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Trend on trial: Is Chanel's abstract topknot too fiddly for everyday?

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How will Stylist’s beauty team fare recreating Sam McKnight’s messy up-do at Chanel? Hint: it’s harder than it looks. 

As we know, achieving effortless-looking hair is often quite effort-ful, especially styles achieved by the best in the business. Buns can teeter between looking incredibly chic and looking like you’ve just come from spin class. Maybe this pretty bun will fall into the former category and be a new office favourite. It’s just a little harder without Sam McKnight on hand to help.

Lucy Partington, Stylist’s Beauty Editor

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Having hair extensions means it was a lot easier to get this look than it otherwise might have been. But – and this is a big but – having those hair extensions also meant I had quite a hard time covering the tell-tale tapes dotted around my head. So hard, in fact, that I had to rope in Ava and Hanna to help me. So for that reason I’m going to say this look was definitely a whole lot more effort than it was worth.

Hanna Ibraheem, Stylist’s Beauty Writer

When I get home, I follow a three-step method: get into a pair of joggers, take off my make-up and whip my hair into a topknot quicker than you can say, well, ‘Topknot’. But this chic Chanel up-do wasn’t quite so straightforward, even for a bun expert like me. Every attempt resulted in a mohawk-esque look that comically bobbed around on my head. And my long hair made it hard to get the length of the ‘tail’ just right. I don’t think I’ll be swapping it for my messy bun any time soon…

Ava Welsing-Kitcher, Stylist’s Junior Beauty Writer

Although I’ve got a lot of hair, it’s pretty fine and naturally curly, so it significantly shrinks in volume when drawn up into a ponytail or bun. For this reason, I avoid wearing it up when it’s straight, but the intricacy of this topknot added texture and dimension to what would usually be a pretty boring style. 

I like it, it looks like I’ve made a decent amount of effort (I mean, it took looping my hair around my hand, spreading it out like a slinky toy and a lot of pinning), but I think it highlights my frazzled split ends a bit too much.

Verdict

The chance to update a bog-standard topknot initially had us reaching for the hairpins, but the effort it took to recreate it exactly with all of our different textures and lengths just wasn’t quite worth it. And while it looks very Chanel-chic, our favourite aspect of the style was definitely playing around with our very own hair-slinkies. We recommend trying this one out for that reason alone.

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L’Oreal Paris Elnett Supreme Hold Hairspray

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