Style Me Grasie

How To: Top Knots & Messy High Buns

The top knot and messy high bun are popular hair trends that are not going away anytime soon, so if you haven’t tried them already…what are you waiting for?! As you can see from my outfit posts on my personal blog, I’m a big fan of the top knot…HUGE! You have no idea. Or maybe you do now.

Both looks are fantastic twists on the plain ol’ bun and great for when you’re having a bad hair day or you’re too lazy or don’t have time to wash your hair. (I don’t know about you, but my showers are about 20 minutes longer when I have to wash my hair!)

The top knot and messy high bun are also super chic and a great option for when your wearing an outfit with shoulder or neck detail. One of my biggest style pet peeves is when ladies wear gorgeous tops with exquisite detail and cover it up by wearing their hair down. (What’s the point?!) Sorry. Back to the subject at hand. Below are some tips for creating the perfect top knot & the not so perfect messy high bun.

How To: Top Knot

  1. Brush out your hair to remove knots. (Ironic, isn’t it?)
  2. Flip your head over and put your hair in a high ponytail at the top of your head and secure with a hair tie. (Use a hair tie color closest to your hair color)
  3. Twist, braid, or simply wrap your ponytail hair around the hair tie to create a smooth “knot” and secure with a second hair tie.
  4. Use bobby pins to secure any loose pieces.
  5. Spray a soft bristle brush with a little bit of hairspray and use to smooth out any frizzies. Viola! You now have a smooth, sleek top knot!

How To: Messy High Bun

  1. Flip your head over and put your hair in a messy high ponytail at the top of your head and secure with a hair tie. (Use a hair tie color closest to your hair color.) Note: No need to brush out hair before hand with this look. The messier the better. 
  2. Pull the ponytail in an upward then downward position, just a tad, to loosen.
  3. Loosely wrap ponytail hair around hair tie and secure pieces with bobby pins.
  4. Loosen random pieces in front, at sides, back and on top to create the messy look if not created already. Viola! You now have a chic, messy high bun!
Hmm, I may just have to do a How To video on this subject. Would you like to see that?

Photos of me via Sylvia G Photography & Style Me Grasie
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  • Valerie Rose

    Post Videos! :)

    • Anonymous

      I am now not sure where you are geittng your info, however good topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more. Thanks for fantastic info I was on the lookout for this information for my mission.

  • Margarita M Orrego C

    My native language it isn’t english, so I understand the instructions just a little, please post a video!

  • Emily Kennel

    Make a video! I understand the explanations, but I think you’d have fun doing it!

  • Zelina Garza

    yes videos. seeing would be easier than reading.

  • MJ Rojas

    I already know how to do this, but please post a video! It would be s much fun :)

  • Carly Girvan

    I’d love to see a video ! :)

  • Desiree Gaines Jacobs

    I love buns! It’s my go to hair style on days when my hair just isn’t doing anything else or when I probably should have washed it and didn’t. Oops! I’m with these girls- make some videos!!

  • Katrina Niswander

    goody spin pins are the best for buns. seriously

  • Carla-Sari Kenny

    Loved this….Wore my hair in a slightly messy bun today :)

    • Grasie Mercedes

      Nice! PHOTOS?! :)

  • Amalia Pantazi

    Question: I have above-the-shoulder-curly hair and it’s pretty much all over the place. Buns and knots don’t look good because my hair frizz like crazy. What can I do about that?
    I’d appreciate any contribution, I’m a nightmare when it comes to hair styling. I just can’t.Do.Anything

    • Grasie Mercedes

      Hi Amalia! My hair is naturally curly, kinky, crazy and I top knot it in that state A LOT! Use a soft bristle brush and do it while your hair is damp and well conditioned! That’ll help with the frizzes. Though a little frizz along the hairline is cute and gives it that messy look.

  • Maggie Hurley

    I love my hair in a top knot but, it gave me a headache all day :( I guess it hurts to be beautiful!

  • Amalia Pantazi

    Thank you, Grasie! I sure will try it! xo 😀

  • Christina Martinez

    I’m so grateful that top knots and messy buns are totally cute and are quick to do. Every momma knows that being able to pull off looking cute in a short amount of time is a lifesaver!

  • Anonymous

    Ever since Tom Pecheux came on board at EL, I have been panyig more attention to the line. I’ll be looking out for this new foundation that will be launched beginning of the year, as color matches are tricky for me!

  • Erin Blouin

    Omg, I Want To Do This But, I’m Not The Type Of Person To Do This. Like My Personality Doesn’t Look Like I Would Do Something Like This. I’m Going To Try & See What My Friends Think. 😀

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