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 coined the ‘samurai bun’ – a quick and easy way to change things up while keeping cool 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
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.
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!
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.
Secure Your Bun.
Finish your 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.
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 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 Inspiration
Still unsure if the Asian man bun is right for you? Then keep things and draw inspiration this classic man bun style. Credit: @myhandrewthis
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
Okay, technically a ponytail not a bun, but for those growing their hair, this is a great style to choose.
Curly Man Bun
Whether you have a natural wave pattern or faking it with a perm, wrap your strands in a messy bun at the crown of your head. Credit: @giarogiarratana
Get the best of both worlds with this trendy half-up, half-down man bun. Credit: @manbunlifestyle
Man Bun with Undercut
What better way to upgrade your man bun than with an undercut. Credit: @jamestang267
Go high or go home with this messy top knot bun. Credit: @filippomelloni
Man Bun & Beard Combo
Get the ultimate hipster look by teaming your Asian man bun with a beard, we promise you won’t regret it. Credit: @manbunlifestyle
Man Bun with Temple Undercut
Looking for a more modern way to wear Asian man bun hairstyles? We suggest adding a temple undercut for a fresh take on the style. Credit: @crimp_reaper
Deep Undercut Man Bun
Try adding a faded undercut to your man bun for a truly unique style. Credit: @valentinboutym