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July 30th, 2013

Video How To: Top Knots.

Video How To: Top Knots.

I’m re-posting this video tutorial because I’ve been defaulting to a ponytail a lot lately and feel like I need a change-up. This is a great how-to of my old fave – The Top Knot.

I wear my hair twisted up into an elastic on the top of my head most of the time. It’s a lazy, time-poor option for in between blow-dry days.

I wanted a pimped-out version of this style that looked a little more done (but equally easy). A half-way look that works casually on the weekends when more effort than the above was required.

A top knot with height. Like Wilma from The Flintstones – love her style.

In this tutorial with Mandy Kingsman, Artistic Director from Toni & Guy HairCare she shows us how to create volume using texture, back combing and bobby pins.


What You Need.

CLICK TO BUY: 1. Woolworths Select Bobby Pins (Blonde) – 120pk, $5.04; Toni & Guy Dry Shampoo Cleanse, $17.19.




  • Shannon

    This looks divine Paula – I can’t wait to try it! The video stoppped before Mandy had finished though…

  • Ems

    O.M.G. The cross over! Who knew?! Can’t wait to try this tomorrow on my hair! Thank you – love these how-to videos. More please! 

  • Anna

    Paula. your hair looks lovely in a high pony tail (I’m halfway through the video)… You really, really suit it.

  • Allyheine

    This is amazing! Rocking my new top knot now – love it!

  • PaulaJoye

    Try again Mandy.
    It does play the whole way through.

  • bluejeans

    This was such a fabulous tutorial. I’m a huge fan of the topknot and I’m loving this way of doing it. Literally watched the video once, tried it myself and it took me a minute. Perfect result. Thanks!

  • Carmen

    Haha, that’s what Neurofen is for!

  • Maree

    Paula we need you to do a vid on your make up! Elegant yet clean and simple.

  • Bree

    I love these how to vids!

  • Victoria Vilches

    Totally going to rock this tomorrow.

  • Edwina

    Oooh…I’m a newbie on here from twitter, and wow- Paula- brilliant!!  Just tried the lazy version – thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!!

  • Amy

    I wore my hair like this today – I was inspired!

  • Corina

    That looks So awesome! if I wasn’t addicted to funky short hair I would totally love to wear my hair like that!

    Sorry to be a necklace stalker Paula, I know I am obsessed with your diamond cross (until October 2nd when I will have my own anyway ;)) but can I ask what is the little round pendant that you wear on the chain with your cross?  They look fantastic together and I am wondering whether I will need something else to wear with mine x

  • Corina

    PS I bought those printed pants that you wore on here from BooHoo. OMG! They look SO bad on me! I look so hilarious in them that I cannot even wear them around the house! Yet another reminder that I need to actually try on clothes before purchasing ;)

  • PaulaJoye

    It’s coming Maree.

  • PaulaJoye

    Hi Corina
    Love your level of obsession. It’s all about detail.
    You wont need one but if you’d like one – head here:

  • PaulaJoye

    That’s what it’s all about.

  • PaulaJoye

    Welcome Edwina.
    Thank you for taking the time to write and for trying the style.
    That’s how we roll here.

  • Corina

     THANK YOU! You rock ;)

  • Yadira

    Wedding hair inspiration numero uno!

  • Skye

    FANtastic. Did it with the video, no mirror (no product either, but hair needs a wash) and it worked! Paula, others love the cross, but I love the grey jumper. Super smart casual.

  • CJ

    Hi Paula, looking amazing and chic as always! Love your site. I’m a step behind but where’s your cross necklace from?

  • Hannah

    Is anyone else having problems watching the video? I love the look of this bun, I would love to watch the how too. Please help!

  • Melita Excell

    OMG I can so relate to the nurofen comment – I tested this out yesterday and loved it – but my goodness how much did my scalp hurt when I took it out last night – oh well its the price you pay!!!!!!
    This is my favourite site – thanks so much xx

  • Sally James

    Paula, Have you changed your hair colour slightly?
    It looks like it has a slight pink tinge to it but it may just be the video?
    Anyway looks fab and the video is awesome

  • kc

    After a quick stop at the shops for dry shampoo and bobby pins I have transformed my boring ponytail. This is my new favourite hairstyle. I have thin hair and the back combing really boosts my bun. Will do this again and again. Off to kindy pick up looking much more polished. Thanks!!!!

  • PaulaJoye

    Hey Sally
    Sometimes my hair throws purple after I’ve had it coloured.
    I don’t use bleach in my hair only tint which means that hormones, stress, etc can change the way my hair lifts because I’m not relying on peroxide.
    Also the Toni & Guy Dry Shampoo has a really cool matt, almost silver finish that made my hair ‘cooler in colour’ than usual.

  • PaulaJoye

    Thank you so much.
    Fo your kind words and for using Nurofen in the name of good hair.

  • PaulaJoye

    It’s Ralph Lauren.

  • Hannah

    I am wearing this do today…I have had so many compliments.

    Thanks Paula, I am loving these videos :)

  • Jodie Lunn

    love your eye shadow in this video, fab for blue eyes – which one is it?

  • Mandy Kingsman

    I am so glad everyone loves these tutorials!

  • Gin & Tonic

    HA! I am wearing this today from last year’s post.

  • Amber

    Paula…by far the best top knot editorial I have ever watched, and I have watched alot of them!!

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