The Asian man bun: Tutorial and hair inspo gallery

Jeanette | 23 February 2018
An Asian man looking down with a half-up man bun

Learn how to nail the Asian man bun with our tutorial and hair gallery.

Got straight-ish, medium-to-long hair? Consider yourself lucky, ’cause one of this summer’s hottest looks fits your length and texture to a T. Introducing the half-up, Asian man bun, also coinned the ‘samurai bun’ – a quick and easy way to change things up, while keeping cooler when the humidity spikes.

Wondering why this look is so good for Asian men’s hair? Well, we’ll admit it: Asian guys look especially good with longer lengths, thanks to their hair’s natural thickness and shine. And this neat style switch-up looks equal parts smart and stylish.

Check out our tutorial to see how to recreate the half bun – you’ll be able to walk out the door in under three minutes flat.



How to do the Asian man bun



Asian man bun: Asian male model with shoulder-length hair down
1

Start with clean hair.

To create your Asian man bun, start by washing your hair with a gentle daily shampoo and conditioner. A thickening product, like TIGI Bed Head For Men Charge Up Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner, is great for giving this look fullness and texture. Blow dry your hair until it’s at least 90% (or completely) dry.

Asian man bun: Asian male model with shoulder-length hair touching his hair
2

Section off the top.

Gather the top half of your hair into a ponytail. The thickness of your section depends entirely on your desired look, but we think a 3/4 ratio of hair left down gives a neater appearance. Just make sure it’s even on both sides!
Asian man bun: Asian male model with shoulder-length hair twisting his hair into a half-up man bun
3

Twist hair around.

First twirl your hair so it’s tightly twisted like a rope, then begin to create your Asian man bun. Coil your ponytail around itself, creating a full circle.
Editor’s tip: Use your non-dominant hand to hold down the base.

Asian man bun: Asian male model with shoulder-length hair securing half-up man bun
4

Secure your bun.

Finish uyour Asian man bun by securing your bun with pins where the hair overlaps. Depending on your hair’s thickness (and your overall skill level at pinning), you can also use a hair tie. For the latter, loop it around the base, twist it once until it resembles a figure 8, and re-tie. Hair ties usually take around two to three loops until they feel snug.

Asian man bun: Asian male model with shoulder-length hair with the final half-up man bun
5

Final look.

Your half-up Asian man bun is done! Brush out any tangles you might have on the rest of your hair, and add a little VO5 Extreme Style Surf Style Paste through the ends for a more dishevelled, textured finish.

But overall, keep things casual and don’t stress about flyaways. It’s meant to be a laid-back look, after all – best for looking like you give a damn on gym days, or giving off a stylishly cool vibe during summer drinks.

 

 

 



Asian man bun inspo



 

Asian man bun: Young Asian man with a high man bun
The classic Asian man bun. Credit: Instagram.com/myhandrewthis

The classic

Still unsure if the Asian man bun is right for you? Then keep things and draw inspiration this classic man bun style. Credit: @myhandrewthis

Asian man bun: Young Asian man with a high groomed man bun
Smooth and groomed. Credit: Instagram.com/asianmanbun

Groomed

Got a soiree to attend? No worries, you can still rock an Asian man bun. Just remember to keep it smooth and sleek. Credit: @asianmanbun