Throughout New York Fashion Week, we've noticed hairstylists gravitating toward perfectly imperfect knots to send down the runways, and we're obsessed. Less precious than braids, they feel both casual and intricately designed - and we can't wait to take them for a spin.
Hairstylist James Pecis is a huge fan of knots, using them backstage during New York Fashion Week for very different SS16 shows including desert-inspired, post-apocalyptic Rachel Comey and femme, floral Lela Rose.
"I use a lot of knots and stuff for shows because it just kind of breaks the idea of looking like it's a braid or anything thats too thought-through," James says. "It's another alternative, casual way to pull the hair up - it won't stay [forever], I promise."
The above model rocked these tousled knots on the Lela Rose runway.
"The look...is supposed to be very feminine, we're just trying to give it a little bit of an edge," says James.
Here's his technique:
1. Prep dry hair with Alterna Haircare Bamboo Volume Uplifting Root Blast ($25, Beauty.com), applying the product from roots to tips.
2. Apply Alterna Haircare Bamboo Volume Weightless Whipped Mousse ($22, Beauty.com) around the hair line. Rough dry hair with a blow dryer.
3. Create a natural bend and add texture by using a one-inch curling iron.
4. Apply a liberal amount of Alterna Haircare Bamboo Style Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo ($22, Beauty.com) to the back sections of hair and back-comb the lower center section.
5. Loosely pull that section back and tie hair into two knots, securing with bobby pins.
6. Mist with Alterna Haircare Caviar Anti-Aging Working Hair Spray ($28, Beauty.com) to keep in place.
This full head of dramatic knots went down the Rachel Comey runway.
"It's a really cute summer look," James says. "It would be a really good wedding look."
While the effect is intricate, it's a lot easier than it looks:
1. Prep the hair with Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray ($29, Beauty.com) and rough dry with a blow dryer. The goal is to get added volume and texture into the hair.
2. Roughly go through the hair section by section, adding in the Phyto Professional Matte Texturizing Paste ($24, Beauty.com). This will give the hair the tackiness to hold the look together.
3. Divide the hair into five sections: one at the top, one on each side and two in the back.
4. Within each of these sections, pull the hair back and tie the hair into square knots. The result will look like a knot-braid, which will be secured with an elastic hair band at the end.
5. Finish by misting Phytolaque Soie Hairspray ($19, Beauty.com) to keep in place.
The best part of knots is they look best when they're a little messy, so there's no pressure to make them perfect. Remember: The right products are essential to making the knots stay. Good luck!