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Messy top knot updo: a dramatic hairstyle for maximum impact

Kick your classic ballerina bun up a notch by trying out this rebellious, messy version! Adding a youthful but elegant vibe to any look, this dramatic updo will turn heads for all the right reasons.

All about the look

Mid-length to long hair is secured into a ponytail at the highest point of the head and then sculpted into a messy topknot for an ultra-chic look with plenty of edge! Stylists take a more contemporary approach to the classic ballerina bun by giving this look tousled texture and a matte finish. While it might be a tad dramatic for heading to the office, the messy top knot is an ideal choice for evening looks or high-profile events.

Put your face centre-stage

The messy topknot is a favourite of models and actresses alike, making its way onto many a runway and red carpet. Why? Probably because it's so easy to wear! This elegant updo suits all face shapes except for oblong as the added height elongates the visage. For round-, square-, heart-, and diamond-shaped faces, however, this look puts the facial features centre-stage, so make sure to pair it with a subtle but eye-catching make-up look!

Stylist tips for gorgeous volume

To create this high-fashion hairstyle, a volumising mousse is applied to damp hair, which is then combed through to ensure even distribution. Once the hair is dry and styled into a high ponytail, mineral texturizing powder is sprayed onto the mid-lengths and ends for a dishevelled finish before the hair is sculpted into a topknot.

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