It’s probably the hardest thing for me to say: but Joakim Noah of the Bulls pulls of a better top knot than I can.
Just look at that exquisite styling! There’s no way he does that by himself…
Top knots are all the rage- my mother of course thinks they’re hideous but I love them. Technically it started with a no heat way to curls your hair- with a sock bun! Once word got out you can use a sock to make the perfect donut look girls went crazaaay! And apparently Joakim did, too. Personally, I think Miley did it best (when she had it):
Adorbs. But I have seen a million different takes on the style…braids, tall and narrow, small and fat, teased. All of which looks cute on the right girl. Others, disasters.
I admit I have tried dozens of different techniques and tricks to get that adorable little mass of hair to stay on top of my head. Failure after failure. In true scientific fashion, I’ve concluded the girls in the tutorials have shorter/thinner hair than I do. There’s just too much cramped into a small space so all the little follicles say HECK NO! (Apologies for the poor image quality. It was a weird day.)
This one doesn’t look too bad from the front…unfortunately there are two parts of the hair tie visible and it falls down after an hour. Now, if I could make this work WITHOUT the top looking all jank, it’d be grrreat!
To capitalize on the sock idea, some stores started making mesh donut shaped bun makers. I bought mine from H&M (5$…of course they’re cheaper now!).
To be fair, I guess it’s okay. I can do one lower that looks cute…but nothing really right on top. It’s too hard to wrap everything around and get it looking smooth. (Open to suggestions, of course!). Yes, you can do this without it being right on top of your head, but as you can tell, mine sticks up rather than lies down. The first two pictures were done while my hair was wavy, the latter while it was straight. Even though I’m not a top knot guru, doesn’t mean you can’t be! If you haven’t tried this adorable style, I suggest you do
Here’s the sock bun video that started my fascination.
Any top knot tips or tricks? Any funny stories of this knot working out for you, either (see what I did there )?
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