First and foremost, I hate to be the one to break it to you, but man buns are making you bald. And now, they'll get your ass banned from campus. The Cut brought to our attention that BYU-Idaho has placed a ban on the man bun on its Rexburg, Idaho campus. First reported by none other than the university's school paper, Scroll, the college's honor office dropped the hammer of justice on the "hairstyle commonly known as the 'man-bun'" about 10 days ago. Since it takes some time for news to really get out of Idaho, we've only just found out.
Of course, this is an Idaho affiliate of Brigham Young University, founded and associated deeply with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so that should help add a little context into the equation. The school already had some rules regarding "extreme hairstyles" in its Honor Code as Kevin Miyasaki, Student Services & Activities Vice President said, "As part of the dress and grooming code, we commit to avoid extreme hairstyles. A 'man-bun' would be considered not consistent with this standard." In fact, it specifically lays out the rules saying that hair should be "clean and neat, avoiding extreme styles or colors and trimmed above the collar leaving the ear uncovered."
While I wouldn't classify the man bun as an "extreme" hairstyle by any stretch, different strokes for different folks especially when those folks are Mormon, ya know? And, like, I don't think anyone is complaining about this particular ban. If anything, it's light years ahead of its time, banishing something incredibly wack at the perfect time. Unfortunately, we're now running the chance that this ban is going to spawn a bunch of people who think that growing a man bun is actually cool and rebellious and that is certainly the last thing we fucking need right now.