In reality, top knots leave us looking like Miss Trunchbull half of the time. Either we pull our hair back too tight and it’s slick to the head, making our hair look far greasier than it actually is, or the bun is so tiny and pokey it could never pass for the lustrous top knots of our Instagram feeds.
And yet, it doesn’t stop us from absentmindedly whipping our hair back into a top knot every afternoon. After all, when we get it right, it’s worth the mishaps.
Top knots are the ultimate, everyday hair style. They sweep hair off our faces in an elegant yet nonchalant way, and can be dressed up with a headband or decorative ribbon, or kept casual with a few, face-framing tendrils.
Luckily, there’s a new technique going viral on TikTok, which supposedly guarantees the perfectly placed, just-messy-enough top knot every single time.
Posted by Quinty Mirjam de Vries, who has over 44 million likes on the platform, the hack demonstrates how a simple flick of the wrist is all that’s needed to secure the perfect top knot.
First, Quinty pulls hair back into a high ponytail but instead of pulling hair all the way through, she only pulls it half way through the elastic before twisting the band and flipping her hair over her hand before securing the style.
The whole style takes less than 10 seconds, which is even more impressive when you realise that Quinty has considerably slowed it down per her followers requests.
We’ve tried it ourselves and while we’re definitely not at Quinty’s level, we can confirm it works. However, you will need a very stretchy hair band to allow for all that wrist movement.
Once you’ve mastered the move, all you’ll need to do to finish it off is tuck in any loose ends, as well as pull out any sections at the front if you’re going for a messier finish.