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GaldraChevaliere wrote

Where it's tied and the size/fluffiness/bounciness of it. Manbuns are scraggly, tighter than regular buns, tend to have a lot of flyaways and they're usually either right at the base of the neck or else nearly but not quite a topknot.

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Freux wrote

So a messy bun? Is that an american thing to call that a manbun?

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GaldraChevaliere wrote

Search images of it, you'll be able to tell the difference. Messy bun here usually means a loose one. The distinction is less of an americanism and more like, men finally realized buns are a fairly comfortable, attractive and convenient way to wear longer hair, but lest they be perceived as possibly not het for having a 'girly' hairstyle, they took all the comfort, aesthetic appeal and convenience out of actually having a bun.

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Freux wrote

Do you still use "manbun" when a woman make a bun without caring of the messiness?

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GaldraChevaliere wrote

If she were wearing the specific style, I would, but again, the criteria isn't the messiness. It's a particular style of bun that straight dudes specifically wear that's overly tight, too short, poorly ordered and usually worn either at the base of the neck or nearly the crown of the head. What am I failing to convey here?

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Freux wrote (edited )

I've only heard of "manbun" online and assumed it was men that were too afraid to call it a bun. As long as you make a ball shape it's a bun (I might be alone to think so). I'm more annoyed at the small knot trying to pass as a bun lol.

Also I don't like gendering things, like purse and manpurse, it's ridiculous.

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GaldraChevaliere wrote

Yeah, that's more what I'm trying to describe. Straight dudes specifically call it a manbun because the idea of just having a bun threatens their masculinity, and then they half-ass it because putting effort in to appearance to them reads as effeminacy.

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Freux wrote

I think that's a better description of a "manbun" haha

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