Wednesday, 18 June 2014

The Man Bun: a male grooming trend too far

It’s the hottest hair trend for 2014, but our grooming expert Lee Kynaston reckons the Man Bun is one hairstyle destined to unravel badly

It’s not often I receive a press release that has the power to make me tremble but the other day one popped into my inbox that caused a body-wide tremor. “The Man Bun,” it began, “is set to become the style of 2014.” This news comes from the cutting edge London hairdressing salon Fish, situated in the heart of London’s Soho, so I have no reason to doubt the veracity of it as a trend.
The Man Bun, in case you were wondering, is a neat and tidy solution to long hair on men. Sported recently by Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto it allows long hair to be tucked away at the back of the head courtesy of a artfully tied little bun, held nearly in place with the help of a hair band. It’s not a huge cottage-loaf of a thing, admittedly, but it is a bun nonetheless and something you could definitely slip chopsticks into if you so wished.
Yes, folks, as if the bearded East London hipster with his top knot wasn’t insufferable enough, now we have to endure the sight of men roaming the streets looking like Princess Anne when she hasn’t bothered much.
The Man Bun is not the same as the top knot though. No siree. “The Man Bun is a much better option for those who want to be on trend with minimum effort,” says Jordan Thomas, a stylist at Fish. “It’s a great style for those with a more rockabilly look who want to pull the hair back and get it out of their face, resulting in an effortless, shaggy yet on-trend look.”
For sure, the Mun (you didn’t think it would escape having guy-friendly portmanteau did you?) is a sly old thing. Because it’s tucked away at the back of the head you don’t notice the full horror until the wearer turns to the side or passes you in the street. I guess it’s a slightly more practical arrangement than the Top Knot (it’s essentially just ‘ponytail deluxe’ after all) but, quite honestly, it’s no less horrendous.

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