How to Style the Perfect Top Knot

by Madeleine Borgersen

Ever looked at a top-knot on the street or online and thought, definitely trying that tomorrow. Of course when you do it looks more creep than chic? Say no more and rock the perfect second-day hairstyle with these top tips!

How to Style the Perfect Top Knot

Gregory Harris for Vogue

Add Volume

Start with adding volume to your hair for the perfect placement and size. Add a volumising mousse to your hair and blow dry out in opposing directions to get that volume sky high.

Add Texture

Add some grip to your top knot with a hit of dry shampoo or texturising spray. Spray from 20cm away and let it sit for a few minutes to coat the strands. Smooth the hair without losing volume or texture with a soft bristle brush.

Bring It Up

Brush your hair upwards in all directions and fasten with an elastic at the top of your head, in line with your ears. If you don’t have much hair to work with add a filler like a hair donut or rolled sock (just cut off the toe and roll into a donut shape).

Tighten the ponytail and take one, two-centimetre piece and loosely wrap it around your elastic or bun filler, pinning into place. Take another piece next to the first and wrap again, following the step again and again around the full circle.

Spray it to Stay

Keep it sleek and polished or pinch out pieces of your newly formed bun for a more textured finish. Spray with a good coat of hairspray to keep it in place all day long.

Mix It Up

Now that you’re a top bun professional, mix it up by adding a braid, backcombing the pony for even more volume, curling the locks first or leaving it loose. Try top knotting half of your hair or move the bun to one side for a new look for every day of the week.


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