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.
If your hair is straight Give fine hair some body by blowdrying first. Make sure to use a heat protector before, like  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  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.