Men are sporting two hair trends this fall: man buns and the disconnected comb over.
While the man bun looks like it takes all of two minutes to master, the disconnected comb over requires a level of skill and finesse that’s best left to a barber.
If you’re unsure of what products and type of hair bands to use to get the perfect look, here are some tips to help you rock your hairstyle with confidence.
The Man BunHair bands are essential for a man bun, so be picky about the kind you use. Make sure the band doesn’t have a metal piece attached to it, because this will pull your hair out.
As for styling, run your fingers through your hair and pull it back to the crown of your head. Place the band in your hair and wrap it around once, then create the bun and continue to twist the band into your hair. The key with a man bun is to make it not look too clean, so lightly pull on your hair to loosen it and give it a messy textured style.
If you want to get really creative with this look, you can place one bun at the crown of your head and another at the the middle or back of your head. Or you can create the man braid for a cool party look. Just remember to keep it messy.
The man bun looks best with a few days of wear. If you want that messy grunge look, this is the best way to get it. But since you’ll go days without washing your hair, you’ll need to shampoo it two to three times to make sure you’ve truly cleansed your hair and scalp.
After washing your hair, work a styling cream or styling foam through your hair. This will give fullness to your next man bun, especially if you plan to blow dry your hair. You also can work a styling cream into your hair and leave it damp to let air dry — a technique that works best if you have thicker hair.
The Disconnected Comb Over
Disconnected comb overs have many different looks. You can make your comb over tight and clean for a more business-friendly look or keep the top longer for an edgier one.
To get this style, start with wet hair. Apply styling cream to add fullness if you have fine hair or a smoothing additive product for thick or curly hair. Blow dry your hair in the direction you want the style to lay. Once it’s dry, apply a clay for a dry look to help hold the hair in place. Next, apply hairspray to hold and finish the look. For a bolder look on the line part, have your stylist take edgers and create a more defined line. This will make your disconnect stand out even more.
One thing to keep in mind: a comb over requires maintenance. You’ll need to visit a stylist every two to five weeks to keep the sides on point.
Whether you’re rocking a disconnect or man bun, these foolproof tips will keep your hair salon-ready and inspire envy every time you step into a room.
Special thanks to Brandon Bergler at Salon Dulay in Windermere, FL for contributing to this blog post.