The top knot - my favourite go-to style for third day hair, when I need my hair out of my face or when I'm just feeling lazy. I like my top knots obnoxiously large, and messy - but I much prefer the simplicity of using only my natural hair rather than relying on a sock or a hair doughnut for volume (having tried to spend an entire day with a giant foam ring at the top of your head, I can tell you - it's uncomfortable!) Read on for my tried and true method to quickly and easily achieve a perfect top knot, without the help of a sock or foam doughnut.
Step 1- Comb HairStart by gently combing through your hair. This style works best the dirtier your hair is, making it a little easier to manipulate into a top knot, but freshly washed hair will do just fine.
Step 2 - Gather Hair into a High PonytailNext gather all of your hair into a loose ponytail, and secure it high on your head. Don't worry about the pony tail being perfect - this is just the starting point.
Step 3 - Tease the Sh** Out of your Ponytail
Grab that ponytail and start back combing! I use a wide tooth comb for this - it helps to create a loose back combing, which will achieve the volume I'm after without totally damaging my hair.
Tease that ponytail until your hair could rival that of any 80s hairstyle. The larger and crazier you can get the ponytail, the larger your top knot.
Step 4 - Start Wrapping and Pin in Place
Stick one finger at the base of your ponytail, grab the entire tail and wrap it loosely around that finger. Watch in amazement as the crazy squirrel's tail you formally had on your head turns into a elegant top knot! Pin the ends of your ponytail into the base of your elastic. Depending on how neat you would like the top knot, you may wish to secure any flyaway hair pieces into place with a bobby pin.
Step 5 - DeconstructThis is totally optional, but as I mentioned before that I like my topknots big and messy, I usually take this time to loosen the hair around the elastic and pull a few pieces of hair free around my face.
Voilà! All done! The entire process takes about 3 minutes, if that, and is a lifesaver for those days that you just couldn't be bothered to style your hair. Do you have any time saving, go-to hair styles? I would love to know!