The Man-Bun: A Timeless Love Affair

“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” — Yves Saint Laurent
Written by: Brittany Smith - Co-founder Winsome & Wisdom

No, I'm not talking about those buns. Rather, the masculine male up-do that has garnered appreciation around the globe in recent months. The new phenomenon, thanks in part to many of Hollywood's leading men, to the likes of Jared Leto, Jake Gyllenhaal and David Beckham. The rugged alternative is tantamount to the more clean cut hard part men's style, both evocative of another time period. This androgynous hairstyle has a long standing fixation atop many historical and influential male figures throughout history. Dating back as far as the 4th century, statues of Gandhara Buddha display a topknot which paralleled today's guy bun. The man bunnery continues and reemerges as the Chonmage (a mullet man-bun)a traditional hairstyle worn by samurai during medieval Japan.


While not quite a man bun, a dude up-do none the less. The powdered wig of the 18th century was the equivalent of today's man bun, so we thought it deserved a spot on the list. The "mun" as it's often affectionately called, was reintroduced to the world in the 25th century, via George Harrison and Ravi Shankar. Their individualistic sense of style, has had a lasting impact on pop culture and fashion. This is what all man buns should strive to be, effortless and authentic.


So, now that you know the history of the bro-knot, here are some Do's and Don’ts to achieve a glorious man-bun.

  • DO - Keep it clean, wash with a moisturizing shampoo & conditioner to keep hair healthy and clean. You want to look effortless, not dirty.
  • DO - Use a medium hold mousse, pomade or wax for control.
  • DO - Take care of your hair, maintenance for long hair is essential for a well coifed bun, get split ends trimmed about every 6- 8 weeks.
  • DO - Embrace half up buns, if your hair isn't long enough for a full bun. Take hair from ear to ear and pull back straight up onto the crown and let the back down.


  • DON'T - Forget to trim sideburns and clean up the neckline.
  • DON'T - Use rubber bands or metal plated hair ties, DO use fabric or nylon covered elastic hair ties that won't cause breakage.
  • DON'T - Try too hard, don't worry about bumps, it doesn't have to be perfect!
  • DON'T - Be afraid to try the trend and have confidence! 


Tell us what you think about the Man Bun in the comment section below! (Image sources: Wikipedia, Telegraph UK)

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