Top 12 Man Bun Fade Hairstyles for 2023

Looking for a fresh new style? Let us introduce you to the man bun fade.

A man bun is a popular men’s hairstyle where 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, one of the most popular ways to wear a man bun, by far, 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 it your next go-to style. Read on and get ready to run to your barber…

High Fade


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.

Undone Man Bun and Fade

Undone Man Bun and Fade
Fade + man bun = #swag. Credit:

We’re all about carefree, undone hairstyles and, if you really want to elevate your hair game, you should try rocking your man bun messy, just like this gent has done.

Long Hair With a Fade


Bored of your man bun? Fades are a great way to update your 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 style.

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Undercut Fade and Beard

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The best thing about the man bun with fade? You can play around with fade types. Credit:

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 seriously modern edge.

Mohawk Man Bun

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Try a mohawk man bun. Credit:

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

Professional Man Bun and Fade

Can a man bun haircut and a fade work for smarter occasions? With the right hairspray at hand (like TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray), this on-trend hairstyle can look as professional as you want it to be. Need proof? Just look at how this gent rocks it.

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Rugged Man Bun and Stubble

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.

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:

Aren’t afraid of taking risks when it comes to your hair? Then you need to take note of this fresh cut.

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.

Skin Fade

Man with brown hair in a man bun with a skin fade

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.

Subtle Fade

You don’t have to go bold to make a stylish impact. Credit:

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. Our top tip for a man bun like the photo is to have smooth strands before styling. We recommend TRESemmé Replenish & Cleanse 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner for cleansed and tangle-frizz tresses for days!

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Disconnected Fade

Brown haired man with a man bun with a disconnected fade

Want something a bit different from 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.

Man Bun Braids

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Take note of this skin fade + man bun hairstyle. Credit:

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.

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