A More Flattering Top Knot: Just Add Volume

Your secret oomph weapon? A tiny claw clip.
Publish date:
March 14, 2014
How-To, buns, hairstyles, top knots

Most days, I am so unbelievably lazy and annoyed with my
hair that I just pull and twist it up into a top knot in one-and-a-half seconds
and forget about it.

Of course, this doesn’t make me feel glamorous or like I
can conquer the world. On the contrary, I feel sloppy and gross when my hair
isn’t done, especially since my frizzy baby hairs never leave me with a sleek

Sometimes, though, I like to put effort into my top knot and
make myself feel a bit cuter and more presentable. The way I do this is to
volumise it and give the volume staying power--without any teasing. It
is really the easiest way to spruce up a boring bun with little effort or room
for error.

All you need is a small claw clip and your usual hair

The first thing to do is when you blow-dry or flat-iron your
hair--I usually use a flat iron in the morning--is to go back and up.

You can skip this step, but it really gives it more volume
and doesn’t allow for the hairs to go in all directions.

Next, gather the top part of your hair as though you are
going to do a half-up style. Twist it where it meets and clip it with your claw

The last step is to pull up the rest of your hair as sleek
as possible without flattening the top part of it, i.e. pulling the sides up
tightly. Complete the bun by twisting the hair around the claw clip, thereby
concealing it completely, and tie your bun as usual.

This will not only give the front volume, but the bun will
also be fuller due to the clip in the middle.

Spray with some holding or finishing spray if you wish and
you’re good to go.

See? Super-quick and easy. And so much better than my original,
sloppy top knot.