Sleek Top Knot Prep
For straight or wavy strands, wet the hair at the roots and use a soft-bristle brush while blowdrying from roots to mid-shaft so strands are perfectly smoothed out when gathering them into the pony. This is a great second-day style for curly hair that has been blown out or straightened! If you have trouble with bumps, the soft bristle brush should always be your go-to for smoothing.
Textured Top Knot Prep
For straight or wavy strands, after a quick blowdry, wrap small, random sections of hair on the top of the head around a 3/4-inch iron to give it texture. This can be done quickly and imperfectly since the goal is to add a little extra movement and volume to the roots. The top knot works best with hair that is not freshly clean, especially for the textured style.
Use a texture spray such as Keratese V.I.P. Volume in Powder to add volume and a finishing spray once the top knot is in place.
Styling Technique For Both Sleek & Textured Top Knots
Start by flipping your head over to gather hair into a very high ponytail on top of your head. For the sleek top knot, the hair in the back of the head should be completely smooth, and every section of the hairline should be brushed straight up as you gather it all. Hold the base of the pony and pull the hair tie from your wrist over the pony and twist it into a figure eight.
Top Knot Maintenance
Quick and easy to create, the topknot is just as effortless to maintain. While we love a polished and structured style for an elegant event, the subtly messy, textured look is chic for every occasion. That purposefully undone vibe means there's no pressure to have a finished and polished appearance, and it makes this style the ultimate fix for midday, slightly dirty hair. Keep these top knot tips in your back pocket, along with a hair tie and a few bobby pins, for busy days or a bit of post-gym polishing.