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