We’re both suckers for everything that comes with the holidays; the eggnog, the carols, the decorations and the excuse to eat chocolate before ten a.m. is all the best ever – but we also acknowledge that this time of year can leave you feeling a bit like an undervalued elf in Santa’s workshop: overworked and underpaid. “Whatever, Sally – you probably don’t even deserve this doll.”
With an abundant agenda and a lack of time to spend on yourself, we thought we’d chronicle a tidbit that helps us get through the busy times, while simultaneously allowing us to feel human as we trudge through the seemingly endless list of to dos.
All hail the top knot.
We love a well-executed top knot because it’s easy as heck and it easily translates to both casual and dressy occasions. It’s a perfect balance to a chunky knit sweater or an easy way to bring attention to that backless part of the dress you got for the office Christmas party. It’s just so helpful!
In addition to making your to do list a bit less daunting, today’s post also acknowledges that a poorly executed top knot has the potential to leave you looking like you left ballet practice . . . twenty years ago and we wouldn’t wish that upon anyone. . . not even, Sally!
- A pony tail holder that you can wrap around the bulk of your hair twice that is the same color as your hair
- At least four bobby pins
- A brush
- A product that can help build bulk
The Perfect Cherry on Top Knot :
1. Dirty hair works best, but if you’re coming at this clean, don’t be stingy in the application of your bulk building product – We love Bumble and bumble's Cityswept. More than that. Still more. Little more. There you go.
2. Using your brush, backcomb the shit out of your hair. More than that. Still more. Little more. There you go. The more texture you have in your hair, the further it sits away from your head and the less you look like your 5 year old self leaving ballet practice.
3. After gently brushing out the section of hair around your head to make it look smooth,
gather your hair on the top of your head approximately in line with the top of your ears in the shape of a pony tail.
4. Begin creating a regular pony tail, but only pull through half the length of your hair, creating a loop and remaining tail.
5. Rotate your ponytail holder around the base of the loop again.
6. Drop the pony tail over the hair, and pull the bun as if you were trying to tighten the pony as well as loosen the loop that will become our bun.
7. Take the remaining tail and wrap around the base of the loopl to camouflage the pony tail holder.
8. After all of the remaining tail is is pinned down, examine the bun and do your best to make it look "loose" by gently pulling on the loop, creating an effortless looking bun! Manage any stray hairs by putting your bobbi-pins to work.
Easy as cherry pie
...For the stragglers at the back!
If your hair isn’t the longest, and you have those annoying stragglers at the back of your neck, get some extra bobby pins and a comb.
- Backcomb the shit out of the stragglers. More than that. Still more. Little more. There you go.
- Spray the backcombed stragglers!
- Twist the stragglers in an upward direction at the back of the base of your head
- Place a bobby pin up the twist and then flip it so the teeth are facing down and secure in place.
- Spray the shit out of it. More than that. Still more. Little more. There you go.