Shake your bun bun

With the hottest male celebs sporting the Man Bun, it’s only a matter of time before we see men around us sporting it. Purvaja Sawant decodes the trend.

It’s utilitarian, sleek and, if worn right, can look super stylish. We’re talking about the latest trend in men’s hairstyles — the Man Bun (also called ‘mun’) — which is ready to take on the ponytail, the favourite amongst long-haired men.

The Man Bun is becoming so popular that today it’s a trending topic on social networking sites, has spawned several how-to videos on Youtube and even has blogs paying homage to it.This hairdo is similar in form to a woman’s topknot but is usually worn slightly lower on the head. The hair is pulled straight back from the forehead and tied into a little bun, just below the crown of the head, with the rest of the hair often hanging loose. It comes in many forms: curly, messy, casual and dressy.

It’s not just metrosexual men who are sporting this conventionally feminine hairdo. Hollywood hotties like Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jake Gyllenhaal and Orlando Bloom have sported it at various public events. Closer home, actors like Farhan Akhtar and Prateik have experimented with this style.

Why it works

The best thing about the Man Bun is that it is an easy quick fix when you don’t have enough time to style your mane. It requires no fancy products or hairdryers. Whether you have curly, straight or wavy hair, it’s a universal style anyone can pull off.


Did you know, the man bun started off as a status symbol for Japanese Samurai? The bun is similar to the Samurai hairstyle, which is loosely based on the Chonmage haircut sported by Samurai men and sumo wrestlers.

In many ancient Asian and European cultures, messy hair was considered a disgrace, thus making Man Buns a necessity.

The mun isn’t a new fad; it’s been around for years thanks to sportsmen like David Beckham, Alexandr Dolgopolov and Joakim Noah who sported the look while playing!


Step 1: Work a styling cream through wet or dry hair to tame flyaways. Use a leave-in conditioner or cream with a waxy finish.

Step 2: Rake the hair back and up with your fingers. This will keep it from looking like a ballerina bun!

Step 3: Twist the hair into a rope and roll it into a circle at the crown. This is how Samurai warriors wore their buns.

Step 4: Wrap a thin black elastic band around the bun a few times to secure it in place.


Make sure your hair is shampooed even if you are going for a ‘no-fuss’ bun.


Wear your mun too tight and low; it needs to be messy and should sit up high.

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