If you’re a celebrity follower like I am, you’ve noticed the growing popularity of the “man bun.” And I don’t mean the Luke Bryan type of buns. I mean hair. And not just guys who wear pony tails, but genuine wrapped-around buns. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto and Brad Pitt have been rocking the buns for a few years, and now it’s crossed over to country music.
Trace Adkins has long been a proponent of the “man pony” a trend that began way back with Willie Nelson, but man buns are a new thing. Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard tucked his long locks into a neat ‘do for his recent wedding and The Band Perry’s brother Reid has made several best dressed lists with bun intact.
So, to bun, or not to bun. That is the question. A recent survey by West Coast Shaving found nearly 63 percent of American women either did not like a ball of hair on top of a man’s head or downright hated it. 58 percent said they would not go out with a guy with a bun and 74 percent don’t believe their current man would look good.
When asked what words come to mind when thinking of a man bun, the women surveyed said, “feminine,” “trendy” and “weird.” Try telling that to pro athletes, NFL player Clay Matthews, the NBA’s Joakim Noah come to mind. And of course former soccer pro David “Bun it like” Beckham have made top knots cool. Six University of Dayton football players wore their man buns to a PFL Championship this year with a 10-2 record. “Feminine?” Nah.
Men’s Fitness reports the trend can rip up hair follicles, leading to seriously ugly bald spots that pretty much destroy a man’s hair. The condition is called “traction alopecia,” which can cause receding hairlines, permanent hair loss, and acute baldness around the forehead and temples. But men are not the only targets. Women who wear their hair in tight ponytails, pigtails, or weaves have long struggled with the condition.
Still not sure if you want to give it a go? Why not try a clip on man bun from Groupon? Cheekily described as “this attachable — and, equally important, detachable — man bun lets you blend in with your surroundings, putting it on when you smell fair-trade coffee or hear a banjo, and taking it off when someone utters the word bro.” All yours for just $10.
Obviously, the man bun fashion trend is not for you if you are follicly challenged, but then again, you can always join the Zac Brown/Duck Dynasty beard brigade.
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