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  • The ‘man bun’ goes mainstream
  • The ‘man bun’ goes mainstream
    Jack Threads (2014) ©

The ‘man bun’ goes mainstream

In 2013, a men's hairstyle cropped up among Shoreditch hipsters, and on the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, Harry Styles and Leonardo di Caprio. Hair scraped back and tied into a knot; it's called the 'man bun'. And it's a style that's now challenging stereotypes by going mainstream.



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  • Article image How the gym is redefining what it means to be a man

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  • Article image What Women Want: how Gillette is normalising 'below-the-neck' shaving

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