How much hair length for a man bun?
Everyone is talking about the man bun. Some people will even call it a bro bun. Others will call it the dude bun. It doesn’t matter; people are talking about it.
With so much talk about the manbun, people start wondering if they can achieve a man bun with their hair length. The answer? There is a minimum hair length you need to achieve. Of course, if you are wanting to style the beard man bun look, and want to know what should be the length of your beard, then any amount of facial hair is fine; just don’t get too hipster with it, ok?
There are two types of man buns: full man bun and half man bun. This is what I call it and I also guide my barbershop clients with those terms as it makes it easy for them to understand. Let’s explore each type of man bun and what is the minimum length needed.
Full man bun
The full man bun is a bun that is tied with all the hair on the head. This is typically the bun that ladies style too as long hair is more common with our female buddies. To get a full bun, you simply sweep all the hair towards your crown, starting at the forehead first, and then starting at the nape (and up) so that the bun is tied in the vertex or crown area of your head (i.e. the back of the top of your head).
The minimum length for a man bun is 12 inches of hair length. Now that’s a lot of hair and it’s indeed long hair. I’ve been reading lately The Men’s Hair Book by Rogelio Samson (by the way, if you don’t have it, get it!) and he mentions that 12 inches is just over shoulder length for men. I tend to agree with this and I recommend men wanting to tie all their hair in a bun to go for shoulder length hair.
With regards to the bun’s positioning, you can tie the man bun on the crown, which is the natural position for a bun, or you can tie the bun on the top of your head for what I call the high bun or pineapple hairstyle. Likewise you can tie your bun low, close to the nape.
The picture below is of a full high man bun. With regards to celebrities with man buns, Harry Styles is known for styling his bun fully.
Semi man bun
The semi man bun is a bun that is only tied with a segment of your head’s hair. It could be just all the hair on the top of your head, or it could be just the hair on your vertex (which typically occurs if your hair is short-ish). In any case, the minimum length that you need to tie a semi bun is 6 inches, which is what’s classified as the starting length for long hair.
A variation of the semi bun would be the undercut man bun. This is a hairstyle where the sides and back of your head are buzzed with a hair clipper to a short clipper number. This, the only hair on your head that is long enough to be tied is the one on top of your head.
This is a semi man bun as an undercut man bun.
How much hair length to tie a man bun?
As you can see above, the hair length needed will depend on whether you want a full bun or semi bun. However, and going by semantics (i.e. that a semi bun is a man bun after all), the minimum hair length needed to tie a man bun is 6 inches. To give you guys with short hair an idea, the average male grows 6 inches of hair in one year, so you’ll have to wait one year to tie a bun if you’re starting from a buzz cut length.