How to Do a Low-Slung Topknot in 2022

ICYMI, summer is coming. Yep, the high temps, high humidity, and steamy days are nearly upon us. Lucky for us, the style on this week’s episode of the The Braid Up takes all of this into consideration, and is designed to keep your hair off your neck, out of your face, and keep you feeling—and looking—cool as hell all season long. Say hello to the “Low-Slung Topknot”, my soon-to-be favorite updo for summer, done by Bronx-based hairstylist Jeizel Chaucer. Chaucer’s been doing hair for six years now, so she’s seen her fair share of braided updos, but this is one of her favorites thanks to its versatility. “The Low-Slung Topknot is elegant, but also something you can wear casually,” says Chaucer. It’s a style that’s perfect for all your warm-weather occasions.

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Ready to give this look a try? Great! Just make sure you keep this pro tips in mind.

1. Prep your hair first. To create the perfect canvas for this style, shampoo and condition your hair first, then apply a heat protectant spray or cream from your roots to ends, and then blow dry your hair in small sections.

      2. Use a gel for braid sectioning. For extra hold, Chaucer used Magic Fingers Shine n’ Jam gel as she was creating the braids in this style. “It’s great for getting precise lines along the sides of the braids.”

      3. Wrap it up before bed. Bonnets are great for protecting our hair at night, but for this particular style, Chaucer recommends using a silk headscarf or wrap instead. “I think it gives it a better hold,” she says. “With a bonnet, you don’t have that tie to really hold it down and make sure everything stays sleek.”

      4. Don’t leave it in for too long. Two weeks: that’s the max amount of time that Chaucer says you should leave this style in. “You don’t want to ever let a style overstay its welcome, otherwise you risk damage to your natural hair,” says Chaucer.



      Hair: In collaboration with Stasha Harris of Magic Fingers Studio
      Makeup: Ashley Johnson
      Videographer: Rob Mroczko
      Production Assistant: Jay Aguirre
      Director of Digital Series: Tara O’Connell

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