This style is ideal for shoulder length hair or people with fine hair who just want to add some body to their top knot.

For this tutorial you’ll need hair extensions, five to ten bobby pins, a comb, a brush [optional], hairspray [optional], and wine [optional]. The clip-in extensions I will be using are about sixteen inches long, made of natural human hair, and have been custom dyed to match my color.

If you’re interested in obtaining custom extensions, do a google search to find salons in your area who can create some for you. If you are in the Denver area, come by Bast Studio in Cherry Creek for a consultation.

First decide where you want the placement of the bun. I’m going to place mine closer to the crown, but a true top knot is nearer to the front hairline. If you want a really smooth, tight look, use a brush to collect your hair into a ponytail. I don’t really want a sleek look, I like it imperfect and messy so I’m just going to use my fingers to gather my hair.

Once you have it all in place, use your hair tie to secure it. This is the final location of the bun so make sure it’s exactly where you want it to be.

As you can see, I don’t have much hair to work with, and I want a really big bun. Take your comb and backcomb whatever hair is sticking out. Rough it up and give it some texture. This gives it grip, which will make more sense later. Take your first track, making sure the clips are popped out, and the teeth are going toward the center of the ponytail, and starting at the base, slide the clips in and pop them into place.

Work your way around the ponytail. If they don’t pop, secure with a bobby pin. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just get them as close to the base as possible. You’re going to look really weird at this stage, which is ok, it’s all part of the process. The more hair you add, the bigger the bun, so place as many tracks as you desire.  Tease your hair again to give it more volume.

At this point you can tease your extensions for a fuller look, it just depends on the quality of your extensions and how much damage they can handle. If you tease them too many times, the hair is going to have a hard time coming back from that because they can be damaged just like the hair on your head. Since it’s cut off from a scalp, the hair cannot regenerate or repair itself. Whatever damage you do to the extensions is permanent.

You can, however, condition your extensions occasionally so as to keep them in decent shape, just make sure not to over treat them. Meaning, don’t leave the conditioner on for too long, because doing so can cause the hair to become brittle. I’m not going to tease these because I want them to stay in good shape. I have a different set of tracks that I use just for teasing whenever I want a fluffy bun.

Now I’m just going to push and pull the hair into the shape that I want. And this part is totally up to you, how big or small you want. Choose your own adventure! Make sure you hide all of the clips with the hair. Once you get this going in the look you desire, secure with a bobby pin.

Open the pin a little and, starting at the base, push it toward the center of your ponytail. Do this two or three times at the base. Keep bobby pinning until you achieve your desired look.

This part can be very personalized for whatever look you’re going for, it really is all up to you. For a messier look, leave some pieces down around the sides. For a more polished look, spray a little hairspray and use a comb to slide the loose hair up towards the ponytail, hold it there with your fingers.

Secure by using a bobby pin that’s slightly open sideways, straddle the hair with the bobby pin and slide the it underneath the bun, it’s all about hiding the imperfections.

In the back, use a comb and hairspray to push stray hairs up.

And there you have it, the perfect sized top knot, and no one is the wiser!

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