Man buns: Not your average knots of locks

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By Kelly Langin, Asst. Copy Editor

Man bun.

If you’ve heard this term uttered on campus or while surfing the internet for another Buzzfeed personality quiz, you’re not alone. The man bun is barely different from a lazy college girl’s messy topknot but it’s capturing the internet’s attention.

The man bun, or “mun” for short, joins the ranks of other borderline sexist nicknames for trends that men have borrowed from the ladies, such as man purse, man capris and so on. Men with longer hair can sport this fashionable updo or leave their hair in a ponytail or bun.

It’s hard to say when exactly the trend took off. Google searches point to a random upsurge in 2010 while others credit celebrities like Jared Leto and his half-roll. Regardless, the trend is one that has yet to be ignored.

“It’s funny how much of a trend they’ve become,” said Stathi Patseas, who started rolling his buns as long as a year and a half ago. “I’ve seen a bunch of BuzzFeed articles about them too. I think it’s cool.”

Patseas was ahead of the curve when the trend really hit the Omaha area. Cavlovic and Holohan, however, just started experimenting with the hairdo recently and said they are still unsure what all the hoopla is about.

“I don’t get it,” Cavlovic said. “I’ve tried Googling it, but have only found blogs of ‘man bun sightings’ and detailed analysis of the said bun. I felt violated.”

Holohan, however, took a more economical approach in trying to explain the Internet’s obsession with man buns.

“All I can say about the trend is that girls like it and it will probably go out of fashion soon, once the market gets too saturated, so to speak,” Holohan said. “Come to think of it, these trends sort of follow a classic supply and demand curve.”

The demand for these buns is very high and we’re lucky enough in this internet-friendly time to search the supply when necessary.

Cavlovic said the best part about having a man bun is the reactions. He said his overall social interactions with others have changed more positively.

“I was out at a bar with one of my best friends the other night and I started out with my hair down,” Cavlovic said. I was like, ‘Dude, I have no idea what sorcery is behind this, but just watch.’” Cavlovic said he put his hair up and both men and women approached him in conversation.

“There is something captivating about this thing,” Cavlovic said.

For Holohan and Patseas, the decision to wear their hair up more regularly hasn’t altered much of their lives.

“Since I started experimenting with buns last fall, nothing has changed except I get a few more compliments,” Holohan said. “But if Buzzfeed is to be believed, then it should pay dividends in the future.”

Some men get more than just reactions. The mun can add a stylish touch to any outfit. Beyond that, the physical benefits of tying long hair into a bun rival most other uses. Holohan said the bun is handy while working out because it keeps it “nice and tight and out of the way.” Cavlovic noticed a five to 10 degree temperature difference when he puts his hair up. Patseas said the best part is the hairstyle can “bail you out of serious bed head.”

The reasons why man buns are such a hot commodity are still largely unclear. Are we drawn to the messy, imperfect bounds of hair that tumble effortlessly from the constraints of hair ties? Are we curious about the outward relaxed vibes this hairstyle gives off? Will we ever know?

“If I want to look like a Buzzfeed article, then I can just put my hair in a bun,” Holohan said. “But all in all, I think it looks decent. I’m happy with it.”

So are we.

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