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    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.


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    Double Dutch
    Braids are definitely not a "hot new trend" (on women or men). And this season especially, two is always better than one. We're seeing pigtail braids everywhere — including on the youngest Kardashians — and love this version by Maclay.

    To get it, he made a diagonal part and worked some Oribe Rough Luxury Molding Wax to the ends of the hair before twisting. The trick to this particular braid is to wrap sections under (rather than over), so that the plait is raised off the scalp. Secure with an elastic at the ends, and then pull on the plaits to fatten them up a touch. Finish it all with a superfine hairspray. (We like Elnett Satin Hairspray.)

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    We popped these plaits on photographer Charley Parden, who actually wears his hair like this on the regular. "I wear my hair in braids as often as my wife will braid them," he says. That's love, guys.

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    Loc It Up
    Locs are beautiful, deeply significant, and create incredible texture when wrapped up in a structural updo like this one.

    Maclay started by smoothing Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil over the locs to hydrate them. Then, he pulled the hair into a ponytail at the crown.

    Instead of simply twisting the tail into a bun, Maclay divided the pony into six sections, braiding some pieces and twisting the others. He then gathered them all together at the back of the head and pinned the whole thing into place. "It created an interesting pile of textures," he says.

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    Majors, creator, CEO, and designer for WLDLF RSRV, loved this undone twist. "I've been growing my hair out for about 17 years," he says. "I really hate it when dreadlocks look too done, like they're done in a salon, so I just let them do their thing." (Side note: He actually designed the amazing sweater he's wearing in this shot. Great hair and raw talent — is there anything better?)

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    Go Halfsies
    Ah, the half-bun. It's been the ultimate second-day hairstyle of lazy folks everywhere for who knows how long. How could you possibly improve upon such a gift?

    Well, you can. Instead of a typical bun, Maclay opted for a knot at ear level. But first, he blew the strands dry and curled them from mid-shaft to ends with a one-inch iron. (You could obviously skip this step if you're just looking to knot and run.)

    Next, he divided the top section of hair into two pieces and tied it into several actual knots (just like you would a shoelace). He pinned them in place and misted on a shot of hairspray for added hold. Bam — instant updo upgrade.