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Men's hair trend: the man bun, would you wear one?

/ 06.24.2014
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  •  Alex Ebert
  • Brad Pitt
  • Joaquin Phoenix
  • Jared Leto
  • Chris Hemsworth
  • Jake Gyllenhaal

The man bun is hardly the new kid on the hairstyle block, having already established itself as the male grooming trend for 2014. However, with celebrities including Jared Leto, Joaquin Phoenix and Chris Hemsworth all jumping on board, it's a hairstyle that will probably be sticking around for a while.

The big question is, would you wear one?

Celebrity support

There are many different ways to wear a man bun, all of which are largely dictated by your natural hair texture and the amount of hair you have to play with. As you can see in the gallery above, Brad Pitt's smooth style has a completely different vibe to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros front man Alex Ebert's textured bohemian hairdo.

It's all about adapting the style to fit your look – after all, if you switched Pitt and Ebert's styles but left the rest alone, they would both look completely ridiculous. That's where the products come in. They can be used to polish up your hair's natural state to give you the hairstyle you really want.

Joaquin Phoenix, for êxample, wore his hair in a low bun with a lightly disheveled texture to this year's Golden Globe awards. This subtly tousled finish didn't happen by accident, or it shouldn't look that good if it did! Most likely, the Her actor ran a small amount of disheveling putty back through his hair before gathering it all at the nape of his neck.

Looks good with a beard

Jake Gyllenhaal's bun complemented his beard, creating a perfectly undone look with a rugged edge. Alex Ebert's bun also had a similar effect. Essentially, with all of the hair tied back, your beard is guaranteed to become the main focal point of your look which, after months of careful preening, is no less than it deserves don't you think?

Be warned though, pulling your hair too tight with a full beard can make your face appear longer than it actually is.

Practical benefits

The ban bun is a great way to keep your hair back off your face and totally under control. This basically makes it the perfect hairstyle for workouts, eating in windy weather conditions, manual labor or anything else where you really don't need your hair in your eyes/mouth. If the rest of the article didn't convince you, maybe this last paragraph did...

So, what do you think? Is the man bun for you?


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