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How to Style Your Hair into a Modern Knot

The modern knot is an updated version of the classic chignon. Here’s how to get the look.


  • Step 1: Start out clean Begin with clean hair. A traditional knot stays in place better with day-old hair. But for this messy, modern look, freshly shampooed strands work better.
  • Step 2: Brush your hair Brush your hair toward the back of your head.
  • TIP: Using a brush with boar bristles will add shine and reduce frizz.
  • Step 3: Make a ponytail Make a ponytail with an elastic band, divide it into two sections, and tug the hair to tighten it.
  • Step 4: Do the twist Twist the two sections around each other and keep twisting until you reach the bottom of the tail.
  • Step 5: Coil it Now take the twisted ponytail and coil it around the elastic band.
  • Step 6: Secure it with bobby pins Secure the knot with bobby pins. Don’t worry if there are loose pieces: A casual vibe is the point of a modern knot.
  • FACT: A Yale University study found that women with hair pulled back are perceived as more intelligent.

You Will Need

  • Clean hair
  • A brush
  • An elastic band
  • Bobby pins
  • A paddle brush with boar bristles (optional)

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