Start with second-day hair because it has more texture and is easier to style. To create extra body, divide strands into five sections, and curl only the bottom half with a 1 1/2" curling iron to avoid kinks near the scalp. "The curling-iron step isn't essential, but it only takes a few minutes and gives the look more polish." says Townsend.
Next, secure hair into a high ponytail. Use a flat brush to gather hair up to the crown of the head. "The higher, the better," says Townsend. "This look is all about silhouette." Then bind the ponytail with an elastic. "Just don't pull the hair so tight it looks like you had a face-lift," he adds. To create a fuller topknot, wrap a strip of hair extensions around the base of the ponytail after it has been tied.
MC Recommends: Blax Snag Free Elastics, $3.50 for 12.