August 16, 2016 Diana Crisan Hair

How to Make a Messy Topknot in 3 Steps

Blurred lips, smudged shadow, unruly brows, strands in disarray—the verdict is in, messy is the new chic.

You’re not hearing any complaints from us on this matter either. Less time polishing leaves more time for schmoozing and snoozing—our favorite things to do. And there’s no perfectly-undone mess quite like like messy bun or topknot. Think about how much your hair will thank you. No blow-drying. No flat-ironing. And barely any styling time. As in, this could take you seconds.

Hair, meet your new bestie—the topknot tutorial.



Step 1. Gather all of your hair and pull it into a high pony. On the last loop of the elastic band, leave the ends out as these will be strategically pinned and pulled.


Step 2. Spray your bobby pins with either dry shampoo or a strong-hold hairspray for extra grip and pin the loose ends around the bun. Don’t worry about making it look perfect, as you’ll tug at the bun next.


Step 3. Loosen the topknot and pull short hairs out around face for a mussed-up look. You can go as messy as you want with this look—that’s the point! Set your style with L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray.

And if you're looking for the perfect makeup look to complement your topknot, we suggest pairing your messy 'do with the "New Natural"—because statement brows and a blurred red lip are just as easy to achieve as this hairstyle! 

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What’s your go-to messy style on those “Oh, $#*!. I woke up late” days?!



    About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.