I’m a huge fan of hairstyles that look chic and effortless. Unfortunately, these are often the styles I spend the most amount of time putting effort into. They include:
a) beachy waves
b) volumninous bed hair
c) tousled waves
d) unstructured topknots
I firmly believe that anyone who believes women can “roll out of bed and look gorgeous”… is a man.
Case in point: tousled waves. For me to achieve tousled waves, I normally have to blowdry my baby-fine wavy hair straight with copious amounts of volumnizing spray. Next, I ruin all that straightening work by putting a curling iron to my hair; reconstructing the curls section by section. Next, I’ll pin the curls up and secure them with bobby pins, spritzing a setting spray and allowing them to dry. Finally, I’ll comb out the curls, strategically placing the pieces to frame my face. (Once in a while I’ll hit it with dry shampoo as well to give a tousled and bed hair feel.) Et voila! “Effortless” tousled waves.
And so when the recent topknot craze swept Hollywood by storm, I questioned the “effortless” factor.
Thankfully, Dove Celebrity Stylist Mark Townsend, who created Rachel McAdams ‘do for the premiere of To the Wonder, breaks down the hairstyle for us:
“For the To the Wonder screening I created a fun topknot for Rachel McAdams. I love a topknot and I am so happy this trend is sticking around; they are young, cool and super modern. To keep a topknot looking more chic and polished (instead of like you just left the gym) follow these easy steps:
1. I started by spraying the Dove Refresh +Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo on Rachel’s dry hair, focusing at the root. This dry shampoo is amazing at giving you a clean scalp and also amazing texture.
2. Next, I raked a dime size amount of Dove Colour Care Leave On Conditioner through Rachel’s newly dyed hair to condition and add lots of shine before gathering her hair just in front of the crown of the head and pulling it into a ponytail.
3. I sprayed Sally Hershberger Genius Spray Wax into the ponytail to give the hair rich texture and then twisted the hair around the base of the ponytail, tucking the ends under the knot to hide them away and then secured with 12 bobby pins. I always make an X with two bobby pins when securing, and I always spray dry shampoo on them for extra security (the starch in the dry shampoo sticks to the pins and gives them a matte finish and creates a little extra friction with the hair for tighter hold).
4. When the knot was secured, I pulled out some flyaway hairs to soften the hair around the knot. To add to the look, I used a strip of black satin as a headband.”
Okay ladies, are you taking notes? For the topknot trend, be sure you’re armed with dry shampoo, leave-in conditioner, spray wax and perhaps a little hairspray to keep everything in place.
I love the addition of the thin satin headband to add a little interest to the hairstyle. The best part? You really can’t go wrong, because the unstructured topknot is just that – unstructured. For more information on the latest from Dove Hair, visit their Facebook page.