It was in 2013 the man bun had seemingly sprouted out of nowhere. Many argued that the hairstyle itself was nothing new and was simply called a ‘bun’. What no one can deny is that since the term ‘man bun’ was coined, it has become one of the most sought-after men’s hairstyles for quite some time now. After all, it’s a hairstyle that can suit almost anyone, not just Chris Hemsworth, Jared Leto, or David Beckham! It’s also ironic that man buns can actually make a man ooze with ruggedness and manliness.

The downside is that it takes about 6 to 10 months to grow hair long enough to tie in a man bun, depending on how long the hair was in the first place. Guys can’t exactly JUMP in the bandwagon on a whim – you can’t easily abandon it either because hey, why waste all that hard work?

But as 2016 rolls around, a good handful of you may decide that it’s time to move on from the full man bun and have a fresh new start. We highly advise easing into it by getting creative rather than just chopping all your hair off à la Mulan. Here are 4 variations of the man bun you may want to consider getting, including the newest version expected to take over this 2016.

Samurai Bun

The original ‘samurai bun’, called chonmage, is a type of Japanese traditional haircut worn by men. It involved having to shave the top of the head (called the pate), while the remaining long hair was oiled, tied, and folded on the top of the head. In modern times though the samurai bun simply refers to tying the hair at the top and the sides into a man bun, while leaving the rest of the hair on the back of the head loose. This warrior-esque version of the man bun looks much more natural – it is also more low-maintenance, because the length of hair required doesn’t need to be as long as the full bun.

Top Knot Undercut

The top knot undercut is a semi-man bun because you’ll only be tying up the hair on the top of your head. The rest of the hair doesn’t need to be kept long at all. An undercut means keeping the hair on the sides and back very short, or buzzed, while the hair at the top is much longer. Put them together and what have you got? A top knot undercut!

Man Bun Taper Cut

Also a semi-man bun, the man bun taper cut is different from the top knot undercut in that the sides and the back are in a tapered haircut. This is when the hair gradually decreases in length from the sides and back to the bottom.

Man Braid

Expected to become the newest trendy addition to favourite man bun variations, the man braid is simply a man bun with hair braided at the top. This hairstyle best suits those with an undercut or taper cut, although creating a single braid at the top of a full head of hair and then tying it all into a full bun is also appealing when done right. This style is also known as the “bro braid”. To be clear, a man braid only refers to braids tied into a man bun, and not braided ponytails or braided rattails!

If you’ve grown quite attached to your man bun then getting rid of it can’t be easy. Then again, maybe you don’t even have to get rid of it at all! Try these four man bun variations if you’re somewhere in between to help you through the transition, all while giving you a whole new (not too different) look.

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