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A bun is a type of hairstyle wherein 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 barrette, bobby pins, a hair stick, a hairnet, and/or a pencil, and hair may be wrapped around a piece called a "rat". Buns may be tightly gathered, or loose and more informal.
In India, it is common for female college professors to wear their hair in a bun, in order to identify with their profession.
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". 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.
The term "man bun" is a term 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 and heat relief rather than a particular fashion or trend.
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. The man bun began to grow in popularity in 2013.hs
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)
- David Beckham (England)
- Bradley Cooper
- Leonardo DiCaprio
- Colin Farrell
- Kit Harington
- George Harrison, in the 1970s
- Andrew Hozier-Byrne
- Jared Leto (America)
- Clay Matthews III
- Joakim Noah
- Brad Pitt
- Harry Styles (England)
- Jared Padalecki
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic
- "Hair Rats: Creating Voluminous, Perfect Buns". Bouffants and Beehives. August 3, 2012.
- "Hair Rats". Pin Curl Magazine. May 1, 2010.
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