Hate it or love it, you have to admit that the man bun hairstyle is literally everywhere and likely here to stay. 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 the other varieties of this man updo, 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 Hairstyle for Men
Although the majority of man buns are worn higher up on the head, you always have the alternative of rocking yours towards the back of the neck. It’s another effortless way of styling a long hair man bun while also keeping freeing the face from any falling strands.
3. Man Bun Undercut
If you plan on sporting a man bun hairstyle often, why not think about getting a haircut that perfectly complements it? A popular and extremely good-looking choice is a disconnected undercut. It lets you wear your hair both up and down and adds coolness points to the whole look.
4. Tight Man Bun Styles
Afraid your hair will fall out of the bun if you wear it too loose? Then tighten yours and keep all the strands in place. Start by firmly combing back the hair and making sure that you get even the loose strands around the nape. Then pull them tightly together in a full man ban and keep it all together with some help from a hair tie.
5. Short Hair Man Bun
Contrary to popular belief, man buns aren’t only for guys with significantly long hair. If you have recently started growing out your hair, 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? Then 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 with some help from dedicated hair products.
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 as your next hairstyle. It’s pretty similar to the man bun but differs in the fact that it has a distinctly longer and narrower form. A wide hair tie will help you obtain this look.
9. Man Bun and Fade Haircut
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 showed a bit earlier, there’s also the taper fade technique.
10. Messy Man Bun
If a loose man bun hairstyle isn’t enough for you, take yours to the next level with some 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 a very messy bun from the beginning.
11. Man Bun Hairstyle with Box Braids
Why not experiment with your look even more by combining different hairstyles? For instance, grow a man bun style the top in braids for men and finish off the look with an undercut. Pick your favorite braiding style and then wrap the tips into a small bun or even a top knot.
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 to medium-length one or to those who want to showcase their undercuts.
13. Top Knot Hairstyle
We’ve already pointed out that you can style a man bun even out of shorter hair. However, the top knot is another great-looking alternative for short to mid-length hair. This is a smaller alternative that by definition makes a smaller bun and as such, requires less hair to work too.
14. Curly Man Bun Hairstyle
A bun style will also look amazing on men with curly or wavy hair. The hairstyle will instantly become textured and easygoing and have an effortless edge to it. Also, keep in mind that you will need significantly longer hair to make a curly hair man bun.
15. Man Bun Hairstyle with Temple Fade
Interested in bringing out the overall hairstyle? Take a tip from the pros and considering getting a temple fade to go with your man bun. The sharp angles around the hairline will emphasize the longer top and create an eye-catching silhouette.
16. Business Casual Man Bun Hairstyle
It’s now safe to say that the general mentality regarding business aesthetics has changed over these past few years. Nowadays, men are less judged for having long hair then they would have been some decades ago. Still, to keep things on a classy note classy, neatly comb back the hair for a business casual 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 and shaved sides. To keep the braids out of your way, all you have to do is wrap them in a man bun hairstyle. Also, get a sturdy hair tie that will 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, there’s also the more pronounced high fade. For it, the hair is gradually shaved starting with the upper sides of the head until it ends in a skin fade close to ears.
19. Casual Man Bun Hairstyle
If you don’t have anything fancy planned, don’t hesitate to loosen up and go 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 oftentimes come together as a pair. If you succeeded in growing a full beard, consider shining the spotlight on it by gathering all your hair and freeing your face of it.
21. Afro-Textured Man Bun
Depending on their particular hair texture, African-American men can play around with a variety of hairstyles. Besides going for a braided bun style – for one – they can also opt to leave their natural afro curls longer and keeping them in man bun styles to make maintenance all the easier.
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 too.
23. Formal Man Bun Hairstyle
Regardless if you’re attending a wedding or a company party, this is the perfect man bun hairstyle to count on. It’s a formal take on the classic high man bun as it made at the nape for a slick and polished outcome.
24. Cornrows and Bun
Another braiding method you can use to highlight your man bun is the cornrows style – it works the other way around too. 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, style it in a man bun and reap the benefits of all that natural volume. For a comfortable and practical approach, think about styling your bun on the very top of the head. This way, it won’t hang heavy from the back of the head.
26. Headband Man Bun Hairstyle
The former One Directioner Harry Styles is one of the indisputable kings of man buns. He sported shoulder-length locks for a long time and wasn’t a stranger from styling them with a man bun. To spice up his look, he occasionally added accessories such as hats or headbands.
27. Platinum Blonde Man Bun
Another celebrity to look at for hairstyle inspiration is Justin Bieber. However, this time, the main focus isn’t on the way he wears his hair but rather on its color. We wanted to show you this example as encouragement for exploring other color opportunities for your hairstyle.
28. Dreadlocks Man Bun
Dreadlocks are a fantastic way of expressing your culture, lifestyle, or generally amazing taste in hairstyles. Also, if you have longer dreads, a man bun will help you cool down during the summer and generally change your appearance whenever you feel like it.
29. Braid Into Bun Hairstyle
You can temporarily add a braid to your hairstyle by making in on the side of the head and ending it in a man bun. With medium to long hair, take a few locks on one side and French braid them halfway. Wrap the rest of your hair in an updo – like you normally would.
30. Reverse Braid Man Bun Hairstyle
On the other hand, you can opt for an altogether out-of-the-box approach for your man bun hairstyle by going for a reverse braid. To get this, bow the head and start braiding from the nape upwards. Once you get to the crown of the head, finish it off in a messy bun.
31. The Subtle Man Bun
Some settings call for a discrete hairstyle so for such 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 so you won’t draw attention to your hairstyle.
32. Bold Man Bun Hairstyle
On the other hand, if there are no constraints and you fell like it, go for a wild man bun – or better yet, a Viking-style inspired one! Do so by making one or two braids on the side of the head and ending them in not one but two man buns.
33. Textured Man Bun
Want to add some texture to your hairstyle? 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 part of the hair.
34. High Man Bun Hairstyle
As opposed to mid or low man bun hairstyles, a high one will definitely attract the attention of those around you especially when paired with another haircut or style. Below, admire a high man bun paired with a mid fade that perfectly transitions into the facial hair.
35. Braids, Bun, and Pomp
This is arguably the most complex hairstyle we have presented so far on this list. It mixes no less than three styles and manages to do so in a harmonious manner. Admire the two braids on the side, the pompadour-styled top, and the short man bun in the back that gathers them all up.
36. Bandana and Locks 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 the hairline.
37. Large Half Up Man Bun
Naturally, the longer the hair, the larger the man bun. We don’t see this as a disadvantage, especially if you want to leave the tips of the hair draped over the shoulders as in the half up style shown in this photo. This hairstyle will work best with mid-back or waist-length dreadlocks.
38. Man Bun Hairstyle with Shaved Designs
Let your imagination run wild by venturing into the world of shaved designs. We recommend getting a high fade undercut so as to get 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, man buns and top knots make for some of the best long top short sides hairstyles as they offer so many styling choices. Take this look, for example, that mixes short and closely cropped sides with a long top made all the more interesting by the side braid that acts as a parting element too.
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, so for this one, he styled all the hair on top of the head into braids. Then, some of the braids went into a man bun while the others were left to hang free.
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 sees the top being 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, consider getting some old school glasses frame (but only if you need them). The high man bun here is just the detail that brings together the whole look.
43. Pulled Back Braids Hairstyles
Rapper ASAP Rocky is well-known not only for his music but also for his original braided hairstyles. He often pulls his braids back into small ponytails or buns – depending on how long they are. A great source of inspiration for anyone sporting braids.
44. Man Bun Hairstyle with Hard Part
Properly defining a man bun can make it all the more memorable. While there are plenty of ways you can emphasize a hairstyle, 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 will look all the more outstanding on hair in different shades. As an example, many guys with dreadlocks have them colored about halfway down. As the hair is styled in a man bun, the contrast between the root color and the top will really stand out in a glorious way.
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 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 and make a man bun all the more alluring. If you have layered hair, some locks will fall out of the bun on their own. Also, if your hair has the same length all around, pull out a strand or two to recreate the effect.
48. Creative Man Bun
Feast your eyes on this awesome man bun hairstyle. 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 in the braids.
49. Double Buns with Braids
If you have two braids on the crown of the head, consider using double buns as a way to finish them off. 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 the 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 thanks to its electric blue hue, especially on small corkscrew curls. The creative shaved designs in the undercut are the final detail that makes the hairstyle unforgettable.
To conclude, the man bun hairstyle serves as an amazing way to express your personality in a fashionable way. You can adapt a man bun to fit your styles and tastes as well as the occasion – be it casual or formal situations alike.
Also, consider bringing 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 your man bun turned out!