The ef­fort­less top knot

Up­dos are back in a big way – now they’re un­fussy, un­done and low-key. To DIY, “Pile it mid-height if you’re go­ing ca­sual, or sling it low for some­thing more for­mal,” ad­vises hair­styl­ist Mara Roszak. Or else, go high for a big, state­ment look.

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If your hair is straight Give fine hair some body by blowdry­ing first. Make sure to use a heat pro­tec­tor be­fore, like [1] Paul Mitchell Color Re­pair Triple Res­cue (R300). Mist dry hair with hair­spray to add grip. Once it’s pulled back, tease the un­der­side of the pony with a pad­dle brush, twist your hair up and then pin, says Mara.

If your hair is wavy Go for sleek on top, tex­tured at the knot. Start with day-old hair and straighten from the roots down about 8cm with a flat­iron; gather back, wrap your hair into a tou­sled knot and se­cure with pins. For thick hair, use sec­tions, says hair­styl­ist Kylee Heath. Di­vide your pony into three pieces, and wrap each one sep­a­rately to cre­ate a knot.

If your hair is curly

“The more tex­ture your hair has, the bet­ter your knot will stay,” says Kylee. Add a curl cream, like [2] Joico Curl Con­trol­ling Anti-frizz Styler (R210), to damp hair, and dif­fuse with a hairdryer. Next, pile the curls at your crown, wind into a loose bun and pin.

If your hair is in braids

Skip the prep! Twist hand­fuls of braids up sec­tion by sec­tion to sculpt the ex­act shape that you want. For a se­cure hold, criss-cross bobby pins over each other.

If your hair is short

You’re still good if you have enough to tie back. Your best ex­ten­sion-free bet, rec­om­mends Mara, is a half-up knot (with the bot­tom half loose). Leave a few free strands around your face.

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