DIY Hair: Messy Top Knot

STEP 2: Twist The Ponytail

Start to twist the hair at the end of the ponytail. It’s up to you how much you twist: the tighter you go the less messy and smaller the bun will look. I usually just twist at the end to keep as much natural straggly hair volume as possible.

STEP 3: Wrap It

Take the twisted hair and wrap it loosely around the base of the ponytail. Tuck the end of the ponytail under the bun and hold it…

STEP 4: Pin it

Use a bobby pin to hold the bun to your head. Pin the front and back of the bun to the top of your head at the base of the bun. Use a few pins in the back to secure loose, falling strands. Hold on; you’re almost done!

STEP 5: Pull and Mess

Once you have the top knot all pinned, mess it up a bit. Pull gently at the sides and top to make it bigger and use a little hairspray if you’re worried about hold. Depending on where your going you can make your top knot more chic and tight, like Gwen Stefani, or big and floppy like Lauren Conrad’s signature updo.


Either way, this is an easy way to keep you looking cool and geisha-y this summer, without all the sweat.

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    • Aliclo

      I know this style is very “of the Now” but I don’t think it looks good on anyone.

      • Cate

        I agree. I do do this with my hair during the summer, but only when I am inside my house. It’s basically my hair pajamas in that I recognize the comfort and convenience, but won’t even wear it to the corner store.