Guys like testing long hairstyles – from half buns and top knots to low ponytails. However, it’s becoming more and more complicated to get a really original look, which is masculine, stylish, and easy-to-do at the same time.
If you’re looking for something more unusual than a ponytail but as low-maintenance as it is, scroll down to learn all the secrets of an ideal samurai hairstyle.
What is a Samurai Bun Hairstyle?
Samurai top knot is the latest way to tie the long locks for men. Since this hairstyle comes from Japanese warriors and sumo wrestler hair, it looks so manly. And the simplicity of just using a hair tie and a hairbrush makes the hairdo so popular with urban men.
The samurai hairstyle is long length hair tied at the back of the head into a knot. It can resemble the good old man bun but actually is a unique stand-alone trend in men’s updo hairstyles.
Such traditional Japanese hairstyles for males date back to 794 A.D. when the Samurai – the noble class of warriors – wrapped their hair back into a knot so that it doesn’t fall on face during the fights. Also known as chonmage, this hairstyle helped to hold a helmet steady on the head in battle.
This ancient style made a comeback in the 2000s when female icons of style started spicing up their images with samurai top knot hairstyles. Several years later, the hairdo made a transition to the men’s fashion.
How to Do a Samurai Bun
So, how to do a tied back Japanese man bun?
First, make sure your hair length is enough to get a decent knot: you’ll be hardly able to achieve the style you want with short hair. Medium length hair and longer is the key element.
Next, follow these instructions:
- Separate the crown section of the hair and fix it with a hair tie.
- Make an undercut or a fade on the back and sides. Don’t forget about styling the hairline.
- Wash and blow-dry the hair. Bear the hair type in mind: if your locks are naturally textured, wavy, or curly, try to straighten them while blow-drying; if the hair is thin, don’t neglect using a texturizing hair product.
- Apply some grease or wax all over the crown with your hands. Don’t overdo.
- Sweep the hair back with a brush or a comb.
- Make a high or low ponytail (as you like)
- Wrap the ends around the base of pony forming a half-bun. Secure it with a couple of pins.
- Fog the crown with hairspray and slightly smooth the hair down with the palms.
- Enjoy your new model of a man bun short sides hairstyle.
Watch this video to get a step-by-step tutorial on how to tie a samurai topknot.
How to style a Samurai man bun?
You can wear it as a top knot, as a pigtail, as a full bun. Also, you can add some braids or shaved freestyle design. In other words, the style is easily adjustable and can complement any outfit you choose.
Best Samurai Bun Hairstyles
Classic Samurai Topknot
Samurai hair is usually tied higher than the head at the back. However, you can experiment with the height, or make a knot at the vertex but lose it down a little bit like in the picture above.
If you think that a Samurai hairstyle works for Asian men only, you’re absolutely wrong. This eccentric and slightly messy style is so frequently worn by European and black guys too.
Braided Samurai Top Knot
Long hair is getting more and more popular among men thanks to the huge variety of hairdos and styling options it allows for. Here is one of them: braid the cornrows from the forehead to the back of your head and twist them into a loose top knot.
Man Bun with Side Cut
Give proper attention to the details too. Even a tiny change can make a very big difference. For example, a sharp side part adds a modern neat vibe to the good old samurai hairstyle.
Long Hair Man Bun
You can also “hipsterize” your man bun and instead of cutting the sides and back short, let the long locks flow down your shoulders. Wearing it with a neatly trimmed beard and mustache makes the haircut even more on-trend.
This bald and bold pony bun style is completely against the trends, but who cares how fashionable the hairstyle is when it’s so authentic and versatile. The shaved sides make a dramatic contrast between the super long hair and the cool nasty beard; the pony is wrapped and braided in an unusual way as well.
Top Knot with Undercut Fade
Unlike for a classic man bun style, you won’t need very long hair to get this top knot with undercut fade. As you can see in the picture, some hair products and good hands will keep even a tiny bun in place.
High Top Fade with Part
And what do you think about such an Afro hair variant of a traditional Chinese style? Once your curly bun is done, spice up the fade on the sides with an imaginative unboring shaved pattern.
Man Bun Undercut
Just another bold man bun idea for those who’re looking for an extreme look. Great bonus: this hairstyle is an expert in hiding unwashed bed hair.
Double Man Bun
Hair shaved short on the sides goes lower back than usual in a classic undercut. Instead of tying a man bun on top, the longer crown is separated into two sections and wrapped into two wilder knots. This is an updated version of a ninja hairstyle.
Samurai Man Bun with Beard
Despite all the symbolism of the Samurai bun, which comes from the feudal times in Japan, this cool knot at the back of the head has managed to become a growing men hairstyles trend, extending far beyond the confines of anime characters and men from old legends.
Man Bun Hairstyle for Black Men
Various braided designs may become your favorite Samurai Afro hair solution. Yes, this style takes time and effort to get it, but after it’s done, you can forget about brushing, and styling, and applying numerous hair products to keep your unruly hair in place and take care of it. Men usually wear man bun hairstyles like this for a week or so – isn’t it tempting?
Disconnected Top Knot
Cutting a ronin hairstyle can even resemble a Mohawk style – feel free to add your personalized twists. Wanna copy this disconnected Samurai look? Tie a high pony and wrap it around the base several times, covering the elastic with the hair.
Low Faded Top Knot
Is it surprising that samurai man bun hairstyles are popular with guys of all ages – from kids and teens to youngsters and elderly men. The main issue is to enjoy your look – nothing matters more than that.