How to Do a Top Knot in 6 Easy Steps

Curated By
Serena Norr

Put your best top knot forward.

How to do a top knot? This seemingly simply query has keeping our All Things Hair newsroom buzzing as we discuss the various ways to master the top knot hairstyle. Once thought of the lazy girl hairstyle, the top knot has earned its keep in the beauty world that we’ve seen adorned at everywhere from NYFW to the red carpet. The beauty of this style is its semi-regal look that gets your hair off your neck while giving you an easy style that lets your hair take centerstage via a pronounced top knot. And yes, it is easy, which, we guess one might consider perfect for the gal who doesn’t have time for complicated hairstyles in the A.M. Read on to learn more about how to do a top knot for yourself this fall.

How to Do a Top Knot

how to do a top knot

Step 1: Start with clean hair.

Get your hair ready for a top knot by making sure that it’s clean and conditioned. Try some of the TRESemmé Perfectly (UN)Done Shampoo and the TRESemmé Perfectly (UN)Done Conditioner, which will cleanse and condition your hair without weighing it down. Plus, it works to create effortless waves.

Step 2: Dry your hair.

Since your hair will be up high for the world to see, you won’t need to totally dry your hair. Which, we are sure, is good news for those Manic Mondays. Make sure that your hair is at least 80% dry, which you can achieve by a blowdryer or via air-drying.

Step 3: Gather your hair.

Brush your hair to detangle your hair and create smoothness using a boar bristle brush. If your hair is frizzy or dry, use some serum, like the Suave Split End Rescue Hair Serum on the crown of your hair. If you have bangs, you can apply some serum to your strands since they will be front and center, along with your new top knot. Then, use both hands to collect all of your hair as if you were creating a high ponytail.

Step 4: Create your top knot.

Hold your faux ponytail with one hand as you use the other hand to wrap your hair around the base of your ponytail. Essentially, you are wrapping your hair into a circular bun where you can opt to leave it messy with some ends hanging out or neat with the pieces tightly concealed. When you reach the end of your circular bun a.k.a top knot, use some bobby pins or a hair tie to hold your hair together. Rock it, gurl!

Looking for more ways to rock a top knot? Check out our feature on some of the top knots we love from NYFW.


Serena Norr
Stay hair curious, Serena
05 October 2016