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Trend Alert: the man bun

Short hair is still a very popular style, however more and more men are letting their hair grow long and are tying it back into man buns. We explore why the #manbun is so trendy and give you some tips and tricks for how to take care of your long locks, should you ever decide to jump on the bandwagon.

Hundreds, even thousands of years ago, men with long hair were seen as honorable and strong. But when society started to view long locks as a feminine trait, men began to cut their hair shorter and shorter. Males that continued to sport long styles – man buns included – were often considered to be trendsetters, rockers and hipsters, and they were often viewed as eccentric, cool and unique. A few modern examples are Brad Pitt, Colin Farrel, Jared Leto, Iggy Pop, Steven Tyler, Johnny Depp and Dave Grohl: they were all rocking the man bun way before it became popular. Today the #manbun has gone mainstream and to demonstrate how ''cool'' people seem to think it is, it has close to 500,000 posts on Instagram and even an account that's solely dedicated to the hairstyle (which has 136k followers to date!).

What hair length is best for a man bun?

If you can tie your hair into a small ponytail or into a small bun, then you're capable of having a man bun. The best starting length for a man bun is a bob, however many guys are also getting the lower part of their hair buzzed and then letting one section of their hair grow out for a graphic and original style.

How do you care for a man bun?

We know how annoying it can be to have to ''go the extra mile'' to take care of your mane, but if you want healthy Viking-style hair then it's important to book an appointment with your barber or hairstylist every 8 weeks or so for a trim and to use a mask weekly. Also: don't forget to use conditioner each time you wash your hair, and try not to tie it up too tightly as this could cause breakage, or even worse – eventual hair loss. No one wants that!

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