This story was originally published on April 27, 2016.
Something strange happens when a man adopts a hairstyle that's typically regarded as feminine. We feel the need to qualify it with "man." Buns become man buns
. Braids become man braids
. And since these styles are on a guy, they become "edgy" and "interesting," or, in some cases, even "weird."
But we're going to let you in on a little secret. Hair is hair, no matter the gender of the person on whose head it is. Everyone should be able to wear it in whatever
way makes them happy — without being held to constructed gender standards
. To prove our point, we tapped hairstylist Adam Maclay. Our request? Create seven of the most beautiful spring hairstyles on a series of Rapunzel-length locks...that just so happen to belong to men.
From the back, you almost can't tell who is wearing these looks. In our opinion, it really shouldn't matter. Because who says a girl can't covet a style on a guy and vice versa? Why is a bun on a man a man bun
and not just a bun? And, honestly, what's better than looking at a bunch of hot guys in even hotter hairstyles? We say, absolutely nothing. After you click ahead, we're certain you'll agree.29Rooms — Refinery29’s magical art and fashion funhouse – is back for its second year, kicking off during NYFW, from September 9 to 11. We’re bringing our commitment to women claiming their power to life, through the event’s theme, “Powered by People.” To celebrate this sense of possibility, we’ve curated content that embodies our theme and pushes you to do more — start the conversations you want to hear, make change. We built our dream world and want to inspire you to power your own. For more information on the 29Rooms event and our initiative, click here.
Photographed by Winnie Au; Hair by Adam Maclay using Oribe / ABTP; Prop Styling by Marie-Yan Morvan; Modeled by Charley Parden; Modeled by Majors; Modeled by Clay Nielsen; Modeled by Rameet Chawla; Modeled by Christian Chico; Modeled by Andrew P. Kennelly; Modeled by Nasty Nigel