Man Bun Monday is a popular social media account that capitalized on the viral male hair trend of: THE MAN BUN. Created by California native, Taylor Franklin, the Instagram page has garnered almost 200k followers.
See below for my post + exclusive interview with the hilarious and dedicated mastermind behind Man Bun Monday.
The Brains Behind Man Bun Monday
The “Man Bun” doesn’t appear to be going anywhere soon. From bohemian surfers on long boards to Oscar-winning actors on red carpets, this hair trend continues to thrive. The Man Bun is a tidy, pulled-back solution for men with long hair. The result is an effortlessly casual, yet practical, style for the urban hipster.
This male hair trend has become so popular that it has spawned a social media frenzy with accounts dedicated to showcasing the best Man Buns - from celebrities to the every man. The hashtag #TheManBun went viral across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook after the 2014 Golden Globes where Jared Leto brought the laid-back trend to Hollywood. The Man Bun Monday (@manbunmonday) Instagram account is one of the most popular pages, with over 160,000 followers (at time of publication). The feed consists of daily man bun photos to please the masses who just can’t seem to get enough of the hair-raising phenomenon.
Taylor Franklin, the mastermind behind Man Bun Monday, first started posting photos of man buns on her personal account after her ex-boyfriend began sporting the style. Initially, she was repulsed by the trend, "I thought eww, his hair was so long and annoying. I wanted him to cut it off," she says.
After seeing celebrities, such as Charlie Hunnam and Orlando Bloom, pulling back their long hair, “I started becoming obsessed. Some of my friends were weirded out but I knew there must be others who loved man buns too,” Franklin says.
Playing off of the social media hashtag #mancrushmondays, Franklin altered it to #manbunmonday and received such an overwhelming response that she created her own page. What started as a fun sharing platform with her friends took off by word of mouth. “I never expected it to generate such a strong response from girls, guys, young and old – everyone loves the man bun!” she says.
Franklin started searching for man bun inspiration photos on Pinterest and Google but now receives requests via e-mail and social media daily from people who want to be featured on the page. "It gets overwhelming sometimes,” she says.
Despite the popularity of her page, what some people might not realize is that Franklin is still a full-time college student and part-time retail worker. She doesn’t get paid to run Man Bun Monday. As for future plans, she's considered creating T-Shirts, a man bun calendar or even man bun hair ties, but Franklin is very clear in her vision; “I want it to always be a fun hobby! I don't want to be that person who is doing something to get a reaction out of people, or always has to get something in return. I do all things because I want to and wouldn't have started and continued it if it wasn't fun for me," she says.
By: Louise Johnson
Q&A with Taylor Franklin
1.) How did you come up with the idea for Man Bun Monday?
Well, I originally I began posting man buns awhile ago on my personal Instagram account. At the time, a guy I was dating had longer hair and I thought "eww your hair is so long and annoying, you need to cut it off." Eventually we broke up (because of other reasons), then I started seeing him out wearing a man bun. I don't know what it was, but his man bun was so hot, that I wanted him back!
Some of my friends were weirded out, but others loved the manbuns too. I started becoming obsessed and made it into like a real thing where each Monday instead of one picture of a guy, I would post one in the morning, afternoon, and at night and came up with the hash tag #manbunmonday.
After awhile, I started feeling like my man buns were taking over my personal account, so I started asking friends if I should start a separate account for man buns only, and they all agreed. So, from there I came up with the account name Manbunmonday and started things off slowly; but now, I don't know if "slow" is in the pages vocabulary.
2) Why do you think man buns are so popular / trendy these days ?
I think they're popular because lets be honest, the guys are uncontrollably hot!! I also think as far as styling, it's just easy to do. You just grab your pony tail, wrap it around and BUN THAT THING...simple as that! Also, I think the idea of guys growing their hair out is popular right now. Buzz cuts are so average, whereas long hair gives a more sexy and suave look (as long as you're regularly washing it of course).
As far as popularity, I think celebrity men have a lot to do with it too. These hot actors are sporting their buns more now then ever! Movies like Twilight, Troy, Thor, heck even Tarzan have helped shaped the way we look at men's hair and have captured many girls hearts, eyes, and hormones along the way, making man buns just so hot!!!
3) Did you expect the reaction to be so immediate and successful?
I never in a million years thought that the page would generate such a strong liking from everyone! Girls, guys, young, old, everyone loves it. I even say to people how it was meant to be just something fun between my friends and I, and then it just kind of took off by word of mouth.
I'm still shocked that little ol' me has 60K followers, it makes me so happy!
4) How do you stumble upon these glorious man buns? Do people send you submissions? Are there blogs or instagram feeds you follow?
I used to find them by searching man buns on Pinterest and Google, then moved on to searching through the hash tag "#manbuns" and would find some fine bun cuties. Now, I still do those same things, but also because I've added my email in my bio (thinking nothing of it at first) I receive at least 12 emails a day, 10 tagged photos, and between 20-30 direct instagram messages request from man bun guys, friends and girlfriends of man bun guys who want to be featured on the page. Its gets overwhelming sometimes.
5) What is the best way for people to submit photos of dreamy man buns to you?
I think the best way is to submit a good photo is through my email. That way you know I'll definitely get it and I can respond in a proper manner!
6) Have you ever received anything inappropriate or bizarre?
From time to time, I do receive weird direct messages or angry messages from the people who just think I have all the time in the world to just be at home and answer all their messages right away, which unfortunately is not true. I'm a full time college student and part time retail worker who replys as quickly as I can, but for some people that's not enough. Just today I received a message with a picture that wasn't that clear with the message "post this" attached. I glanced at it, and kept on with other messages then realized the guy wrote back on that photo saying "is this picture not good enough for you?" Like what? It just gets hectic and uncalled for sometimes.
As far as inappropriate pics, aaaah yeah, lets just say sometimes pictures titled "buns" aren't always hair buns......
7) Who’s the “ultimate man bun monday” and why?
Oh gosh, that's a tough one! I don't think I have just one because there are more choices than a 31 flavors ice cream shop.
Ah but if I had to choose one guy, right now, it would have to be soccer player Graham Zusi. Good God, im melting thinking about how hot he is. His dark hair, his athleticism, his 5 o'clock shadow, and his smile! Oh my gosh, he's my ultimate 'bundaddy' for the time being, I love him. He just seems like the sweetest guy, win or lose, bun or no bun!
8) Do you have any future plans for manbunmonday or is this more of just a fun hobby on the side?
Future plans for the page, well I want to be clear in saying, I want it to always be a fun hobby! I dont want to be that person who is just doing something to get a reaction out of people, or always has to get something in return. I do all things because I want to and wouldn't have started and continued it if it wasn't fun for me, so that's that.
But lately, I have been told that I should make some t-shirts (which I like the idea of), possibly a man bun calendar, and even man bun hair ties (which I think is cute). I love the T-shirt idea! I have all these cute bun sayings that I think about using and would like to pursue, but give me a little time and they'll be here!!