What Is a Man Bun? The Ultimate Guide To Creating this Trendy Look

Have no fear: We have all the info you need on the biggest men's hairstyle of the year.

The man bun has been one of the hottest, most popular hairstyles for men in the past few years. Although you may have heard of it, the question “what is a man bun” may have run across your mind a few times. If you’ve been questioning yourself about this hairstyle time and time again, we’re here to give you a crash-course on everything you need to know about this hot style.

So before you hop on the man bun bandwagon, check out our man bun 101 tips and tricks to learn about this sexy style and how to create a flawless man bun with minimal effort:

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So, what exactly is a man bun? We have everything you need to know about this hairstyle.

The Basics

The man bun, a.k.a. the hipster bun is widely popular, but don’t worry if you still don’t understand what a man bun is. We’ll explain to you exactly what it looks like and how to recreate it in no time!

First off, if you can put your hair in a ponytail, oftentimes you can put it in a bun. You hair can be shoulder-length for this style (sorry, shorter-haired men), or have long, rock star locks. Either way, if it’s long enough to be held in a hair tie, you can create a man bun.

While this style is worn by almost every superstar hunk in Hollywood (or on every other Brooklyn barista), almost any guy can easily rock the bun style. You can spot tons of men sporting a man bun through a quick scroll of your social media newsfeed or even just a walk around the block. Wherever you go, we can guarantee you’ll find at least one man wearing a the look (bonus points if he has a beard too).

How To Create a Simple Man Bun

Now that we answered the question, “what is a man bun,” we can move on to how to create it.

Step 1: Smooth any unruly flyaways and frizz with a styling cream, like AXE Clean Cut Look: Classic Pomade. Use a small amount and smooth into your hair from root to tip to create a clean, tamed look.

Step 2: Use a brush or your fingers to smooth your hair back into a ponytail. You can make it high or low, whichever you choose for your style. Then, secure your hair with a hair tie, threading your hair through the band and creating a loop on the last thread.

Step 3: Voilà, you’re done! If any hair falls out, don’t worry about it, since it gives your man bun a causal and sexy bedhead look.

Now that you know how to make this simple look, we dare you to challenge yourself. Gone are the days of questioning, “what is a man bun;” now you’re ready to create the trendiest (and easiest) look on the block. Try out some of these styles to upgrade your man bun game:

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The high bun is a classic way to keep your style clean. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

1. High Bun

The most common way to style a man bun is the basic high bun. You can make it sleek and smoothed out, or make it messy and casual with AXE Natural Look: Softening Cream. Whatever you choose, you’ll be ready to rock this bun in no time.

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Get runway ready looks with this low man bun. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

2. Low Bun

If you have extra long hair, a low man bun is perfect for you. It’s casual and fun and gives your hair a slightly messy-but-tamed look.

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Let your hair breath with this half-up, half-down style.

3. Half-Up, Half-Down

Get creative with your look by going for the half-up, half-down man bun (or “hun”) style. Get the best of both worlds with this fun and easy look while showing off your long mane. Just tame any unruly strands while giving your hair a tousled look with AXE Messy Look: Matte Gel.

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Give your man bun some extra detail with a shaved undercut. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

4. Undercut

Stand out from the crowd with this sharp look. An undercut paired with your man bun is a great look to transform into a rockstar. Give your style an edgy look with this undercut finish.

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Play around with your style by creating a messy, tussled man bun.

5. Low Messy Bun

In a hurry? Then give your hair that fresh of out bed look with a messy bun. Don’t worry, the messier the better, so make that bun as shaggy and loose as you want. The looser the strands, the more eye-catching your bun will look.

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Same concept as the low messy bun, but on top of your head.

6. High Messy Bun

Place your messy bun on top of your head for more volume and to help get your long mane off the back of your neck. Remember, the look is supposed to be a little haphazard, so don’t overthink it when you’re creating this style.

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You can still achieve a man bun even if not all of your hair makes the cut!

7. Top Bun

This style is perfect for those who want to rock a man bun but don’t have the length all around to be completely gathered into a bun. Just create a bun with the top section of hair and let the rest remain down to give the look more texture.