11 Awesome Man Bun Hairstyles With a Fade

The man bun fade, patronized by expert barbers and contemporary men, combines the dapper pre-2000s look of a sleek, tamed hair and the modern style of sharp and shaved sides for a stand-out finish. Man bun hairstyles have gained popularity and adding a fade has become a hot trend.

Faded sides and back allow you to wear a bun without all the messy feels of hair touching your ears and nape. It offers a cool, neat look that can enhance your strong facial features and angles, plus the complete freedom to style your long top mane any way you prefer.

Give spirit into your basic bun by getting a fade that will definitely perk up your long hair game by giving it striking contrast and attention. Regular maintenance is essential if you want to keep it clean and stylish for a longer time. Some fades to consider: taper, skin/bald, burst and each of those can be high, mid or low. You’ll find plenty of examples below.

The photos below features the best man bun fade hairstyles you’ll find right now and is exactly what you need to add a serious masculine edge to your style!

Man Bun Fade with Cornrows

Cornrows man bun with a fade
Instagram @jasmingotyou_

This braided pattern will surely turn heads around, asking how you rock this style without effort. Look incredibly fashionable and hip with this impressive look.

With a Low Fade

bun with a low fade
Instagram @amazing_cuts_color

Look dapper with this cut! On simple straight hair, a man bun looks rustic and effortless.

With a Fade Design

bun with a fade design
Instagram @babz_da_barber

Sport your natural hair with an intricate artwork that will keep you looking hip and always ready to party.

With a Beard Fade

hairstyle with a beard fade
Instagram @blendzmasterbarber30

Upgrade your style with a hip textured up top man bun fade hairstyle. Showcase it all in a sharp fading graduated to your temple and densely going down to your chin. Having a bun and beard has gained lots of followers for man bun hairstyles.

Top Knot with a Fade

Top knot with a fade
Instagram @ezesouzas

Get that super cool samurai vibe with this hipster style that’s sharp as a blade.

Bun Hairstyle With an Undercut Fade

undercut fade
Instagram @kimberlycolorist_

This style takes braiding to the next level! These skin tight braids creating a halo around your top result into this crisp look.

Bun With a Skin Fade

skin bun fade
Instagram @barberjhiggins

This modern styling pairs well with a warm brown hair. These shaved sides are ideal for a more put-together everyday look.

With a High Bun Fade

bun hairstyle high fade
Instagram @oliver.tv

It’s a definite head-turner on your night out when you walk in with a light hair to go with that sexy and messy man bun with cool shaved sides.

With a Taper Fade

With a Taper Fade
Instagram @gradeadre

Q&A with style creator, Andre Clark
Licensed Barber @ Grade A Dre in Greensboro, NC

How would you describe this look?

This look is trendy. It gives a kind of an edgy look. The greatest thing about it would have to be the taper. It makes the haircut pop.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The only advice I have is when you’re ready for this look, come see me. I’ll take care of you!

Braided Man Bun

Braided Bun
Instagram @yaasssriah

Q&A with style creator, Mariah Lenox
Licensed Cosmetologist @ Sola Salons in Arlington, TX


How would you describe this look?

This look is a braided man bun. The coolest thing about this look is the pattern I used to braid it. It adds a free-flowing feel to the overall look. You can dress up or down with this style.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For this look, the most important advice I can give to a client is to oil their scalp regularly and to wrap their hair up at night. Oiling the scalp will keep their hair growing while in this protective style. Wrapping the hair at night will preserve the style so they can wear it longer.

With a Bald Fade

With a Bald Fade
Instagram @drewcutyou

Q&A with style creator, Andrew Milani
Licensed Barber @ Hairworks Salon & Barber in American Canyon, CA


How would you describe this look?

This haircut is a simple medium bald fade with a bun. The fade is completely disconnected from the bun which makes it extremely simple to do. It’s the best of both worlds. A clean sharp fade and beard lineup with long messy hair on top. Beards have been popular with man bun hairstyles.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This man bun fade hairstyle is perfect for those wanting long hair but doesn’t want the hassle of having to style it all the time. It’s really low maintenance. Just throw it in a bun and go. If you are considering this look I would suggest growing the hair on top long enough to tie up before disconnecting from the side. This will prevent you from having to deal with a disconnected hairstyle until the hair is long enough to tie up. This style can also be worn with tapered neck and sideburns if you haven’t yet committed to a skin fade.