The Edgiest Way to Wear a Topknot

Over the last few months, we’ve had our eyes trained on a rising star in the hair industry—Los Angeles–based hairstylist Carly Walters. We’re banking on Walters becoming the next big name in hair, and to accelerate her rise to the top, we partnered with TRESemmé to send her to work her first-ever runway show at New York Fashion Week. To arm her with everything she needs to know on The Road to #TRESNYFW, we introduced Walters to four TRESemmé stylists who will mentor her, collaborate with her on a hairstyle (that you voted for on Instagram), and share tricks of the trade for getting through such a high-pressure, high-energy work environment. Be sure to check back for regular updates on Carly’s journey, and enjoy the ride!

In terms of hairstyles, braids are an undisputed favorite. Maybe it’s because they have a certain wistful nostalgia about them—a throwback to our younger selves’ go-to style. (There was nothing cooler than going to school with two French braids.) Or maybe it’s simply because there are so many ways to wear them. Take the countless hours we’ve spent perusing braids on Pinterest as proof. Whatever the underlying reason, we’re turning to trusted TRESemmé stylist Justine Marjan.

“One of the most important skills a stylist can have is versatility,” she explains. “Being versatile and able to stay cool under pressure are skills that make a stylist a pro.” It takes practice, but it’s something she knows Walters will only improve on while on her journey. And this edgy, braided topknot (which Marjan came up with after polling our IG followers) is the perfect place to start. 

Photographer: James Houston

Hair: Justine Marjan and Carly Walters

Makeup: Gloria Noto

Stylist: Christian Stroble

Prop Stylist: Carl Dove  

Model: Natalia Bo