The bun trend: Let it flourish

The human body is a palette of meaning. It carries us every step we take and is the most important and wide-ranging legacy we pass on to the modern world. Hair sits at the highest pedestal of our bodies and can hang as low as we please. It is the one few things that we can change of our structure. It’s cut and style is a choice that can add personal flair. But for the days where baby hairs don’t behave and flyaways become stronger than hairspray, there is always one way to cope with the dreaded bad hair day: the bun.

The bun has been popular since the first century when Ancient Roman and Greek women who had servants to braid their hair and twist them into a knot. They would then highlight their hair with powdered gold. Their bun was a status symbol.

During the 1300s, medieval maidens took their hair and coiled them into tight buns against their ears, or as I could most commonly recognize it: Princess Leia style. For women at this time, hair was their crowning glory. The Star Wars Princess’ hairdo was most likely inspired by Dama de Elche (Lady of Elche) who totally took a stand for her time of buzz cuts and toupees. But since this do was mostly famous for a critically acclaimed movie, may the force be with your hairdresser if you’d like to commit to such a look.

Although our placement of hierarchy does not rely on the stylized nest on the top of our heads in today’s society, it is still a powerful acquisition.

Today, the bun is a canvas of art.

A messy bun is the hair-equivalent to sweatpants. We use it as the “my hair won’t cooperate” or “I’m just too lazy” style. Very often, we’re stuck with a single question: “Is that bun actually messy, or artfully messy?” But why does messy automatically translate to unstylish? Pieces of hair don’t make it to the hair tie, unwanted wisps on your forehead and weird bits sticking out actually add character to your hair for the day. They are the best choice when it’s a hot weathered day or a go-to when your rubber band breaks (always carry a second).

But then, we have the oh so not messy, ballerina bun. This should not be worn unless you are truly a dancer or a celebrity walking on the red carpet. It must be pulled back tight with no wisps and the hair coiled behind your head. When pulled off correctly, it screams “I can drink red wine in a white dress without spilling a drop.”

Now, for my favorite bun: the top-knot. This style sits at the crown of your head and it wrapped loosely in a nested sphere. It suits every occasion and could look comfy and lazy or sophisticated and elegant depending on the outfit it is paired with. I wear a top-knot a couple of days in the week because it is the quickest, yet most fashionable, style.

But wait, the holy grails of buns, the height of style, the leader: the man bun. The man bun is at its height of popularity. Long hair on men used to be reserved for rock gods and washouts, but this stereotype vanished at the beginning of the 2000's. It has given a new meaning to the term “man up.”

It’s a controversial topic that is becoming the talk of the dinner table. Not many can pull it off, but when done correctly, it’s a winner. Celebrities such as Bradley Cooper, Orlando Bloom, Chris Hemsworth and David Beckham all rock this hairstyle quite well.

But just because celebrities are doing it doesn’t mean any man overdue for a trim should grab a scrunchie. The man bun is not for everyone.

So, whether slicking it back or throwing it up, the bun is a go-to phenomenon. It’s lasted for centuries and will continue to thrive as men hop on the bandwagon. But remember, your bun says a lot about you, so choose wisely and go for it.

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