I perfected the messy knotted bun, thanks to J Lo’s hairstylist
Hairstylist Chris Appleton recently shared how to get the perfect two-step knotted bun.
To test the hack, all you need is a hair tie and a few bobby pins.
A publisher tried the hack – see ahead for its results.
I recently dyed my hair for the first time in about three years, and found that the lightening (although minimal) definitely damaged my hair. In an effort to restore my hair to a healthy shape, I’ve slackened off the hot tools, done a lot of hair masks, and washed it less frequently. Now, I only wash my hair twice a week at most, which means after the first two days of clean hair, I usually end up throwing my hair in a bun to keep the oily mess out of my face.
I experimented with different types of hairstyles for my not-so-clean hair, and found that Jennifer Lopez’s hairstylist, Chris Appleton, always has fun and fresh ideas on his TikTok page. More recently, I came across a hack that Appleton said was the “easiest” way to create the “perfect messy bun” in just two simple steps. I decided to try it for myself – and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.
To start, I tied my hair in a high ponytail using Goody Ouches hair ties ($5). According to Appleton, to get the perfect ponytail placement, you need to follow your cheekbone upwards – which is exactly what I did. After fixing my hair, I pulled out a few sections of the ponytail, which Appleton says makes the look a bit softer.
Then I split my ponytail into two equal sized halves. From there I tied the halves into a knot. Then I tied those halves into a second knot, which created the base of my bun. Then I pinned the ends in place using a few Goody Bobby pins ($4). To give the bun a bit more detail, I brushed the edges of my hair using a toothbrush and some hairspray (but this step is completely optional).
When I compared my “before” photos to my “after” photos, I was honestly shocked at how different they looked. While it’s still a “messy bun”, I used to think a messy bun was a messy bun no matter how you put it together. I was definitely wrong.
The Appleton hack made my hair look much higher than the typical messy bun I normally do. It looked cleaner, more put together and like it took me at least 20 minutes to do my hair, even though in total it took me less than five minutes. Overall, Appleton’s messy knotted bun gave me a detailed look without much effort, which was exactly what I was looking for.