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…
Undone Man Bun and Fade
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
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
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
Professional Man Bun and Fade
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
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
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.
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
Have you heard of the shadow fade yet? If not, let us introduce you.
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
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