4 Ways to Tie a Man Bun to Stand Out and Cool Off this Season

Because any longer is an insult to the snooze button.

Learning how to tie a man bun might seem complicated, but it’s actually a pretty easy task. What many people don’t realize is that there are a number of ways to create a man bun. We have put together a collection of 4 easy ways to create a man bun depending on your style preferences.

Without further ado, we present the quickest tutorial on how to tie a man bun, which we set at three minutes flat.

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Yup, an easy man bun helps you get those precious zzz’s in. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

Step 1: Brush your hair.

Skip the morning shower—you’re wearing an updo, all is forgiven—and just reach for that flat brush. Remove all tangles with some well-meaning brush strokes from roots to ends. Time: 30 seconds.

Step 2: Apply some pomade.

Providing your hair isn’t limp from buildup from the day before, you’ll definitely benefit from a styling product to keep that look polished and frizz-free. Apply a finger-swipe of non-greasy pomade—we like AXE Signature Clean Cut Look: Classic Pomade—evenly onto palms. (Tip: Rubbing your palms warms it up for a smoother application.) Spread evenly from hairline to ends. Time: 1 minute.

Step 3: Refine with a comb.

Give your strands a quick pass with a fine-toothed comb just to make sure your product is evenly distributed. Get your hair tie on the ready. Time: 30 seconds.

Step 4: Tie it up.

Short to medium hair: Gather hair up into a ponytail, and with a free hand, keep looping your elastic around the ponytail until it’s tight enough to be left as a knot. The ends are to be left tucked into the elastic for the final look.

Medium to long hair: Gather your hair up into a ponytail, then twist the hair tightly to resemble a rope. Coil the rope around itself, forming a bulb or knob. Tie the elastic around the base of the knob, maybe twice or thrice, to secure. Lock your look in with an unscented and therefore inconspicuous hairspray like Suave Extreme Hold Unscented Aerosol Hairspray. Time: 1 minute.

You’re done! Your mission to create a man bun in under 3 minutes is complete.

Whether it be on the street, the runway, the red carpet or Instagram, you’re sure to spot the man bun alongside some of the most popular men’s hairstyles today. So, let’s get down to business and learn how to do a man bun.

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Step 1

Prep Your Hair.

Start by using a brush or a comb to gently brush through your hair. This will remove any tangles and knots, and make it easier for you to style your hair.

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Gather your hair.

Now you’ve applied your product, it’s time to learn how to tie a man bun. Loosely gather your hair into a ponytail, roughly at the middle of your crown, and get a hair band ready to secure it.

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Secure your hair tie.

Wrap your hairband around your ponytail a couple of times to secure. Then, on your last wrap, pull the ponytail only half way through to create a loop, with the ends of your hair facing down towards the back of your head.

Don’t worry about these loose ends, they add to the overall undone coolness of this hairstyle.

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Final look.

Congratulations, you’ve mastered how to tie a man bun! If necessary, gently tweak the size and position of your ‘do to create a fuller effect.

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Now you’ve got the basics down, it’s time to introduce you to the man bun’s cooler sibling: the half-up, half-down top knot.

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Now it’s time to create your half-up top knot. Simply section your hair in half horizontally, starting from around eyebrow height.

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Create a ponytail.

Next gather the hair that you sectioned into a ponytail, and secure it with a hairband. Then, twist your ponytail, as this will make it easier to fashion into a top knot in the next step!

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Create your half top knot.

Now wrap your twisted hair around the base of your ponytail, until you’ve formed a neat top knot shape, securing it in place with a hair tie and some bobby pins, if needed.

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Final look.

And just like that, you’ve mastered the half-up top knot! See how easy that was? Now you can rock your new ‘do morning, noon, and night.

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If you’re looking for something a little more casual and low-key, then why not opt for a messy, low bun, instead?

Creating messy bun hairstyles may seem like a no-brainer, but there are actually some tricks and tools to the trade to get the look down. This dishevelled, lived-in look has masses of texture and looks extremely cool.

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Step 1

Gather your hair.

Start by smoothing your hair back and gathering it into a low ponytail, towards the nape of your neck, or wherever feels most comfortable.

Make sure you get every strand and double check in a mirror to see if there are any remaining flyaways.

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Create a loop.

When securing your ponytail, the last time you go to pull your hair through the hairband, leave it looped halfway through.

Take your time here as this step will form the basis of your messy bun.

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Use hair pins.

Want to know why your man bun never stays put throughout the day? You’re not using hair pins!

These little styling tools are your new friend, so simply insert hair pins around the base of the bun to keep it in place.

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The final look.

To help keep your bun in place and to smooth down any frizz, apply some wax or pomade as needed.

And there you have it, a messy, low man bun done in record speed!

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Looking to add a little interest to your man bun hairstyle? Then why not try this twisted man bun style to take your look from ordinary to extraordinary?

With this twisted man bun style, you can turn your basic man bun into a cooler updo that’s suitable for any occasion.

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Brush your hair back.

Create a side parting, then brush your hair with a natural bristle brush,which will help smooth your hair and further work in the product.

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Twist your hair.

Divide your hair into 2 halves and, working on one section at a time, start twisting each section of hair from your ear back towards the nape of the neck.
When you reach the middle, combine the 2 sections and tie into a low ponytail.

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Create your bun.

Twist the tail of your pony, before wrapping it around its base. Once you’ve formed a bun shape, secure it discreetly with a bobby pin.

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The final look.

And there you have it: a simple yet effective twisted man bun hairstyle!

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Are you thinking about trying out one of these man bun’s style? Be sure to share the results with us over @AllThingsHairUS!

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