According to Google Trends, the phrase "man bun" did not exist in the the tech mammoth's servers until September 2007. Its first stirring as a cultural phenomenon came on Jan. 25, 2012, when no less than The New York Times turned its gray gaze to the Hotel Delmano in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where bartenders Sam Anderson and Michaelangelo Davis III were mixing drinks and sporting buns.
Still, it would take another two years for Jared Leto to birth the bun into the mainstream. As MTV News crowed on Jan. 13, 2014: "All Hail Jared Leto's Man Bun, the Androgynous Hair Trend of 2014."
By October 2014 the term began its jagged ascent, fueled in part by Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington (see him "rock a sweet man bun and play tennis for HBO," the SeattlePI enticed us) and Peter Dinklage (who, the Huffington Post observed, "subtly [made] the man bun go formal").
Which brings us to today, when even those who lack the hair can take part in the bun fun. Groupon is offering the clip-in man bun for $9.99 until the end of November. It is exactly as one might imagine: a bun-shaped wig 3 inches in diameter that can be perched atop the flyest of pates. It's available in black, brown or blonde and is the best way to be on fleek without risking traction alopecia.