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How-To: Hair Maven Erica Davidson's Messy Top Knot

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Although the relaxed top buns that we see off-duty models rocking on the streets look rather easy to replicate, there's actually a science to perfecting the look. To help us nail it, we asked our go-to beautifier Erica Davidson to create another DIY for us. Just like her colorful cat-eye how-to, she teamed up with her cousin Claire Thomas to produce this quick vid that masters the modern ballerina bun. Here's Davidson's take:

"With warm weather approaching, it's always nice to have an easy and pretty way to throw your hair up. From the red carpet to the street, we're seeing top knots everywhere because it's an easy, chic look. This looks best when it's not too perfect, so don't stress trying to get every hair in place. Teasing the ponytail before you create the bun helps add volume to fine and thin hair, providing a more voluminous style. Here's a tip: If you find that the fine hairs on the back of your head keep falling and you want them to stay in place, instead of sticking a bunch of bobby pins in the back, secure stragglers with a fun hair clip!"

· Erica Davidson [Aim Artists]
· How-To: Makeup Guru Erica Davidson's Colorful Cat-Eye [Racked]