I was in the gym this morning working my ass off with a Russian trainer. There happened to be another guy in there who was incredibly strong, blond and, as it turned out, also from Russia. My trainer and this other guy yammered on in Russian while my heart came close to expiring. To make matters worse this shit-house of a human being had his hair pulled back in a bun.
Now, I have never liked the look, particularly since the guy I think of most is Joakim Noah. His dad, the French tennis player, was a cool dude. But the son? Not so much, IMO.
Well, apparently the web and the world is ablaze with the new manly man look featuring the bun.
Can that possibly look hot, macho, tough? Someone please help me out here…
In certain arty neighborhoods like Williamsburg and Bushwick, some men are twisting their long hair into a form more famously worn by librarians, schoolmarms and Katharine Hepburn. But don’t call the male version an up-do or a chignon. Call it a man bun.
The line between utilitarian convenience and fashion statement can be hard to draw with the man bun. On the tennis court, players like Alexandr Dolgopolov and Xavier Malisse have been known to wear them. Certainly, there and in the food and beverage industry, keeping hair away from the face is important. And at Hotel Delmano, Mr. Davis, 26, sometimes uses his abundant bun as a pen holder.
But he and Mr. Anderson could not hold up their heads wearing hairnets. As for ponytails, to Mr. Anderson, 30, they evoke “Steven Seagal, hippie uncles and the like,” and would not be a good fit in this neighborhood. A hat is an option, but a bun is less sweaty.
The man bun is similar in form to the topknot worn by many women — which is going through its own fashion resurgence — but it is often worn slightly lower on the head.
—“Spare a Hair Band? A Man Bun to Go” in NYT today