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Protect the mun (man-bun)

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MARCH 18, 2015

Just as the murse trend swept the nation, the mun has reached the United States. While forever a popular hairstyle for our English-speaking mates across the pond or those living “down unda,” American men have finally caught on that girls dig the luscious flow. Ladies and gentlemen, you can thank Jared Leto and Chris Hemsworth for this revolution.

If you are having difficulty deciding if you should tackle growing out the mun, we have a few questions for you to ask yourself: Are you a hipster? Are you looking for a hairstyle that is edgy but not as intense as dreads? Do you miss the days of being a skater boy, but want to class up the long ‘do? If you answered yes to any of these, we believe you are ready for the mun.

There are some ingredients, however, that every man and male-identifying person should be aware of when taking on the persona of the mun.

1. Ruggedness

Every mun should come equipped with a scruffy beard. Essentially, it is time to throw away all razors and embrace your inner grizzly. Instead, invest in some high-end shampoo and conditioner.

2. Messy bun 

Master the wake up, throw it up and go. The less maintenance the better.

3. High bun 

Wear it high with pride, boys.

4. Semi-greasy 

Nothing hotter than someone who showers every couple days. Skip a shower or two and see the women flock to you.

5.  Puppy 

You must own a puppy.

OK, you do not actually need to own a puppy. We just think the mun looks cute holding puppies. And babies. And coffees. And books. Alright, we think you look good holding anything. Ladies and gentlemen, put it to a test. Hand a mun a garbage bag. See the world transform in front of your eyes.

Now, those of you who are attracted to men and male-identifying people with man buns, if you are questioning why you would ever want to keep a mun in your life, we’ve got the answers.

1. Always have a back-up hair tie

Never go a day with stressing about forgetting a hair tie at home. Instant solution to the inevitable, once-in-a-blue-moon bad hair day.

2. Experimentation 

He will probably let you play with his locks of love. Which may lead to you discovering new hairstyles for yourself …

3. Wash, rinse, repeat

He understands the value and importance of conditioner. Never will you have to skip important steps of beauty with him in your life.

4. He can do your hair for you

Whenever you feel lazy, he can be your trusty secondary stylist.


Now, we understand there will be a few awkward weeks of bangs and tiny ponytails, but we can handle the half-up spout you will be sporting. We know it is well worth the wait for the glory on the mun. Looking for some inspiration? Check out the Instagram “Man Buns of Berkeley” by Michela Laccabue featuring some local legendary muns walking these very Berkeley streets.

And remember, protect the muns. Some crazy Aussies are trying to eradicate this rare species.


Image Source: Nasrul Ekram

Video Source: YouTube, Derrick Watts & The Sunday Blues

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MARCH 17, 2015