5 Man Bun Undercut Hairstyle Ideas for Long Hair

Spice up you bro-bun with these 5 man bun undercut ideas!

After the high-rising popularity of the man bun hairstyle in 2013 and 2014, the man bun has been followed by a new spin-off hairstyle from the usual “grab all the hair and put it into a bun”. This new type of man bun hairstyle is called the man bun undercut and it consists of an undercut haircut on the sides and back of the head together with the long length of a typical man bun (over 10 inches of hair length).

What’s the difference between a man bun and a top knot?

Just because the man bun undercut has the hair on the sides and back of the head buzzed into an undercut, it should not be confused for a top knot hairstyle. In fact, the difference between a man bun hairstyle and a top knot hairstyle is that the man bun has a longer hair length than the top knot and that the man bun typically uses all the hair on the head to be tied as a single bun. A top knot will have a hair length of 6 to 8 inches only for the hair on the top of the head, while the hair on the sides and back will be either trimmed short or buzzed, and not necessarily into an undercut haircut. Thus, only the hair on the top of the head is tied into a bun in the top knot hairstyle, while all the hair on the head is tied into a bun in the man bun hairstyle.

Now that you know how the man bun (a textbook manbun, that is) has all the hair on the head tied into a single bun, it’s time to give you some cool ideas of how to incorporate an undercut into your man bun for that man-bun undercut look.

Regular man bun undercut

So, let’s start with a regular man bun undercut; after all, a man bun with an undercut is, in itself, a rare look as of 2015. From my experience as a barber, men’s hairstyle trends have 2 to 3 years of a lifetime before they’re discarded. The regular man bun hairstyle has already hit its all-time popularity peak, so, from now on into 2016, it’s a popularity descent for the regular man bun. Thus, a man bun undercut provides a fresh and yet-to-be-super-mainstream male hair look that is ahead of the “bunned” long-hair trend.

A picture of a male with gray hair sporting a hip man bun undercut hairstyle

Plaited man bun undercut (French braid)

If you’re into braiding and plaiting your long hair, then you’re in luck as the man bun undercut looks great with hair that has been fully braided into a single plait starting from the forehead and ending at the vertex where the man bun is naturally positioned!

Just make sure that you use the three-locks braiding method for the French plait; if you don’t know how to properly braid you hair into a French braid, then get someone else who is experienced in braiding to do it for you.

A hair salon photograph of a male with a man bun undercut hairstyle styled with a long French braid

Man bun undercut with cornrows

Conrows have typically been worn without any tying on the top of the head; instead, the cornrows hairstyle for men usually involves having the “tracks” of cornrows go from the forehead’s hairline towards the neck’s hairline. Sometimes, if the hair of the male is quite long, the cornrows will also dangle.

With the man bun undercut, since the hair is quite long on the top of the head and since the sides and back of the head are buzzed, the corn-rowed long hair will be left danging from the top of the head and thus a man bun can be tied. A cornrows manbun undercut is a rare hairstyle but it will certainly turn heads if you go for it!

A photograph of male model Lazar Angelov with a man bun undercut hairstyle done with cornrows

Single braided man bun undercut

The problem with braiding your long manbun hair into cornrows (as per the previous man-bun hairstyle) is that it requires a lot of time and that it can damage your hair if the cornrows are tied too tight, even leading to hair loss from such tightness of the tracks making the cornrows (i.e. this is known as traction alopecia). Thus, you may want to simply stick to one or two locks of hair being braided for that cool manbun undercut look!

A photograph of a handsome blonde male with a man bun undercut hairstyle and some of his long hair braided

Man bun undercut with dreadlocks

While dreadlocks are usually sported loosely or tied very loosely, they (dreadlocks) can also look quite interesting if you buzz the dreadlocks on the sides and back of you head and concentrate in putting those dreadlocks at the top into a bun.

A picture of a black male with his long kinky curly hair styled as dreadlocks and as a man bun undercut haircut

Conclusion to these 5 types of man bun undercuts

In 2015 and going into 2016, the man bun hairstyle by itself is becoming too passe and cliche; all you need to do is leave your house if you happen to live in any give Western city to see how the man bun virus has spread all over your city. However, by improvising an undercut into your man bun, you will be one step ahead the rest of guys with regular manbuns and you will be sporting a fresh hairstyle that has a couple more years of a good trendy lifestyle!

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