Hot Hairstyle Trend: Half Up Top Knot

Beachy waves and the perfectly “undone” look aren’t really trends anymore since they’re now hairstyle go-tos in our everyday routines. Ombré is still technically a trend, but that’s recently become more of a mainstay color technique as well.

So, what constitutes a hair trend?

Trends are typically styles that you start to see everywhere seemingly overnight. It’s hard to guess how long hair trends will stick around for (crimped hair definitely outstayed it’s welcome), but there are some we know will be here to stay as soon as we see it catching on.

One of the most recent hairstyle trends to burst on to the scene, that we also happen to love, is the half up top knot. It can be styled for a chic date night look or a lazy Sunday, which was  evident at the Dupont Circle farmer’s market this weekend where the messy half up top knot look made quite a few appearances, but the thing we love most about this look is how versatile it is with all hair lengths and textures.

These are some of our favorite half up top knot looks:

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Blending the undone / lazy Sunday look, this top knot is the perfect look for a day walking around the city or heading to the beach.

 

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Those curls make a statement all their own, but with the addition of a top knot, Sunita, takes her signature big hair style to new heights, and you can too.

P.S. – Her hair inspiration doesn’t stop there, go check out Sunita V.’s blog for never-ending fashion and style envy.

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Pastel tresses are another trend we currently love, so pair it with a perfect tiny top knot and we’re obsessed. This picture and the next prove that the half up top knot style works for long locks and short styles.

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This is that perfect date night style we were talking about. This half up top knot on an angled bob nails the chic-without-trying-to-hard-look.

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While not technically a “top knot”, this half up (little bit lower than the normal) top knot was too pretty to pass up. From an alfresco dinner date to a summertime wedding, this look is a little more styled and perfect for ladies who don’t like their buns too high.

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Our Top Tips for Keeping Hair Healthy This Summer

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The summer heat has officially set in where every day from sun up to sun down is filled with sweltering hot air. While there a lot of things to love about summer like ice cream cones, outdoor concerts and pool days, for all the fun summer brings, it unfortunately does not bring good things to our hair.

That’s why we wanted to bring you our top tips to help for keeping hair healthy this summer:

Embrace the Floppy Hat Trend

While your hair can’t get a sun burn, it can suffer sun damage from UV rays, not to mention you could get a scalp burn, which not only hurts, but looks really awful once it starts peeling. Yeah, are you gagging yet? It’s pretty gross, so wear a hat and save your hair and scalp from UV rays while looking stylish in the sand. Win, win.

Rinse Hair Right After Your Dip in the Pool 

If you’ve never had to deal with your hair turning green (use towheaded kids had it rough), you’re probably not in the habit of rinsing your hair right after getting out of the pool. To prevent dryness, breaking and the splitting of your hair that the chemicals in chlorine can cause, make sure you rinse your hair with water and use a shampoo that contains ethylene tetra-acetic acid if you really want to prevent damage (this is a great extra protective step for people with color treated hair).

Go Easy on the Heat Treatments

Curling, using hair rollers, and straightening your hair (which does not help combat frizz) are sure fire ways to add insult to injury with the summer heat. You should ideally try to minimize heat styling all the time, but in the summer you’re especially not doing your hair any favors. If you can’t stand the look of your hair air dried, give yourself a blowout using the cool setting on your hair dryer.

Plus, we think summer is the perfect time to take advantage of the messy beach hair look and save yourself 20 minutes in the morning, but, hey, that’s just us.

Don’t Over-wash

We can argue this point all year long, but with the hot summer air, your strands are just going to feel dryer. This can lead to feeling like you need to wash and condition your hair more frequently, but over-washing commonly leads to more dryness since the oils from your scalp cannot make their way down your hair shaft. Using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner when you do wash your hair every few day also helps combat dryness.

Make Friends With Leave-In Conditioner

To remedy that dry hair feeling, you may want to use a leave-in conditioner to help attract and hold moisture to the hair strand and seal and protect the newly added moisture from your hydrating shampoo and conditioner. There are a ton of leave-in conditioners on the market and some are better for specific hair types, so ask your stylist for a recommendation on a product that will work best for your hair.

Get a Hair Cut

The ends of your hair are the oldest (duh), but also the weakest and the most dry. Start the summer off fresh by getting the ends trimmed, and then when you’re done with all your beach weekends and pool parties, come in for a conditioning treatment and another trim. Don’t have a stylist? No worries, come check out our awesome team here.

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