10 February 2014


I've been staring at a top knot in the mirror for as long as my hair's been able; last week I GOT WILD and moved the whole thing forward a few inches. The difference it made was drastic in the sense that I got a ton of compliments/my hair steez felt fresh for the first time in a while – in other news, it's an UNEXPECTED NEW LOOK for the same price/time commitment as the OLD LOOK (plus a few extra bobby pins for LOOK SUPPORT).

Tousled and effortless-looking in the way that seems like it prob took more effort, the front-knot my new go-to, for sure (and perfect for any date night, Valentine's-y things you might have planned this week).

Starting with clean hair* and a normal part, use a generous amount of your favorite sea spray (mine comes from DC salon Eastern Confederate's Tincture line). Work in the spray/make messy by teasing the roots with your hands – the added texture + volume will keep things up and in place.

Lower your head (without flipping your hair – let it fall naturally), and part your hair from the nape along the same line as your usual part (think about clearing a path for a tiny little car to drive from the back to the front). Gather both sides of your hair front and center (as if you were making the world's highest ponytail), then stand up.

Wrap the length of your hair into a bun,** and secure in a few places. Next, push bobby pins up and in (to gather hair) and then downwards (to tighten and secure hair) at your temples. Repeat this step about an inch above the top of your ears, and don't sweat symmetry – hair is always prettiest when it's organic-looking, and this specific do is off-kilter enough that there's no wrong way to go about it.

Secure anywhere you feel you're in danger of losing strands (using that same in-up-down technique to lock things in place), stow a few bobby pins in pocket, and head out the door.

*this is really a day one or day two style – if things are greasy it downslides pretty quickly from tousled-chic to just uggh.
**a dimensional bun is key – too flat and it'll look WAY 1890s; tight/compact is cool and minimal but there's something a little romantic about this being all loose and organic. And if this isn't the week for ROMANCE, I don't know what is.

related: last year's Bedhead Tutorial for NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS 

all photos by Cortney Peguese - thank you, Cortney!




Blogger allison said...

Where did you get your necklace? Want!

5:06 PM  
Blogger Panda Head said...

thanks so much! it's from DC vintage shop MEEPS (www.meepsdc.com) - they create + sell amazing handmade jewelry!

5:09 PM  
Blogger emily said...

You looked GOOD, girl! And those photos!! SO. BEAUTIFUL. Definitely gonna give this a try.

But I must say...what's wrong with the 1890s?? ;)

7:57 PM  
Blogger Panda Head said...

^^^ hahaha!

9:02 AM  
Blogger Splendor in Spanglish said...

love! might have to try this... if my super thin hair cooperates ;)

11:56 PM  
Blogger Panda Head said...

yay, thanks mariella!

11:19 AM  

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