Three Steps To A Great Messy Top Knot




Red lips, a tinge of mascara, tamed brows, a messy top knot and fifteen minutes later, this brandista is ready to roll. Since I started rocking a messy bun two years ago, it quickly earned its way as my favorite go-to hairstyles. Whether I’m headed to a long day at the office, happy hour with the girls or an intimate dinner with my love, the messy bun is my no-fuss go-to.

I admit, although I’ve perfected the messy bun in ten minutes flat, it wasn’t always so easy for me achieve the perfectly unpolished hair look. And, no two knots are the same! Still, I’m taking full advantage of spending less time on my hair, and more getting sh%t done.  Oh, and if you think it’s passe, think again, the runways from New York to Paris continued to wow with several messy variations of the messy bun this fall.

Take it from me, it’s an easy, fun and stress-free hair look.

In preparation for your messy top knot round-up following:

  • A coated rubber band
  • Bobby pins
  • Holding pomade or light styling cream
  • Hairspray
  • Brush

First, apply a light styling cream or about a dime size amount of pomade and brush it through the crown of your hair.  Gather your hair into a ponytail at the crown, being mindful that as you get to the last loop of the rubber band, you’ll be keeping the ends of your hair out to tuck at the base of your ponytail. Once my hair is secured in the ponytail, prior to the last rubber band loop, I use my free hand to wrap the hair around it. It makes the ball part larger and gives me more flexibility to form it.

Now, grab a few bobby pins to tuck and pin the loose ends around the pony. Use your hairspray to hold the hair in place and give a final brushing to add extra hold around your edges.

Finally, with the bun neatly in place, funk it to your liking. Yes, strategically tousling up and fluffy out parts of the bun to create your messy look.  Loosen the ball and fringe out the shorter hairs. Let your mood dictate how messy to go, play with to your liking.  If you want more polished edges, brush in a tad of pomade on your edges and voila. Set your top knot with another shot of hairspray to give it a nice hold. And, just like that, you’re ready for makeup.



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