Froats, 19, a sophomore chemical engineering major
at Ohio State University, with his hair in a bun
at his parents home on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 in
Sharon Township, Ohio.
Ohio ó When Justin Bieber was photographed wearing a
man bun to a fundraising gala earlier this month, the
Twittersphere lit up.
Bieber watchers welcomed the new Ďdo. Some scorned it.
Cinnabon saw it as an opportunity.
@JustinBieber ó can we get our MiniBon back?" the
sweet roll maker tweeted.
it is with man buns. People either love them, hate them
or mock them.
have been putting their long hair up in buns at least
since Buddhaís time, but the style has come on strong
in the last couple of years, fueled by such celebrity
bunsters as Jared Leto, Joaquin Phoenix and Leonardo
the American Dialect Society has recognized the trend.
"Manbun" ó one word ó was one of its
nominees for 2015 word of the year.
man bun is usually just hair thatís pulled up into a
knot and worn at the crown, but there are variations.
Some guys wear their hair cropped short on the sides,
with the longer hair on top pulled into a bun. Some
braid their hair before gathering it. Some count
itty-bitty ponytails as man buns, but thatís a matter
State University sophomore Josh Froats jumped on the
bunwagon several months ago. For him, itís all about
man bun stands in stark contrast to the short hair he
wore all through Highland High School. But now itís
part of his identity, much to his amusement.
the ridiculous amount of attention my hair gets on a
regular basis is kind of absurd," said Froats, who
began growing his hair long a little more than a year
ago because he couldnít get a haircut appointment
during a visit home to Sharon Township. He started
styling it in a bun late last summer, once it got long
one ever mentioned his hair when it was short, he said.
But now even strangers will compliment him on it.
even got some pushback from friends when he floated the
idea of cutting his hair about a month ago.
had a lot of people saying they were not happy with
that," he said. Itís your look, they told him.
everyone is a man bun fan, of course. In fact, some of
the biggest antagonists are female, according to data
from menís grooming company West Coast Shaving. In a
survey of 1,000 U.S. women, nearly 70 percent said they
either disliked or flat-out hated man buns. Some 58
percent said they wouldnít date a man who had one.
Too feminine, was the most frequent response.
lifestyle blogger Dominic Bonvissuto doesnít count
himself among the man bunís admirers, either. "I
do kind of sneer at it," he admitted, and he
suspects the trend will prove short-lived.
he applauds what the man bun represents: menís
increasing interest in their appearance and their
willingness to break out of molds.
man bun is a rare example of men wearing something thatís
very different, said Bonvissuto, who writes the blog
Jeans & Ties. In the last seven years or so, guys
"have really started to take ownership of their
appearance," and with that comes experimentation,
Bonvissuto believes the man bun isnít for everyone.
me, it would typically be a younger guyís deal,"
maybe a style for someone just out of college working in
a creative field, he said. "It would feel weird in
a professional atmosphere."
man bun also requires long hair, but there are ways
around that. Clip-on man buns are available for those
without the lock length to support the real thing.
retailer ASOS Australia tweeted a picture of a clip-on
bun as an April Foolsí joke last year, but the
hairpiece is a joke no more. Manbun.com sells faux buns
for $16.95 in brown, black and blond.
buns ó the real kind, that is ó do have some
practical applications, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, hair
stylist Monique Palmison said. Athletes and other active
men often wear them to get their hair off their necks
and out of the way. Some restaurant workers wear them
for sanitation purposes.
admits to being "a sucker for men with long
hair," so she doesnít mind the style if the
wearer has a full head of hair and is well-groomed. Sheís
not so crazy about men with buns who shave the sides of
their heads, and what she really canít stand is guys
who donít wash, brush or comb their hair first.
sure half of them roll out of bed in the morning and
throw it up" into a bun, she said.
they pull the topknot too tight, bun wearers may be in
for trouble. Man buns have been found to cause bald
spots, the news site Mic reported.
that pull on the hair follicles over long periods of
time can cause traction alopecia, a condition that kills
the follicles and causes baldness around the forehead
and temples. Man buns arenít the only cause, of
course, but theyíre probably one of the reasons the
condition is becoming more common, according to the
dermatologist Mic interviewed.
the drawbacks, bun wearer Froats thinks heíll keep his
for a while.
only does his man bun get him noticed, but the style is
comfortable, he said. It also keeps his hair out of his
face. Besides, he knows this is a time in his life when
he can get away with a little nonconformity.
in college," he said. "What better time to do