There’s no better hairstyle than one that’s trendy, glamorous and a cinch to do yourself—like the messy topknots sported recently by Julianne Hough and Ashley Tisdale. This loose updo will keep you cool and allow for a few stray hairs in the summer humidity. To get the look, it’s best to start with hair that’s not perfectly clean. Washing and blow-drying the night before is usually the perfect amount of not-just-shampooed. From there:
1. Spritz a little dry shampoo or hairspray at your roots to make your hair thicker and to give the look hold throughout the day.
2. Center-part your hair from front to back, dividing it in half. Tease each half section by section to create volume. The volume is what separates this style from the slicked-back ballerina bun.
3. Flip your head upside-down and use your fingers to comb the sections together at the crown of your head. Secure with an elastic.
4. Twist and wrap your hair around the ponytail and secure with bobby pins. Don’t worry about pieces sticking out – it’s supposed to be a little messy!