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Beyoncé’s New Hairdo Is Giving Us Topknot-Envy

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Beyoncé’s New Hairdo Is Giving Us Topknot-Envy

Beyoncé has mostly relied on her signature hip-length manes recently, but this weekend saw the return of a long-lost power hairdo: the topknot. The warrior-like style has seen a recent resurgence, with models like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid working to reinvent the simple updo. Perhaps it’s the easy elegance of the two-second style, or maybe it’s the underlying acknowledgement that one has something better to do than brushing one’s hair (the topknot seems to be the 2017 version of just-out-of-bed hair). No matter the reason, it’s becoming clear that the high knot–preferably sitting right atop the crown–is here to stay.

Of course, Beyoncé perfected the delicate balance between sleek and messy that such a style requires. Whereas her first-day hair was still neatly wrapped, for the second run of the style, Queen Bey left a few strands hanging out of the knot, which gracefully framed her face. The singer wrapped a strand of hair around her knot that disguised the underlying hairband, while a few nonchalant curls sprung out of her otherwise tightly combed-up manes. The perfect volume in Bey’s topknot can be credited to her second-day waves (this writer’s life-long regret, living with sleek Asian hair, is its inability to translate to a perfectly messy topknot). She’s also showing us that the best way to accessorize the knot is a messy-hair-don’t-care attitude–because no one needs to know how much time you’ve spent perfecting the messiness of this easy updo.

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