Best Hairstyles to Grow an Epic Man Bun or Top Knot

The ultimate hairstyles guide to growing a manbun or topknot

It is a fact that most guys who want to get a man bun will start their man-bun journey with short hair or medium-length hair. Thus, one question that I get a lot at my barbershop is what hairstyles to use while growing a man bun or while transitioning to a man bun. While I’ve covered in this site some of the different hair styles and haircuts that you can use to get a man bun, I’d like to publish this definitive guide with all the best hairstyles to use while growing a man bun or a top knot.

One thing to bear in mind in this guide is that a top knot hairstyle will require that the sides and back of your head are kept buzzed or trimmed very short. If you’re unsure of the difference between a man bun and a top knot, then go ahead and read my popular man bun and top knot guide which explains all the differences among the man buns and top knots of our bro-bun kingdom.

In essence, however, a man bun (i.e. a “full” bun) has the hair on the sides and back of your head just as long as the hair on the top of the head. A top knot (i.e. a “semi” bun) has the hair on the sides and back of the head buzzed with a hair clipper (e.g. an undercut) or tapered in a very short length (e.g. a short taper cut).

Following from the previous paragraph and so as to ensure that you can tell the difference between a man bun and a top knot, here’s a top-view picture illustrating a man bun hairstyle:

A top-view picture of a textbook man bun hairstyle with long shoulder-length hairHeck, I’m sure that the picture below of Donald Trump’s man bun (instead of his usual combover hairstyle) will get the point across even better: a man bun requires longer hair (than a top knot) and all of the hair on the head is to be used to tie the single bun. Continue reading

A Great Curly Man Bun Hairstyle Example!

This is how you rock a glorious manbun with curly hair!

One cool thing about having so many people reading daily is that we get a lot of guys sending us their man bun pictures. Just in case that you weren’t aware of the following (said in a slightly-sarcastic manner), the manbun hairstyle isn’t just a thing of the United States (even though the man-bun trend was started in Brooklyn); instead, the manbun hairstyle has been embraced by the whole world and dudes from all areas of the planet are wearing “bro buns”, top knots, hipster buns and all the rest of man bun types that are available to the world’s male population.

A man bun with curly hair?

If you’re on this site, chances are that you have already seen pictures of man buns and top knots. The thing is that most dudes wearing manbuns seem to only have straight hair. Next time that you’re downtown (especially if you’re in a hipster-friendly city), pay attention as to the hair type of those extremely-lucky dudes who wear the glorious man bun hairstyle. You will notice that the most-common hair type on these guys is straight hair or wavy hair, yet no love for curly hair.

A picture of a handsome black guy with a man bun hairstyle and braided hair posing in the bathroomThe above is, in part, the reason for me publishing our curly man bun guide with all the advice and tips needed to grow long curly hair and keep it healthy. You see, curly hair for men needs a slightly different approach with regards to looking after it and to what hair products to use. It’s all explained in that curly manbun guide linked above, and the reality is that most curly dudes are scared and traumatized (from past experiences) to grow their curls long so as to sport a man bun. Continue reading

Man Bun Hairstyle Guide for Curly Hair Men

Curly hair manbun guide for dudes with curls

The other day, we had a curly barbershop customer walk in to our barbershop initially wanting a curly hair undercut haircut. However, when he saw that most of the barbers at our barbershop have man buns, he looked dazzed, as if he had entered another dimension where man buns were the de-facto hairstyle of all men worldwide (in essence, that’s our idyllic, sacred man-bun heaven where all man bun dudes go to once they reach the minimum hair length for a man bun).

A picture of a curly haired guy getting a haircut for his curly manbun hairstyle at the barbershopSo, as expected, this new curly customer started asking Paul (one of our barbers with a manbun) question after question about how to get a man bun with curly hair. And that’s what this man bun hairstyle guide will be all about today, especially since that wasn’t the first time that a curly dude asked us (or me) about how to grow curly hair long to get a man bun. Continue reading

Kids With Man Bun Hairstyles – Pictures

Kids with man buns – Not just for adult dudes, y’know?

It’s no surprise that, when a hairstyle becomes trendy, it will eventually reach parents and be tried on kids. By all means this is absolutely fine, although some parents will go to far extents like bleaching or relaxing their kid’s hair so as to have the poor kid looking dapper (really? A 6-year-old needs to look dapper?). In any case, the man bun is a benign and cool hairstyle for kids, not to mention that the man bun hairstyle is easy to get and style, and it doesn’t need a lot of hair length unlike most people think. Thus, the man bun is a kid-friendly and parent-friendly hair style.

Anecdotally, the manbun is a hairstyle that I’m seeing more and more with the kids that our barbershop clients bring. Likewise, as kids’ heads aren’t as big as adults’ heads, a kid only needs about 4 inches of hair length to tie a man bun. Considering how fast kid’s hair grows, you can have your kid sporting a bro bun in no time (children’s hair grows slightly faster than adult hair; the average adult grows half an inch of hair per month). Just be aware that the bearded hipster bun won’t be achievable on him for a couple of years more (a blessing in disguise, trust me on that one).

So, in order to inspire some of you parents reading my site, I’m posting two pictures of kids’ man buns. Actually, we may just as well address such manbuns as “kid buns”, but that would confuse people even more. So there, folks: just two cool kids with equally-cool manbuns!

A child with a man bu hairstyle A curly kid with a manbun hairstyle out of the shower with wet curls