Enter Details

Comment on stories, receive email newsletters & alerts.

This is your permanent identity for Business Insider Australia
Your email must be valid for account activation
Minimum of 8 standard keyboard characters


Email newsletters but will contain a brief summary of our top stories and news alerts.

Forgotten Password

Enter Details

Back to log in

Wearing a man bun can have this unwelcome side effect

Jared leto man bunGetty/Angela WeissThough he recently cut his hair for a role, Jared Leto was a fan of the man bun.

Science has a warning for guys who wear man buns: do it and you’re going to lose it.

When hair is pulled back into an overly tight style, it causes unnecessary strain on follicles, specifically on the front hairline, and can result in a condition called traction alopecia.

“They’re putting traction on the hair follicles that the hair is not really meant to take,” Dr. Sabra Sullivan, a dermatologist from Mississippi, told Mic. This pulling can cause hair follicle death and even scarring.

Dr. Sullivan adds that traction alopecia in men is becoming more common, and that hairstyles like the man bun should shoulder at least some of the blame.

Similarly tight hairstyles, like ponytails, can also cause the issue.

If you are going to wear the look, make sure to keep the bun loose, as it’s really the tightness of the style that causes traction alopecia, notes Dr. Sullivan.

NOW WATCH: Footage shows tourists captured by gunmen at a Philippine resort

NOW WATCH: Money & Markets videos

Want to read a more in-depth view on the trends influencing Australian business and the global economy? BI / Research is designed to help executives and industry leaders understand the major challenges and opportunities for industry, technology, strategy and the economy in the future. Sign up for free at