How to create the perfect top knot!

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“A simple top knot is understated,” says Phillip Gallo, Salon Director of Gallo Hair East Sydney. “When the hair is in it’s natural form – with a lazy wave or a few flyaways – it looks soft, sexy and flattering.”

Follow Gallo’s step-by-step guide to creating the perfect top knot:

  1. Give the hair texture. You can do this by adding a texture spray to damp hair before blow-drying.
  2. Once hair is dry, split the hair in two sections – straight across from the top of the left ear to the top of the right ear.
  3. Next, section the top half into a ponytail and secure with an elastic band. It needs to sit right on top of the head near the crown.
  4. Then, flip your head upside down and pull the bottom section into the first ponytail and tie the sections together. This will give you good tension in the ponytail. If you want a sleeker-looking top knot, use a brush. For a more natural and disheveled look, use your fingers to roughly comb through.
  5. Once your ponytail is secure, flip your head back up and twist the ponytail around itself. Secure with an elastic band and bobby pins as required.

 

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Eleanor Pendleton is an award-winning leading beauty and health journalist. Eleanor has held Beauty Editor positions at magazines including InStyle and FAMOUS. Eleanor has also written for publications including Harper's BAZAAR Australia, Harper's BAZAAR China and Cosmopolitan Hair & Beauty. When Eleanor isn't editing her own beauty website, grittypretty.com, she is a Beauty Ambassador for SHOP Til You Drop magazine. In April 2013, Eleanor was awarded the highest achievement in fragrance journalism, The 2013 Jasmine Award for Journalistic Excellence, which is an internationally-recognised beauty industry award.