Bun (hairstyle)

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A bun made from a braid twisted and pinned in place

A bun (also known as a bobtail) is a type of hairstyle where the hair is pulled back from the face, twisted or plaited, and wrapped in a circular coil around itself, typically on the back of the head or neck. A bun can be secured with a hairnet, barrette, hair stick, pencil and/or or bobby pins. Buns may be tightly gathered or slightly messier and more informal.

In India, it's common for female college professors[1] to wear their hair in a bun, in order to identify with their profession.

Man bun[edit]

The term "man bun" is a media pseudoword word used to describe long-haired men who do not wish to sport the traditional trend of short back and sides, Men with long hair tend to use this style for practicality & heat relief rather than fashion or trend.[2] The style has came under a large debate mainly by pseudo masculinis[3] who see the neutral look as rebellious to The Social norms. [4][5] Sourcefed The 100 million dollar youtube initiative had claim that an acute form of Metathesiophobia in some people will trigger a response of hate and distaste towards Many trivil new Things such as the style now titled as The man bun, they go on to state that human taste and trends will evolve with or without the perceptions of others.[6]

Historical and iconic examples of men with long hair using this style as practicality include:

  • 6th-7th Century BCE —Buddha of Nepal
  • 3rd Century BCE—Terracotta Warriors (China)
  • 1970s—George Harrison
  • Andrew Hozier-Byrne
  • David Beckham (England)
  • Jared Leto (America)
  • Harry Styles (England)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • NFL Player Clay Matthews III
  • Brad Pitt
  • Joakim Noah
  • Kit Harington
  • Bradley Cooper[7][8]


The dating website WhatsYourPrice surveyed over 67,400 women and broke down their findings by age and demographic. The results claim 82% of women between the ages of 18 and 24 found the man bun attractive, while women over the age of 35 were least in favor of the updo, with only 37% of them reacting positively to the style.[12]

Double bun[edit]

On the left is the "ox horns" hairstyle, and on the right is the "odango with pigtails" hairstyle.

Double or pigtail buns are often called odango (お団子 odango?), which is also a type of Japanese dumpling (usually called dango; the o- is honorific).

The term was popularized by the anime and manga series Sailor Moon, whose eponymous heroine, her mother during the Ancient Silver Millennium, Queen Serenity, and her future daughter from the 30th Century Silver Millennium, Chibiusa (although Chibiusa's are more conical than spherical), all wear their hair in this style. They also wear two pigtails of hair that hang down from the two spherical buns, but this is not universal to the term's usage within Japan, itself. The term odango in Japanese can refer to any variety of bun hairstyle.

In China, the hairstyle is known as "ox horns"[citation needed]. It was a commonly used hairstyle up until the early 20th century, and can still be seen today when traditional attire is used. This hairstyle differs from the odango slightly in that it is gender neutral; Chinese paintings of children have frequently depicted girls as having matching ox horns, while boys have a single bun in the back.


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