12 Knot Hairstyles for Every Hair Length: From Pixie to Long

The only hair knots we're into!

The knot hairstyle is in the same family as the messy bun and the traditional top knot. Top knots are usually very neat and precise; messy buns are undone. The knot bun hairstyle, on the other hand, can either be worn as precise as a traditional top knot or as textured as a messy bun. The knot bun hairstyle, like other updos, can also be worn with any hair texture and type.

You can wear the knot bun hairstyle during any season, and at any time of the day. It’s really the most versatile bun style around! Read on to see what we mean:

12 Knot Hairstyle Ideas We Love

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Best of both styles.

1. afro Bun

This is like the best of two worlds: You’ve got an amazing Afro and a cute knot bun hairstyle on top. Emphasize texture with Love Beauty and Planet Coconut Milk & White Jasmine Salt Spritz Texture Spray. To use, spray roots through ends on damp hair. Diffuse to dry hair.

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How cute is this!

2. Pixie Knot Bun

Have a layered pixie? Change it up with a knot bun hairstyle.

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Any day!

3. Knot Bun on Top

Totally cute and totally easy to do! Here’s our fab tutorial, so you can follow it step by step. And if you’ve got second-day hair, quickly do a dry-cleanse with Dove Refresh+Care Unscented Dry Shampoo before you style.

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4. Dreadlock Knot Bun

Feeling a bit hot and bothered? Gather your locks into a knot bun. Coolness in just a matter of seconds.

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To the side. Photo credit: Dvora

5. Off-Kilter

#LongHairDontCare? Create a knot bun that sits slightly to the side of your crown.

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Make a knotted bun at the back.

6. Back Bun

Create a knot bun hairstyle at the nape of your neck. Go for grunge by slicking hair back with TRESemmé TRES Two Mega Firm Gel. You’ll get the wet look in a flash. Your style will stay 24 hours too.

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Knot it up. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

7. Off-Side

Make a loose knot bun hairstyle just off the side of your nape. Cover your ears with strands for a romantic vibe. To ensure shiny tresses, you might benefit from finishing your look with Bed Head By TIGI Headrush Shine Hairspray. The duo gently cleanses and conditions hair; made with Argan oil, hair becomes moisturized and gets a healthy-looking gleam.

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Day or night.

8. Romantic Knot Bun

Create a romantic style with the knot bun, by leaving strands free to frame your face and highlight your back. For a smooth look, add a few drops of Nexxus Humectress Encapsulate Serum to your hair and work it through from roots to ends. It adds needed nutrients to dry, frizzy hair, and makes hair shine too.

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Switch it up.

9. Curly Knot Bun

Perfect for sunny days, or anytime you want to do something different with your curls. Amp up your curls and protect them from frizz when you use TRESemmé Curl Locking Styling Spray.

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Weave a ribbon through it. Photo Credit: Verity Jane Smith

10. Woven Knot Hairstyle

Get fancy with a braided knot bun that includes a ribbon woven through your hair. Our tutorial shows you precisely how.

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Watching the world go by.

11. Mid Back Knot Hairstyle

Instead of placing the knot bun hairstyle on the top (crown) of your head, why not place it towards the back instead?

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#Selfie #StreetStyleSquad #HairGoals

12. Oversized Knot Hairstyle

Go big or go home with this oversized knot bun hairstyle and long hair combo. Make sure your hair doesn’t fall flat with Bed Head by TIGI Maxxed Out Massive Hold Hairspray. This is a quick-dry hairspray that gives you hold and shine.

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