We've been seeing more man buns than ever lately. Be it the lack of hairdresser access during lockdown or just a resurgence of the trend, there has been an undeniable rise in this long and shaggy hairstyle. While the man bun certainly has a loyal fan base, others are not as happy with its return.
Man buns have been a controversial hairstyle ever since they first gained popularity in the 2010s. Due to their association with hipster or slacker culture, there are plenty of man bun haters out there. The hairstyle became associated with the Silicon Valley tech bro and was parodied in TV shows like Black Mirror and Family Guy.
However, there has been growing interest in men’s hairstyles in the past few years. Internet searches for men’s locks have actually been 6% higher than women’s hair searches, with questions like “how to grow a man bun” and “how to tie a man bun” among the most common. For those of us who love a good man bun, the increase of long-haired hotties has us jumping for joy. The style includes many different variations, from the sleek and sophisticated top knot to the rugged and messy low bun. There’s even man bun and beard combinations, as well as edgy spiked buns. We’re loving the style so much that we’re even introducing Luxy Hair clip-in buns.
Whether you’re looking for man bun inspiration, or just want to scroll through some long-haired cuties, we’ve put together a list of the best celebrity man buns. These guys prove that the man bun is not dead.
Hunky Jason Momoa has made his mark in Hollywood with roles in Aquaman and Conan The Barbarian. Not to mention his role as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones. The actor is also known for his gorgeous locks, which he often wears tied up to keep out of his face. He has even been frequently spotted wearing a scrunchie around his wrist. Here, he sports a man bun and proves he just might be the king of this style.
Colin Farrell shows that man buns come in all shapes and sizes with this under-cut and bun combination. An undercut has tightly-shaved sides that are cut underneath each side of the natural parting, with the top layers remaining unchanged. The eye-catching style, which the actor wore in back in 2013, leaves just enough hair for a small top knot. He dresses up the style with a classic suit and tie, plus an earring (because why not?).
Rapper and producer A$AP Rocky rocks a braided man bun look here, tying his braids back out of his face to create a pony-bun hybrid look. Well-known for his hip-hop music and collaborations in the fashion world with big names such as Dior, Adidas, and Ferragamo, A$AP is always at the cutting edge of style, and his hair is no exception.
Blue-eyed angel Jared Leto keeps it cool and casual with a low, slicked-back man bun while walking down the street. The actor, who is known for roles in My So-Called Life, Fight Club, Requiem For a Dream, and Dallas Buyers Club, as well as being the lead singer for band 30 Seconds to Mars, is actually a pioneer of the trend in Hollywood. He shows that a low man bun is a great alternative to the classic style. Leto’s iconic bun expresses a relaxed, carefree vibe perfect for more low-key occasions. Not to mention that he’s making the fanny pack look very cool.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s mini man bun is scoring all the points this season. The soccer star normally likes to play the field with his hair, but we’re especially liking this style. He wears his grown out hair in a small bun on top of his head and pairs it with an undercut, making him ready for action. This look takes the man bun hairstyle into a sporty direction.
Harry Styles’ man bun is one of the most-Googled celebrity hairstyles of all time, with millions of internet searches. The former One Direction singer and rock star has worn the style a few times over the years, much to the delight of his many fans. He once even tied up his hair onstage, which nearly broke the internet. Here, he wears his glorious curls tied up in a glorious up-do for a classic man bun.
Behold, the red carpet man bun, perfected by none other than Brad Pitt. The Hollywood A-lister has rocked many hairstyles over the years, but this sleek-yet-messy bun is among the best. The low-maintenance style is perfect for men on the go, whether paired with a tuxedo or sweats.
The man bun/beard combination worn by actor Jake Gyllenhaal takes the style back to its hipster roots. Gyllenhaal is reportedly such a fan of the hairstyle that he even requested to wear the man bun in his Nightcrawler role. This look requires some patience to grow hair out to the right length, but it’s well worth it in the end. For those who want instant length, our hair extensions can help you grow out your style in moments.
Never one to shy away from a controversial haircut, The Biebs sports a messy man bun with the hair pulled up on top and the rest left loose. The disheveled ‘do might be relatively small, but it’s definitely full of potential.
David Beckham’s man bun might be even more famous than his skills on the soccer field. The athlete sleeks all of his hair back in a spiked bun, providing an edgy twist. He leaves the ends of his ponytail sticking out on top to achieve the style.
American model, actor, and fitness trainer Brock O’Hurn might just have one of the most majestic man buns we’ve ever seen. Here, he pulls his long locks back into a messy, textured bun for a casual yet stylish look. The dapper suit and bow-tie are just the cherry on top.
Japanese actor and musician Joe Odagiri is known as a bit of a rebel due to his edgy fashion and style choices. His killer man bun is no exception. Here, he rocks the style with a relaxed, low bun and beard combination.
Zayn Malik, another former One Directioner, tries his hand at the man bun with this undercut style. While Zayn might have parted ways with the boy band, his hairstyle continues to evolve and go through dramatic changes. Hopefully he keeps the man bun around!
An early pioneer of the man bun, young Orlando Bloom was often wearing his hair pulled back in a sleek knot. The Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings actor might keep his hair a bit more clean cut these days, but here’s hoping he brings the bun back at some point in the future.
Actor Bradley Cooper has been known to sport some premium bun-age, whether at a red carpet premiere or strolling through the streets of New York City. He famously wore the style after becoming a dad with his new baby in tow, making the dad bun just as much of a thing as the dad bod. His take on the top knot features a small bun on top with the rest of his hair flowing freely on the sides.
Written by: Mikayla Uber