by Julia Greenzaid

Men everywhere are growing out their locks to get buns—man buns, that is. Proclaimed the year of the man bun (“mun”) by The Hollywood Reporter, 2015 has shown that the rebelliously cool hairstyle is no longer reserved for rock gods. Men with different senses of style are receiving their fair share of criticism and praise as they grow their hair long enough to pull back and tie up.

To master the ‘do, follow Dove Men+Care hair expert Jason Schneidman’s advice:

“Make sure you don’t wear it too tight and low, it needs to be messy and sit up high. I don’t recommend it if you’re bald on top, but if you’ve got the hair length, it’s a universal style anyone can pull off.”

From the football stadium and baseball locker room to the MSB and Hilltoss, men are tying the knot. Hilltop voGUe turned to Georgetown men Emmanuel Muhammad (SFS ’17), Harry McCollum (COL ’17), Joe Paduano (MSB ’17) and Alex Carter (AC) (COL ’15) to get an inside look on the head-turning hype.

The man bun is the Kanye West of male hair trends; bold, captivating, and all over the Internet—where Emmanuel first learned of it.

“I didn’t even know there was such thing as a man bun until my friend showed me a Buzzfeed Internet article and I realized I had one,” Emmanuel said. “I thought I was being me and doing my own thing, until I found out it’s becoming popular and decided to keep up the trend.”

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There are a handful of theories on how the man bun ascended to the top of the male fashion scene. Though no one is certain, some believe it evolved from the chonmage, a Japanese haircut worn by men, commonly associated with samurai and sumo wrestlers. Though it was originally used to help keep the samurai’s helmets on their heads during battle, the man bun has taken on a new role today.

While the look has become more versatile, it is a shame today’s helmets can’t accommodate it.

Harry, a member of the football team, comments:

“It makes my football helmet a little uncomfortable so I take the bun out and have a little flow going on outside of the helmet.  I never wear a bun during football season unless it’s a walkthrough and we don’t have helmets on, in which case I rock the man bun every time.”

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Once you master the man bun, Joe explains how to maintain it with minimal upkeep:

“I mainly just leave conditioner in to keep my bun manageable in the sense that I don’t wash it out. Honestly, out of convenience-purposes, it works.”

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Thick, healthy hair is a must for this particular hairstyle. Thankfully, AC shared with us the ingredients in his homemade hair product, which he uses three times a week before bed.

“The formula isn’t too specific but it’s been worked out to be about 40% argan oil, 40% jojoba oil, 10% rosehip oil, 5% castor (emulsifier), a dollop of borage oil, and then the essential oils I want which comes to about 4-10 drops normally. I often use sandalwood, frankincense, lavender, tea tree, lemon, and perhaps a few others.”

Men, it could be time to tie the knot: it is only a matter of weeks before the alluring man bun becomes mainstream. Join the man bun era by growing out and maintaining your luscious locks with Joe and AC’s tips, and don’t forget to collect a fair share of hair ties from female friends. Want to give the man bun a try? Learn the Do’s and Don’ts of the hair trend from hilltop voGUe.

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