The man bun hair style has become popular all across the world. With so many men sporting this hairstyle, one would think that it has become overdone. However, there are many different ways to wear the man bun. Simply put, a man bun is a bun placed on the top of the head worn by a man. The positioning of the bun can vary depending on the style you are going for. Also, the length of your hair will determine which style you can wear and in which position it is placed on your head.

Chris Hemsworth & Man bun hairstyle
Chris Hemsworth & Man bun hairstyle

That being said, how do you know which style is right for you and your hair? There are many different options and it can be a bit overwhelming. Today we are going to take a look at 7 different types of man buns that can be worn and look at them in detail. Hopefully after reading this article you will have a clearer picture of what you want for yourself.

1. The Full Man Bun

As the name states, this bun includes all of the hair on your head. It is the real deal when it comes to man buns. Including the hair from the sides and back of the head is tied into a single bun that is placed somewhere around the crown of the head.In order to sport a full man bun, your hair should be at least 10 inches long. However, it would work even better with at least 12 inches so that you can avoid pulling your hair too tightly and causing hair loss.

Man bun hairstyle
Man bun hairstyle

Now, I know what you might be thinking: “This hairstyle is for hipsters”. However, this hairstyle has become popular amongst many men from all walks of life, including many celebrities. It is “in” so to speak. So if your hair is long enough and you are looking for a new ‘do, then try the full man bun.

 2. The Top Knot or Semi Man Bun

This smaller version of the man bun is better described as a “semi” man bun. Only the hair on the top of the head is used to create the bun, and often times the sides and the back of the head are shaved. This bun only uses a third of the hair, so it is much smaller than a full man bun, but still very fashionable.

Best Top Knot Hairstyle Men
Best Top Knot Hairstyle Men

It has become a popular hairstyle, as much less hair is needed. The minimum amount required for this style is 6 inches, so it doesn’t take very long to grow. Starting with a short hairstyle, it will only take between 5 and 10 months to achieve, depending on how fast your hair grows. Although it is possible with 6 inches, the ideal length for this style would be at least 8 inches. The shorter the hair, the more tension is placed on the hairline. This could eventually lead to traction alopecia which can bring about male pattern baldness. So the longer the hair, the better. This hairstyle has also been seen throughout Hollywood and worn by many celebrities.

3.   The Ponybun

As the name suggests, this hairstyle is half a ponytail, half bun. The way to get a pony bun is by starting the same way you would to create a manbun, but leaving the ends out so it is sort of like a halfway ponytail. While some people wouldn’t consider this to be qualified as a bun, it falls under the same sort of category because it is quite similar. This style doesn’t pull the hair and the hairline quite as much, so it is easier on the scalp.

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England captain David Beckham man bun
England captain David Beckham man bun

Although this hairstyle is a bit more “laid back” than others, it is still stylish and is easily achieved. If you are in a hurry, simply pull it back and go. It makes life simple, but still looks like you put in some effort when it came to getting ready.

4.   The Low Man Bun

The name is self-explanatory. A low man bun is like a full man bun, but it sits lower on the head. A top knot bun cannot be placed lower on the head, as it is only using hair from the top of the head, so it must be a full man bun that is used for this hairstyle. However, since the hair is placed lower on the head, the hair must be even longer than in a full man bun or else it is unable to reach. A minimum of 12 or so inches is needed to make this hairstyle work, so keep growing it out!

Man bun hairstyle
Man bun hairstyle
Brad Pitt man bun hairstyle
Brad Pitt man bun hairstyle

Men have worn this hairstyle for centuries. It has been popular all throughout history, and is making a comeback today. This just goes to show you that history really does repeat itself. To some, it may signify a strong, masculine figure, as many Hollywood movies of Spartans and warriors are portrayed with this hairstyle.

5.   The Pineapple Bun or High Man Bun

This hairstyle, also known as the high man bun, involves placing your hair even higher up on your head than the full man bun. The usual placement is in the very center of the top of the head. When the hair is placed on the top of the head like this, it sort of resembles a pineapple. Hence the name “the pineapple bun”. Not as much hair is needed for this style because it is in the center of the head and on the very top. Perhaps around 6 inches is needed.

Man bun hairstyle
Man bun hairstyle

While this isn’t the most stylish or aesthetically pleasing hairdo, it is a good one to use if you just need to get your hair out of your face or before going to bed so as to avoid tangles. So while it isn’t “pretty”, it is practical.

 6.   The Undercut Man Bun

Similar to the top knot, the undercut uses the top of the hair, only. However, the undersides and the back of the head are shaved or buzzed very short. This hairstyle has grown increasingly popular over the years. It is essentially the same as a semi bun, however with the semi bun there are different types of styles for the sides and back of the hair.

Man bun hairstyle
Man bun hairstyle

The size of your bun will depend on the length of hair you have on top of your head. However, it is recommended to keep the length of the undercut rather short to keep the aesthetic appeal of the cut. A hair clipper length ranging from a number 0 to a number 3 is suggested. Using anything more than this can ruin the look of the style. Having longer hair underneath would simply look unkempt and sloppy.

7.   The Taper Cut Man Bun

The basic idea of this haircut is having a top knot or a semi bun on the top of the head and the sides and back of the hair tapered in length. Using a short hair clipper taper is the best way to achieve this look. You will use only hair clippers to taper the sides and back of the head, getting a very short cut in these areas and leaving the top part of the hair long enough to place into a bun.

Man bun hairstyle
Man bun hairstyle

One popular taper haircut as of late is called a mid-contour cut. This is when the hair is tapered beginning in the middle of the head. The hair is divided into two sections, an upper and a lower, and then the bottom section is cut short while the top remains long. This style is also known as an executive contour cut. Another popular tapered cut is called the 2 layered undercut. Rather than just having one layer on the bottom half, the hair is cut into 2 layers to give some volume and depth to the cut.

After Thoughts On Man Buns

After reading this article, you can clearly see that there are many different styles, shapes, and sizes to choose from. Whether you already have 12 inch long hair, or are thinking about growing your hair out and want to start simple, there is a man bun style out there for you. The difference in the man bun and other men’s hairstyles is that the man bun has so many different options. It does not lock you down into one simple hairstyle. Another benefit to the man bun is its simplicity. It is not difficult to do nor to maintain. Simply put it up and go. It is an up-and-coming trend, which can be seen by the amount of men sporting the look.

The guide provided in this article can help you determine which man bun style is right for you and your hair. The first step is choosing one. The second is heading out to your barber and getting that ‘do! You can join the thousands of men all over the world that are rocking the man bun hairstyle, including numerous celebrities. It is chic, in-style, and easy. What’s not to love?

Can I Have A Man Bun If I Am Balding?

To answer your question simply, no you cannot. However, that is not a definite answer. In people who are balding, the hair follicles on their head are weakening. They are also producing less of the materials that make up hair. The weaker the hair follicle, the easier it is to break. That being said, pulling hair back into a man bun will pull on the hair follicles which would likely cause the strands to begin to break and damage.

Best Top Knot Hairstyle Men
Orlando Bloom & Man Bun Hairstyle

Generally, male pattern baldness begins at the hairline of the forehead. This is why we tend to see men with receding hairlines. That being said, most of the pressure placed on the hair follicles when hair is pulled into a man bun is in the front hairline. If you wear a man bun when you are already balding, it will more than likely speed up the process of hair loss. It could also cause your hairline to become asymmetrical because of the pressure applied from the hair being tied into a man bun.

This is not to say that all hope is lost. If you are effectively treating your male pattern baldness and you leave your man bun loosely tied, then you could perhaps sport the look, though probably not every day. Also, you should note that the advice mentioned above stands true for other types of hairstyles that involve the hair being tied back, such as pony tails and ponybuns. If you are suffering from male pattern baldness, it is best to steer clear of these types of hairstyles.

A Look At Traction Alopecia

This form of hair loss is caused by incessant pulling of the hair and too much pressure applied to the hair follicles. Before the man bun became a popular hairstyle for men, traction alopecia was mainly only experienced by women. This type of hair loss mostly occurs at the hairline of the forehead. It results in a receding and, typically uneven, hairline. Numerous men experience traction alopecia and, unfortunately, the effect are irreversible of the damage is done beyond repair. This isn’t a normal occurrence, but it isn’t unheard of either.

How To Avoid Traction Alopecia

If you want to avoid this unfortunate disorder, the best (and really the only) way is to avoid wearing tightly pulled hairstyles altogether. So how do you know if your man bun is too tight? If you feel pressure around the forehead’s hairline, then you should probably loosen it at least little bit. Also, if your hair looks like it could be used as guitar strings, then you should definitely loosen your man bun. The trick is to find a happy medium. A stylish-looking man bun that does not pull your hair follicles out of your head.

Unfortunately, the man bun style that is most commonly associated with traction alopecia is the top knot. When men with shorter hair put their hair in a top knot, it pulls tighter than it would if they had longer hair because there is less of it to tie up. It is a better idea to grow your hair out longer before wearing this style. Rather than trying the style at 6 inches, perhaps wait until you’ve grown 8 inches.

Recommended Hair Products For The Man Bun

Conveniently, the man bun is a very simple hairstyle. The only thing required is an elastic to hold it in place. Not all hair bands or head bands are created equal, though. In order to ensure that you do not damage your hair, make sure that your elastic does not contain a metal part, as that runs a higher risk of damaging hair.


There are other hair products that can be helpful in enhancing your man bun. However, they are by no means necessary. Some of these include conditioner for softening and moisturizing, leave-in conditioner for detangling and moisturizing, and styling cream for preventing flyaways.

Which Hair Clippers Should I Buy?

There are so many different types of clippers on the market nowadays. Their basic function is to cut the hair, or buzz it, very short. Men who have clippers available to them in the home open up a wide range of hairstyle possibilities. It not only allows you to create different hairstyles whenever you want, but it also saves you money by cutting down on your barbershop visits. Having a good pair of clippers handy can be very helpful.

But how do you choose the right one? Well, as the saying goes: “You get what you pay for”. If you buy cheap clippers, they are much more likely to give out quicker. They can break, they can die, or they can even malfunction. So investing in a more expensive pair of clippers could really save you money in the long run, as you won’t have to replace them nearly as often. You should always do research before making a purchase, and there is a ton of information out there if you simply search for it.


Man bun hairstyle
Man bun hairstyle

It is important to pick the right style for you, as well as for your hair. It is also imperative to ensure that you are not doing any damage to your hairline by wearing your man bun too tightly.

By testing out the different styles, you will be able to find the right fit for you. Also, by experimenting with different man buns and different positioning, then you will be able to find a hairstyle that will not damage your hair follicles, leaving you with an aesthetically pleasing look and conserving your hair all at the same time. Remember that hair care is extremely important if you do not want to experience hair loss later on in life.

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