So, listen: The man bun is not new. It has been around for years, and has been worn by everyone from pretty surfer dudes to European soccer players. And, yet, when we saw this recent shot of Jake Gyllenhaal with a tiny, messy knot on his head, we found ourselves wondering: How is the man bun still a thing?
It's hardly that we don't think men should have long hair. We're all for guys going long, short, curly, dreaded-out — We'd never be so backwards as to say that men must have short hair (in the same way that we love hair of all lengths on women). Still, there's something about these dude updos that rubs us the wrong way. Is it the fact that this look requires dexterity with an actual hair accessory? Is it our sneaking suspicion that bun-sporting guys think that they can get away with washing their hair less often? It's all very confusing, and we just don't know how to feel.
But, hey, that's just our two cents — and history has demonstrated that certain men will rock that bun and probably feel super-suave while doing it. Check out our retrospective of man buns, and let us know: What's your stance on the male updo?
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Lenny Kravitz, 1998
Lenny Kravitz does what he wants — right down to his fabulous tied-up locs.
Photo: Alex Berliner/BEImages.
Orlando Bloom, 2002
Okay, this is adorable — but it's obvious that even Orlando Bloom's version of the look has Liv Tyler feeling unsure.
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David Beckham, 2003
Beckham is famous for bringing a good updo onto the soccer field — and, we have to say, his bun totally beats our gym-day 'dos.
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Heath Ledger, 2007
We miss lovely Heath — seeing his nonchalant 'do brings us back to his Casanova days.
Photo: Matt Baron/BEImages.
Devendra Banhart, 2008
This Venezuelan-American musician has that whole mysterious/well-traveled man thing going. (You think he's pondering the finer points of beard/updo pairings here?)
Photo: Giulio Marcocchi.
Colin Farrell, 2013
Colin Farrell recently took the look to a whole new level with shaved undercuts — and then dressed the whole thing up with a classic suit and tie. Oh, and an earring. Because, obviously.
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Gavin Rossdale, 2013
We have to applaud Rossdale for keeping his bun well-maintained over the years — no dirty flyaways here!
Photo: Jon Beretta.
Jared Leto, 2013
Jared Leto prefers a strong side part — all the better for bringing out his beautiful eyes (that is, if he weren't wearing shades).
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Russell Brand, 2013
Yogi Russell Brand looks like he's about to launch into Tree Pose at any moment. Namaste.
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Chris Hemsworth, 2013
Thor himself shows us how the slicked-back trend is done — plus, we're envious of his perfect highlights.
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Jake Gyllenhaal, 2013
And, we're back to Gyllenhaal's latest coiff. Of note: the shorter layers on the side that aren't incorporated into the updo.