Bad News, Hipsters: Your Man Buns Are Making You Bald

Are man buns Bro or not Bro? Like… technically it’s just some wicked sick flow tied up in the back. Yet common consensus is “hell no” because they were adopted by the hipsters first, but whatever — Bros do what they want.

But there’s bad news if you are a fair trade coffee barista with a man bun who wants a full head of hair later in life. It could make you bald!

Jon Levine over at Mic reached out to a dermatologist to talk about how man buns can cause acute baldness from the hair being pulled too tight. It’s called “Traction alopecia”and it use to be a problem for women who pulled their hair too tight, but now it’s becoming a thing for the farmers market man bun set. Via MIC:

“It’s really, really common,” Jackson, Mississippi, dermatologist Sabra Sullivan told Mic. “I see it probably once or twice a week.” The condition, which causes acute baldness around the forehead and temples, is a direct result of hairstyles that pull the hair over long periods of time.

“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.

Here’s a fun graphic I found illustrating what it does to your hair:

But good news! Like — better than getting your artisan organic kombucha into Whole Foods!

“There are lots of men who wear man buns and don’t get traction alopecia. The idea is not to pull so tight. You don’t want to have to go for hair transplants later.”

I think we can all agree that hair transplants are not Bro.

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