No Brainer Top Knot DIY, How to Tutorial

How to Get the Perfect Chic Top Knot in 6 Easy Steps

A chic top knot is a classic look which works for elegant, formal occasions, the office, and everyday life. You can vary the basic style with different products and accessories. Depending on how you wear it, a top knot can be understated or dramatic. Top knots are an easy option for long or shoulder-length straight hair. Short, thin hair or curly hair is a little trickier to work with, but can still look lovely in a chic top knot.

The Basics

A basic top knot couldn’t be simpler to create.

Step 1: First, brush out your hair.

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Step 2: Next, gather your hair into a high ponytail, brushing the hair upwards all around your hairline.

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Step 3: Secure the ponytail with a hair-tie in a color close to your own hair.

Step 4: Divide your hair into two sections, then wrap these around each other, working in a circle around the base of the ponytail. Wind in the same direction, tucking in any loose hair as you go.

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Step 5: Secure the top knot with hairpins.

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Step 6: Finish the knot with a generous application of hairspray to keep the style looking neat and elegant. This is especially important if you have a lot of baby-hairs that are apt to work themselves free.

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Curly Hair

Start by taming your curls with plenty of smoothing hair mousse. Make sure you apply the mousse through your hair’s full length. Brush your hair upwards into a high ponytail. Secure it firmly at the base, then braid it and secure the end with another hair-tie. Twist the braid into a bun, tucking in the end for a neater look. Pin the top knot into place, and finish with a firm-hold hairspray.

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Short or Thin Hair

Shorter or thinner hair may need a little extra help to create a top knot. Back-combing your hair at the ponytail stage can create volume, but you may also wish to add a piece of synthetic hair for a fuller look. This can be secured at the base of the ponytail. If you find that the shorter layers of hair at the back and sides of your head are escaping from your top knot, you can roll these into a flat French twist in the back of your head.

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Flatter Your Face

Unlike some hairstyles, top knots can flatter many different facial types. The secret is in getting the details right.

Round face: A top knot can really help to elongate a round face. To maximize the effect, keep the style as sleek as possible. Use a high-gloss product for an elegant effect.

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Square face: Instead of brushing every part of the hairline upwards, leave a little of the hair loose at the sides of your face. Arrange these into tendrils that will soften your jaw line.

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Long face: To avoid adding unnecessary extra height, keep the knot very flat on top of your head.

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Whenever you need an elegant hairstyle that’s easy to create, a chic top knot is a quick, practical solution. With a little practice, you can create one in a few minutes.

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