In case you’ve all been caught up in the Stuff of Life thus far, we’ve put out several tutorials on how to tie a man bun in the past. But in the interest of time—and the weather, which doesn’t really make for the fanciest, most polished hairstyles—we’re coming out with an easier, more condensed version of this popular hairstyle. Best of all, it should take quicker than the time you take for your morning coffee, because winter mornings are for romancing that snooze button.
Without further ado, we present the quickest tutorial on how to tie a man bun, which we set at three minutes flat. Get ready to get quick and dirty:
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 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. You’re done! Time: 1 minute.
Need more man bun inspiration? Check out more man bun or top knot styles to try if you’ve got more time to spare.