The everyday man bun, at least as I've witnessed it on the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan, leans scruffy. Often greasy and damaged from sun, salt water and — I'm making assumptions here — a lack of familiarity with deep conditioner, the hair is tied up in a way that looks like an afterthought.
But sometimes, outside of our daily routines, we encounter man buns of a more meticulous make. Jared Leto has been known to adopt a cleaner look for awards shows; the way Olivier Theyskens fashions a ballerina bun, like his clothing, is pure poetry. And backstage at the Rochambeau show on Tuesday during New York Fashion Week: Men's, there were some very dapper man buns under construction.
While guys with shorter hair received a classic slicked-back style with a clean side part and a touch of lift at the top, those with longer locks got the same thing plus a neat little looped bun at the back. You know the loop? Where you make a ponytail and only pull it through halfway, a science studied with great vigor by every middle school girl in the '00s? It's that.
Bumble & Bumble lead hairstylist Colin McCarthy created a deep side part, prepped the guys' hair with thickening hairspray, blow dried that and then combined two parts Sumotech and one part Semisumo, working the paste through the guys' hair in a backward motion. McCarthy and his team then tidied the look up with a brush.
The result was something that looked simultaneously old school and very 2015. Jared, Zayn: take note.