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Cool and carefree, a textured top knot will be your new go-to hairstyle—from pool party to patio. This step-by-step guide has everything you need to get the look.
If ever there was an updo equivalent to the loose beachy waves loved by surfer girls, bikini models and street-style stars alike, the messy top knot hairstyle would be it. It’s timelessly cool—no matter the season or time of day—and has a touch of bohemian flair that’s often just what an outfit needs. Dying to know more? We figured. Here are all the reasons why the messy top knot hairstyle is the bomb, how to get the look for yourself (check out the DIY video featuring style influencer Reese Nguyen if you want a visual) and the key product you need for effortless texture.
Messy top knots are the best because they’re literally one of the easiest hairstyles for long hair. They require zero hairstyling skill. Plus, all you need is a hair elastic, a few bobby pins and a texturizing spray and you’re good to go. The hairstyle also works for any hair texture.
Whenever you want! The messy top knot is great for any scenario where you want to keep your hair off your face and neck but still look chic. The hairstyle also offsets formal attire, like a gown or suit, adding a roughed-up element that keeps dressy looks from feeling over-planned or stuffy. You’ll look like “Oh, I just threw this thing on” even if you’re in a floor-length sequined gown—and that’s just what you want.
Pick up a bottle of L’Oréal Paris Stylista #Beachwaves Texturizing Mist, which creates beachy sea-kissed waves. Spritz the saltwater concoction on damp hair and scrunch your strands with your hands. For added texture, spray it on dry hair as well and scrunch. You’ll have tousled, windswept texture for 24 hours. It’s the perfect base for creating a loose, sexy top knot hairstyle with lots of body.
The top knot is easy to create and looks good with everything, so it’s sure to become one of the most worn hairstyles in your arsenal. Here’s how to change it up without too much additional work for those days when you feel like your knot needs a twist:
Feeling inspired? Whether you wear it casual and messy or add your own unique touch, the top knot is one of those hairstyles for long hair that will never go out of fashion.
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