Tutorial on how to wear a manbun or topknot if you’re balding
I’ve been getting some questions about the man bun hairstyle for bald men. Instead of answering each and every question, I thought that it would be best to simply publish this guide on the man bun for balding guys. Unlike the thick and lustrous manbun manes that we’re shown on magazines, TV and websites day in and day out, the reality is that about 50% of men in the United States (and in most other countries) over the age of 35 are balding.
Balding may not necessarily mean a shiny dome that would make Vin Diesel proud. No, not at all. Balding, also known as male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia, usually starts with a receding hairline, so it’s very common for many men (especially the younger ones) to not be aware that they are balding as the first two stages of male pattern baldness can go unnoticed with medium length hair and long-length hair. Then all hell breaks loose when you notice that the funny shape of your hairline that you were developing as of lately is, in fact, the first stage of a (very-soon) life with no hair.
To give you a better idea of how male pattern baldness develops, here is a diagram showing the 7 stages of male hair loss. These stages are known as Norwood stages and the model used to diagnose male pattern baldness (i.e. the diagram below) is known as the Norwood scale or Hamilton-Norwood scale (named after Dr James Hamilton and Dr O’Tar Norwood who created and revised this hair-loss diagnosing model in the 1950s and 1970s respectively). Continue reading
The ponybun with dreadlocks: a new man bun hairstyle!
Lately I’ve been talking about the man-bun dreadlocks style which I think is an epic long hairstyle for those of you who decide to lock your mane instead of wearing it naturally without the locking. Dreadlocks aren’t easy to achieve, and much less if you have shoulder length hair or longer, so do not think that dudes with dreadlocks tied into a bun got there by just being filthy and dirty. Just ask your average dreadlocks-bro how much time and money he has invested in his dreadlocks; you will be surprised!
What is a ponybun?
So after giving you an introduction to the dreadlocks hairstyle and to my latest blogging of such a style, I will introduce to you yet another type of man bun hairstyle which is what I call a half bun or a ponybun. A ponybun should not be confused with a “semi bun”, since the latter is what many of you will know as a top knot or topknot undercut hairstyle. On the other hand, a ponybun is a hairstyle that has your tied hair put into a bun for half of its length and the remaining half of the tied hair’s length is left to hang down as in a ponytail. And thus the name ponybun: “pony” for ponytail and “bun” for, well, I doubt I have to tell you by now. Continue reading
Black men with dreadlocks: style those manbuns!
One thing that I love about having this site is when I get emails from readers telling me about their man buns and how they’ve been growing their hair long. After all, having a man bun isn’t just about putting a bun on your head; it’s much more than that. Having a man bun is akin to a type of lifestyle; a lifestyle of not giving a damn about rules and marking your own path to follow. The manbun lifestyle is being embraced left and right and in part, thanks to this humble website, so I’m glad to see you folks joining our forces.
Got dreadlocks? Then consider the man bun hairstyle
Just like with the man bun hairstyle, the dreadlocks hairstyle seems to also be re-surfacing nowadays in mainstream society and re-gaining its popularity from back in the nineties. Since plenty of guys are growing their manes long to wear topknots and manbuns, some of them are also deciding to opt for the locked-and-knotted hairstyling approach and are thus getting their natural manes into dreadlocks. Be it white dudes or black dudes, the dreadlocks hairstyle is becoming a trendy hairstyle again in 2015 and 2016.
I would not be saying this if we weren’t getting more and more barbershop customers into our barbershop asking for tips to follow to grow their hair long so as to get it locked and eventually put their dreadlocks in a man bun hairstyle. Continue reading
Black men begin to embrace the manbun hairstyle and long hair
About a week ago with had as one of our new barbershop customers a black guy with a man bun dreadlock. Now, as a man bun dude myself, I’ve seen dreadlock man buns in the recent past and a good percentage of our barbershop customers are black males whom we encourage to grow their manes long and into man buns if they show interest in the hairstyle (after all, almost every barber at our barbershop wears a bro bun so we’re somewhat biased for this hair style!).
Following from the above, the sight of a black guy with long hair and especially with long dreadlocks is becoming more and more common. Black guys have started to knock down the whole “you can’t grow black hair long” myth that I’ve hear so many times in all these years as a barber from black guys (and black women too). Trust me, black men can grow their hair long just as any white guy or Asian guy can too. Continue reading
Who would have thought that manbuns and braids would work?
At our barbershop, every once in a while we will get some uncommon haircut requests or some “intriguing” hairstyle ideas. My barber staff and I are known for cutting the BS of the hairstyle world that most guys are brainwashed into and thus we talk straight to the point with our customers.
If you come into my barbershop telling me how cute David Beckham looks with his new side swept hairstyle and how you’d love to have his hairstyle even though you have thick curly hair, well, chances are that I’m going to crush your hairstyle dreams by stating the obvious: the hairstyles of David Beckham are not possible with curly hair (and so much more the mythical side swept hairstyle). I will say it nicely to you, don’t get me wrong; but I will say it. But, what’s even better, I will also provide you with some cool, trendy and epic hairstyle and haircut alternatives that will one-hundred percent fit your hair type and look. My job is to make you look your best, not to try to make you a cheap replica of whatever celebrity is on the news these days.
A braided man bun?
Now, after having posted above my attitude to unreal hairstyles that sometimes our customers come to our barbershop with, it’s time to wow you all, myself included. We’ve been getting requests for braided man bun hairstyles. Yep, that’s right, not just your run-of-the-mill manbun with the text book bun placed on the vertex. Nope, that’s too easy and boring for some dudes. How about a freaking “braided” man bun style? Continue reading
Get the best view of the topknot undercut with this photo!
One of the best ways to fully visualize a hairstyle as a barber is to see the hairstyle from all angles. As a matter of fact, this same practice is also extremely useful for those of you wanting to get one hairstyle or the other (or one haircut or the other). That’s why, if you come to my barbershop, you will see our own hairstyle photo book with all haircuts portrayed in different angles (we usually do four angles per haircut). The same goes for all the hairstyles that we also do, but it’s mostly haircuts that our barbershop clients ask us for.
Another great way to see how a hairstyle looks is by seeing it on an average Joe, a regular dude. Not one of those handsome male model dudes or celebrity guys who are obsessed with themselves and only with themselves (Oh, hey there, Zayn Malik and Jared Leto). You’ve gotta see the hairstyle on a dude who is just as ugly (or not much-more handsome) than yourself. Hence, I dig it when we get pictures of our site’s readers. Continue reading
Harry Styles lets himself down with girly braids on manbun
As someone who is a barber, has a man bun and uses his almost non-existent free time to maintain this manbun-focused website, I have to say that I love the man bun hairstyle. I’ve already explained the benefits of this hairstyle in my man bun tutorial as I go on to talk about the convenience of having your long hair secured tightly in a bun and how the man bun in and of itself is quite the aesthetic male hairstyle. Thus, I just could not “put down” or criticize any man bun; it goes against my spirit. Well, that was until now. Continue reading
A full guide on the 7 types of manbun hairstyles for dudes
While the man bun is a global hairstyle, it can certainly be customized to one’s own preferences and tastes. A man bun is simply a bun that is placed on the vertex area of the head (i.e. the crown), although even it’s positioning can be moved about on the head (higher or lower) as in the case of the low man bun hairstyle!
As a barber who too has a man bun, I get a lot of questions from my barbershop customers about getting a man bun and about growing hair long. I’ve gone as far as publishing a popular man bun hairstyle guide that has all the information that you need on the man bun and which too touches upon the different types of manbuns. So, considering that the manbun is a hairstyle that leaves a lot to the imagination, I want to now dedicate this guide that you’re reading to covering all the types of man buns.
These are the 7 main types of man buns for men:
- Full man bun
- Semi man bun
- Low man bun
- High man bun
- Man bun undercut
- Man bun taper cut
Let’s now continue this guide and go through them all in detail! Continue reading
If you want a huge manbun, then you better grow those locks
As a barber with a man bun hairstyle, I often get asked the following question by our barbershop customers and by people on the street, “how much hair length do you have in that man bun?”. Indeed, most people are curious to know how much hair it took me to get my big manbun, so, when I let it all out in their faces and proudly show them my length, they’re always impressed. Hang on a second, that didn’t sound quite so much as I intended it to…
You need a lot of hair length for a manbun
Just like I frequently get asked the above question on how long my hair is, I also get asked how much hair length is needed for a man bun, so let’s start with that. Continue reading
From boring long wavy hair to an epic wavy manbun style!
The most common hair types of dudes coming to our barbershop to retouch their man buns or to learn how to get a man bun are the hair types belonging to straight hair and wavy hair. Indeed, both these hair types are relatively easy to grow to a long enough hair length for a man bun hairstyle or a top knot hairstyle. Wavy hair, in particular, is a hair type that can be a lot of fun to style into any kind of tied hairstyle (such as the manbun) as its naturally voluptuous body (talking of locks of hair here, not women — for those of you who think like me) gives the man bun hairstyle a very raw look.
Simply put, the bun is bigger with wavy hair when compared with straight hair, and, if you leave any lock dangling that hasn’t been tied to the bun, the whole hairstyle usually looks pretty cool. Continue reading