It's hard to imagine a world that doesn't accept piling your hair on top of your head and heading straight out the door like that. It's like trying to think of a world where skinny jeans don't exist, or selfies, or HD brows. How did people live before all that?
It took me ages to get round to the idea of a top knot, but like everyone else with long hair - boys included - it caught on. Why? Because it makes us look taller, give us a non-surgical facelift, and it's easy to do. Over the past year or so, however, it got a little bit basic. For 'hair-up' days, plaits began to take over, plaits in all shapes and forms, but particularly boxer braids. But in as quick a turn around as Kim Kardashian going from bleach back to black, those boxer braids were out.
And the top knot is back. Hurrah!
Everyone is doing it: Shay Mitchell at the Teen Choice Awards (and check out those eyes);
Kendall Jenner at the races (not Galway, unfortch);
When I'm in the office, and my hair is in my face, I just pile it up and secure it loosely with one of the hair bands I have around my wrist. If I'm at home and realise that it's an up day, I'll pile it up and secure with a hair band and pins, because it tends to fall down when I'm half-running to where ever I'm off to. If I have time, or it's a special occasion, and I want something like what Rosie is sporting, I'll do this:
- Brush hair into a ponytail at the top of my head, making sure the back is smooth
- Take chunks or hair, spritz it with hairspray and back-comb
- Mould it over the ponytail like a hairy dome and secure with a couple of pins, leaving the ends loose
- Wrap the loose ends around the dome to create the bun and secure with more pins
- Spray the lot with hairspray, et voila
Did you abandon the topknot? Did you embrace the braid? How is your hair styled right now?