Top Knot

How to do a Top KnotIt took me WAY too long to figure out the top knot. Especially since I have pretty unruly, curly hair in general. Since I’ve finally figured it out and rock it on a weekly basis now, I wanted to give you guys the inside scoop on how to do a top knot painlessly and quickly. I usually do this with my 3rd or 4th day hair to make it stretch just a little bit longer.

I will show you below exactly how to get a put together look for day or night no matter how short on time you are with this top knot but if you need a video to see it better, let me know and I can accommodate! The great thing about a top knot is that anyone can do it, and it gives you a more polished look.

If needed, you can break out your favorite dry shampoo and spray it on your hair to give it more oomph! Then, follow these steps to SIY. (Yes, that’s Style It Yourself instead of DIY.) 😉

How to do a Top Knot
1. Pull all your hair on top of your head. The hand that has your ponytail holder on the wrist should act like a rake, spread out all throughout your ponytail.

How to do a Top Knot

How to do a Top Knot

2. Once you have your fingers splayed through your hair like a high-five or rake, take your ponytail holder from your wrist with the other hand and quickly twist it over the top of your hair without pulling the ponytail all the way through. Then wrap the pony tail holder as many times as you need to for your hair.

How to do a Top Knot

How to do a Top Knot

3. Now, just mess with your bun and face framing pieces to make it as messy as you want. You can pull out any shorter pieces by your ears, loosen the top portion or lower portion. Tuck any stray pieces back into the elastic and don’t be afraid to get rough with it. You can even pull at the base of the top knot/bun to tighten it back up as needed.

How to do a Top Knot

See, it’s pretty easy peasy! Did that make sense to you guys? Do you already love the top knot? I’d love to hear how you do your’s differently. I’ve watched so many video tutorials to try to learn how to do this but they never really worked on my hair type, texture and length, so I hope this helps some of you achieve the look you want at home too!

Thanks to Jett Walker Photography for the photos!


  1. June 26, 2015 / 12:43 pm

    Yours looks awesome! I end up with pieces sticking out straight all over the place. Its not very cute.

  2. Susan M
    June 26, 2015 / 10:03 pm

    Love your top knot – it always looks great. I will try to follow your tips to do mine soon. Thanks so much for sharing your know-how! <3

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