The man bun isn’t just a mens hairstyle that popped up casually in 2014, which is what most guys believe since these days about 98% of hipsters wear a manbun. Aside from getting an undercut for your man bun, you can also get any kind of short haircut on the sides and back of the head.
The good news for those of you wanting to get a man bun but not wanting to commit to growing super-long hair is that 6 inches of hair length is achieved relatively fast. As a last point with regards to the semi bun aka topknot, some people refer to the topknot as a very short ponytail, which comes from a wrong perception of what a topknot hairstyle is. Because the full manbun requires all the hair on the head to be used, you do need more hair length for it. If you don’t want to grow your mane as long as 12 to 16 inches, then simply bear in mind that 9 inches of hair length all across the head (including the hair on the sides and back of the head) is the bare minimum length for the man bun. A bun hairstyle can be placed anywhere on the head, and men through the decades have been placing their buns anywhere on the head and especially on the lower end of the head (close to the nape).
While the above instructions on how to tie a man bun may look a bit complex, I can tell you that it’s very easy to tie a manbun. The man bun is quite an economical hairstyle since all you need is an elastic band, which is very cheap to buy. I’ve also published my own man bun hair products guide which I highly recommend that you read as I go deeper into each of the hair products needed for a man bun. Regardless of the man bun type that you want to get or that you already have, I can tell you that it’s the best hairstyle decision you will ever make! If you have any questions, I invite you to read our detailed man bun and top knot FAQ as you will probably find an answer in the FAQ for your related man-bun and top-knot hairstyle questions. How do you recommend styling hair as it gets longer but not yet enough to have even a semi bun?
A follow up to these questions as I am a mixed fellow similar to the guy who posted a pic of his sister. Since you have wavy to curly hair, I would then recommend you to keep the sides and back of your head short and sharp.
What I recommend is that you keep your sides and back in a fade haircut (like you currently have) and continue to grow the hair on the top of your head. I published recently a manbun FAQ which tackles the issue of growing a man bun hairstyle with curly hair.
Have a look at my manbun products guide in the menu above (or in the link I posted in this current tutorial) to find my description for these two recommended books.
I like the full-bun a lot but it seems like it goes perfect with a beard which i think i would never get. I would still recommend that you attempt growing your beard and simply trim the sideburns a little as I explained above.
Well actually that is the problem, i don’t have any facial hair growing below the earlobe.
Might sound stupid but what face shapes suit the man bun, because i’m not sure it suits me. I want to get a man bun but my hair is uneven and the hair my right side is shorter than the left… I want to ask my barber to even out my hair but I can never get it right.
I currently have a full bun for a few months, but it demands too much from me and I have problems with dandruff. My hair on the top right now is just over 2 inches, on the back and the sides it’s around 0.75 inches, does having a full bun need 10 inches all around? Be aware that a full bun needs more length to achieve and thus takes longer to grow than a semi bun.
My hair is 6 inches long but I still am having trouble getting my hair in a man bun, the hair in the front barely fits in the elastic band and usually slips out, but if I move the band any closer to my face to compensate the bun is on the top center of my head and I look like Alfalfa from Little ascals. I have the same problem but I use hairspray to slick the top back so that it holds as if it was tied in my topknot.
Yes, do not go to the barbershop or get a haircut until you achieve the hair length needed to tie your man bun, which varies between 6 to 10 inches as I’ve described in this guide. I’m still growing my hair, this is the 3rd month and I’m going on and I want to know, should I have to go to the barber to trim my hair or not? And before him, Hollywood hotties including Kit Harrington and Jared Leto sported this look that made almost every woman in America really reconsider the magic that is long hair on men. Click through the gallery below to see stars like Justin Timberlake, Brody Jenner and more!
Your life just got exponentially better and more stylish now you've signed up for our newsletter. As we approach the year 2016 and the year 2015 is closing in on us, the man bun hairstyle continues to rock on after its furious rise in popularity in 2013.
An undershave is a type of men’s haircut that involves the shaving of the sides and back of the head with no tapering whatsoever.
The undershave has always remained as a kind of dark hairstyle in that only those affiliated with hardcore urban tribes would wear such a haircut. In retrospect, we owe a lot to hipsters; from nerd-like glasses to skinny jeans to the slicked back undercut, hipsters have deservedly taken over the fashion world for urban dudes.
As per the slicked back undershave, the same spin-off trend occurred with the man bun in that dudes were getting undercut haircuts for their man bun and then, once they were bored out of their buzzed undercut hair, they proceeded to shave their undercuts so as to add an edgy trait to their man buns. The man bun undershave is a new emerging hairstyle that is becoming more and more popular in hipster-friendly cities like Brooklyn and San Francisco.
In essence, we’ve gone from regarding shaved heads as part of those hooligan-like urban tribes to now regarding a partly-shaved head as a trendy and hip style. You see, while buzzing your own undercut with a hair clipper is a lot of fun, shaving your own undershave with a razor is even more fun; just ask the guy below after we gave him a man bun undershave. The hair density on your scalp is much higher than the hair density on your face, which means that you must use a sharp blade to shave the sides and back of your head. By all means, you can use shaving gel or shaving soap instead of shaving cream for the undershave. It’s very important to be aware of the fact that hair in itself can create a strong-enough barrier against your shaving efforts. Regardless of whether you want to keep your man bun in an undershave or an undercut, I strongly recommend that you own a hair clipper.
Shaving against the grain is usually done when your razor is crap or when it’s not sharp enough. If you still insist on shaving against the grain once you’ve shaved your undershave, then cover the sides and back of your head with shaving cream again and let it sit for a minute prior to shaving against the grain.
Your chances of midly irritating your scalp during the first few times that you shave an undershave are high, so use a high-quality aftershave that has no alcohol.
I just have to emphasize this: make sure that your long hair is tied into a manbun when shaving the sides and back of your head!
Sure, the man bun undershave may not be as popular as the man bun undercut, but it will surely add a different edge to your man bun. Just make sure that you use a good sunscreen lotion to protect the under-shaved skin during the summer months and you’re ready to rock your shaved bro bun! Like we have mentioned before, the Undercut hairstyle is a military haircut used by German soldiers in Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s.
The fact that hipsters have managed to make such a disgusting beard style a male trend is something short of miraculous and no barber would have predicted that in 2008 (in retrospect, we do have a lot to thank hipsters for). Each type of bun is only differentiated by the length needed for it as well as the amount of hair used for the bun. So, to get a semi bun, you’ll be grabbing all the hair on the top of your head and tying it into a single bun.

I recommend you to go for any kind of taper haircut, such as the mid-contour cut, regulation cut, fade haircut, 2 step undercut or classic taper.
From a very short buzz cut (say a #1 hair clipper length), your hair would only take one year to grow 6 inches of hair.
A half bun is a half-finished bun with a tail hanging out of the bun; thus, a half bun is also known as a ponybun or pony-bun. A more-correct hairstyle name for a very-short male ponytail would be a Samurai hairstyle or Samurai ponytail. The full bun uses all the hair on the head to make the bun; thus, when styling your manbun, you will be grabbing all the hair on your head (sides and back included) and be trying it all into a single bun.
You will need at least 9 inches of hair length for the (full) man bun, although I’d err on the side of caution and shoot for 10 inches of hair length for your manbun (I always recommend ten inches of hair length for the man bun too). Such a hair length will have your hair on the top of your head easily reaching your shoulders. That’s the kind of hair length (as seen in the video below) that you should be expecting if you want to wear an epic manbun. However, the man bun is a specific men’s hairstyle that requires a certain overall shape, and thus the positioning of the man bun on your head is crucial for the best man bun style!
The vertex is also known as the crown of your head; to be more anatomically specific, the man bun is placed on the back of the top of your head (men usually have a cowlick in that spot). To get a good idea of where the manbun is styled on the head, simply browse my man bun website to see plenty of pictures of man buns (aside from the ones in this man bun guide). You start tying your man bun by first scooping your long hair hair with your hands, starting the scooping motion at the forehead and slowly moving your hands backwards as you scoop all hair across the length that your hands are traveling back. It will take you literally a couple of seconds to tie the bun once you have practiced the motion a couple of times.
Aside from an elastic band and since you will have longer hair, it’s important to also take good care of your long mane. Typically you will only need one hair band, but you can use a couple more if your hair is too long and you need to keep the bun secured.
A leave-in conditioner is a watered-down conditioner which is helpful when styling your hair into any men’s hairstyle, including the man bun.
If you don’t want to use a leave-in conditioner to style your bun, then you can use a hairstyling cream.
As said, you can keep your man bun as minimalist as you may desire, but, if you’re interested in making the most of your dude bun, then make sure to through the link above to my guide on hair products for the man bun. In itself, the manbun is a simple and easy hairstyle for men; the only obstacle to a man bun is the length needed, which means that you need to commit some of your time to growing the hair length for the type of man bun that you want to get. You’re still free to ask questions below or to send us your man bun pictures so that we feature them on our site. Depending on how short your hair is, you can be looking at a period of hair growth between 6 months to 15 months to grow your manbun. You can read through my Jimmy Darmody article to get an idea of a good hairstyles while growing your man bun.
The problem with curly hair is that it grows out and to the sides, which can make your manbun goal a nightmare if you don’t look after your hair properly. Try a high top fade hairstyle, or just keep the hair on the top of your head messy; that works really well for wavy hair and curly hair.
These two books have a huge amount of information on hair care which will be extremely valuable for you when growing your curls out so as to get your man bun hairstyle.
I am looking to do the full bun and was curious to know what’s the best way to style my hair throughout the in-between phase. If unsure, then get a man bun undercut as an undercut with a man bun suits just about any guy regardless of hair type since the undercut cleans up the whole head shape and makes the manbun stand out more. I am 13 years old and trying to grow a full man but my hair doesn’t reach my eyebrow yet should I still be able to look good and grow my hair out. To be on the safe side, I recommend that you only attempt a full manbun with at least 10 inches of hair length, which with your current length will take you about 18 months. The back of my head is not as round as I’d like it to be which led me to always leave the back of my hair a little longer for shape. Do not fall for the tricks and myths of the hair industry of having to get a haircut to make your hair grow faster or stronger (that’s a complete myth!).
Right now you’ve got to give your hair enough time to grow to the minimum hair length for a man bun, which is between 8 to 10 inches of length for a full bun. I mean that it’s not straight and I want to know will this be an issue or affect my growth rate while I’m growing my hair? I also agree to receive periodic emails with offers and promotional marketing messages from Life & Style.
With that said, the man bun has, ever since 2013, been modified into different spin-off hairstyles that have become somewhat popular.
In between all of that in the last 3 years, we too have had the top knot undercut and other long-length hairstyles that have been favored by men from all around the world as well as (and particularly) by the hipster male community.
As a matter of fact, an undershave is a shaved undercut, meaning that the disconnected haircut line (i.e. Of course, the man bun was made popular (in part) thanks to hipsters, and they have also popularized the different spin-off styles of the man bun, including the undershave. Then again, no one thought back in the early 2000s that something as trivial as a bun on the head (i.e. Using old or chipped blades is already bad enough for your face but it will wreck havoc on your scalp.
Coat the sides and back of your head with shaving cream and leave the shaving cream on for two minutes before proceeding to shave the hair. Both the undershave and the undercut haircut are extremely easy haircuts to do on your own, which means that you will not have to visit a barbershop (and thus spend money) to simply re-touch and lightly trim your man bun undershave.
Likewise, both hair clippers that I recommend come with a wide range of hair clipper lengths so that you can give yourself an undercut or an undershave for your man bun at any given time.
Furthermore, shaving against the grain can furiously irritate your scalp; thus, owning a very-sharp razor is of the utmost priority when getting an undershave. The reason for this is that the shaving cream will create a layer of lubrication on your scalp that will prevent any irritation from shaving against the grain. Simply use a safety razor for your undershave, otherwise you will be risking a bad cut on your scalp. If an alcohol-free aftershave is too expensive for you, then at least use an after-shave that isn’t just an alcohol solution with a couple of extra chemicals to add some fragrance. You can in fact go two or three weeks without shaving you sides and back, and you will still look like you have an undershave hairstyle. Shaving your head, even if it’s just the sides and back, is a lot of fun and you will quickly learn to shave your head in mere minutes as you polish your manbun undershave hairstyle. The Undercut was primarily a continental hairstyle, although it did pick up with Americans later on.
I’ll divide this tutorial into different sections (all in the same page) so that you can get to know everything on this particular long hairstyle. Neither would barbers have predicted that a simple (and relatively feminine) hairstyle as is the bun would become so popular with men. That’s the way it goes, folks, so you will have to grow your hair long in order to grow and get a man bun.
However, most of the guys wanting to grow a manbun do already have some hair length, usually from 2 to 4 inches, so the amount of time needed to grow a man bun is, most of the time, much less than 12 months. However, the name is so interchangeable these days that it’s pretty much acceptable in barbershop circles to address a very short ponytail as a topknot.

You want to have enough hair length on your head so as to not have to pull really hard to get the bun tied, so always be conservative when growing your man bun length. Likewise and depending on the haircut for your full man bun (layered haircut, asymmetric, etc), the hair on the sides and back of your head will reach between your chest and mid-back. Tying a bun is very simple and very easy to learn, but the instructions are better provided visually (see man bun video below).
You then pass the elastic band again (for a second time), but, this time, you pass it only through half the distance of the end of the scooped hair; this will automatically get you a bun, and you can visualize it as closing the elastic band on the end of the scooped hair.
The videos feature two long hair individuals, a lady and a guy, as it’s long hair men (and women in particular) who know best how to tie a bun. You can know how to tie the best manbuns, but, if your hair looks like a bird’s nest, then your manbun will look bad. Cutting with a hair clipper your own undercut for the semi bun is very easy and only takes 10 minutes at maximum.
It’s worth the wait, and this is something you just have to put up with if you want to join our legion of bro buns! Another cool hairstyle that you can try as you get enough hair length is the side part, whereby you comb your hair to the side. Or are you only going to use the hair on the top of the head for the manbun while keeping the sides and back short? I can only publish so much information in this site, so for my money and from my experience, any of those two books will give you a much-higher chance of growing an epic man bun! I’ve talked about the man bun undercut in this website a lot, so do a quick search and you will find lots of pictures and examples of the manbun undercut. However, you should have enough length on the top of the head in 12 months to be able to tie a small topknot on your head! It’s just that there is a trend among the hipster culture of wearing a man bun with a full beard. However, if your intention is to get a full manbun, then grow all of your hair and do not get a haircut (don’t even trim your hair) until it is at least 10 inches in hair length! The hair from the back of your head will cushion the flatness of the back of your head and make it look rounder.
I’ve seen a lot of male skulls in my years as a barber and I can tell you that even the most oddly shaped heads can make a haircut or hairstyle look really good by simply carrying yourself with convenience.
Since the hair on the sides and back of the head is fully shaved, the undershave hairstyle is classified as an extreme haircut akin to the Mohawk haircut or the Liberty Spikes hairstyle. Indeed, back in 2012, the slicked back undercut hairstyle was all the rage among hipsters and then, in 2013, they started shaving the sides and backs of their heads to sport the not-so-popular slicked back undershave hairstyle.
Ergo, the man bun undershave is done exactly the same as a man bun undercut, only that the hair that is buzzed as an undercut (in the man-bun undercut) is to be shaved with a razor instead of buzzed with a hair clipper.
For starters, your visibility is reduced when shaving your head, which poses a problem and a hazard if you want to shave your own undershave and you don’t have an extra hand-mirror to use aside from a main mirror. Prior to coating the to-be-shaved scalp with shaving cream, simply wet the area with warm water so as to open up the pores and prepare the skin. One-fourth of an inch is equivalent to a number-two hair clipper length; that’s how short the hair must be if you want to shave it! By using a very-sharp blade in your razor, you will smoothly shave all the scalp hair without having to repeatedly pass the razor over the skin; the more you pass a razor over your scalp or your facial skin, the higher the chance of getting some extremely-annoying irritation and redness. Since you will also be using this aftershave when shaving your facial hair, you can justify spending a couple of bucks more on a decent aftershave. Men’s hair grows about half an inch per month, so, after two or three weeks without shaving, you will have grown enough hair to warrant a new shaving session. As any old-fashioned barber would tell you, any military haircut is always an excellent hairstyling option for any male.
The actual haircut for this type of man bun is usually an undercut haircut as the undercut allows for the hair on the sides and back of the head to be super short, which then accentuates the topknot (i.e.
As examples, the man bun haircut above this paragraph is an undercut, while the man bun haircut below belongs to a male with a 2 step undercut man bun. Likewise, the semi man bun can also be alternated with the slicked back undercut hairstyle for different hairstyle looks to wear on different days. Any hair from the end of the scooped hair making the bun that is loose is then circled around the bun so as to make sure that no hair is loose or breaking the aesthetics of the manbun. You’ve spent months growing your hair to get a man bun, so you might as well go ahead and look after the hair too.
You will save tons of money by not having to visit your hairdresser every 2 weeks to re-touch your undercut or similar man bun haircut.
For the semi bun you will have an undercut haircut, so a side part undercut can looks really nice provided that you are using a good pomade or styling wax. Also your face is only one quarter of your head, so why are you paying attention to your face only to decide whether the man bun hairstyle suits you? Many male models are wearing full beards just for the sake of it, so don’t get too carried away by what they use to style their man bun and instead focus on what will look best on you.
A semi bun will expose all the back of your head as it has to be buzzed very short in an undercut or some kind of really short taper cut or executive contour cut.
Keep up with the good attitude and do not trim or cut your hair until it has reached that length! Then and as the icing on the dude-bun cake, you have the man bun undershave, and that’s what this guide is about.
Not even those of us barbers with long hair back then would have ever thought of a regular “hair-bun” becoming the most popular hairstyle in the 2010s together with the slicked back undercut of Jimmy Darmody! Likewise, while the skin on the scalp is thicker than the skin on your face, the skin on your scalp is not used to being shaved and thus irritation can become an issue if your shaving is erratic.
While shaving facial hair against the grain is easy and not bothersome, the opposite can be said when shaving scalp hair against the grain.
By far, the sharpest blades are found in cartridge-based safety razors, so try to use this type of safety razor for your undershave if possible. In any case, you could be looking at only 4 months of hair grow to grow a semi bun or topknot.
A male celebrity known for wearing both manbuns and ponybuns is Jared Leto as he grew his hair long all through 2013 and 2014 to then appear publicly with these two long hairstyles back when the trend was just about picking up.
You’ll do this once your hair is getting longer, which would be about five inches long.
I’ve had my bro bun with no facial hair whatsoever and it still looked just as great as it did with facial hair. All in all, getting a man bun undershave or any other type of undershave hairstyle requires some more finesse than that needed to simply shave your face.
With an Undercut, you are cleaning the trouble areas and you are concentrating the style on the top of the head, you are focusing the eyes (of others) on the top of your head. If you want to know more about this visual effect and why it occurs, then the book The Men’s Hair Book explains the different hair lengths for men and why wavy hair looks shorter than its real length.
The hair in this area of the head is easy to shape, so you get the best of both worlds: a clean cut hairstyle and an enhanced hairstyle. It’s actually a pretty cool concept in that wavy hair is curly hair after all, so it coils and cuts its visual length because of the curled shape.

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