The sporty man bun: Hair favourites from Rio

Jeanette | 16 August 2016

Could the mun be the perfect hair solution for your next workout?


Is the man bun the favourite hairstyle of Rio? Well, love it or hate it, there’s no denying that it’s definitely the hairstyle du jour in Brazil this year. And let’s be honest (aesthetics aside), it’s actually one of the most practical ways for men with long hair to keep their manes out of their faces during their intense, career-defining competitions.

So, with that in mind, the All Things Hair team has put together a list of our favourite bro buns to help inspire your next workout hairstyle. After all, who wouldn’t want to rock the unofficial hairstyle of Rio?


The sporty man bun: Hair favourites we love from Rio


black and white images of Louis Smith without a shirt on with his hair styled into a man bun with an undercut
Louis Smith posing up a storm with his man bun. Credit:

Louis Smith: Gymnastics

Don’t worry curly-haired men, we haven’t left you out. You too can tap into the man bun hair trend. Just take a leaf out of British gymnast Louis Smith’s book and style your ‘do using a boar bristle brushCredit: @louissmith1989

Lynx Natural Look Flexible Control Cream

The natural bristles are great for brushing back curly locks, especially when teamed with a flexible hair cream, like the Lynx Natural Look Flexible Control Cream – it works a treat in curly and afro textures.

For more ways to rock your man bun, check out our guide on how to do a man bun 3 ways.

Paul Bennett taking a selfie with his gold Olympic medal with his hair pulled back into a man bun and his facial hair grown out
Paul Bennett knows a man bun is ideal for training. Credit:

Paul Bennett: Rowing

The British gold medal-winning rower caught our attention recently with his man bun and Viking-inspired beard!

Want to know how to recreate Bennett’s classic bun? It’s great if you’re in the middle of growing out your short crop, or if you have medium-length hairCredit: @__PMBennett__

VO5 Rework Putty

Just apply a small amount of a flexible styling product to your hair, like the VO5 Rework Putty, it’ll help tame any stray flyaways or short strands.

Antoine Diot on a photo shoot posing for the camera wearing black shorts and a blue top with his hair pulled back into a man bun
Antoine Diot brings out his fashionable side. Credit:

Antoine Diot: Basketball

We’d be surprised if you haven’t yet noticed French basketball player Antoine Diot! At 6 ft 4, Diot’s man bun is the perfect example of how to rock two looks in one.

So you no longer have to choose between an undercut and court-worthy man bun hair. Proof that you really can have the best of both worlds! Credit: @antoinediot

side view of Evan Jager on a track field wearing a red sports jacket and his blonde hair pulled back into a man bun
Evan Jager rocks it on the tracks. Credit: @evanjager

Evan Jager: Steeplechase

In our books, the American steeplechase record holder is the master of the casual man bun. It’s the perfect sporty hair solution if you have medium to longer length hair and don’t want your mane to ruin your chances of achieving your PB. Credit: @evanjager

TONI&GUY Tousled Texture Creation Hairspray

Just keep it casual and spray your locks with some TONI&GUY Casual Flexible Hold Hairspray, as it’s ideal for lightly holding your ‘do without it looking too styled.