Mastering the Topknot

Let me explain something. Sometimes I don't want to wash my hair. Meaning 96% of the time. I can wear my hair down for about 2 days before I start to look homeless from the eyebrows up. Then I’ll start wearing braids and topknots and figuring out how to look chic and like a hair stylist without having to wash my hair.

If it is topknot day, I want it to look like I just popped out of Pinterest and I don’t want to have to try it 70 times before it looks right. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I have fine hair, so putting it in a quick bun makes me look like I have a drawer knob on the top of my head. Not cute. Enter the fool-proof topknot method that you only have to do once:


Start with a high ponytail. You want it to be pretty high on your head. It doesn't have to be perfect, a few lumps and bumps make it look more effortless.



Split your pony into two even sections and tie them in a knot. Yes, a knot. Just tie it as if you were beginning to tie your shoes. If you have thicker hair, tighten the knot a lot. If you are like me and have fine hair, only tighten the knot a little.



Now, bobbypin it in place. I usually stick my hand into the knot like the claw arcade game.  The claw method helps me hold everything in place without completely squashing it while I’m pinning. Wrap the tails of the knot around the bun and pin them in place. If you ended up pinning it too tightly, you don’t have to start over. Just pull it apart with your fingers to loosen it up - the claw method is good for this too.



I woke up like this.