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According to the Style Section, men in Brooklyn are sweeping their hair up into a sort of modified chignon known as the "man bun." Olivier Theyskens, Top Chef contestant Chris Jones, and Street Peeper proprietor Phil Oh are all celebrity proponents of the look, but the Times also finds some Williamsburg bartenders and yoga instructors to explain the style's appeal.
Basically, it's a good way to keep long hair out of your face without having to wear a ponytail. Also, it makes you look like a samurai, and who doesn't want to look like a samurai? Just make sure to use a masculine hair tie, like a plain rubber band, to keep everything in place. Otherwise, your man bun might turn into a lady bun, and we certainly can't have that.
· Spare a Hair Band? A Man Bun to Go [NYT]