It’s not enough to just wear a man bun anymore, there’s a new must-try hair trend for men: the man bun and beard combination. Possibly the most perfect pairing since Tom and Jerry and PB and J, the look combines the hipster top knot with sideburns and facial hair for a complete and tied together look.
Whatever your style, there are bun and beard combos smart enough to wear to work, as well as styles for the gym, nights out and more. So, if you’re yet to discover this hair power couple, keep scrolling to see what it’s all about.
12 man bun and beard combinations to try
1. Messy bun
Don’t ever like your hair to look too ‘done’? If a fully formed bun is too high maintenance, an undone, looped bun makes a cool alternative and it won’t matter if it looks a bit disheveled. Credit: @lasselom
Editor’s tip: Care for your beard (and the skin underneath) with a beard oil. The TONI&GUY Nourishing Premium Beard Oil softens and moisturises your beard hairs and gives a smooth and groomed look.
2. Rugged man bun
Textured tresses work hand in hand with most man bun styles, giving your look a more unique result. Combining this style with grown-out, rugged facial hair will only help to add to the natural, lived-in vibes of the style. Credit: @sasha_manzini
Editor’s tip: To accentuate any natural waves or movement in your hair, prep it with a generous spritz of the TONI&GUY Messy Salt Spray. This will help to add a tousled, surfer style and provide your style with a little light hold, too.
3. Afro puff
What makes man buns so popular is that they work well on all hair types. Afro hair looks great worn up in a puff bun style like this, which will show off your curly hair and keep it out of your face.
4. Half-up half-down
If you’re not sure if a man bun style will suit you, you can get the best of both worlds with a half-up half-down variation.
This is also a great way for guys with a lot of hair to get on board the man bun and beard trend, as it’ll help to take away some of the thickness.
5. Braided man bun
Braids are a really practical choice for black hair and they can easily and stylishly be worked into a man bun. This is also a good chance to show off any sharp shaved details or shaped sideburns you’ve got going on.
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6. Bandana bun
Prone to greasy hair? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. Thankfully, bandana styles are making a comeback and as well as looking ultra edgy, they’re also a clever way to conceal oily roots. Also great if you’re growing out your hair but need to wear it up out of your face during the day for work, as it’ll prevent it getting in your way.
7. Mini undercut
If you’re no stranger to the man bun and beard trend, and have already been rocking the hipster look for ages, here’s a great way to shake it up for a fresh new take.
Adding a subtle mini shaved detail above your ear will give the look a whole new lease of life, without having to do anything too drastic to your mane. You know what they say, after all: the devil is in the detail. Credit: @borisofthejungle
8. Slick high bun
Man buns – not to be associated with messy buns. In fact, they don’t have to be messy at all. Just look at this slicked-back top knot style and your eyes will be opened to a whole new way of grooming.
This version is set high on the top of the crown and slicked back with product for a more formal take on this traditionally casual style. Heading to a black tie event? Grab your tux and you’re good to go. Credit: @imnathgriff
Editor’s tip: Digging this ‘do? To recreate this slicked back style, simply take a small amount of the VO5 Gel Wax and warm it between your palms. Evenly work through your hair and, for a super smart finish, pull a comb through your strands before tying your bun.
9. Low bun
Finding a new look can be as easy as changing up the position of your man bun, like wearing it lower down on your head in a low bun.
10. Bald fade bun
With it’s super close shave, a bald fade adds a cleanness to any man bun and beard look. We love the contrasting textures of this look with a long, tied-back bun, the tapered shaved sides and short beard. Credit: @drewcutyou
11. Viking style man bun
Want to channel your inner Bjorn Ironside? Take on the Viking trend with this Scandi style man bun and beard combo and don’t be afraid to embrace the grey – iciness is in right now.
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12. Man bun with a clip
Enjoying growing your hair out long but struggling to style it? Hair clips, grips and headbands can all make life a lot easier, especially if you’re into sports or the gym and need ways of keeping it back. If David Beckham can do it, so can you.