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Dressy Top Knot Tutorial

Learn All the Tricks to Achieving a Chic, Dressy Topknot


For seasons we've seen the topknot range from tight to tousled, and at last night's Tony Awards, Debra Messing mixed the former with a whole lot of volume. The result was a contrast in texture, with the sleek sides playing nicely with the bumped-up-at-the-crown topknot. "Fred Leighton jewels inspired me to create this polished chignon for Debra Messing for the Tonys," said celebrity stylist Ted Gibson.

What You Need:
To get a dressy topknot à la Debra, Gibson says you need three things: a flat iron with no curves, a bungee elastic (to hold the ponytail in place), and a shine-enhancing lotion (Gibson used his namesake brand's Tame It Shine Lotion ($20).

How to Do It:
After blowing out her hair for volume, Gibson used a flat iron set at 350 degrees to straighten Debra's strands. He then pulled Debra's hair back into a ponytail at the crown, using the shine lotion to enhance and bungee elastic to hold. Next, Gibson backcombed the ponytail, twisting the hair onto itself. A few hair pins were used to set the style, along with a few spritzes of hair spray. The effect was glamorous, elegant, and timeless.

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