Textured top knot
The top knot has been popping up on heads across the country but the last thing you want is to have the exact same hairstyle as the girl sitting next to you. This is a fun play on the standard top knot but will give you a point of difference with a plaited bun for extra texture. It looks cute, is easy to create and is the perfect way to keep your hair up and out of the way on windy winter days.
- Comb your hair through and add a bit of texturising spray if it's thin or limp.
- Gather all your strands up into a high ponytail on the very top of your head. If you're struggling to achieve a sleek look without hair bubbles, you can try throwing your head over in front of you and using gravity to help.
- Form a simple plait by dividing your hair into three sections and crossing the right side over the middle, then the left over the middle, and so forth. Secure the end of the plait with a thin hair band.
- Wind the plait around the base of your ponytail to form a bun. Secure with a strong hair band.
- Neaten up the sides of your 'do with a few bobby pins and spritz a light coat of hairspray over your hair to hold the shape when you're battling strong winter winds.
- Accessorise with a pretty ribbon around the bun and tie a cute bow at the top.
Think windy days mean unruly, messy locks? Think again. The chic chignon can be worn on winter days to bring a bit of elegance to your Michelin man outfit of fleece and flannel. This dainty side bun dates back to Ancient Greece and is not only a practical way to keep your hair out of your face, but also an understated and flattering style for any face shape. The French word "chignon" literally means "neck bun", so aim low when creating this style and wear a classic outfit to match.
- You'll need medium to long hair for this style. Brush your hair with a wide-tooth comb to get rid of any knots so you're left with a sleek head of hair.
- Part your hair down the middle and pull the strands to one side. Secure in a low ponytail at the nape of your neck with a hair band.
- Use one hand to hold the base of your ponytail as you coil your hair around into an oval shape with your other hand. Tuck the end under the chignon bun. From here, you can choose to pull the end through the centre of your bun or leave it neatly hidden underneath.
- Use plenty of bobby pins to secure the edges of the bun. Try to tuck them underneath the strands so they're hidden from view.
- Grab a strong-hold hairspray and cover the chignon to help it stay in place.
- You can spray and comb the rest of your hair to achieve a sleek look, or if you prefer a softer style pull a few loose strands out of the bun to frame your face.