4 Tips for Making Your Man Bun Dreams Come True

Smiling man with bun hairstyle

One of the most talked-about hairstyles you’ll ever come across: the man bun. Let’s be real, you either love it or hate it. And, while not everyone can pull off this stereotypically-hipster look, it can also come across as trendy, classy, and flattering when styled correctly and worn with confidence.

Great Clips hair stylists have seen many men walk into the salon with dreams of achieving the perfect man bun. And, for those with the dedication to maintain longer locks, Great Clips hair stylists have helped them see their man bun dreams come true.

Considering the look? Here are some tips and tricks for styling and maintaining your man bun.

Tip 1: Limit your washings

While it’s important that you don’t wash your hair every day no matter how long your hair is, it’s even more important to limit your shampoo usage when your hair is long. Shampoo strips natural oils from your hair, and when you’re working with length you want some of those oils to stay in your hair as the oils will make it easier to get your hair in a bun. Additionally, when oils are stripped from your hair it tends to get dry, frizzy and fragile. When your hair is man-bun-length, it will be obvious when your hair is dry and unhealthy. Washing your hair just a few times a week using salon-quality shampoo and conditioner is key. So, what do you do on the off days? Make dry shampoo your best friend! It keeps moisture in your hair by allowing your hair to maintain those important oils, which is ideal for second-day wear. You may also want to try out GRIT Cleanse & Style, a dry/foam mousse cleanser that can also be used on beards.

Tip 2: Take advantage of product

Length – especially if you’re not used to it – takes a little extra maintenance. The power of hair product can help keep your hair under control and give the look you’re hoping to achieve. Whether you’re looking for sleek and smooth (think Jared Leto), or rough and tumble (we’re looking at you, Bradley Cooper). We recommend GRIT Natural Style. This everyday loose styling cream has low hold and low shine, but adds a little bit of texture and definition to your man bun hairstyle. You may also want to try Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shaping Cream, Style Sexy Hair Play Dirty Dry Wax Spray or Men’s Solutions Molding Cream.

Tip 3: Get regular trims

It may seem counter-intuitive to get trims when you want to maintain length, but as your hair gets longer it’s essential you keep it healthy. Ends tend to dry out as the oils in your hair have farther to travel to keep hair nourished. When your hair is dry, fragile and unhealthy, it struggles to grow and you will have a hard time maintaining length. Getting trims regularly – even small ones – will keep your ends healthy and help it continue to grow.

Tip 4: Try out different bun styles

Orlando Bloom, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Hemsworth have all (successfully) conquered the man bun and embraced their own personal style. If you’re new to the look, it may take some trial and error to discover which man bun style is best for you. Check out some options below and try them out for yourself! Remember to take your hair thickness, face shape and hairline into consideration when styling.


Half up bun hairstyle

Typically worn on the heads of men with seriously long hair (we’re talking about past the shoulders), the half-up bun is styled with half of the hair left down, and the upper half put into a bun.

Low bun

low bun hairstyle

Rather than situating the bun at the crown of the head, a low bun is, well, just like it sounds – positioned lower on the head.

Man bun with fade

Man bun with fade hairstyle

This man bun style typically involves only the top half of the hair being put in a bun, as the bottom half is cut short and disconnected from the top. The semi bun with a fade is a dramatic look, but remember that it will require more trips to the salon to make sure that the fade remains clean.

Full messy bun

Full messy bun hairstyle

Hair is put in a single bun at the crown of the head, but some strands are left out to overflow outside of the bun. This is great for men with curly or wavy hair.

Ready to give this style a try? Head to a Great Clips salon near you and ask a stylist how you can prep your hair for a man bun that suits you!

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