Kate Bosworth, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Waterhouse and more fabulous beauty trend-setters have rocked the top knot look of late and we’re keen to copy!
What is a top knot, you ask? Think of it as a high bun. Yes, that’s right, the bun is back. But it has returned in a much cooler form. The top knot doesn’t just sit on the back of your head like an apricot strudel; it announces itself to the world perched atop your crown like a grand peacock.
But let’s not get carried away! How can you work this trend into your everyday beauty routine? Use it to add a bit of glam to your Saturday night outfit, or give it a go for work.
Not sure you can pull it off? Of course you can! The style is flattering because it allows your eyes to shine and it gives you a mini facelift (if you pull it tight enough!)
To help you get it right, we asked celebrity hair stylist Brad Ngata from Brad Ngata Hair Direction to fill us in on the where, what and how!
What’s the inspiration?
“It’s the result of the ‘effortless chic’ revolution,” says Brad. “The look is being heroed by cool NYC-style models, such as Erin Wasson, who give off the “I’m too cool to do my hair” vibe but still manage to always look fabulous. Since its arrival, we’ve seen varied forms on the runways of everyone from Marc Jacobs to Gucci.”
How do you achieve a top knot?
“The trick to getting the look right all has to do with the texture of your hair at the starting point,” explains Brad. “I would recommend using style foam blasted into damp hair. Once it is dry, use a sea salt spray at the root for extra grip.
Whip your hair up into a high pony and secure with an elastic band. Wrap hair around the elastic and hold with bobby pins.
Once it is secure, pull some strands out to make it look modern, cool and relaxed. Finally, give it a light misting of hairspray for extra hold.”
What face shape does it suit?
“The best face shape is oval because the position of the top knot is ideal at the crown and the eye is drawn upward elongating the neck but I’m always an advocate for everyone giving new trends a go,” says Brad.