Friday, 2 May 2014

The Top Knot // How To

Some days I like to have long, flowing princess tresses, but some days nothing does it like a messy top knot. There's something quite chic about this hairstyle when worn with the right clothes, but it still manages to give off that 'messy hair, don't care' kind of vibe. Unfortunately it can be tricky to pull off this type of hair look when you have very fine hair, but I have finally found a way to pull it off without looking like I am a four year old (I really hope...). So here's how I achieve the look without ruining my hair too much.

You will need:
  • Tenish hair grips
  • One hair band
  • Hair brush
  • Dry shampoo
  • Thickening spray (optional)
  • Hairspray (optional)

Start off with hair that hasn't been washed in a day or two. Hair with a bit of texture will hold the style better, so spritz through your hair with some dry shampoo. I'm using Batiste Original at the moment, which saves me from a bad hair day at least twice a week! If your hair is naturally quite flat like mine, then tease some of the front bits before smoothing over and pulling into a ponytail right on the top of your head.

To add further texture and oomph to the part that will turn into my top knot I spray some Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray and scrunch my hair a bit in my hands. For even more volume you can gently backcomb your hair at this point too. Just be prepared for a few tricky tangles later on! Now it's time for the knot. I split my pony tail into two, and literally tie one half into a knot. Use a couple of clips to pin this into place, and then wind the second half around it in a messy fashion - interpret that as you will. Once the two parts are secured, feel free to tug at various bits of hair to make the knot appear bigger and even more untidy, popping around five more clips around the knot in various places to hold everything in place. I also like to gently tug my hair surrounding the top knot to create more of a 'ploof', and sometimes I pull a few shorter bits out to frame my face. Finish off with a quick bit of hairspray if you think you'll need it.

And in less than ten minutes, you are good to go! I've been loving this on days when I just can't be bothered to wash my hair, or need my hair out of my face but don't want to make too much of an effort of have to be touching it up.

What's your favourite messy up-do?

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The London Turtle said...

Beautiful updo! Unfortunately my hair isn't long enough :(

Emily said...

Depending on how long your hair is, you can use the same technique but instead of tying a knot, pin your two sections of ponytail in a messy circular shape. I use the knot partly to get some of my length out of the way! Thanks for commenting :) x

The London Turtle said...

Great, thanks for the tip :) x

Linda said...

Looks amazing, I need to be a little more adventurous with my hair. I'm so bad at doing up-dos haha.

Emily said...

Thank you! So am I, but this has to be the easiest thing I've ever done to my hair :) x

Emma Connor said...

You make it look so easy! My hair would never look that good! Please also checl out my youtube channel! :) xx

Alice Yeh (翠雲葉) said...

I love this idea. Thank you so much for sharing even though I have no idea I will be able to pull it off as good as yours! I lack patience when it comes to hair ... But I definitely will give it a try!

Take a look at my blog!

Thanks! x

Emily said...

I definitely will, and thanks! I've always had such trouble in creating a cute up-do but this is the easiest thing I think I've ever done to it :) x

Emily said...

It honestly was, the hardest bit about it was trying to photograph it so that you could see what I was doing haha! And I will do, thanks :) x