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New Men’s Hair Trend Could Contribute to Hair Loss, Experts Say

Buns and topknots have been traditional hairstyles for warriors and devotees alike for millennia, and celebrities — including Jason Momoa, Orlando Bloom, Chris Hemsworth and Shia LaBeouf — have been popularizing the man bun hairstyle in the past year. But experts say that a new variant on this style, which is much tighter than the […]

New Men’s Hair Trend Could Contribute to Hair Loss, Experts Say

Buns and topknots have been traditional hairstyles for warriors and devotees alike for millennia, and celebrities — including Jason Momoa, Orlando Bloom, Chris Hemsworth and Shia LaBeouf — have been popularizing the man bun hairstyle in the past year.

But experts say that a new variant on this style, which is much tighter than the original messy look, may actually be contributing to hair loss.

“If they’re loose buns, it probably won’t be a major deal, but the more aggressive those buns get pulled, it can end up causing traction alopecia,” Ray Cox, founder of Essential Hair and Care, told The National Post.

Traction alopecia is hair loss caused by repeated pulling or constant tension on the hair roots. It is also seen in women who get weaves or use hairclips to pull their hair back too tightly.

According to Cox, the most damage is done along the hairline, where men often already experience receding due to aging and genetics.

Every year, about 800,000 people seek treatment for hair loss, and nine out of 10 men who are balding say that this condition is their number-one concern.

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Stylist Michael Levine says that he thinks one of the factors contributing to the tighter buns is that men are rushing to meet the trend without allowing their hair to sufficiently grow out. The “art of the man bun,” according to Levine, is allowing it to be loose and slightly disheveled.

He’s recommending that his clients be patient, use fewer styling products and embrace the slightly messy look.

But Levine also predicts that the trend may be on its way out soon, as the hipster scene becomes saturated with the look.

“I think we’re going to see a lot of really, really try-hard man buns over the next few months as people are transitioning into it,” he said, noting that trendsetters have been sporting the look for about four months.

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