Tutorial: The Asian Man Bun Half-Updo

Looks cool, feels cool, done in 60 seconds... Sold!

Do you have straight, medium-to-long hair? That’s awesome, ’cause one of this summer’s hottest looks fits your length and texture to a T. What’s called the Asian man bun, or the samurai half-bun or “hun” (not to be confused with a term of endearment, but hey, that works too) is a quick and easy way to change things up while keeping hair off your neck when the humidity spikes.

Check out our tutorial to see how to recreate the Asian man bun, which promises to get you spiffed and out the door in less than a minute:

1

Start with clean hair.

Wash and rinse with a gentle daily shampoo and conditioner. Choose one that has strengthening benefits, since you’ll be doing some tugging. We like how Dove Men+Care Thick & Strong Fortifying Shampoo+Conditioner both strengthens strands and leaves hair looking visibly thicker. Blowdry till hair is at least 90% to completely dry.

2

Section off the top.

Use some Bed Head for Men By TIGI Slick Trick Firm Hold Pomade to smooth out your hair. Then, gather the top half of your hair into a ponytail. The thickness of your section depends entirely on your desired look, but we think a 3/4 ratio of hair left down gives a neater appearance. Just make sure it’s even on both sides!

3

Twist hair around.

First twirl your hair so hair is tightly twisted like a rope or string, then begin to create your Asian man bun. Coil your ponytail around itself, creating a full circle. Use your non-dominant hand to hold down the base. Ed’s note: This might take several revolutions before you run out of hair.

4

Secure your bun.

Finish up by securing your bun with pins where the hair overlaps. Depending on your hair’s thickness (and your overall skill level at pinning), you can also use a hair tie or elastic. For the latter, loop it around the base, twist it once till it resembles a figure 8, and re-tie. Hair ties usually take around two to three loops until they feel snug.

5

Done!

Your hun is done! Brush out any tangles you might have on the rest of your hair, but overall keep things casual and don’t stress about flyaways and such. It’s meant to be a laid-back look after all, best for looking like you gave a damn on gym-tan-laundry days, and gives off a stylishly cool vibe during those rooftop party nights.

1. Undercut Bun

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Photo Credit: @valentinboutym

If you want to add edginess to your style, try an undercut.

2. Man Bun and Beard Combo

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Photo Credit: @manbunlifestyle

Show off your beard by pulling longer hair into a slick man bun.

3. Formal Man Bun

Asian Man bun Groomed
Photo Credit: @asianmanbun

Man buns are a perfect formal hairstyle for men who have longer hair. This helps you keep it out of your face while maintaining a polished look.

4. Half-Up Man Bun

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Try two trends in one. Photo credit: Dvora

Don’t want your hair completely down or fully up? You can never go wrong with a half-up man bun.

5. Sleek Asian Man Bun

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The modern classic we know and love. Photo credit: Dvora

A sleek man bun will keep hair out of your face all day while giving you a sophisticated look.

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