E9653ef56d01bc5a33aa nape knot

With the return of the 90s lob and sleek, blunt cuts one of our favorite go-to looks, the messy topknot, is getting an update to keep your style in check even while you're at home. 

The nape knot takes everything we love about the messy bun—namely, minimal effort with maximum results—and gives it just the right amount of polish. It’s the perfect solution for when you don’t have a ton of time or when your hair just isn’t laying right. Plus, it’s incredibly versatile. Pair it with a turtleneck and blazer for a day of Zoom meetings or add statement earrings for a little extra glam. A couple of hair accessories, like a trendy barrette or silk scarf, carry the look right through your weekend.

Here, a few ways to get the look: 

Sleek and Shiny

Lean in to the chic look with a sleek, twisted bun and mirror-like shine. To get the look, prep hair with a high-shine leave-in treatment, like Redken’s Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine. Pull hair into a smooth, low pony and secure with an elastic. Twist into a bun shape and pin. Nix fly-aways and set the look with a flex-hold hairspray, like KEVIN.MURPHY’s SESSION.SPRAY FLEX


Knotty but Nice 

For a little added interest and refinement, add a little texture and play up the look’s “knot” element. To create, spritz hair with a texturizer, like HAIR.RESORT.SPRAY from KEVIN.MURPHY. Smooth into a low ponytail and secure with an elastic, then split into two separate parts. Wrap and pin each piece around each other and secure with a medium to high-hold hairspray. 

Bold Braids 

When you have a few extra minutes to spare, you can really elevate this look—and add extra security—by adding in a braid or two. Prep hair with KEVIN.MURPHY EVER.SMOOTH to help prevent unwanted flyaways. Next, create one low braid or split the hair into two parts to create two plaits. The key is to start near the hairline in order to keep that smooth, chic effect. Secure the braid(s), then twist them up and pin into a bun near the nape of the neck. Accessorize with a few strategically placed clips or a trendy barrette to finish the look.