This season, we've seen many variations of the topknot (messy, huge and orb-like, braided), but the one I'm spotting over and over again is the version that's scariest to try and hardest to pull off: the superhigh, superknobby bun that Kate Bosworth and Shirley Manson have worn in recent weeks. Even Julianne Hough went for it at the Rock of Ages premiere, loosening it up for a more flattering silhouette. The great thing about the look is that it's made for Summer: it's out of your face, off your neck, and if you use the right combination of products, then there is no chance of frizz. What more can you ask for when it's so hot that you actually start contemplating a buzz cut? Oh, right — some tips to ensure you don't look like a post-face-lift pinhead:
Get grimy. "Start with the hair a little dirty," says hairstylist Tommy Buckett. "Then, add a dry oil or gel to the hair, starting at the roots and working your way from midshaft to the ends. Don't be afraid to use a lot of product."
Whip your hair back and forth. "Flipping your head upside down gives you better control when gathering all your hair into a ponytail," says Buckett.
Have proper placement. Too high and you look like Cindy Lou Who from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Too low and it throws off your profile, says hairstylist Matt Fugate. "Pull your hair into a high ponytail right at the crown," he says, about an inch back from the very top of your head.
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Add a braid. Run a bit of shine serum over the ponytail and braid it all the way to the ends, tying it off with a very thin elastic (like Goody Ouchless Mini Clear Elastics). Then, wrap the braid around the main elastic and secure with pins. "This is the easiest way to do it at home and also adds a bit of shine and texture," says Fugate. It also keeps the bun from being too knobby, which can look a bit dorky.
Tweak your makeup. "A graphic look works perfectly, so pick either a bold lip color or a thick, graphic liner with a soft lip color," says makeup artist Quinn Murphy. "Kate Bosworth nailed it with her burgundy lips and strong brows." If you want something less statement-making, then "think fluttery lashes, flushed pink cheeks, and a sheer pink lipstick like Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy," says makeup artist Georgina Graham. "Or go very minimal with fresh, dewy skin, curled lashes, and clear balm."