12 Cool Man Bun Fade Hairstyles for Your Next Grooming Move

A man bun with a fade? Yes, it does work.  

A man bun is a popular men’s hairstyle in which the hair is pulled back into a top knot. There are many different man bun styles to choose from, including half-up man buns, man buns with beards and braided man buns. However, by far one of the most popular ways to wear a man bun is a man bun fade, where the bun is paired with shaved sides for a mix of classic and edgy.

Now, if you need more convincing (or you’re curious to see the trend in action), we’ve put together 12 looks that show exactly why you should make a man bun with a fade your next go-to style. Read on and get ready to run to your barber…

High Fade

Man with light brown hair in a man bun with a high fade
Credit: Instagram.com/toe_fade_it

The best thing about a fade + man bun hairstyle? Since you’ll buzz or snip away most of your long or medium lengths away, it’ll be a lot easier to style and maintain. Credit: @toe_fade_it

Undone Man Bun and Fade

man bun haircut fade: close up shot of man with taper fade haircut. wearing black shirt and posing outside
Fade + man bun = #swag. Credit: Instagram.com/hairmanstyles

It’s all about the carefree, undone hairstyles and, if you really want to elevate your mane game, you should try rocking your man bun fade messy, just like this gent has done. Credit: @hairmanstyles

Editor’s tip: To get this man bun with fade hairstyle right, you’ll need the TONI&GUY Messy Sea Salt Spray, which will give your mane the wind-styled texture needed for this look.

Long Hair with a Fade

Dark brown haired man with long hair in a man bun with a fade and a beard
Credit: Instagram.com/lanedorsey

Bored of your man bun? Fades are great way to update look, with so many different types to choose from. From skin fades to longer, tapered ones, there are a variety of styles you can test out depending on your personal preferences. Credit: @lanedorsey

Undercut Fade and Beard

man bun haircut fade: close up shot of man with fade + man bun hairstyle, wearing jacket and posing in a studio
The best thing about the man bun with fade? You can play around with fade types. Credit: Instagram.com/bohemiangentleman

Our favourite fade combos? Ones with tonnes of contrast. As you can see, this gent rocks his short man bun with a dapper undercut fade and a shaped beard. All this gives his overall style a serious modern edge. Credit: @bohemiangentleman

Mohawk Man Bun

Man with dark brown hair in a mohawk man bun with shaved sides
Credit: Instagram.com/c_ee_s_r

Take your look to the extreme with this bold mohawk look and it’ll ensure all of the focus is on your man bun. Credit: @c_ee_s_r

Professional Man Bun and Fade

close up shot of man with made
Prefer sharper looks? Try this man bun haircut + fade. Credit: Instagram.com/rich_bagged_evo_x

Can a man bun haircut and a fade work for smarter occasions? With the right pomade at hand, this on-trend hairstyle can look as professional as you want it to be. Need proof? Just look at how this gent rocks it. Credit: @rich_bagged_evo_x

Editor’s tip: The TIGI Bed Head Slick Trick Firm Hold Pomade is perfect for giving your hair the shine and hold it needs to recreate this office-friendly style, ensuring it looks sleek, not greasy.

Rugged Man Bun and Stubble

Brown haired man with a messy man bun with a long fade
Credit: Instagram.com/sergiogonzalezfdz

For those of you with stubble or anyone currently working on growing a beard, take advantage of the way a tapered fade can tie your whole look together. Credit: @sergiogonzalezfdz

Patterned Fade

close up shot of man in a barber with messy man bun fade with abstract design on it
This man bun haircut + fade design is great for art lovers. Credit: Instagram.com/criztofferson

Aren’t afraid of taking risks when it comes to your hair? Then you need to take note of this abstract man bun fade hairstyle.

This striking cubist shaved hair design takes this gent’s style to Picasso-worthy heights, and if you want the same results, follow suit and get a little creative. Credit: @criztofferson

Skin Fade

Man with brown hair in a man bun with a skin fade
Credit: Instagram.com/drewcutyou

Also known as a bald fade, a skin fade is where the hair gradually becomes shorter and shorter, blending into the skin. This makes it an ultra low-maintenance haircut requiring next to no styling. Credit: @drewcutyou

Subtle Fade

close up shot of male model with low man bun haircut fade, wearing sunglasses and grey jacket, posing outside
You don’t have to go bold to make a stylish impact. Credit: Instagram.com/vucci92

If bold skin fades or abstract designs aren’t up your alley, getting a discreet low fade haircut is exactly what you need to make it feel dapper again. Credit: @vucci92

Have you heard of the shadow fade yet? If not, let us introduce you.

Disconnected Fade

Brown haired man with a man bun with a disconnected fade
Credit: Instagram.com/gd_gagan

Want something a bit different to the standard fade? Ask your barber for a disconnected fade to up the contrast between the top of your hair and the faded effect on the sides. Credit: @gd_gagan

Man Bun Braids

man bun haircut fade: close up shot of model with skin fade and braided man bun hairstyle, wearing grey jacket and posing outside
Take note of this skin fade + man bun hairstyle. Credit: Instagram.com/c.h.hair

Another great thing about the man bun fade? It can work for all hair types. Yep, whether you’re a gent with natural black hair or wavy hair, you really can’t go wrong with trying this cool fade + man bun trend. Credit: @c.h.hair

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