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blogger Mary Seng with her hair up in a top knot

How To Do A Messy Topknot

Much like last year’s ‘no makeup makeup’ trend, the messy top knot continues to shake up our style. Influenced by the ethos of the timeless and effortless-looking French chignon, but with a dose of cool-girl, couldn't-care-less charm, the top knot is deliberately scruffy and surprisingly sexy. 

But here's the best part: unlike the 'no makeup makeup' look, the thrown-up top knot actually doesn’t require a huge amount of effort or skill. Favoured by those who like their locks to be styled in a matter of minutes (hey, no judgement here!), this easy up do is a great solution for day-old hair. And from supermodels to bloggers, it seems everyone is a fan.

Perhaps one of our favourite reasons to champion the top knot is because these messy buns are so versatile: dressed down with your love-worn denim or done up with added polish for evening, this look can take you from day to night with ease. As Happily Grey blogger Mary Seng says, "They’re fresh and young. Wear in the day, casually, with ripped denim, and you can switch into your little black dress for the night." A girl after our own heart, indeed.

So, how do you create this effortlessly chic look? We asked Tyler Laswell, TRESemmé New York Fashion Week stylist, to take us through the process step-by-step. Just follow the five easy tips below to perfect your top knot skills.

Step 1: Start by prepping your hair. You want to be working with hair that has a bit of texture, so if yours is freshly washed, you’ll need to add product for added grip. We recommend TRESemmé TRES Two Extra-Firm Control Mousse.

Step 2: Create a ponytail and position it high on your head. Tip: follow the line of your cheekbones for the best placement. Once you secure your ponytail, add the mousse to your lengths, avoiding the hair on your scalp. Rough dry the mousse into your pony with a blow-dryer, using your fingers to tease it to create volume and texture. You can also use a teasing comb to gently backcomb if needed.

Step 3: Take the ponytail and wrap it loosely around the base, pinning and teasing as you go.

Step 4: Tuck the end under the bun and tease out some extra curls and waves to frame your face for a soft finish.

Step 5: For added control, use an extra light spray to set the look in place while maintaining your perfectly undone look.

Et voila! An effortlessly chic top knot - both for day or night.


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