Attending school in the heart of San Francisco, we see a lot of interesting styles out there on the streets. One style in particular that has continued to grow in popularity is the “Man Bun.” Whether you’re the type of guy who likes to keep the sides nice and tapered with an undercut for a “semi-bun” or prefer to let the long luscious mane flow for a “full bun,” here are some pointers to help you achieve the perfectly styled Man Bun:
- The Man Bun is typically worn at the crown of the head. But “full buns” can be worn lower towards the nape area of your neck.
- Depending on Man Bun style—semi-bun or full bun—hair should be around 6 to 10 inches long.
- Creating your bun:
- Start at your front hairline and gather and rake all of your hair into one hand on the crown of your head. Once you have gathered all of your hair, secure hair in place with an elastic hair tie by pulling the length of your hair through the hair tie and then twist and wrap the elastic tie around your hair 1 to 2 more times depending on the thickness of your hair, each time pulling the length of your hair through the tie.
- On the final wrap and pass through only pull the length of your hair through half way, allowing the elastic tie to close on top of the hair and create your bun. You can then wrap the remaining ends around the base of the bun so that no loose hair is visible or leave them free to create a Pony Bun.
- Another way to style your Man Bun is to again begin gathering and raking your hair towards the crown of your head starting from your front hairline. Once you have gathered all your hair, begin to twist the hair like rope and coil it into a circle on top of your crown. Secure by wrapping an elastic hair tie around it one to two times depending on the thickness of your bun.
Here are a few helpful styling tips:
- To add more weight to your hair, try washing your hair every 2-3 days. The natural oils that build up will actually help you achieve your desired style and create a better hold for your Man Bun.
- If you are starting with wet or damp hair, consider using a leave-in conditioner or a styling cream with a waxy-like finish such as Aveda Light Elements Texturizing Cream to create some hold.
- If you want your bun to look casual, use your hands and fingers! Using a comb or brush to style your Man Bun will cause it to look dressy and done.
Guess who made TimeOut Magazine’s list of the best barber shops in the Bay?
When you’re pressed for cash, head to the Cinta Aveda Institute. The city’s leading beauty school also has an entire program devoted to learning the art of barbering, where you can snag a $10 haircut including a stress-relieving head, neck and shoulder massage. Or a $5 express facial designed to cleanse and nourish the skin and reduce irritation caused by shaving. The school is state of the art with a clean—to the point of being almost clinical—vibe. It’s always bustling with people, and yet it’s easy to relax into your treatment. Note that sometimes services take longer than normal; your barber is most likely a student still learning how to perform the task.
I have composed a list of 5 different men representing 5 different hairstyles that will represent this year of the ram, 2015.
1. For a classic, refined, but on trend:
He’s now had a year, or two to wear in this no-frills, sleek style.
2. For fashion forward, but on trend:
Like Justin, this is a slick and classic style, but Smith has enhanced this shape with shorter sides and a more pomp’d top
3. Lined Up:
He keeps it simple, even allows for some grow out, but continues to keep it clean
4. Iconic Beard:
He’s been holding it down in this category for like 5 years
5. My Pick:
All tongue and cheek aside, Jared Leto has some of the best looking hair out there, male, or female
This prediction is more based on a hunch than anything else, but it’s a strong hunch.
Designs crafted on men’s faces and scalps with the use of clippers and razors is nothing new. It has been relegated to strip malls, Dennis Rodman and botched jobs found in google search results. Though, there is an incredibly high attention to craft and detail I believe it has yet to be fully realized in the proper fashion world. Designs themselves are more times than not “street-art”-esque, graffiti, flames and tribal patterns that have purely just been out of style for well over a decade.
But, like all other things fashionable, these trends come in cycles and it’s about time we begin to re-hash the period of the late 90’s and early 00’s. It’s going to happen and all things about that period will be dragged up with it, including clipper designs. Although, my prediction is that the designs will take on a new tone. The new designs will likely be more geometric, more abstract in many cases, or purely ironic.
Look out for Bad Boy logos and wild-stylz!
The majority of men are thrown right into the deep end when it comes to shaving and along the way we, as men, have picked up a number of common, but unhealthy habits for our skin. The resurgence of Barbering has brought to light many of these habits that may be easily corrected with a couple of key elements.
1) First, if you’re going to be taking a razor to your face do yourself a favor and prep your skin as much as time will allow you. With a standard straight razor shave in a shop, there are over 5 preparatory steps taken before the razor touches the face. Doing just a couple will make a difference.
2) Use a pre-shave oil, like an Aveda Composition oil. Many oils will work although oils marketed “pre-shave” are specifically designed for softening the beard and are ideal.
3) Warm the skin to soften those pores and relax the skin. Using a hot towel works great for coverage, a quick tip is to wet a face towel and throw it in the microwave for about one minute and drape it over your face until it cools.
4) Apply your shave cream, or lather immediately afterwards and go with the grain. Do this before you think about shaving against the grain. This is one of those things that causes the most irritation. AFTER you’ve shaved with the grain you can go back against the grain after re-applying lather, but it’s not recommended if you’re not a daily shaver.
5) Use that same towel to wipe residue and apply a non-alcohol after shave. The Aveda After Shave is excellent and has soothing lavender and lemon scents.