A man bun is a popular men’s hairstyle that is achieved when hair is pulled back into a bun at the back or tied at the top of the head, like a top knot. Man buns have been around for centuries starting in the Joseon Dynasty in Korea and in Japan, during the Edo Period. Now, it is mostly associated with hipsters and celebrities like Gareth Bale, Harry Styles and Jason Momoa.
It might look like a tricky style to create but, the good news is, mastering a man bun is deceptively easy to achieve. It looks best if you start with chin-length or longer hair and works well with any hair type and texture.
We’ve come up with 4 different ways to teach you how to tie a man bun, each with their own simple man bun tutorial. Ready? Don’t forget to hit the shop for some essential hairbands and a brush to create your look.
How to Make a Basic Man Bun
Whether it be on the street, the runway, the red carpet or Instagram, you’re sure to spot the man bun alongside some of the most popular men’s hairstyles today. So, let’s get down to business and learn how to do a man bun, shall we?
Prep Your Hair.
Start by using a brush or a comb to gently brush through your hair. This will remove any tangles and knots, and make it easier for you to style your hair.
Get a Small Amount of Product.
Next, scoop up a small amount of a matte texture product like the Toni&Guy Men’s Workable Matte Paste (roughly a fingertip’s worth).
Remember to use this product sparingly: a little bit of it will go a long way, and you can always add more if needed.
Apply The Product.
Warm the product between your palms, evenly coating your hands and fingertips. Once you’ve warmed it between your hands, rake the product through your hair, concentrating on the mid-lengths and ends.
Tip: Don’t forget to open your fingers as you work it through your mane to distribute the product and aid control.
Gather Your Hair.
Now you’ve applied your product, it’s time to learn how to tie a man bun. Loosely gather your hair into a ponytail, roughly at the middle of your crown, and get a hair band ready to secure it.
Secure Your Hair Tie.
Wrap your hairband around your ponytail a couple of times to secure. Then, on your last wrap, pull the ponytail only half way through to create a loop, with the ends of your hair facing down towards the back of your head.
Don’t worry about these loose ends, they add to the overall undone coolness of this hairstyle.
Congratulations, you’ve mastered how to tie a man bun! If necessary, gently tweak the size and position of your ‘do to create a fuller effect.
How to Make a Half-Up Man Bun Tutorial
Now you’ve got the basics down, it’s time to introduce you to the man bun’s cooler sibling: the half-up, half-down top knot. It has been spotted on Sean Frank and Louis Smith, and is the best way to keep hair away from your face but still show off your lengthy locks.
Prep Your Hair.
Section Your Hair.
Now it’s time to create your half-up top knot. Simply section your hair in half horizontally, starting from around eyebrow height.
Create a Ponytail.
Next gather the hair that you sectioned into a ponytail, and secure it with a hairband. Then, twist your ponytail, as this will make it easier to fashion into a top knot in the next step!
Create Your Half-up Top Knot.
Now wrap your twisted hair around the base of your ponytail, until you’ve formed a neat top knot shape, securing it in place with a hair tie and some bobby pins, if needed.
And just like that, you’ve mastered the half-up top knot! See how easy that was? Now you can rock your new ‘do morning, noon, and night.
How to Make a Messy Man Bun Tutorial
If you’re looking for something a little more casual and low-key, then why not opt for a messy, low bun, instead?
Creating messy bun hairstyles may seem like a no-brainer, but there are actually some tricks and tools to the trade to get the look down. This dishevelled, lived-in look has masses of texture and looks extremely cool.
Prepare Your Hair.
Wash your hair with the Dove Daily Moisture 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner, then allow to air dry or use a hairdryer so that your strands are at least 90% dry before you start.
You want to keep some texture to your hair to give it that second-day look, so we suggest finger combing through your mane.
Create a Low Ponytail.
Next, smooth your hair back and gather into a low ponytail, towards the nape of your neck, or wherever feels most comfortable.
Make sure you get every strand and double check in a mirror to see if there are any remaining flyaways.
Create a Loop.
When securing your ponytail, the last time you go to pull your hair through the hairband, leave it looped halfway through.
Take your time here as this step will form the basis of your messy bun.
Use Hair Pins.
Want to know why your man bun never stays put throughout the day? You’re not using hair pins!
These little styling tools are your new friend, so simply insert hair pins around the base of the bun to keep it in place.
The Final Look.
To help keep your bun in place and to smooth down any frizz, apply some wax or pomade as needed.
And there you have it, a messy, low man bun done in record speed!
How to Make a Twisted Man Bun
Looking to add a little interest to your man bun hairstyle? Then why not try this twisted man bun style to take your look from ordinary to extraordinary?
With this twisted man bun style, you can turn your basic man bun into a cooler updo that’s suitable for any occasion.
Prep Your Hair.
Before creating your twisted low man bun, make sure you’ve prepped your hair by washing it with the TRESemmé Collagen+ Fullness Shampoo and Conditioner. This will help your hair look fuller and thicker – the perfect base with which to create your man bun hairstyle.
Apply Styling Cream.
Take a little of the Lynx Natural Look Flexible Control Cream and apply evenly to your hair. This flexible control styling cream will help control any pesky flyaways.
Brush Your Hair.
Create a side parting, then brush your hair with a natural bristle brush, which will help smooth your hair and further work in the product.
Twist Your Hair and Create a Low Ponytail.
Divide your hair into 2 halves and, working on one section at a time, start twisting each section of hair from your ear back towards the nape of the neck.
When you reach the middle, combine the 2 sections and tie into a low ponytail.
Create Your Bun.
Twist the tail of your pony, before wrapping it around its base. Once you’ve formed a bun shape, secure it discreetly with a bobby pin.
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