A man's topknot, known today in popular culture as the man bun, has been making waves in the fashion and beauty industries the past few years. But believe it or not, this trendy style isn’t a new creation.
From ancient warriors to traditional religious symbols, the topknot has been worn by high status men for centuries. Let’s take a look at some known fans of the style.
The Man Bun Throughout History
Leonardo DiCaprio and Jared Leto may think they’re catalysts in this trend-setting movement known as the man bun, but men have been sporting this look long before the invention of red carpets.
Love it or hate it, the man bun has been everything from a symbol of class to a representation of a warrior’s ability to kick butts and take names — and not just in the movies. We’re talking actual mad fighting skills.
Here are some other times in history the man bun has made an appearance.
- The Maori People of 1300 - These indigenous Polynesian people styled their hair with berry oils and wooden or bone combs. Only the most high-status Maori men would wear a tikitiki, their version of today’s man bun.
- The Joseon Dynasty in Korea - If you were a married man in Korea between 1392 and 1897, you likely sported a man bun. Except you called it a sangtu. These men even wore hats shaped to fit around their buns. Imagine seeing that at Fashion Week.
- The Edo Period in Japan - The man bun trend in 1600s Japan can be credited to samurai. Even though the fearsome warriors used the hairstyle for practicality, mainly to keep their helmets in place so as not to die from a common blow to the head, such wasn’t the case for the average Japanese man.
Maybe these guys thought shaving their heads and only leaving a cluster in a bun at the top would make them look tough.
- Buddha - Yes, Buddha himself chose to wear his hair in a man bun. To look powerful? Sure. But even religious leaders sometimes want to stay in vogue.
The Man Bun Today
Whether you’re for or against the man bun, you can’t deny its longstanding history. On the streets, the runway and the red carpet, this trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. While the men under the buns might not be warriors, they’re certainly leaders in the hairdo arena.
Want your very own man bun or maybe one for your main squeeze? Give the beauty pros at The Salon by Lora Brown in Amarillo a call today. We can give you a cool cut and style.
Lora Brown is a master stylist and the owner of The Salon by Lora Brown. She has worked in the salon industry for 30 years.