What is it?
A (questionably) attractive hairstyle where the hair is pulled back and tied into a knot at the back of the head. Only, this trend is in ascendance amongst men! Men are growing out luscious locks and borrowing their girlfriends’ hair ties to rock this style. The origin
It can be traced back to the Japanese samurai chonmage, and a variation of it is worn by sumo wrestlers. Footballer David Beckham was amongst the first to tie his blonde locks into a utilitarian man-bun or mun, as he sped to kick a ball in the pitch. Very soon, actors, musicians and sportsmen jumped aboard.
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal wore a mid-low range bun at a basketball game in May 2014. One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles often ties his shaggy locks into a messy bun. Actor Jared Leto rocked a half-open bun at the 2015 Golden Globes (we like his neatly parted mun too).
Men around the world are sharing pictures of their buns on Twitter. Tons of YouTube videos explain how to execute the look. Instagram accounts worship it [look up #manbunmondays, because "A man bun isn’t a hairstyle, it’s a lifestyle"].
But it’s nothing like the Sikh top knot [too high] or the lazy ponytail [famous amongst musicians] – the mun is halfway between the two.
"The best thing is it is a great low-maintenance hairstyle," says our multimedia designer, Manas Gurung, 25. "It goes with formals or casuals, and one can wear it in many ways (see box)." Manas often sports a medium-high mun with a stubble.
Hot? Or maybe not!
Many associate muns with one word: feminine. “Some things are best left to women. Guys, please don’t ruin your macho!” says Shreya Verma, 24, a postgraduate student. “The last thing I would want is to share my scrunchie with my boyfriend,” responds banker Kashika Miglani, 27. The Guardian listed the man-bun as one of the five worst hairstyles for men!
You know what they say, haters gonna hate. And the man-bun, it will always make the man look like he is – if nothing else – a lot of fun.
1. The rugged: An untidy man-bun is combined with a beard – any beard, even a stubble – to match
2. The suave: Hair slicked back and neatly tied in a smooth bun. Best worn with a well-fitted suit and a tie
3. The sporty: A loose, fun bun with some strands of hair straying out – so it looks effortless
(Photos: Getty Images, Jared Leto Instagram)
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From HT Brunch, June 28
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