Faded Man Bun: What Is It And How To Get It

Faded Man Bun: What Is It And How To Get It


So, you’ve probably seen one or two man buns when walking around in public. Whether you love them or hate them, they’re an easy way for men with long hair to sort of ‘get it out of the way’ for the day – and they can look super stylish too. When done right, styles like a samurai bun for example can look awesome. Anyways, everybody knows a man bun, but what’s a faded man bun? 


A Faded Man Bun is produced by growing your hair out long, then making a bun out of your hair (usually on the top) and fading what’s left of it on the sides and back. Another thing thats often added by barbers is a part in between the fade and the bun patch. In recent years, Man Buns have become somewhat culturally significant, with either side absolutely loving or hating them. Personally, we think they are a great choice when your hair gets too long and you don’t necessarily want to part with it yet.


History and Benefits


The man bun, while not for everyone, is a style that has actually been around for 100’s, even thousands of years. Variations of the style were historically worn by men in all sorts of cultures, ranging from Vikings, Samurai, and even being seen in China in 200 B.C. That being said, you won’t necessarily see men walking around in a Samurai top knot in 2022. Whether its a culturally significant cut, or just a way to throw your hair up because you’re feeling lazy today, the style has definitely been important to men’s hairstyles for a long time. Today, though, the latter will generally be why you see man buns when out and about.


How To Get It


To get your faded man bun, or a regular man bun for that matter, the most important step to take is to grow your hair out long enough for it to fit. This will definitely take some time, especially if you are starting from a buzz or any short hairstyle. During the time your hair grows, you’ll want to make sure to take good care of it to keep it healthy – check out our blog here to learn everything you’ll need to make that happen! 


Once you’ve grown your hair out long, you’ll definitely understand why some men opt for man buns more days than not. While long hair is glorious, it can get annoying to handle and it can get in your face, etc. You’ll be happy to be exploring your options when it comes to man buns! To get and maintain a faded man bun, you’ll want to first choose where you’ll want to be wearing it. Since you’re going to be shaving the rest, you won’t have the choice of placing the bun on the top, back, lower back, etc like you would with a normal head of long hair.


Once you’ve made your choice, throw your hair in a bun, define the patch you want to keep, and ask your barber to shave and fade the rest. You can go with defined parts on either side of the patch (usually near the temple), and any length of fade will work as well. Most men opt for a low 
or medium fade. Here are some pictures of how it will look with each level of fade.


High Faded Man Bun



Medium Fade



Low Faded Man Bun





Overall, while the man bun is not for everyone, it can be an incredibly stylish and convenient hairstyle for men with long hair. Perhaps being a bit of an acquired taste, you may grow to love it after deciding to embark on the journey of growing long hair. The style has historical significance in the top knot, being a variation of the ponytail and other ‘hair up’ styles for men, and has been worn for many years. If you decide to grow your hair out long and wear a regular bun or a faded bun style, leave us a comment! We’d love to hear about your journey.
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