We鈥檙e way into hair at B+C. Whether it鈥檚 in the world of celeb cuts + colors or emerging trends on Instagram and beyond, we鈥檙e always looking for inspo for our tress adventures. Since I don鈥檛 have a personal desire to get fire hair or go merman with it, the only logical move for me to get creative with my locks is to grow out a man bun, and I鈥檓 not talking about the baby version. (I also just really wanted to partake in more photoshoots at the office 鈥 shhh, don鈥檛 tell anyone ;) I鈥檓 welcoming you all to join me weekly on my journey as I share what it鈥檚 like to grow a man bun out IRL.

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First things first: The reason why I鈥檓 doing this 鈥 aside from the previously mentioned weekly photoshoots, of course. Way back when I was a little boy playing soccer I remember being intrigued by the crazy hair styles of David Beckham. Seriously, if you haven鈥檛 seen them/don鈥檛 remember what those 鈥榙os look like, do yourself a favor and Google it. Besides the soccer star, there were plenty of other famous men with long locks that I noticed as I was growing up that made me think to myself, 鈥淗ey, that would look good on me.鈥 But I never went through with the lengthy process for various reasons.


When middle school and high school rolled around, I decided to play the hair game safe by keeping the buzzcut alive. I tried growing it out here and there but my hair, which is naturally curly, just started looking like Napoleon Dynamite鈥檚 the more I let it grow. And that鈥檚 not a good look, so I played it safe and would shave it all off every month or so. At the end of the day (and beginning of it), I just wanted to roll out of bed and into first period with as little effort as possible. Mission accomplished, though I may have sacrificed some style points 鈥 sorry not sorry, teenage self.

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By the time college and post-grad life came, I got a little more creative with my hair. I attempted to let the curls have their moment by allowing tamed volume on top of my head with my new signature look: the side part. Yeah, yeah, I know, just like every other 20-something male, but it worked for me.

When I moved to San Francisco last year I began contemplating actually going through with my former infatuation with longer hair 鈥 hugely inspired by the endless array of man bun inspo going down in this breezy city (good + bad, I should note) 鈥 and decided to see what my hair would do if I gave it the opportunity to grow past the annoying curl stage. This time around, I would give it the attention it needed: hair products + maintenance, the two things I avoided for 10+ years.

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After going back and forth with the desire to grow it out vs the endless requests from my mom to cut my hair (hi Mom, I love you!), I鈥檓 going all in with the man bun (or at the very least a top knot before giving up) because I鈥檓 24 and who knows how long these locks will last before my hair starts receding on me. That鈥檚 indeed a real fear, FYI.

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Follow along every week as I share tips I learn from hair stylists, my barber or even people around me that are already living with long hair (aka 50+ ladies at my office). I鈥檒l also be offering up any tricks or hacks I stumble upon, changes in my hair routine and any funny stories that go down along the way. I leave you with this quote from my currently tiny man bun: 鈥淚t鈥檚 a growin鈥 but it鈥檚 barely showin鈥.鈥 Until next week, leave any helpful commentary you have for me in the comments or tweet us @britandco because, lets be honest, I have no clue what I鈥檝e gotten myself into.

Got any tips, tricks or hacks for growing out my hair to get that man bun bigger + faster? Share them with me in the comments!

(David B Photo via Alex Livesey/Getty)