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12 Pop Knot Styles for Every Hair Type

By Carly Cochrane -
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For many of us, the top knot is the trusty hairstyle we turn to when we’re three days post hair wash. Sleek, sophisticated and seriously easy to do, it’s a look that we’ve loved for years, so it’s fair to say we were hyped to see it take over the runway in true 2019 style.

Showcased by the likes of Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, the ‘pop’ knot has been spotted at the latest Fendi and Burberry fashion shows.

Designed to flaunt your facial features, the new style is essentially your classic top knot – but it follows no rules. The pop knot can be accompanied by loose-hanging strands that frame your face, placed anywhere on your head – making it great for those who have a fear of looking like a real-life pineapple – and can be of any colour, size and shape.

To help you get a better understanding, we’ve rounded up 12 of our favourite (and most poppin’) knots that will suit any and every hair type.

Curly Pop Knot

Unruly strands, fierce frizz and tight curls can sometimes sabotage the tight, slicked back look we’re trying to achieve. But fear not, as the pop knot style complements curly hair too. Loose front curls effortlessly highlight facial features while the top bun adds texture and volume to your hair.

Sleek Pop Knot

Make the most of unwashed hair and give yourself a natural face lift with this incredible scraped back look. Whether you choose to pull out strands or slick every baby hair off your face, you can rest assured that this hairstyle will be nothing short of a sleek statement.

Half Up, Half Down Pop Knot

Alternatively, you can take a more relaxed approach to the pop knot style with a half up, half down look. Perfect for lazy days, this intentionally messy hairstyle shows off your jawline in a casual manner.

Low Pop Knot

The low knot with loose curls gives us total Meghan Markle vibes. Classy and minimalistic, it’s an elegant take on the pop knot that will suit every occasion, from weddings to dates, evening dinners and Bohemian summer looks.

Braided Pop Knot

Not only are braids a great protective hairstyle but they’re also one sure-fire way to make a statement pop knot that’s dripping with detail. Whether it’s French braids, box braids or twists, you can rest assured that you’ll be sporting an enviable bun.

Space Pop Knots

Space bun pop knots are the super easy and super cute updo that everyone can get involved with. Simply part your hair straight down the middle and create two classic top knots to really enhance the symmetry of your facial features.

Pastel Pop Knot

Pop your way to the top with a knot that boasts colour. From pastel to neon, there’s no other style that will be as head-turning. We love this super girly pastel pink pop knot and the long fringe that shapes the face. Find out more about The Best Hair Dyes to Rock Pastel Hair this Spring.

Petite Pop Knot

Calling all short-haired boys and girls: we know getting your hair up into a bun can be a challenge, but it’s time to grab all the bobby pins you can find and embrace little tufts, as we make small pop knots cool this season.

Front Pop Knot

The front-facing pop knot is a style for the souls that want to be noticed. With a lot of serum and forward brushing, you can achieve this sleek and dramatic fashion statement in no time.

Triple Pop Knot

We’ve seen this look all over the runway, so it’s only right we included it in our pop knot haul. Inspired by the bantu knots, this knot hawk is one way to get creative with your hair. Great for curly, wavy and straight hair, we think this would make an epic holiday hairdo.

Messy Pop Knot

So, it might not look as neat and uniformed as every other top knot but that’s what we love about the messy bun. This scruffy pop knot has flyway hairs and loose strands that delicately lace the face and neckline for a flawless, barely-there look.

Men's Pop Knot

We weren’t joking when we said the pop knot was a style that everyone could get involved with. Although the man bun has been around for a while now, you can stay on trend by keeping the sides of your hair short and the top long. Then simply tie it all up for a top knot that totally pops.

The must-have products you need for a killer pop knot:

Beauty Works Boar Bristle Brush Large Paddle

Beauty Works Boar Bristle Brush Large Paddle

The key to a good pop knot is tangle-free strands that are easy to slick back. This large paddle brush makes styling easy as it combines natural boar bristles with nylon pins, leaving your hair smooth, soft and frizz-free.

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John Frieda Frizz Ease Perfect Finish Polishing Serum

John Frieda Frizz Ease Perfect Finish Polishing Serum

Keep your pop knot in tip-top condition throughout the day with this polishing serum. Keeping hair frizz-free and full of shine, you can feel safe in the knowledge that your 'do will survive rain, wind and humid weather conditions.

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invisibobble Power Hair Tie

invisibobble Power Hair Tie

Make sure your pop knot stays in place all day long with this super strong hold hair tie. The invisibobble is a cult-favourite due to its super comfy, spiral shape that prevents kinks in hair, breakage and headaches – perfect for this tight, pulled back style.

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ghd tail comb

ghd tail comb

This multipurpose tail comb is great for creating smooth, sleek styles. Use it to tuck away loose hairs or to pull out the strands that you want to shape the face.

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BaByliss Tight Curls Wand

BaByliss Tight Curls Wand

Want to try out the messy and curly pop knots but don't quite have the curls to do so? Fear not, as this handy curling wand from BaByliss helps you fake it 'til you make it. Give your hair a tight curl makeover before throwing it up into an effortless pop knot.

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Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Extra Strong

Last but not least, give your pop knot the finishing touch with this extra strong hairspray. Perfect for updos, this spray ensures that your knot stays in place, gives strands a dose of nourishment and leaves hair glistening with a mirror-like shine.

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