50 Best Man Bun Hairstyles (Trending This Year)

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50 Best Man Bun Hairstyles (Trending This Year)

The Best Man Bun Hairstyles Trending This Year

The man bun – it’s one of the trendiest hairstyles to have taken the world by storm in recent years.

Men used to believe that short hair was the only true way to look masculine but today, more and more men are embracing long and medium-length hairstyles.

However, all that hair can sometimes get in the way when you’re hard at work – but the man bun can help you solve that.

Wearing a man bun isn’t just the same as tying back your hair with a hair tie. There are lots of trendy styles to try. So, check out the list below of the best man bun hairstyles that are trending this year!

1. Small Afro Bun

Man buns work with all hair types and textures – including super curly, afro-textured hair. This means that black men can also keep up with the man bun trend!

2. Top Knot

The top knot is a type of small bun that sits on the very top of your head. They’re very modern and chic and work best with very straight, long hair.

3. Afro Space Buns

Space buns look cute with any kind of hair texture. If you have very curly, afro-textured hair, then you too can rock the space buns look this summer!

4. Back Of Head Shaved Lines

Shaved lines don’t just decorate the sides of the head. They can also stretch around the back to make some really cool and unique looks!

5. Box Braid Bun

Box braids are a protective, popular hairstyle for black men with very curly hair. They can grow to very long lengths – and look super cool when tied back in a man bun!

6. Braided Top Knot

A fun way to wear your top knot is to try adding some braids! These braids can completely transform your long locks into a new cool style.

7. Chris Hemsworth Man Bun

This celebrity man bun goes to show that you don’t need super long hair for a cool man bun hairstyle. Chris Hemsworth’s tiny man bun is a great option for men who don’t like very long hair.

8. Classic Man Bun

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – the same is true with the classic man bun hairstyle. It is super easy to do and can help give you a cool, casual look.

9. Cornrows Bun

Another type of protective hairstyle for black men is cornrows. Cornrows are popular due to their fun, versatile designs – and once long enough, they can be tied back in a man bun!

10. Cornrows With Loose Bun

A lot of cornrow man bun hairstyles keep the ends braided. This makes it easier to style the bun and protect the hair, but some designs let the ends loose for additional texture.

11. Curly Bun

Having curly hair can make styling your hair a challenge. However, with the help of some extra strong hair ties and bobby pins, you can rock the man bun hairstyle!

12. David Beckham Man Bun

Star soccer player David Beckham is renowned for this many trendy hairstyles over the years. One of his best is the man bun – he’s worn it on the soccer field and on the red carpet!

13. Dreadlock Bun

Dreadlocks come in all shapes and sizes – but if you have very long dreads, it’s a great idea to tie them up in a man bun. It’s practical and it looks stylish!

14. Edge Up Hairline

When it comes to the hairline in a man bun hairstyle, a lot of men like to shave away any loose stray hairs. This creates a straight-line hairline that is fresh and modern.

15. Folded Ponytail

Another trendy way to make an easy man bun is to first make a ponytail, and tuck it into the hair tie. This creates a very casual, stylish man bun – but it may not be very secure!

16. Full Side Braids

If you love the side braid and man bun combo – why just stop at one or two braids? Try out this hairstyle that fully braids the sides of the head and feeds the ends into the bun.

17. Full Slick Back

The slick back look is when you have neatly gathered all of your hair and flattened it down before tying it into a neat man bun. It’s a very polished hairstyle.

18. Half Up Half Down

If you love the look of your flowing locks but you need to keep things practical, try the half-up half-down hairstyle. The top layers of your hair are tied back in a bun and the rest are left loose.

19. Half Up Half Down Curls

The half up half down bun bun looks especially stylish if you have naturally curly hair. Wear your curls with pride – and use a trendy man bun to keep everything out of your eyes!

20. Hard Part Man Bun

A hard part is a straight line shaved into the hair to resemble a parting. It works great with a man bun, helping you to disconnect the long hair on top from the shorter sides.

21. High Bun

Buns can be worn at various heights around your head. A high bun is a bun that sits closer to the crown of your head, keeping everything neatly out of your way.

22. High Fade

Drop fades are a very trendy haircut this year. A popular choice is a high fade because it makes the sides of your head super short and low maintenance.

23. Hipster Bun

The hipster bun needs to meet a few different qualifications. The first is a super long beard, and the second is a full, messy look. A few tattoos won’t hurt either!

24. Jake Gyllenhaal Man Bun

Man buns are popular even with celebrities. Check out Jake Gyllenhaal’s casual, slick-back man bun with a trendy middle parting. It’s a great look for formal events!

25. Jared Leto Man Bun

Jard Leto’s version of the man bun has its own unique twist that makes it super stylish. The ends are left to hang like a regular ponytail – making it an unusual bun-ponytail combo!

26. Jason Momoa Man Bun

One celebrity that is known for his amazing man bun is Jason Momoa. This film star uses his man bun hairstyle as a practical way to take care of those super-long locks!

27. Large Afro Bun

Even if you have a very large afro, you can still wrangle your curls into a trendy man bun. This hairstyle is a great way to keep your curls out of your eyes so you can get on with your day!

28. Large Bun

If you have lots of long hair or very thick hair, then don’t worry – you can still rock a man bun too! Use some bobby pins to keep everything secure so your man bun doesn’t fall out!

29. Leonardo DiCaprio Man Bun

Another great celebrity man bun hairstyle is Leonardo DiCaprio’s smooth, sleek man bun. It’s neat yet practical and looks very professional – perfect for important meetings and formal events!

30. Low Bun

A low bun is a bun that sits towards the back of the head, just above the nape. It can give a more mature look while still keeping everything casual and practical.

31. Low Fade

There are lots of different ways you can wear a fade with a man bun. The low fade gives your hair a fuller, thicker look with longer hair on the sides.

32. Man Bun Bandana Combo

A great accessory that works with a trendy man bun is a bandana. They can help you keep any stray hairs out of your face – and compliment your outfit for a stylish look!

33. Man Bun With Full Beard

If you want a really cool, really masculine way to complete your man bun look – grow out your beard. A full beard works so well with a full man bun for a very stylish look.

34. Man Bun With Stubble

Facial hair is a great way to complete the man bun look. Not only is it great for a cool hipster style, but stubble can help you look more mature and masculine!

35. Messy Man Bun

Messy hair is a huge part of the man bun trend. As a result, a lot of men are purposefully wearing their man buns in an unruly style for a trendy messy look.

36. Mohawk Man Bun

Mohawks are trendy haircuts – but another trend is that guys are starting to pull their mohawks into a tight bun. This makes them more practical while staying edgy.

37. Samurai Bun

This hairstyle takes inspiration from the traditional hair of the Japanese Samurai. The bun is a top knot at the crown of the head, and some loose hair is left to flow at the back like a mullet.

38. Shaved Side Lines

Shaved lines are a trendy way to decorate the sides of your head. They work great with fades, and come in all kinds of different designs to suit your preferences!

39. Shaved Sides Man Bun

If you have very thick hair, it can be difficult to manage the long hair needed for a full man bun. As a result, a lot of men are choosing to add shaved sides to their haircuts!

40. Side Braids With Shaved Sides

This Viking-esque man bun hairstyle is a very trendy choice for young men. It adds a bit of style to your regular man bun hairstyle and really takes it to the next level.

41. Slick Back With Shaved Sides

The slick back is a great way to style your hair neatly for important occasions. Add in shaved sides to help keep the look practical while adding a trendy touch.

42. Small Bun

You don’t need particularly thick hair or lots of hair to have a stylish man bun. This example just shows how cool and trendy a small, neat man bun can be!

43. Space Buns

This man bun idea is not traditionally masculine but it’s a super cute hairstyle that looks great for summer festivals. If you like to look unique, this is definitely a style for you to try!

44. Stray Hairs

Gathering all of your hair into one bun can be tricky – and it’s very easy for a loose strand or two of hair to fall loose. Well, embrace it! Stray hairs can add some character to your man bun!

45. Streaked Hair

A man bun is a great way to show off the various colors in your hair. Whether it’s through feed-in braids or traditional hair dye, experiment with color to find a new personal style for you!

46. Twists Bun

Twists are a popular protective hairstyle that black men love, and those locks can grow to a very long length. Tie them back in a large bun for a totally unique style!

47. Two-Dyed Hair

Hair dye can change your look in lots of different ways. Another great way to add color to your hair is to split it into two solid blocks – one, your natural hair color, and the other any color that best reflects you!

48. Undercut Man Bun

An undercut is an extreme shave that wraps all the way around the head. This leaves plenty of length on top for a man bun and makes maintaining your hair way easier.

49. V-Shaped Undercut

This type of undercut is styled into a trendy V shape. This means that from the back, your hairstyle is just as eye-catching as it is from the front!

50. Wrap Around

This method is one of the most popular ways to make a man bun. It involves wrapping your hair around itself when in a ponytail, and using bobby pins to help keep it all together!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Man Buns Cause Hair Loss?

Man buns mean gathering your hair and tying it back with a hair tie – and this can actually put your hair under a lot of stress.

Even if you tie your hair back in a gentle hair bun, tension is placed on your hair follicles which, over long periods of time, can lead to traction alopecia – which is just another name for hair loss.

Man buns are not the only hairstyle that causes hair loss. Braids, dreadlocks, and even ponytails can cause traction alopecia.

Of course, it takes a long time for this effect to happen so just let your hair down now and again and give it a break to lower your chances of hair loss.

What Is The Best Hair Length For A Man Bun?

You can make a hair burn out of just a few inches of hair. The ideal hair length for a man bun is said to be around 6 inches – but you can still make hairstyles out of hair that is shorter than that in length, and longer too!

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Author - Nia Jones

Nia has been passionate about hair since she was young. Always trying out the latest styles and trying to imitate her musical icons. She studied hairdressing directly after leaving school, spending 2 years at college learning from the best hairdressers in her region. After spending 6 further years learning her trade in different salons across the country, she went on to finally live her dream of opening her own. Today she specializes in the latest African American styles and trends, serving her local community.