Throwing your hair into a braid is a go-to ‘do for the holidays, but why not spice it up? Instead of twisting up a traditional plait this year, create a look with an edgy knot. Celebs like Halle Berry have been rocking a slew of knotted styles thanks to celebrity hairstylist extraordinaire Castillo Bataille. We got the scoop from Bataille about how to recreate these looks on yourself. How could you knot love them?!
“This one is super easy,” Bataille tells us, who created this look on Halle Berry. “After securing your hair into a ponytail, grab the length of the pony and wrap it around two fingers, and then secure that loop with another elastic.” Do your best to match the color of your hair tie with your locks so it looks as seamless as possible. “The loop should be on top and the rest of your pony should shoot out of the bottom,” he explains. “Use several hairpins to secure the loop up and back into the rest of your hair and finish with a few sprays of Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Volumizing Hairspray ($19).” (Photo via Randy Holmes/Getty)
Knot Just a Bun
More often than not, a topknot features a carefully crafted bun instead of an actual knot. Bataille’s version on singer and Real Housewives star, Erika Jayne, elevates this look. “Grab a square section of hair from the crown of your head and secure it with an elastic. Keep it feeling organic by using your fingers instead of a comb,” Bataille recommends. Make sure the section of hair stays within the ends of your eyebrows so it stays balanced. “After spraying your ponytail with a texturizing spray or dry shampoo for grit, make two knots — one over the other — with the length of your hair,” he says. If you have long strands, he recommends making three or four knots. “Wrap the knotted ponytail around itself and secure the end to the base of the topknot.” (Photo via Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty)
Knot a Braid
Mix up your mane by forgoing a braid in place of a much cooler style — the knotted braid. “If you can tie your shoes, you can nail this look,” affirms Bataille. Basically, meet your new impressive-looking, versatile hairstyle. “Add some grit and grip to a low ponytail and then divide it into two parts,” he explains. “Now, create a knot and continue down the length of your hair until you reach the bottom and secure with an elastic.” Don’t trip about any layers that pop out, either — those imperfections add a chill, unkempt vibe. If you’re after the polished look, use mousse or a shine serum for a glossy look. (Photo via JB Lacroix/Getty)
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