It used to be that if you were a guy with long hair, it was assumed that you were either in a rock band, rode a Harley, unemployable, covered in tattoos and piercings, or basically “rough around the edges.”
With the new “man bun” trend surfacing over the past half-decade or so, it appears as though the winds of change are blowing through that full, manly head of hair of yours.
A number of men are growing out their hair and rocking what is called a man bun, which is basically similar to buns that women wear atop their heads, but on a man.
For most men, it’s a quick and tidy solution when you need to get your long hair out of your face and look somewhat presentable.
It’s not exactly known where this hair trend came from, or how long it will stay, but needless to say, it’s started plenty of online conversation and chatter in social circles.
Some women are cool with man buns.
“I like ‘em,” stated CSUSB Student Lauren Stys, “I think they add an edginess.”
“I don’t hate them…but it takes a very specific guy to pull it off and it has to go with the full package look,” said Merissa Nadeau, CSUSB Student.
“The Man Bun can be laid back and relaxed or office appropriate,” according to hairstyleonpoint.com.
“It can be made into a wild, disheveled ‘just out of bed’ mess or into a posh looking gentleman’s cut.
Limitless options abound and women will appreciate every single one.”
Though there are women who love the bun look, there are also plenty who loathe it.
When asking wine-drinker Sara Clark about man buns, she simply stated “HATE,” and nothing more.
Student Darnica Nguyen said some guys can pull the look off, but most should never attempt it.
“It’s honestly just so lame. If it’s not for locks of love, it’s just a vain trend that works off ridiculousness,” added Nguyen.
Man bun-wearer Joel Gill said, “I definitely found that there are girls who really like it (long hair in general), but there are a lot who don’t. Seems much more black or white. They either love it or hate it.”
So why are people on such extreme opposite ends of the man bun?
Is the main reason for people hating the man bun just because it’s a trend or do some just not find it appealing to the eye?
Honestly, it’s a bit sexist to say that women can have long hair and put it in a bun but men cannot. Just as sexist as saying women belong in the kitchen with a baby on her hip and men belong at work to bring home the dough.
The way I see it, so long as your bun isn’t hurting anyone, whether it be on a man or women—keep on bunnin’ on.