So French, so chic! The top knot is an effortless hairstyle that always looks stylish. It’s quick and easy to do and an ideal way to hide less-than-perfect hair while still maintaining some fashion cred. The cool top knot sits high on the crown of your head, adding great height to your look. The top knot looks and holds best in second-day hair.
IDEAL HAIR LENGTH
HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?
Top knot buns are a fabulous base for all kinds of accessories. Headbands add instant detail to the front, and you can add flowers, scarves, or bows to accessorize the bun at the back.
Wear it messy for an effortless look, or try one of the variations of the top knot bun in this chapter for extra detail, such as the donut bun or braided bun.
Top : Photograph courtesy of Brooklyn Tweed. Hairstyling by Stephanie Gelot and Aine Vonnegut, photography by Jared Flood, modeling by Aine Vonnegut.
Bottom left : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Alison Titus.
Bottom right : Photograph courtesy of Plum Pretty Sugar. Hairstyling by Makeup 1011 and Katie M, photography by Marisa Holmes.
HOW TO GET IT TOP KNOT BUN
WHAT YOU NEED
- Hair elastic
- Bobby pins or hairpins
- Hairspray (optional)
1). Brush your hair and gather it up into a high ponytail. Secure with a strong elastic.
2). Loosely twist your hair and then loop it around the base of the ponytail. If you have long hair, you may need to loop it around twice, but don’t pull your hair too tight, because you want the bun to be a little loose.
3). Secure the base of the bun with bobby pins or hairpins.
4). If required, finish with a spritz of hairspray to hold any flyaways and loose pieces of hair.
TOP TIP : You need only four bobby pins to secure the bun—one at both the front and back and one at each side. If your hair is thick, use hairpins to pin the bun in place instead. Don’t try to be too precise with top knots—if they’re too tight, they can give you a headache, and remember, you still want to look effortless.
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