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2016 Men’s Hairstyle Trend: The Man Braid

Starting with the man-bun, it was only a matter of time before this popular men’s hairstyle transformed into something more creative. With men everywhere sporting a scruffy beard and top-knot, we now have something completely new: the manbraid.

In reality, this surprisingly new trend actually looks kinda cool – if you’re a guy who can pull it off having already put in the hard work of growing out your hair. In fact, #ManBraid is now one of the trendiest men’s hairstyles on Instagram!

So how did this popular men’s hairstyle come to be? Well, during its evolution, it was the comeback of long hair that started it all. And once that long hair started to get annoying, the man bun steamrolled its way in with guys getting tired of having it constantly in their faces. Then, as things progressed, many of these man-bun types started embracing the buzz cut around the sides while leaving the top long. But as any Boise hair salon stylist knows, even the most modern haircuts grow out, leaving you with impossible hair that won’t stay in place. So like their female counterparts, men have finally started turning to the braid with trendsetters and celebrities alike taking their man buns to the next level with intricate braids to fasten their long locks.

In fact, with the internet buzzing it looks like some guys have really gotten the technique down. Gone are the terrible days of cheap buzz cuts and men’s haircuts. Instead of shearing off their glossy locks, many men are starting to enjoy the process of visiting their favorite Boise hair salon to groom them in more creative ways than ever.

While it remains to be seen whether the trend will reach the height of the man bun, one thing is for sure: men aren’t giving up on their long hair, instead they seem ready and eager to experiment with new do’s. While buns are usually quite simple, it’s not always easy to master the perfect braid. At Undone Salon, your Boise hair salon stylist can help you achieve your man bun or man braid goals. If you have any questions about any particular men’s hairstyle or to schedule an appointment, contact us at (208) 244-6744 today.

 

The Evolution of Men’s Hairstyles Over the Past Century

The ancient, biblical story of Samson and Delilah proves just how important male grooming can be. In fact, men’s hairstyles throughout history have been depicted by famous sculptors, composers and screenwriters for centuries. From pencil mustaches to today’s famous “man bun”, below is a brief overview of the evolution of men’s hairstyles over the past century:

During the 1910’s, the handlebar mustache and slicked-down hair were all the rage. Inspired by King Edward of England, this particular look provided men with an everyday “pomp & circumstance” style.

The 1920’s offered a more clean-shaven look with less facial hair and a slicked down, center part. Due to the industrial revolution, male grooming gained popularity because consumer razors became much more prevalent offering men a chance to shave regularly.

The 1930’s men everywhere started sporting pencil mustaches, made popular by Hollywood stars like Clark Gable who played the infamous Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind.

The 1940’s boasted the “sailor” look featured in “V-J Day in Times Square,” the iconic photo in Times Square during Victory over Japan Day, was the inspiration for Cut’s 1940s look.

The 1950’s offered the ever famous “greaser” & pompadour look.These men’s hairstyles offered lots of volume with slicked, combed-back sides, and were made famous by celebrities like Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley.

The 1960s saw a lot of longer, “mop-top” men’s haircuts, made popular by the Beatles while slick, gelled back looks of the past lost their popularity.

During the 1970’s, men everywhere started to grow their hair out even longer, demonstrating a freer look that required little male grooming or shaving habits.

Men in the 1980’s however, started sporting a slicked-back men’s hairstyle that mimicked a man of Wall Street due to the growth of 1980’s finance.

In the 1990’s grunge became HUGE due to rock icons like Kurt Cobain. However, similar to the 1970’s this style offered a more matted texture for a less groomed look.

The 2000’s in contrast to the previous decade offered a “boy band” look with short sides and a spiked front known as a fauxhawk.

Today, it’s all about the “man bun” that is a surprisingly versatile men’s hairstyle that incorporates many different elements. Just about anything goes as long as hair from the top of the head can be tied back.