Your Man Buns Are Going To Make You Go Bald ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Is there a man bun in your life? Is it fluffy and full or weak and shitty atop the head of a man you care about? Is there one that bobs in front of you on the way to the subway every morning? Do you dream about taking a pair of nail scissors out of your bag and liberating it from his scalp? Never fear, the buns themselves will take care of that for you.
According to Sabra Sullivan, a dermatologist Mic interviewed, excessive reliance on man buns can cause traction alopecia, which leads to baldness, scarring and a hairline that’s making a run for it towards the back of your head, moving across your skull like a changing tide.
“They’re putting traction on the hair follicles that the hair is not really meant to take,” Sullivan said, adding the behavior could lead to follicle death plus permanent scarring. “Traction alopecia in men is becoming more common,” she said and agreed that man buns were at least partly to blame.
It’s like this: if you pull your hair back super-tight all the time, that puts stress on your hair follicles up front. They get mad, and then the die, which means that no hair will grow from them. When a man bun enthusiast whips his hair into that tousled up-do, pulling extra tight to make sure his shit won’t fall out during that super-intense Bikram sesh, he’s stressing out the very thing that allows him to maintain this look.
Chill, bros. Relax. Consider loosening the reins on your updo. Save your hair. A man bun is boring, but a man bun on a man who’s balding up front is way way worse. Don’t let that be you. [Mic]