What what does Gareth Bale, Colin Farrow, Harry Styles and my boy have in common?
The man bun.
Little Mister is obsessed with the man bun, and he’s determined to have one.
The Man Bun, or ponytail is uber-trendy thanks to a host of celebrities and sports players. However, I’m not sure our little CofE school in the middle of Midsommer Murder Oxfordshire is quite ready for one.
There was no new school hair cut for us this September.
Little Mister’s refusing to cut his hair because he’s aspiring to have the only Man Bun in his class. His school, even!
The Many Stages of the Man Bun.
Although ponytails on men are as old as the hills, the Man Bun is considered ‘new.’ But Beckham was sporting his ponytail almost a decade ago. But footballers are getting bolder with their up dos. You have the tight ‘all up’ bun on footballers like Gareth Bale & Andy Carroll, and the ‘just growing stage’ as seen on a youthful Harry Styles.
With people like this sporting a Man Bun its no surprise that Little Mister wants to follow his sporting heroes.
Unlike his sister, Little Mister is bold and very confident about being different.
It’s interesting how Little Mister wants to be a trailblazer in his own world. No one else in his school has a man bun ** or should that be Boy Bun?? ** and he is determined to be the first.
He wants to put his head above the parapet. He wants to be a head above the rest. *Stop with the hair analogy, I hear you yell- ha ha!!*
I’m not sure my curly haired boy understands the challenges facing him by attempting to sport a man bun. His hair doesn’t stay straight for more than 5minutes. He’ll need almost twice as much hair growth to attempt any sort of hair procedure!
However at 6 years old everything is possible!
Despite his father’s protestations Little Mister is holding out.
Have you ever heard of the saying you can take a horse to water but you can’t make it drink? Well, in this instance you can take a 6 year old to the barber but you can’t make him sit in the chair.
So we have a bit of a stand off between the want and the reality of growing his hair.
Should I urge him to stand firm and grow his hair as it is his only way of self expression outside of his school uniform? Even if I know his curly, dual heritage, thick, gorgeous hair will prove challenging to put into a man bun?!
Or should I just get used to the idea that this year’s school photographs will see one little boy sporting a very unusual man bun. But at least he will have the biggest smile.
I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.