Although this look hasn't exactly been a hot fashion statement in the past, it's safe to say it's beginning to really catch on -- especially among the young, hip, artsy gentleman. In fact, this trend has grown enough in its popularity for the New York Times to write an entire article about the "man bun."
The article explains in exhausting detail exactly how to master this look:
Once you've committed to a man bun, how do you create one? Alexander Kellum, 31, a fine-arts painter and yoga teacher who lives in Williamsburg, bends forward and pulls his long chestnut hair in front of him; then he performs a twisting and wrapping motion until his hair is firmly tucked into a knot at the back of his head. Sometimes he’ll let a little hair poke out for an "abstract expressionist" flourish, he said. A rubber band, a hair band or even a piece of string holds his bun in place.
Check out this really bizarre instructional man bun video. Yes it exists, and yes this guy really needs a clarifying shampoo.
My friend, Kent, AKA bona fide master of the man bun.
As of recently, the man bun trend isn't the only traditionally lady like statement guys are making. More men are treating themselves to manicures and pedicures, and with a men's nail polish line on the market, the popularity of male primping seems to be on the rise. Not to mention the fashion rage of the skinny jean. However as the article states the man bun is also a masculine hairdo, with an emphasis on the "do."
You could theorize that a man who wears a bun is in touch with his feminine side, but the form also has a masculine tradition. Sikh men have long tied their hair in a bun, covered by a turban. And centuries ago, the samurai wore a topknot.
What do you Lovelies think of the "man bun" and other new trends we see among the chic, fashion-forward male? Check out the gallery of celebs who rock the man bun to decide if this look blows your hair back, so to speak.