Hair knotting is the new braiding. You heard it here first. While a braid is still one of our go-to hairstyles, if you want something a bit cooler, and something that's a conversation starter (people will ask you how you did it), then hair knotting is for you.
Essentially, it's exactly how it sounds: You knot the hair to create a woven effect. And just as with braids, there are plenty of different effects you can create. Use larger sections for a chunkier look or smaller pieces for a more intricate chain of knots. You can keep it simple and knot two pieces of hair or, as with a French plait, pull sections of hair into the knots as you go. The options are endless, and what better time than a bank holiday weekend to have a play with your hair?
We headed to Limoz Logli Hair & Beauty, a salon in Chelsea where founder Limoz Logli showed us two ways to try hair knotting. The first is a knotted ponytail (like the one in the picture above) and the other is a double knot updo. Keep scrolling for Limoz Logli's hair knotting how-to, and then watch Logli create the look on me in the video below…
Ideally you want to create this look on day-old hair. If the hair is clean and you want to create a textured knot, I would recommend using Balmain Paris Hair Couture Texturizing Salt Spray (£22) around the hairline on the roots. If the hair is particularly greasy, use a dry shampoo like Balmain Paris Hair Couture Dry Shampoo (£19) to mop up the oil, but make sure you get rid of any powdery residue before you start!
Alternatively, if you want to create a slick look you could blow-dry the hair with some hairspray away from the face before you start knotting. Then continue using hair spray on each twist before knotting.
For the sleek look, you will need to spend more time on sectioning the hair so they look even (using a pintail comb). These sections will be less obvious if you're going for a textured look.
To start knotting, you need to create a small section at the front of the head. Split the hair into two and twist each section (this ensures the shorter hairs are kept within the knot) then knot as you would your shoelace.
Get someone to hold these loose end while you take two more sections from either side of the first and then twist them into the ends of the previous knot, ensuring you always follow the same direction of twist. Keep going with the knots until you reach the crown of the head. Secure with a snag-free elastic hairband.
Then start from the neckline exactly as you did the front. Once you have taken all the hair into the knots and you have reached the crown of the head you can fasten it with another elastic. This will create a double ponytail. At this point you can wrap the ponytail with a small section of loose hair to secure the ponytail into one.
If you want to carry on to create the double knot, you will start a slightly different knotting technique. Keep the double ponytail and split each ponytail in two. Start with the top ponytail, weave the two sections underneath the original knots you have already secured and then knot those ends on top of the original knot! Weave, knot, weave, knot until you reach near the front of the head; secure with a kirby grip. Then repeat the process with the lower ponytail working down towards the nape of the neck, again securing with grips.
It's fiddly work, but once you get the hang of it you will be flying.
Finish with hair spray. To create a more textured finish, use the tip of your fingers to loosen the knots. Or, to make it super sleek, spray your comb with some hairspray and brush any baby hairs away from the face.