How to master the man bun: A step-by-step tutorial

Jeanette | 26 May 2017
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Ah, the man bun. Love it or hate it, you can’t deny it’s still a major men’s hairstyle trend. With hair heroes like Jared Leto consistently sporting the look, it continues to be a go-to style for men with longer hair. So, if you’re looking to learn how to do a man bun like a pro, you’ve come to the right place.

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. So whether you’ve got curly or straight locks, you can learn how to put your hair in a bun.

Not just a one-size-fits-all style, there’s more than one way to rock the look. We’ve come up with 4 different ways to teach you how to tie a man bun, each with their own easy-peasy 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 man bun: 4 ways to master the look


Thanks to A-lister celebs, new-wave models and Instagram stars, the man bun has come a long way since its hipster heyday. But to kick things off, we’re going to show you how to get the original man bun hairstyles, loved by the likes of Jason Momoa and Gareth Bale.

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Look 1: The signature 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 haircuts today. So, let’s get down to business and learn how to do a man bun, shall we?

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Prep your hair.

After washing and conditioning your hair with the TIGI Bed Head For Men Charge Up Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner, gently brush through your hair.

This will remove any tangles and knots, and make it easier for you to apply product.

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Scoop a small amount of product.

Now that you’ve prepared your hair, it’s time to apply your second product. Scoop up a small amount of 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.

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Apply the product.

Warm the product between your palms, evenly coating your hands and fingertips. Once you’ve spread the texturising gum across 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.

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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 your hair band ready to secure it.

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Tie your hair.

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.

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Final look.

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.

Look 2: 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.

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Prep your hair:

When rocking a top knot, you’ll want your hair to appear voluminous and thick, as opposed to thin and flat!

So, start by washing your hair with a volume-boosting shampoo and conditioner, like the TIGI Bed Head Charge Up Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner, before letting your hair air-dry naturally.

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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.

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Create a ponytail.

Next gather the hair that you sectioned in step 2 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!

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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 some bobby pins.

If you have curly or wavy hair, use a small amount of the VO5 Casual Control Extreme Style Fluff Tamer, to smooth down any flyaways.

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Final look:

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.

Look 3: Messy man bun tutorial

Even though we’re over halfway through the year, the man bun is still topping the men’s style board. However, 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 pat. This disheveled lived-in look has masses of texture and looks extremely cool.

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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.

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Create a low ponytail.

Next, smooth your hair back and gather into a low ponytail, towards the nape of your neck, or whererver feels most comfortable.

Make sure you get every strand and double check in a mirror to see if there are any remaining flyaways.

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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.

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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.

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The final look.

To help keep your bun in place and to smooth down any frizz, reach for your VO5 Casual Control Extreme Style Fluff Tamer.

And there you have it, a messy, low man bun done in record speed!


Look 4: Twisted man bun how-to

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.

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Prep your hair.:

Before creating your twisted low man bun, make sure you’ve prepped your hair by washing it with the TIGI Bed Head Charge Up Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner. This will help your hair look fuller and thicker – the perfect base with which to create your man bun hairstyle!


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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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The Final look.

And there you have it: a simple yet effective twisted man bun hairstyle!

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