Real talk: Top knots aren’t goin’ anywhere. Rock the trend like these rad street stylers with pro tricks from celebrity stylist Jen Atkin.
If you’re a serial top knotter, no need to hide your addiction anymore. Perfectly messy buns and sleek, sophisticated top knots (and pretty much everything in between) continue to make their way onto Instagram feeds and black tie best-tressed lists. We asked celebrity hair stylist Jen Atkin how to steal the street style in a way that’s more now than ’90s.
CLEAN. “There are so many ways to create a top knot that looks chic and polished,” Atkin says. And you don’t need a red carpet invite to rock the style. DIY with Atkin’s cleaner, glammed up spin:
- Use a hair gel (I use Kerastase) to comb the hair super slick and sleek into a pony at the crown of your head.
- Run more gel through the length of the pony.
- Then literally create a knot with the hair, tucking the ends underneath with a bobby pin.
MESSY. Formerly reserved for spinning class and lazy Saturdays, this carefree look is often spotted on models and fashionistas who take effortlessly chic to a whole new level. “”The messy topknot is quickly becoming a more accepted hairstyle as 90’s inspiration continues to flourish,” Atkin says. Here’s how Atkin gets the look:
- Prep hair with a texture spray (I use Oribe Dry Texture Spray) then loosely gather hair, securing with a bungee elastic.
- Twist the hair and pin into a knot, then use your fingers to stretch and pull pony the sides of the bun for more oomph.
- Again use your fingers to release any baby hairs around the hairline.
HALF-AND-HALF. Consider this your hair’s version of “it’s complicated.” Half of you is committed to the style, the other half isn’t. This can look like gorgeous, long hair with a bun on top or it can be any variation in between up and down — you’ll have to work with the style to see what combination for you. “It’s also fun to play around with the half-up version for more variations of the look,” Atkin says. “Experiment with how much hair you pull up and where it falls on your head to find the spot that is most flattering for your face shape.”
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