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How to Do a Braided Top Knot

Make your top knot unique by adding a braid. Alberto VO5 hair expert Chris Lospalluto shows you how to update the trendy style in a few simple steps.

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Start with your naturally textured hair that hasn't been washed for a day. If you have thin hair, use a salt spray or texturizing spray to add volume. Lospalluto recommends Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($42, oribe.com).

 

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Throw your head upside down and gather your hair on the crown. If you have super thick hair, use a hook elastic to form a stronger base. Otherwise use a regular elastic to make a tight ponytail.

 

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Take the hair in the ponytail and separate it into three equal-size sections.

 

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Tightly braid your hair all the way to the end of the ponytail and secure it with a thin elastic band.

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Wrap the braid tightly around itself. Secure it with four medium-size hair pins at north, south, east, and west points on the bun. Add extra if needed.

 

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Put the end of a teasing comb under the hair around the bun and gently pull up to add volume. Leave the end of the braid out for an interesting touch.

 

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Once secure, pull the bun apart a little to make it look less formal and more natural.

 

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Finish with a light-hold hairspray. Now you have a great look for a day at the office, a fun party, or even date night!

Want more braids? Check out this Inverted Fishtail Braid Tutorial!

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