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What Will Replace the Topknot this Summer?

Based in Washington D.C., Ayren Jackson-Cannady is so savvy that we wished she lived closer to NYC so that we could swap products with her. This beauty writer knows what’s up (she’s written for Fitness, Glamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor.

Last summer (and fall and winter) was all about the topknot. And for good reason. The style is simple, cute, versatile and works on every hair texture imaginable. I have dreadlocks and I ALWAYS whip them into a topknot. But all good trends must come to an end (we’ll save the fact that trends are cyclical and always make a comeback for a separate post).

With the impending demise of the high bun, the question of the summer is: What is the new top knot? It’ll be tough to find a style that is both high-fashion and low-maintenance, and versatile enough to work with everything from fine and straight tendrils to super thick and curly strands. Here are three possible contenders straight from Birchbox’s Pinterest hair board.


The Whimsy Roll
Hair is tucked over and pinned at the nape of the neck. If loose pieces fall, ignore them—the style looks better with a more relaxed finish.


The Fishtail
Swap your regular braid for a fishtail braid. I love the idea of starting the braid low, at the nape of your neck.

The Braid/Topknot Combo
This riff on the topknot incorporates a French braid that starts at the neck and is plaited towards the crown. It’s MUCH more simple than it looks.

Which ‘do will you be wearing this summer? Tell us in the comments!

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  1. nicoledanielledotell reblogged this from birchbox
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  3. chrissy-fashion-love reblogged this from birchbox and added:
    fish tails knots, combinding them together
  4. trickledown reblogged this from birchbox and added:
    a trend? Ugh. It’s just been my lazy go-to hairstyle...worry about looking outmoded.
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