A Comprehensive Guide To The Celebrity Man Bun - From Jared Leto To David Beckham

By Contributor - 6 December 2014



There was once a time when the only star man to sport an up-do was David Seaman and his shiny, shiny ponytail, but that time is now LONG gone. Blame/thank the hard work of pioneers like David Beckham and Orlando Bloom, but man buns are now a 'thing'.

From chic chignons on the red carpet to messy top knots on the beach, the boys are getting experimental with hair. Harry Styles, Jared Leto, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper and Brad Pitt have all tried the look.

And it's not just the famous guys - blog F*** Yeah Men With Buns regularly shares pictures of up-and-coming models and street-style-snapped lads who've tied up their tresses into a stylish 'do.

Here's a comprehensive guide to the different types of man bun.

1. The netball match tuck

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Jared Leto, what a boundary breaker! He stepped out on the Golden Globes' red carpet looking super hot - and sporting a hair style last seen worn by your high school's Year 9 netball team in 2004. Identifiable by it's folded over ponytail nature and tightness to the scalp, the traditional tuck can be turned upside down for an edgier take on the look.

2. The samurai



The samurai - known to us ladies as the half-up-half-down - is favoured by the likes of Harry Styles. Worn either with an undercut for maximum hipster points or with long flowing locks, it's a great way for a man to show off his excellent bone structure and well-conditioned mane. 

3. The ballet bun

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A classic. Either worn top-knot style on the peak of the head or closer to the nape of the neck for a more relaxed affair, it's a look championed by Chris Hemsworth and Orlando Bloom. Often teamed with just a hint of stubble, it's the clean cut man's bun of choice.

4. The 'effortless' up-do that really took 40 minutes

It appears ruffled and relaxed, but has the sheen of a fresh blow-dry. Plus - if you squint - you reckon you can make out a bobby pin. Usually found on the red carpet or in an Instagram picture captioned #iwokeuplikethis #nofilter. Case in point - Penn Badgley's super-groomed but also messy 'do for this Alexander Wang campaign video. 

5.  The actual effortless up-do

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The go-to style for any long-haired man who needs to keep cool in warm weather/ who hasn't washed his hair in quite a while. Usually spotted in the gym, on the beach or on a star 'running errands' - keep an eye out for a telltale halo of frizz around the hairline.


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