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A growing and popular trend I’ve had my eye on is the top knot. It’s a great, quick, easy look for summer. It actually started with guys and has been adapted by women in different variations. There are a few nuances between how its worn between men and women. For guys, it’s more undone. Using your fingers instead of a comb or brush to pull it up and back. For girls there are more defined partings and seems to be a little more polished. Below are some examples of various lengths and top knot looks.

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The top knot has two distinct things that can add a lot of variation and a multitude of looks.

The first is to decide how much hair you are going to pull back. You can just pull back a rectangular section from the recession areas back or you can pull your hair up all the way from above the ear or anywhere in between.

The second thing to decide is what to do with the tail once you fasten the hair with an elastic. You can twist the hair around and tightly enough that turns in on itself and fasten with a pin. You can simply loop it through the elastic and don’t pull it through all the way, or my pick is to use your favorite braid (three or four strand, rope, fishtail) and wrap it up and around the base of the elastic to get a very unique looking knot.

Finish the look off by adding loose waves to the hair that’s down. Add a shine spray or serum to smooth fly-away’s from the part that has been pulled back.

Experiment, have fun, and rock a top knot this summer!

Hello Hair Fix Fans,

It’s been a little while since my last post, but I’m back and better than ever! My very first post from November, 2012 was all about the Lob, and two and a half years later this trend is still HOT! Thanks to celebrities like Julianne Hough, Kate Mara, Rose Byrne, and Ciara the trend has stayed strong.

The reason it’s been so popular is because of how versatile it is. Of course it all comes down to customization by your stylist to make it work for your face shape, hair texture and hair type. In general though, the Lob suits most face shapes by simply adjusting where the part falls and how long you choose to keep the length. The length of a Lob should be anywhere from just grazing the shoulders to a few inches below. Another reason why it’s so versatile is it makes finer textures look fuller and can bring out a natural wavy texture for anyone that has long thick, heavy hair. This style can be worn sleek and straight, natural, or textured by using a curling iron and using a dry texture spray. I like Shu Uemura’s Texture Wave. Lastly, because it’s a Long-Bob, if you don’t like it, it won’t take you very long to go back to your long locks. Give it a try, summer is coming!

I’ve shared a few pictures below of recent Lobs I’ve done, at my home, the Antonio Prieto Salon. There are 5 main techniques that go into a well executed Lob for me.

  1. The ideal length, cut with a soft A-Line
  2. A combination of surface layering and undercutting
  3. Long or no layers around the face
  4.  Diffusing any blunt lines to create texture
  5. Directional slicing & channeling to add movement

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A big source of inspiration for me is stylist, Anh Co Tran, from the Ramirez Tran Salon. He does beautiful, cutting-edge work. Follow him at anhcotran on instagram. Follow me as well on instagram at brianzinno.