The Ultimate Topknot Guide

If you think there is only one way to plant a bun on the top of your head, you’re sorely mistaken. The traditional topknot has paved the way for a multitude of spinoffs, all equally chic, fun and downright necessary. (What better way to do your hair when running out the door?) Furthermore, most lengths and hair types can make the updo style work in one way or another. Get inspired to switch up your go-to ‘do with these celeb-approved variations on the look.

Twisted Sister

Make like Miranda Kerr and twist your hair up and away from the head, then coil it into a pretty bun on the crown of your head.

Photo: @mirandakerr

Front & Center

Zendaya's bun is the focal point of her look, perched high atop her head.

Photo: @zendaya

Haute Headband

Perfect for days spent seaside, a chic head wrap à la Poppy Delevingne keeps flyaways at bay and adds a fun splash of color to your look.

Photo: @poppydelevingne

Ballerina Babe

Martha Hunt showcases a classic iteration of the style, channeling her best prima ballerina with a sleek and voluminous knot.

Photo: @marhunt

The "Alfalfa"

Who knew our favorite Little Rascals character would have such an impact on today's hot hairstyles? Lily Aldridge's bun features wispy sections of hair peeking out haphazardly—a look that's inexplicably cute and uncontrived.

Photo: @lilyaldridge

The Pull-Through

For the noncommittal type, Karlie Kloss' pull-through bun is a no-brainer. Rather than fully fashioning a knot atop your head, simply create a ponytail and pull hair halfway through into a hybrid hairdo.

Photo: @karliekloss

Full Fan

Not a fan of the tidy topknot? Let your bun fan out like Chrissy Teigen's for a voluminous take on the style.

Photo: @chrissyteigen

Wet Look

Bella Hadid demonstrates how to take sleek hair to the next level—play up a wet look with the help of a fine-tooth comb and smoothing gel.

Photo: @bellahadid

Full Fringe

Are you a babe with bangs like Langley Fox Hemingway? Rather than pinning back your fringe, allow it to frame your face, then gather the remaining locks into a wispy bun.

Langley (right) pictured with model Stella Maxwell. Photo: @stellamaxwell

Half & Half

Having a really good hair day but still want to keep it out of your face? Go for a half-up incarnation of the style like Candice Swanepoel, which allows for the best of both worlds: a cute knot and hair cascading down your back.

Photo: @angelcandices