

So What is a Man Bun?

A man bun is the masculine twist on the female bun. It is simply a bun hairstyle that is worn on the crown of the head or low at the nape or can even be customized according to one’s likes and preferences. It is created by pulling the entire hair or just the top hair into a pony which is looped into a bun. It has many names such as the bro bun or the hipster bun; sometimes even referred to as a “mun”.

How to Grow your Hair for a Man Bun?

One of the most important essentials for a bun is a fairly long hair length. You’re looking at eight to nine inches of hair for a full bun—which is around seven to eight months of growth. At the same time you could sport a semi-bun with just four to five inches of hair on the top of your head or at the nape. Taking care of hair while it’s still growing is a crucial step—a well-groomed mane of hair is a perfect candidate for a bun that is not just convenient but aesthetically appealing. So, make sure you condition your hair and use the right products for your hair type.

How to Do a Man Bun?

There are two types of man buns—a full bun and a semi-bun, which can further be styled in many ways. The only requirement for a basic man bun is an elastic band. You can build up from there according to your preferences, using hair creams and wax for different levels of texture and shine. But just like the female bun, the no-fuss way to wear the man bun is— for a full bun first, gather all your hair and pull it on the top, on the crown of the head, or at the nape and tie into a single large bun. This is the ideal bun style for long hair.

The semi-bun is best suited for someone who has medium length hair. Gather the hair on the top of the crown and pull it into a bun. This hair style is usually paired with shaved sides or a fade haircut.

Man Bun Styles in 2017

Hipsters, celebs, Caribbean and Asian men have been taming the flow of their handsome locks by pulling them into fashionable-artsy buns, and now you can too. Stay tuned.

#1: Man Bun with Fade Line Up

A very confident style—basically a top man bun and shaved sides all the way around the head. A clean, well-groomed round beard and a blunt line up are perfect complements to the overall appearance.

Man Bun With Beard And Shaved Sides

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#2: Classic Full Bun for Long Hair

The most iconic and ageless knot—the hardcore man bun connoisseurs will happily admit that a single tied-up full bun is the most sought-after man bun trend out of the lot. If you have really long hair, this style clearly does not need much effort.

#3: Long Braids Bun with Fade

The adventurer in you will fall in love with these well-cared long braids in a half pony bun that showcases the artistic edge. And the neat undershave with clean lines only accentuates the aesthetics of the wanderer knot.

Bun With A Skin Fade And Full Beard

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#4: Artsy Fishtail Bun with Tattoo

Pairing natural hair man bun with a fishtail braid promises a marvellous hairdo. The high fade gives the appearance of high maintenance and rightfully so, but appears exceptionally creative with a cute tattoo and bushy beard.

Long Top Shaved Sides Hair Man Bun

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#5: Thick Bun with Line Up

The man bun and beard is quite a pair—the undercut in this style adds a decent amount of thickness to already dense hair and provides dimension with layers while the fade accents the clean straight lines and curves. This style is great for someone who wants to maintain their curly hair texture, and yet exude edgy sexuality.

Man Bun For Natural Hair

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#6: Loose Bun For Dreads

Loosely twisting the dreads into a full weighty top bun is not just interesting to sport but is hugely popular among African-American men and professional athletes like the American Football sensation, Harry Fitzgerald.

Dreads Bun Hairstyle For Men

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#7: Black Man Bun with Mid Fade

This sexy and edgy burst fade and the natural texture peeking through adds an interesting touch to the cut. The style seems refined but easy to maintain as it gives the right height and the bun just blooms out of the top of the head.

#8: Casual Bun with Long Beard

In this chic rock-star-inspired-style the undercut conveys a refined look to the sloppy bun, while the long hair length makes the protruded ends stand out, quite literally! The long, silky, and beautifully grown beard only magnifies the level of interest of the man bun.

Long Hair Man Bun With Beard And Line Up

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#9: Swirled Bun in Wavy Hair

For all you busy men out there—there are no fancy cuts in this style, just pull your long wavy hair into a messy, swirly bun and you’re good to go. Even when paired with a full beard, it is low maintenance and portrays an extremely stylish and sexy image.

Messy Man Bun With Beard

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#10: High and Tight Bun with Design

A high skin fade combined with a messy, shaggy knot and a unique design element is a great way to express yourself, and there are plenty of talented barbers who can create this cool style for you—just make sure you do your research well.

Man Bun With Shaved Design

Instagram / @criztofferson

#11: The Cosmopolitan Samurai Bun

Want to build a lasting impression? This well-structured, tight semi loop paired with a high fade spells an Asian vibe. A blunt, neat line up heightens this elegant man bun hair cut—what an absolute head-turning twist!

Asian Long Top Shaved Sides Hairstyle

Instagram / @gerrybarber

#12: Top Knot with Shaved Sides

Quite a subtle version of the Mohawk style, this man bun with shaved sides is equally bold. The well-styled V-cut features sides that are neatly buzzed instead of shaved right down to the scalp. A trimmed, shapely beard goes well with the look.

#13: Inverted Braid Faux Hawk

Man braids have become hugely trendy and the undercut in this style intensifies the thickness in the overall updo, literally emphasizing the high bun. While the braiding style is pure hard work, it adds so much depth and dimension to the already shiny hair color.

Men's Upside Down Braid With A Bun

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#14: Asian High Bun-Tail

Man buns come in all shapes and sizes and this beautiful brown, high bun-tail is quite easy to achieve if you have well-maintained dense hair. It looks exceptionally effortless in silky soft and long Asian hair. An undercut paired with long hair offers an exciting contrast of textures.

Man Bun With Undercut For Straight Hair

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#15: Crown Bun with Straight Line

This style is a timeless work of art and quite the trend setter. The precise contours of the line up accentuate the features and shape of the face while giving good lift to the high bun.

African American Man Bun

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#16: The Rebellion Semi Bun

Oh this head screams defiance and how! The intricate design details all the way around the head convey an edge to the style, whereas, the high fade and line up at an angle make the bun and the shape of your face simply stand out.

Small Man Bun And Shaved Designs

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#17: Textured Bun with Full Beard

This full bun and beard combo is the ultimate of the man bun styles. A very straight forward loop with no major skills needed—just the right, low maintenance bun for someone with really long and dense hair.

Man Bun For Long Hair

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#18: The Weaved Bun

This perfect, shiny French braid and cornrows confidently running toward the crown couldn’t have had a better junction than the cute and compact bun set off by a neat undercut. The fade gives a polished appearance to the look but all the attention is still drawn to the eye-catching set of braids and bun.

Black Braid And Bun With Undercut

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#19: The Quintessential Bun with Polished Sides

Looking for a tough, elegant and smart all in one bun? Get hooked on this style—the shaved sides faded into the beard provide clean lines while highlighting the face. The long hair on the top of the head makes a gorgeous and effortless high bun. This master-piece is sure to make a solid statement.

#20: Messy French Braid Bun

This features the most hassle-free take on the man bun. A French plait doesn’t have to be very neat, and a messy knot lends the appearance of a rather cool and relaxed vibe — a carefree, bohemian style bun…don’t you wish you could flaunt it too?

Medium Braided Hairstyle For Men

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Buns are not just reserved for the ladies. More and more men are discovering that they are equally stylish and can pull off the trend with so much ease and grace. Make use of the above styles as a guide to choose what bun hair cut would fit your face and hair type. Unlike other popular today hairstyles, the man bun is very versatile—it certainly gives an edge to your look and it doesn’t leave you with just one impression – it can be modified guided by your changing mood every now and again.