How to Get the Perfect Top Knot

Finally… that messy bun has an official name: the top knot! I (Emma here!) have been swearing by this no-fuss hairstyle for years (albeit, mine a bit messier) and now I know: a) what to call it, and b) how to get the perfect top knot. This hairstyle has been popping up everywhere lately – even weddings – and we thought it was high time to share it with you on the blog. If you’re having a bad hair day, the top knot will become your favorite hair cheat-sheet style. Need more volume? A top knot essentially pumps up the volume of a traditional messy bun. Or, if you simply want a new hairstyle to try this weekend, try the top knot. Today, we’re showing you how to get the perfect top knot with some of our favorite hair inspiration images + DIY tutorials. We love this hairstyle because it is super easy, stylish, and cures a bad hair day in a cinch. Read on to find out more + find out how to style yours with… a sock? Don’t miss it!

how to get the perfect top knot

photo (+ styling) credit: jessica may photography, hair + makeup by glamoureyes makeup artistry international via style me pretty

How to Do a Perfect Top Knot

The bride in these images is simply stunning! Her hairstylist – hair + makeup by GlamourEyes Makeup Artistry International – did a beautiful job with her top knot.

how to get the perfect top knot

photo (+ styling) credit: jessica may photography, hair + makeup by glamoureyes makeup artistry international via style me pretty

how to get the perfect top knot

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how to get the perfect top knot

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photo credit: elizabeth toll via martha stewart weddings

how to get the perfect top knot

photo credit: jonas peterson via once wed

how to get the perfect top knot

photo credit: jonas peterson via once wed

how to get the perfect top knot

How to Get a Glamorous, Perfect Top Knot

Here are a few tutorials we love…

“The Fun Bun”

Check out this ‘fun bun’ tutorial from the lovely ladies of The Beauty Department. We’re just showing a snippet – read the full scoop here.

how to get the perfect top knot

photos: Angela Kohler +; designed by kristin ess

The Sock DIY Top Knot

The secret to a perfect DIY top knot bun? A sock! It’s true. (I’ve tried it; in fact, I’m even wearing it myself as I write this post. It works! Plus, it makes use of those lost socks from the dryer.) Simply take a sock and snip the end. Roll the sock to create a “doughnut”- like elastic, almost like an old-school scrunchie. Put your hair in a high ponytail and place the “doughnut” elastic at the end of the ponytail and pull your hair over the sides until you reach the base. You’ll now have a perfect bun! Just pin any stray hairs and use hairspray, if you wish. If you need a video tutorial, watch this fun video we spotted by Mr. Kate at Hello Giggles below. The tutorial begins around 0:32.

So… what is your opinion of the top knot?

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Happy Planning Hairstyling!


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January 15, 2013 2:44 pm

fabulas topknot i enjoy my hair up most of the time love the glamour

January 15, 2013 2:43 pm

i love to put my hair this a fabulas topknot

April 30, 2012 4:55 pm

I am having a much better day for having watched that silly little hiar video–thank you! Not sure my hair is long enough but I’m going to find out! If not, good reason to keep on growing… Thanks for the smiles! : )))

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