The Best (and Only) Man Bun Hair Tips You’ll Ever Need

A straightforward discussion on a trendy, knotty topic.

So you bit the bullet and went for it: You’re now rocking the best man bun hair on the block. Power to your bad self! More and more guys these days have been sporting this cool, neo-macho updo, and for a good reason: It’s an easy, yet fashionable way to keep your hair out of your face during those blah/busy/can’t-be-bothered days. Second, and most important, it also gives you a more polished hairstyle option during times where leaving your long hair down may seem too casual or unkempt.

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Buns come in all shapes and sizes (even itty-bitty ones). The common denominator? They complement facial hair.

Unlike a top knot, the best man bun hair looks usually are completed circles or knots with hair fully coiled around itself. For this to comfortably happen, strands usually have to be six inches or longer, or else you might risk unnecessary tension on your scalp and hairline.

Read on for more tips on creating and caring for serious man bun hair. And remember, real men buy their own hair ties!

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Mix it up with a half-bun, affectionately called the “hun.” Aww.

Practical, Everyday Tips for your Best Man Bun Hair Yet

1. Wash less frequently.

In order to look groomed, longer hair either needs some styling or a good cleanse. On days when you want to give your strands a rest from the pomade tin, gather your hair into a man bun instead. You can squeeze one more good hair day out of last Sunday’s wash, and your natural scalp oils will help give some sheen to your bun too.

2. …But keep it reasonable.

Most hair types should shampoo and condition their hair at least thrice a week with a strengthening wash and care system because of all that tugging (we like the clean yet non-stripped feel of Dove Men+Care Complete Care Fortifying 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner). Increase frequency of washing if you’re active, sweaty or have overdosed on product. Keeping your strands grime-free, bouncy and healthy can help prevent breakage—and because when you’re twisting hair up into a bun, having more length to work with is always a good thing.

3. Get your own hair ties.

Make sure they’re fabric-covered with no metal connecting bar in the center—hair snags on those. If this is a look you’ll be rocking for a while, you owe it to yourself to get your own supplies. No stealing from your girlfriend’s bathroom drawer on an as-needed basis either, because you’re definitely going to need more than one! These things fall through the cracks of life—between your gym locker, work drawer, nightstand, the bottom of your rucksack. Trust us.

4. Favor softer pomades and creams.

Man bun hair looks a bit dated and greasy when styled with a slick, wet-look finish. A softer cream that respects your natural texture and allows for malleable control, like Axe Styling Natural Look: Softening Cream, gives a hotter, more relaxed look with a man bun—not to mention more forgiving on hair than stiff, extreme-hold gel.

5. Get a trim.

We know, the whole point of having longer hair was to skip out longer between barber appointments, but there’s no reason to look shabby. A regular trim of your ends, around every eight weeks just to keep things looking fresh, should be nothing to fuss about.

6. Use a leave-in conditioner or dry shampoo.

A dry shampoo, such as TRESemmé Fresh Start Basic Care Dry Shampoo, is a chill, one-and-done product that can help refresh a stringy hairdo (especially after being outdoors). A conditioning detangler, like Dove Absolute Curls Leave-In Detangler, can also provide a moisture boost or give strands some control when things get too unruly and you’re miles away from a good shower.

Looking for more man bun tips? Check out the types of man bun styles to get.