How to Perfect a Red Carpet–Worthy Topknot



Topknots have made the rounds on virtually every celeb (hair length permitting) and even one stunning ad campaign, cornering the market as the industry-approved lazy day hairstyle we all love. We aren't ashamed to admit we ate the trend right up as a Sunday morning emergency go-to and even a casual Friday office look. But as we embark into 2016 with endless amounts of gratitude that the simple and messy style has been deemed socially acceptable for events such as brunch, we appreciate that it has recently seen a significant upgrade.

First there was Daisy Ridley’s epic winged knot by famed stylist Adir Abergel at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere. And, most recently, Hollywood salon Nine Zero One’s co-founder Riawna Capri crafted a slick yet sophisticated version for Julianne Hough at the People’s Choice Awards. Both ladies looked phenomenal, and we fully expect to see the hairstyle copied all over the red carpet during award season.

Want to try the look before it really blows up? Yep, us too. That’s why we asked for a full breakdown from Capri. Keep scrolling for her five-step how-to!

Step 1:

Prep damp hair with a primer and distribute evenly.

Step 2:

“Pull hair into a high, tight ponytail and slick back with strong hold gel like Paul Mitchell Super Clean Sculpting Gel ($10) to control texture and enhance the 'wet-look' of the style.”

Step 3:

“Split the ponytail into two pieces and wrap them around each other in opposite directions to create the twisted top knot formation, and pin hair into place leaving the ends out.”

We recommend using bobby pins that match closely to your hair color like Karina Bobbies Box ($6).

Step 4:

“Enhance the piecey texture of the extra hair by smoothing over the pieces (with a flat iron) and using a small amount of dry (hair) wax for control to make pieces pop.”

Our favorite at the moment is Bumble and bumble Sumowax ($29). 

Step 5:

“Secure the top knot with a strong, long-lasting hairspray. Then complete the look with a shine spray for a glossy finish.”

We love Drybar The Sheriff Firm Hold Hairspray ($27) and Kérastase Elixir Ultime ($58).

What do you think of the new, chicer topknot? Let us know in the comments!

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