Messy bun

Inspired by this picture, we thought we’d share a guide on how you can create an effortless and gorgeous top knot, in just a few simple steps.

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You need some volume for a top knot

Always consider your base first. Wash your hair with a volumising shampoo and conditioner, like John Frieda’s Volume Shampoo and Conditioner. It thoroughly cleans your hair whilst leaving it soft, without weighing it down, and gives it that volume we need to create such a look.

Master your blow-dry

A blow-dry might take some time from the outset, but done right and you’ll not need to wash your hair for days as the effects are long lasting.

You can check out our step by step guide to mastering a professional blow dry but if you’re looking for quick results, blast your hair on a medium setting with your flipped over your forehead/upside down. Use your fingers as a comb to constantly direct the heat flow away from scalp to create volume and avoid painful knots.

Once the hair is approx. 80% dry, section off the top section and using a barreled, ceramic brush to lift the roots and blast with the hairdryer again.

Control flyaways 

The last thing you want is frizzy hair for this look. Tame flyaways with a serum like TIGI Joyride, which acts as both a volumiser and smoother. Do not apply to the roots otherwise this could cause the hair to flatten on your scalp, a BIG no, no for this style.

More volume please

Pull the hair into a ponytail. Use your fingers to gather the hair together, rather than using a brush- you want it to look more relaxed than taut. Secure the hair with a hair elastic.

We’re going to backcomb the ‘tail’ to give it more volume. First try with your fingers by holding the end of the pony up and running your fingers to the elastic. Using your fingers will save your hair split ends and allows you to fully control the volume. If you don’t think you’re getting enough volume, use a medium-toothed comb to get the desired volume.

Different ways to form your top knot

  • For a loose bun: loosely wrap the hair around the elastic, securing with bobby pins. You don’t want to use too many as it’ll look too tight.
  • Messy but not so tight: without using an elastic, create volume through the roots and ends by applying S Factor Volumising Spray (it’s a miracle hairspray), and using your fingers to backcomb (very effective, believe). Gather the hair into a pony and wrap about ‘the base’ of the pony. Secure at the back with bobby pins or use a claw clip if you want to accessorize.
  • If you don’t care about an exposed hairband: gather the hair into a pony. Using a hairband, catch the ponytail at the front and in the middle of the hair (this will vary depending on how much hair you have), wrap the headband around several times to secure. Pull out strands for a less rigid look.
  • For more inspiration on top knot styles, check out this Pinterest feed.

Hope this helps!

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