Devastating news for the hipster community: Man buns may be causing men to lose their luxurious man hair, resulting in... DUN DUN DUUUN.... baldness. The horror!
Not since the revelation that sexy hipster beards are in fact filled with teeny tiny poop particles has men's hair faced such drama. But now a new controversy has come to chop of one of our most-loved hairy trends.
Dermatologist Sabra Sullivan alerted MIC to a growing epidemic; men losing their hair by repeatedly tying it up into a bun.
It's called traction alopecia, and is essentially caused by putting strain on your hair follicles. Constantly having your hair tied back or man bunn-ed causes tension on the hair itself, resulting in acute baldness around the hairline and temples.
"It's really, really common," says Sabra. "I see it probably once or twice a week. They're putting traction on the hair follicles that the hair is not really meant to take."
Obviously, this problem doesn't just apply to men and their man buns, but also to anyone who's always tying their hair. Traction alopecia can also be the result of too-tight weaves and braids.
So, is this the death of the man bun? Let us all cross our fingers and hope not. Sullivan reminds us all that the key to avoiding traction alopecia is to keep things a bit more laidback. Your hair, that is. Rather than slicking back hair into tight mini buns, perched atop their head, man bun fans should go for looser, more relaxed styles.
Make sure to occasionally give your hair a break and let it flow free and wild.
Warn your friends.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.