For the first time since (we assume) the heyday of the foppish powdered wig, men care more about their hair than women do. At least, that's what we're taking away from this week's Google report on grooming and beauty trends. In 2015, there were about 6 percent more searches relating to men's hair than women's hair.
A big part of this was – you guessed it – the man bun. The style, controversial though it is, was one of the most popular (read: searched-for) of the past year. And if Google's graphs are to be believed (and really, who doesn't believe graphs), that popularity is still surging. It has a lot to do with celebrities who prefer the style, like Jared Leto, Leonardo DiCaprio (though he recently got a haircut), and sleeper hit Harry Styles, who's most often associated with it in searches.
So if you've been anxiously awaiting the man bun's demise, you're going to have to wait a while longer. Smart money says it'll still being going strong well into 2016, warnings of possible premature baldness be damned. We're living in a pre-post-peak-man-bun world, guys.
If you head on over to the West Coast, though, there's another hairstyle that's gaining steam, albeit more slow-and-steady than the man bun: the comb-over. No, we're not talking about Donald Trump's muppet-esqe head merkin. Instead, it seems to be Californian's preferred term for the standard side part. Strange choice of nomenclature, yes, but it's an easy, classic style. If it continues its rise into next year, we can't imagine many could take issue with that.
Which is perhaps not the case for the last major trend that Google uncovered: men coloring their hair gray or silver. It seems to be a matter of cross-pollination from the women's world, where the colors have also proven popular recently. And it's a less-pronounced trend than either of the hairstyles mentioned above. But still: Huh.
Well, in any case, it's better than a powdered wig.
This article was originally published on Esquire.com