Hate it or love it, you have to admit that the man bun hairstyle is literally everywhere these days. More and more guys are embracing longer hair and deciding to style it in this useful and stylish manner.
We wholeheartedly support the man bun, top knot, Samurai bun, and all other varieties, so take a look at our recommendations and pick your style below!
1. Loose Man Bun Hairstyle
When you see a guy with a man bun hairstyle, it will almost always be loose and careless. Not only does it give off a nonchalant vibe, but it’s also the most comfortable way to wear this hairstyle. Don’t put too much thought into it and go with the flow.
2. Low Bun
Although the majority of man buns are worn higher up, you always have the alternative of rocking yours towards the back of your neck. It’s another effortless way of styling your long hair and freeing up your face at the same time.
3. Man Bun Undercut
If you plan on sporting a man bun hairstyle often, why not think about getting a haircut to complement it? A popular and extremely good-looking choice is a disconnected undercut. It lets you wear your hair both up and down, and adds cool points to your appearance when it’s wrapped up.
4. Tight Bun
Afraid your hair will fall out of the bun if you wear it too loose? No problem! You can tighten yours to secure all of your strands in place. Start by firmly combing your hair back, making sure that you don’t forget a few locks around your nape. Tightly pull them together with a small hair tie.
5. Man Bun Short Hair
Contrary to popular belief, man buns aren’t only for guys with significantly long hair. If you have recently started growing your hair out, you can tie the tips into a small bun at the top back of your head. Make sure you don’t tie it too high to avoid a rooster-like result.
6. Half Up Man Bun Hairstyle
Want to take it easy and not have all of your hair wrapped up? You can try a half up, half down man bun hairstyle. To get this look, part your hair in half horizontally and use only the top part for creating the bun. Let the rest flow naturally down your shoulders and back.
7. Slick Man Bun
If your hair tends to stay perfectly straight most of the time, you can pull off a slick man bun hairstyle without a care in the world. The texture of your locks will allow you to slick them back easily. You can also play around with a wet aspect by adding some product.
8. Samurai Bun Hairstyle
Whether you’re passionate about Japanese culture or you just like the way it looks, you can try a samurai bun for your next hairstyle. It’s pretty much like the man bun, but it has a distinctly longer and narrower form. A wide hair tie will help you obtain this look.
9. Man Bun Haircut Fade
Have you decided on an undercut to show off your man bun? Well, you should know that there are various ways of getting one. In addition to the disconnected method we showcased earlier, you can also use the taper fade technique common among barbers.
10. Messy Bun
If a loose man bun hairstyle isn’t enough for you, take yours to the next level with messy styling. The hairstyle starts off loose, but you can accentuate the carelessness by gently pulling a few strands out from the bun. Alternatively, tie your hair in the bun messily from the beginning.
11. Man Bun Hairstyle with Box Braids
Why not experiment with your look even more by mixing hairstyles? For instance, you can combine braids and an undercut with your man bun. Pick your favorite braiding style, decide on what design you want and wrap the tips into a small bun at the back.
12. Short Ponytail Hairstyle
If you get tired of wearing a traditional man bun hairstyle, you can always switch to a ponytail every once in a while. We especially recommend this idea to men who have shorter hair, and also to those who rock undercuts with their longer tops.
13. Top Knot Hairstyle
Every guy who aspires to wear a man bun knows that it’s close to impossible if you don’t already have long hair. However, a nice-looking alternative is a top knot. Basically, it’s a man bun, but for shorter hair and with a tiny bun on top.
14. Curly Man Bun Hairstyle
Man buns look amazing on men with curly or wavy hair. The hairstyle will instantly become textured and easygoing, with an effortless edge. You won’t come off as trying too hard to look cool, and you’ll be comfortable wearing the look throughout the day.
15. Man Bun Hairstyle with Temple Fade
Interested in accentuating your overall hairstyle? Take a tip from the pros and considering getting a temple fade to go with your man bun. The sharp angles around your hairline will emphasize the longer part that follows, also creating an eye-catching silhouette.
16. Man Bun Business Casual Hairstyle
In the past few years, we can happily state that the general mentality regarding business aesthetics has changed. Nowadays, you aren’t as judged for having long hair as you would have been a decade ago. Still, to keep appearances classy, neatly comb back your hair for a business hairstyle.
17. Braided Man Bun Hairstyle
We think it’s a wonderful idea to rock a full head of long braids, especially if you pair them with a low undercut. When you want to keep the braids out of your way, all you have to do is wrap them in a man bun hairstyle. You should use a stronger hairstyle to keep the thicker strands together.
18. High Fade Bun
There are various ways you can incorporate a fade into your hairstyle. Aside from the mid fade we presented earlier, you can look into a high fade. Your hair will be gradually shaved starting with the upper sides of your head, with a longer top in a man bun hairstyle.
19. Casual Man Bun Hairstyle
If you don’t have anything fancy planned, don’t hesitate to loosen up with a casual man bun hairstyle. You don’t have to style your hair meticulously; just tie it all up and leave a few stray locks in the front to boost the impact of the hairstyle.
20. Man Bun with Thick Beard
It’s crystal clear why man buns and thick beards go hand in hand perfectly, and can often be found worn together. If you succeed in growing a full beard, consider shining the spotlight on it by removing the rest of your hair from around your face. A man bun is just what you need to do so.
21. Afro-Textured Man Bun
African-American men have a wide variety of hairstyle options available for them. Besides the abundance of braid styles they can play around with, they can also opt for leaving their natural afro curls longer. Make maintenance easy by styling your curls in a man bun.
22. Low Fade Man Bun Hairstyle
After going through mid and high fades, we have reached the subtlest version of this haircut: the low fade. It’s an exceptional way to add some edge to your man bun without going over the top with shaving your sides. Furthermore, it’s easier to grow your hair out afterward.
23. Formal Man Bun Hairstyle
Regardless if you’re attending your best friend’s wedding or a company party, this is the man bun hairstyle you can count on. It’s a formal take on the classic high man bun, with lower styling for a slick and polished outcome.
24. Cornrows and Bun
Another braiding method you can use to highlight your man bun (and the other way around) is the cornrows style. Pick as many braids as you’d like for the top, braiding your hair just until you reach the edge of your head. From there, tie the ends together in a bun.
25. Voluminous Bun
If your hair is notably thick, curly, or both, you will benefit from loads of natural volume in your man bun hairstyle. For a comfortable and practical approach, think about styling your bun on the top of your head. With this technique, you won’t feel your bun heavy in the back.
26. Headband Man Bun Hairstyle
The former One Directioner Harry Styles is one of the indisputable kings of man buns. He sports shoulder-length locks most of the time and isn’t afraid to style them with a man bun. To spice up his look, he occasionally adds accessories like headbands.
27. Platinum Blonde Man Bun
Another celebrity that you can look to for hairstyle inspiration is Justin Bieber. However, the main focus here isn’t the way he does his man bun, but rather the color. We wanted to show you this example as encouragement for exploring other color opportunities for your hairstyle.
28. Dreadlocks Bun
Dreadlocks are a fantastic way of expressing your culture, lifestyle, or generally amazing taste in hairstyles. If you have longer dreads, a man bun will help you cool down during the summer or change your appearance every now and then.
29. Braid Into Bun Hairstyle
A temporary way you can wear braids is by blended one into your man bun. As long as your hair has a decent length, you can take a few locks on one side and French braid them halfway. Wrap the rest of your hair in the bun like you normally would.
30. Reverse Braid Man Bun Hairstyle
On the other hand, you can opt for an out-of-the-box approach for your man bun hairstyle altogether. To get the reverse braid part, bow your head and start braiding from your nape upwards. Once you get to the crown of your head, finish it off in a bun.
31. Subtle Man Bun
Some settings call for a discrete hairstyle. In these situations, we recommend that you carefully brush your hair back and style it in a medium man bun. Make sure it’s not too high or too low if you don’t want to draw attention to your hairstyle.
32. Bold Man Bun Hairstyle
On the other hand, you can go for a wild man bun if you’re not constrained by your environment. Whether you’re doing a photo shooting, filming a music video, or just want to express yourself creatively, don’t limit your options to the way you style your hair.
33. Textured Man Bun
Want to enrich your hairstyle with texture? It’s easier if you have curly or wavy hair, or if you have a layered haircut. Don’t focus on perfecting the man bun, but rather leave plenty of loose locks all around. Your main goal should be to tie up just a bunch of your hair.
34. High Man Bun Hairstyle
As opposed to mid or low man bun hairstyles, a high one will definitely attract the attention from those around you. Nonetheless, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t a stylish choice for your long hair. If you have an undercut, you shouldn’t worry about opting for a bun perched on the top of your head.
35. Braids, Bun, and Pomp
In this image, you can see arguably the most complex hairstyle out of all the ones introduced in our list. It mixes no less than three styles, but all in a harmonious manner. There are two braids on the side, a pompadour-styled top, and a short man bun in the back.
36. Bandana Man Bun
Not into headbands but still want an interesting accessory for your man bun? Bandanas are an option that will most likely never go out of style. Take one or two bandanas and use them around your head, either above your eyebrows or just along your hairline.
37. Large Man Bun
Naturally, the longer your hair is, the larger your man bun will turn out. We don’t see this as a disadvantage, especially if you want to have your tips draped around your shoulders. You should think about this hairstyle if you have mid-back or waist-length dreadlocks.
38. Man Bun Hairstyle with Shaved Design
Let your imagination go wild and venture into shaved design ideas if you have an undercut hairstyle. We recommend getting a high fade undercut so you can have more room for your “canvas”, so to speak. From there, do some brainstorming with your barber about the designs you can get.
39. Top Knot with Side Braid
As you can see by now, undercuts are almost essential for men who want to wear man buns often. They result in a well-contoured look with hairstyling options galore. For example, you can add a braid to the top part of your man bun, just around the line of your undercut.
40. Braids and Man Bun
Remember what we said about Harry Styles basically owning the man bun? Here’s another example to prove our point. The singer is open-minded with his appearance, never hesitating to explore ways to create unique and attention-grabbing hairstyles.
41. Athletic Man Bun
If you have long hair and are also a sports enthusiast, you will most likely have to use a man bun for practical reasons. An athletic take on this hairstyle has the top cleanly swept back, with the hair tie wrapped securely around the bun in the back.
42. Hipster Man Bun Hairstyle
Aside from the hairstyle, the secret to getting a hipster look lies in your choice of apparel and accessories. Therefore, you should seriously consider getting some old school glasses if you don’t have them. The high man bun here is just a detail that puts the look together.
43. Pulled Back Braids Hairstyles
Rapper ASAP Rocky is well-known not only for his music but also for his original braided hairstyle. He often pulls his braids back into small ponytails or buns, depending on how long they are. You can follow his style if you tend to wear braids.
44. Man Bun Hairstyle with Hard Part
Defining a man bun properly can make it all the more memorable. There are plenty of ways you can emphasize your hairstyle, but we have to agree that a hard part is among the most effective. Shave a diagonal or vertical line around the top part of your man bun for a sharp effect.
45. Bicolor Bun
Man buns look outstanding when the bearer has different colors in his hair. As an example, many guys with dreadlocks have them colored about halfway down. When you style your hair in a man bun, the contrast between your root color and the top will be alluring.
46. Swept Back Bun
Even though this isn’t the most efficient way to keep your hair out of your eyes, we have to admit that it’s tasteful. Guys who have shorter, wavy hair can pull off this man bun hairstyle effortlessly simply by tying a handful of hair at their nape.
47. Man Bun with Loose Strands
Oftentimes, loose strands are the icing on the cake for the allure of a man bun. If you have layered hair, a few locks will fall out of the bun on their own. However, you can pull a strand or two out even if your hair has the same length all around.
48. Creative Man Bun Hairstyle
Feast your eyes on this awesome man bun hairstyle example. The styling is intricate, with thin braids that start from small boxes on the top of the head. After that, the undercut that accompanies the look has a few shaved lines here and there. We also like the beads used for the braids.
49. Double Buns with Braids
If you have two braids as the main highlights of your hairstyle, you can think about using double buns as a way to finish them. To avoid a pigtails effect, make sure that the braids are created vertically and as parallel as possible. That way, they’ll end at the back of your head instead of on the sides.
50. Colorful Man Bun
Lastly, we can all agree that this is the most colorful man bun hairstyle in our entire selection. We admire how the top stands out through an electric blue hue, especially on small corkscrew curls. The creative undercut is the final detail that makes the hairstyle unforgettable.
To conclude, the man bun hairstyle serves as an amazing way to express your rebellious personality in a fashionable way. You can adapt your man bun precisely to your tastes, with varieties available for casual or formal situations alike.
Bring your entire hairstyle to life by mixing your man bun with other hairstyles, like braids or undercuts. When you’re done, let us know how yours turned out!
This article was updated in August 2019.