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Bad News for Man Buns

According to some dermatologists, man buns cause baldness. Thanks a lot, Jared Leto. In a few years, all the guys that were sporting their luscious manes will have receding hairlines.

A trend started by dashing celebrities such as Jared Leto, Chris Hemsworth, and Brad Pitt, man buns refer to the hip man’s new go-to hairdo of pulling their hair back into a knot. To many fangirls’ and hipsters’ dismay, however, dermatologists warn that this hairdo causes traction alopecia. According to dermatologist Sabra Sullivan, it’s a rather common condition that causes acute baldness around the forehead and temples.

“They’re putting traction on the hair follicles that the hair is not really meant to take…Traction alopecia in men is becoming more common…”

Researchers add that hair follicles aren’t made to handle such traction and that they won’t grow back once damaged.

Honestly, it seems safe to request scientists stop attempting to baby around the younger generation. We all know listening to music too loud will hurt our hearing and wearing 7-inch pumps will probably make women die as hunchbacks, but these are still very common sights.

Of course, pulling your hair back into a ridiculously tight bun can’t be good for the hair follicles. It would probably relocate your eyebrows and ears a few inches higher too. Our hair follicles can’t be that weak though. Just think of all the perfectionist ladies who managed to be the soccer champion, homecoming queen, and eventually, the CEO of a company, still with their full, gorgeous set of hair intact on their head and neatly tucked into a bun.

The moral of the story is that men are fairly new to tying their hair. They’re probably doing it wrong if they find a thick coil of hair clogging their shower every night. Just bun responsibly, and loosely, and you can support the trend for the entirety of its lifespan.

(H/T Mic)

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