Hot Hair: 10 Topknot Tricks

Not sure if you've noticed, but um, it's a bonafide heat wave sweeping the nation!  When it comes to styling hair in this heat? Ain't nobody got time for that!  Master a super simple topknot with these totally easy tips.

Nicole Marie Melton Jul, 23, 2013

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Tika Sumpter swept her bone straight hair into a topknot, an easy, simple style that will have you set for the summer.

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Thandie Newton added even more pizzaz to her curly topknot by wearing it slightly off-center. Give it a try for a dazzling one-two punch of style.

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Tina Campbell’s layered bun gives the standard topknot a new twist—no pun intended. Get the look by using synthetic extensions to create a large twisted ponytail. Take the large twist and wrap it into a chunky knot.

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KeKe Palmer put a new spin on the classic topknot by adding a center part. To recreate this look, smooth your hair down towards each ear before brushing it back up behind your ponytail and securing with bobby pins. This is perhaps one of the simplest ways to makeover your topknot!

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 A layered look is an eye-catching way of remixing your typical topknot.  Fan out your bun a la Kerry Washington by looping loose sections around one another until you have a 3-D look you love.

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Christina Milian flaunted this sky-high topknot for a refreshing new look. Create a funky supersized bun by adding extensions or a foam donut into the inside of your bun.

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An easy way to remix your topknot is to add a braided headband like LaLa Anthony’s. As a bonus, the braid in the front will help camouflage frizzy edges and keep your hairstyle sleek despite summer's humid temps.

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The biggest "secret" to perfecting your topknot is, well, not to worry about it being "perfect!"  At the Roc Nation Pre-Grammy Brunch, Garcelle Beauvais rocked an easy-breezy topknot that was unstructured, fuss-free and fabulous!

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Adding full, face-framing bangs is sure to upgrade your traditional topknot in a new way. Kelly Rowland was the center of attention when she arrived at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in a high-shine topknot with trendsetting fringe.

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Create an attention-grabbing bun by making your topknot sky high like Ashanti's.  If your hair isn't long enough to create this look on your own, feel free to experiment with extensions to get the look.


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