Ladies, This Is What the Man Bun Fascination Is?
There seems to be this new trend going on with men these days. Long hair, or short hair, or buzzed hair are no longer the only hair styles that guys are stuck with. Now, with the help of a hair tie, dudes all around can rock both a short-hair and long-hair look. Say hello to the man bun: the hair style that gives guys an excuse to carry around ponytail holders on their wrists that aren’t just for their girlfriends. Now, they get to experience the periodical blood flow restriction, the troublesome “messy with effort look,” and the horrors of styling hair past their ears. Celebrities like Chris Hemsworth, Harry Styles, Jared Leto, and even Bradley Cooper have swooned girls into obsessing over this newfound hairstyle, and I guess have inspired men to take on this look. I mean, if you’ve got the hair, give it a shot?
Personally, I am not a huge fan of this style of sorts. Not because I feel that a bun is for women only, but because it just looks odd to me. I can appreciate a “good man bun” (what ever that may be) and just as easily call out dudes that just need to give up, but there are just some things that confuse me when it comes to this new trend.
The Messy Factor
Just like with girls, buns and ponytails are not always pulled together with care. It makes sense that guys in the gym look just as ragged as women when it comes to these man buns, but when translated to the formal occasions, man buns just don’t seem to ever look right. No matter what guys do, those little knots on the back of their heads still remain equivalent to a lady’s hair when doing laundry. It just doesn’t look like there’s effort placed into it, and it just looks sloppy. I have yet to see a man bun on the red carpet that didn’t look like it took less than five minutes. If we’re to critique women and their hair or men and their formal attire, why are we drooling over sloppy man buns? There’s also a difference between the rugged, messy look of long locks and a messy looking bun. Shaggy hair has been a style, and it hasn’t always been perfect, but it definitely makes more sense than a messy man bun.
The Man “Almost” Bun
This one gets me and my friends every day: the awkward man ponytail, also known as the acorn. It’s totally cool to see guys joining in on the trend, but my goodness, hair takes time to grow. I don’t understand why I keep seeing these haircuts being forced into a kinda-sorta ponytail that meets the length of a fingernail. It doesn’t look like a man bun, it doesn’t even look like a ponytail, it looks like a giant cowlick. I understand the look you’re going for, trust me, but give it some time. If you’re hair can just as easily stay atop your head without hair product, you don’t need to pull the ends together with a hair tie just yet.
Given that this is my sole opinion, I don’t have a problem with man buns. Rather, I’m starting to notice the do’s and don’t of man buns. Maybe one day, I’ll become just as mesmerized as all the man-bun-fans around me after seeing a perfect lock of hair that is secured in such a tasteful fashion. Until then, these man bun fetishes will remain a mystery to me.