A hairstyle seemingly as old as dance itself now has competition; the bun has spun new trend among the males of today and thus “man bun versus ballet bun” lightheartedly ensues.
As iconic as it is with the art and the artist, the slickness, simplicity and functionality of the bun lends itself well to those men set on growing out their hair or, buzzing it along the sides and keeping it short with a slightly lengthier segment on top.
Welcome to a man’s world, man bun. A man with a top knot or man bun or “mun” – a term some prefer, is totally in style. This man is sporting a worked-at look, grown and groomed. Most likely paired with a full-on beard, it brings together the two worlds – Metrosexual and Lumbersexual to a new pair of terms – MetroJack and MetroJill – think plaids, buns, flannel – anything with an outdoorsy aura.
But it does not belong outside. Or anywhere in particular, for that matter. It is not doomed to the artists of Brooklyn and the title of hipster, but for anyone, for the love of the gay or the straight, and crossing many professions.
Dating back to Japanese samurai, it is now seen on the red carpet by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jared Leto to the court of the NBA with center, Joakim Noah making his own man bun version iconic whilst keeping his hair off his face mid play. Of course male dancers will take a liking to it in studio, on the barre, and within their everyday routines.
The man bun, as rugged or polished as it is flexibly styled, is in fact a serious fashion trend. But as trends are always coming and going, in may be in right now, but it may be out tomorrow. Unlike the classic, traditional ways of the ballet bun, here to stay in rehearsal and in performance.
– love from J