The Official Guide To Every Type Of Man Bun We've Seen In 2017

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Arguably one of the most glorious male hairstyles that have graced the Earth since the beginning of time, the man bun has a seen a surge in popularity over the last few years. Celebs have sported them, the cute barista at your local coffee shop has one, and even Greg from accounting has sprouted a teeny, tiny man bun seemingly overnight. And if there are two things that are certain in life, it's death and taxes this:

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One common misconception about the man bun, though, is that there is only one type. We're here to tell you that statement is WRONG, it's FAKE NEWS, and it's just NOT TRUE, plain and simple. 

Read on to see all the different types of man buns that've made their way into 2017, and (obviously), into our hearts. 

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1 / 9

The Ballerina Bun

Has this guy been watching hair tutorials on YouTube? You’re goddamn right he has. The smoothness, the attention to detail, the perfect execution — this guy’s done his homework.

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2 / 9

The Basic Bitch

This guy’s mastered the art of “throwing his hair in a bun and running to Target really quick” and showing up 10 minutes late for a work meeting with Starbucks in hand.

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3 / 9

The Hungover At Brunch Top Knot

Not to be confused with The Basic Bitch or The Ballerina Bun, the The Hungover At Brunch Top Knot is a beautiful love child of the two. You know when you style your hair in texturized waves the night before and when you wake up you have bedhead that you can’t quite restyle, so you throw it up and random tendrils cascade down your face like a free flowing waterfall as the day goes on? That’s what this is.

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4 / 9

The I Can't Decide Today

To man bun or not to man bun, that is the question. As the little girl whose family was once firmly divided on having Old El Paso soft or hard shell tacos said, “Por que no los dos?” — this dude LIVES by that motto. He breathes it. He eats it for breakfast every morning. And then, he gathers half of his hair into a bun.

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5 / 9

The Messy Librarian

This bun was taken straight out of the Librarian Style Manual circa 1993. One could say that this is the Abraham Lincoln of man buns: honest and humble. It doesn’t boast, it doesn’t brag. It quietly says, “Hey there. My hair’s in a bun.”

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6 / 9

The Right Way To Do A Braided Man Bun

If this bun were a high school senior, it would be voted Most Likely To Steal Your Girl In The Kindest Way Possible. A braided man bun oozes confidence and charm, just like that edgy theater dude whose name is pronounced “Jack,” but he spells it like “Jaq.”

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7 / 9

The WTFrench Braid

There’s a right way to do a braided bun, and then there’s a wrong way. This might be closer to the latter. However, if you're into braided pastries (which, TBH, who isn't), this is right up your alley.

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8 / 9

The Why Even Bother?

What fresh hell is this? It’s like the free trial size version of a man bun.

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9 / 9

The Good Boy

Honestly though, if there could only be one type of man bun in this world, this would be it. 

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OLIVIA JAKIEL

Writer, artist, and alien living in the magical and enchanting land of North Hollywood. I have a five-year old Jack Russell terrier mix who's CEO of the Bork Board, president of Borker's Anonymous, and dropping the most anticipated album of 2018 under the artist name Chunk Boi Thicc. I enjoy long strolls at the farmer's market while eating a loaf of bread, or a croissant, or a baguette, or any type of bread for that matter — I am an equal opportunity bread consumer. I also love everything true crime and paranormal. 

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