September 15, 2011

How To: The Top Knot

The top knot, or messy bun, is a great hair style when you don't have a lot of time, but want some style, and it always looks classic.  It works best for the gals with longer hair, but shorter haired gals, need not to worry.  Here's how to achieve the look: 

1.  Start with a smooth pony tail, high on the top of your head.  Secure with an elastic hair band.
2.  Take a small comb and tease or back comb small sections of your hair, working from the roots to the ends, to create fullness.  The point of a top knot is to have height. 
3.  Repeat step two until all of the ponytail hair has been teased.  If you have time, you can also curl it with a curling iron.
4.  If you want your pony tail to have some looseness, gently pull the hair around the pony tail holder loose, at the top, sides and back of head.
5.  Gently brush the teased hair to smooth it out slightly.  Make sure however, to not brush out the tease.
6.  Gather the hair in the form of a bun and wrap the hair around your pony tail holder in a clockwise direction.  You do not need to twist, just wrap. 
7.  You can adjust the top knot for width and volume here.  Secure with several bobby pins at the base to keep the bun in place.
8.  Throw some hair spray in there and you've got your bun, hun!  I like to top it off with a cute pair of earrings to draw attention to your face.


Nikki said...

I enjoyed this giveaway. My heair is very wild, if you get me, and even step 1 won't go! so, so frustrating to get a ponytail without bobbles! x

Gertrude said...

Thanks for sharing!! And wow you look so cute in these pictures :) xo

Gentri said...

This is one of my favorite and go-to hairdos. Love it!

Amy said...

I love this look and wear it all of the boss always looks at me funny when I do though and then tells me I have Utah hair? What? I don't even live in Utah...anymore anyway.

Dani said...

love the messy bun!!!

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

great tutorial! i love the high bun :) xo

Jessica Gitler said...

very cute, love this look and I use it all the time, so easy and quick! great little tutorial!

London said...

This is stunning on you and I cannot wait for my hair to be long enough so I can pull it off!

Whitney said...

I'm actually wearing my hair like that today. I wore it like that yesterday as well. Love it!

It's A Love Story said...

cute cant wait to try!

Abbey said...

Love this tutorial! Going to try it today!

Victoria Gayle said...

That blouse! I MUST know where it is from ;)

Ly said...

I love the top knot. It's so simple yet chic.

Amy @ amy day to day said...

great tutorial! i have been wanting to try this, but you spelled it out wonderfully. thanks!

amy day to day

Stesha said...

your so cute!! love this.

silvergirl said...

i love this look and have never teased my hair so much in my life for this style lol
love the placement of your bun

Fash Boulevard said...

so cute. perfect in every way. for sure trying this over the weekend. thank you so much for sharing. if you get a second I'd love to hear what you think about my latest outfit post. thanks love. xoxo

Viktoriya -On A Diet 'Till Lunch said...

Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing! Love your blouse!

C & M said...

thank you sososo much for showing this!! i've always wanted to know! :D

Taylor Morgan said...

I always love your how to's! and I love the top knot and it is good for girls with long hair BUT mine is getting SO long it's getting harder to do this cause I feel like I have to much hair for it :/

Married...with a Pup said...

Thanks so much! Your tutorials are always so good!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

cute and i love that top!

rach+drew said...

I love the hair and your blouse!

Cassandra said...

I love this! I am definitely going to bookmark this and try it out once my hair *finally* grows out.

Karli. said...

I love this post! thanks for sharing :) I am going to try this out!

Nicole said...

Great how to- post! Thanks for sharing!

Kisses from HK,

Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

Great tutorial! I love top knots :) Photo #3 is priceless :D

Have a great weekend!


Fashion Fractions

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Leah said...

Greatest DIY ever! I have to try this asap. Have a great weekend.

xo L.

hello, Friday said...

Thanks for an awesome tutorial! xoxo

Anonymous said...

you look so different than you used to - but it's good either way! the brunette looks good. Did you get a tiny nose job? If so, it's a good one.

Lindsay said...

LOVE IT!!!! I am so tryign that!!! :) :)
Love your blouse!!! Wheres it from?

Anna of IHOD said...

Gorgeous! I do mine very similar. Need a brush like that! :)

DelbaMé said...

Though I think my brush would get stuck in my curls if I tried this, You look gorgeous and I love this look.


Rachael said...

My hair might still be a little too short for that! But love the look of it!

Julia said...

I just found your blog and I love it! You are so beautiful and I love your style. Can't wait to keep reading.

xo Julia

Katie.Daily said...

thanks for showing this! i always have a hard time with my hair but this could make nasty hair look good! :)

Melissa said...

Thanks for posting this! Can't wait to try it!

Ana said...

I love putting my hair into buns and this looks very chic. Not to mention a great option for the California heat waves weather...

Its all Greek to me said...

Tried that. After Step No. 3 it all went ugly :)('80s looked good comparing to my hair mess)
I'll stick with pony tail. Less painful :)))

The WholeFamDamily said...

i adore your earrings!! and i have tried this topknot before, i need to do it again, it's so easy and versatile, so cute!


Alycia said...

In step 6 where you say to "gather the hair in the form of a bun and wrap...", I'm wondering if you mean you make a bubble of hair at the base of the ponytail and then wrap the rest of your hair around the base to secure it or do you just start wrapping your hair in a clockwise direction around the ponytail holder? Clarification would be appreciated :)

J.Lynn said...

Sorry I'm commenting like crazy, but just tried this and it's so quick and easy and super cute! Thanks girl!

Bridget said...

dammit, why did i just cut my hair?!

kristanlynn @ adelynSTONE said...

ah. thanks so much for this! totally doing it tomorrow!

your newest follower from the Creatives FB group.


Mindy M. Harris said...

u r gorgeous! found your awesome blog through the facebook creatives group. and am your newest follower!

L.A. in the bay said...

just found your blog. First off, you are absolutely gorgeous. Second, I love your blog!

beccafish said...

I love this hair style, and want to do it for my wedding next year. But i have short hair and don't know if it'll grow out long enough to do something like this. Do you have any suggestions? Would extensions be something I should look into??

Priya said...

I love that picture with your teased ponytail, haha! Great tutorial, and you are gorgeous!!

Hannah said...

OMG, just found this and I literally just tried a top knot. I've NEVER been able to do it before. Great tutorial!

Tania S said...

I love this post, an adorably cute hairdo that can be worn dressy or casual.

Definitely eFashionista approved!

Mandi411 said...

Great tutorial! I guess everyone does the top knot differently. When I first wore the knot, I didn't put it in a pony first. I put it in a pony last. Your way might be easier. said...

It's Gorgeous! It's so easy to do, and natural looking! So many thanks, I became just browsing in some places but got to learn this post.
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Victoria said...

I struggle to get a nice topknot like this! You look gorgeous! x

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