Remember when Jared Leto went to the 2014 Golden Globes sporting a man bun? It probably made you go “What is that?” and “Wow” at the same time.
Man buns are the Millennial, usually hipster, trend that involves men with their long locks tied up in a bun. Breaching into mainstream, there are many social media accounts dedicated to posting photos of the prettiest and buffest dudes sporting a man bun.
Celebrities and TV show characters are keeping up with the trend. Even the newly revived Jon Snow is flaunting a man bun in the latest season of Game of Thrones.
Before you join the bandwagon, Hairy Bastard says there’s something you need to know about this trend: it can contribute to hair loss.
To achieve the perfect bun, you need to pull your hair back and may have to secure it tightly with hair elastic. This can cause a strain on your hair follicles, especially on the frontal part of the hairline; this can lead to traction alopecia.
Sabra Sullivan, a dermatologist from the United States, said that traction alopecia in men is now becoming more prevalent due to the popularity of man buns.
Moreover, David Salinger, director of the International Association of Trichologists, sees one man monthly with this condition due to the hairstyle.
People may acquire this condition when their scalp undergoes repetitive and prolonged tension. The first diagnosis of this condition was in Greenland in 1907 when subjects from the land suffered hair loss because of wearing tight ponytails.
Characterised by scaling, itching, redness, pustules and thinning, traction alopecia mostly affects the sides and the frontal part of the hairline, but this depends on each person’s hair care practice.
This doesn't you can't put your hair up in a bun. Just keep it loose, not too tight. The same goes for braiding or just simply keeping it bunched in a ponytail. The tighter you tie your hair, the more at risk you are at losing your hair faster.
But, if you are already suffering from hair loss, don’t worry. There are many ways to restore your hair. Many innovations on hair care and restoration are now available in the market for those who suffer from hair loss.