Top Knots: You're the Tops
By now you’ve mastered the messy bun and the sock bun, so switch things up by adding the top knot into your updo arsenal. Perfect for when it’s just too hot to break out the straightener or curling iron, and a great solution for days when you’re short on time but still want to look cute. Celebs have been sporting the top knot everywhere from high profile events like Jessica Alba at Paris Fashion Week, to casual shopping trips like Vanessa Hudgens in LA.
There’s really no wrong way to do a top knot, which makes it perfect for hairstyle novices. Just secure the hair in a high ponytail towards the crown of your head, then tie the ponytail into one big knot (or separate into two sections, knotting together), and pin any stray pieces.
You can go the messy, texturized route like AnnaSophia Robb, by using a thickening or texturizing spray such as TIGI S Factor’s Body Booster Plumping Spray, or Redken’s Body Full Volume Amplifier. You can also create a slick knot, à la Jennifer Lopez, by tightly combing the hair back with gel, such as Redken’s Hardwear 16 Super Strong Sculpting Gel, and finishing with a strong hold hairspray like Bed Head’s Hard Head Hard Hold Hairspray.
Once you’ve mastered the basics, try playing around with braiding sections into the bun, or accessorizing with a headband like Rachel McAdams; the possibilities are endless!