Long story short: the rise and rise of the man bun
Thanks, Jared Leto
Whether channelling the short back and sides of Don Draper from Mad Men or the slightly more relaxed – think your straitlaced Uncle Harry after two sherries at Christmas – waves of The Great Gatsby, it’s all been about iconic looks from the past.
But like Miley says, “it’s our party, we can do want” and the current young crew of stylin’ gents around town have slowly but surely been crafting a look that belongs purely to their gen. Ask any honest women and she’ll tell you that length most certainly matters.
Jared Leto was one of the first to put a thoroughly of-the -moment spin on his flow when he continued rocking his long locks from Dallas Buyers Club to last year’s Oscars. Look carefully and you may even have caught a glimpse of a bit of balayage. The moment was mirrored on the catwalk when male models for Gucci's ready-to-wear '15 collection hit the catwalk in clothes that were immaculately cut, while their hair, most assuredly, was not.
Following swiftly upon the beard trend, it seems that once men became comfortable with the idea of growing the hair on the side and bottom of our heads, we figured, what the hey, let’s do it on top, too.
The result is a term you can bet McDonald’s wish they’d thought of: the man bun. This no immaculate chignon, mind. We’re talking a messy twist that says, “I’ve either been stranded on a desert island or fronting a Calvin Klein campaign – you decide.” It is also swiftly becoming the iconic style of our generation.
Thanks to the elastic exerting the required pressure on the skull to keep the hair in place, it not only gives the wearer a subtle-but-effective facelift effect but channels a hippie-with-a-trust-find vibe. What’s not to love?
the contrast the man bun provides to a tuxedo makes it pop on the red carpet like Kim K out of her most recent frock
What’s more, while this look is a natural complement to lived-in street style, the contrast the man bun provides to a tuxedo makes it pop on the red carpet like Kim K out of her most recent frock.
That said, the man bun demands a level of maintenance many a chap is simply not used to. A raft of conditioners, shampoos and styling products are required to ensure you’re more boho than hobo. And nothing says manly like having to reach for your partner’s straightening irons before a big night out. Welcome to the fact that women have dealt with for years: beauty is work.
However, the toil is worth the effect. Better still, for those guys not quite ready to go to the great lengths, there is a P-plate version of the style available. You’ve seen it: shaved around the back and sides but with enough length on top for a bun or, I was going to say pony, but it’s usually fairly modest, so let’s call it a Shetland.
Time will tell if it goes on to become a classic or whether it’s eventually discretely closeted in the hair hall of shame along with dude perms. What’s indisputable, is that it's blisteringly hot right now. In fact, it couldn’t be more au courant if Kanye was interrupting its acceptance speech at the Grammys.
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