During fashion month we were treated to a delightful array of braided top knots, coming in all sorts of shapes and sizes. And ever since those stunning runway moments, we’ve been experimenting with the style to get it just right. So, being the good Samaritans we are, we’re going to share with you how to create a braided top knot updo like no other!
Being the ideal hairstyle for turning any bad hair day into a good one, a braided top knot bun can take your mane from drab to fab in an instant. So if you’re ready and willing, scroll down and let us teach you how to braid a top knot for a look that you’ll be rocking morning, noon and night!
How to do a braided top knot
Start with clean hair.
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Begin your plait.
Now it’s time to start learning how to do a braided top knot! Flip your hair over your head – it’ll make it easier to reach behind your head.
Take a small section of hair near the nape of your neck (roughly 2 inches wide), and divide it into three equal sections to start your Dutch braid.
Begin to cross the strands once like a typical braid. Cross the left section of hair under the middle section, and then cross the right section under the middle section.
Repeat this plaiting process, remembering to pick up hair from the sides and adding it to your left and right sections as you go.
Continue weaving your Dutch braid until you reach about two-thirds of the way up the back of your head. At this point, stop adding in hair from the sides and continue plaiting your hair in a standard braid – you’ll use this to wrap around your bun in the next steps.
Finish your braid.
Finish plaiting your braid all the way to the end and secure with an invisible hair band. You should now have a Dutch braid on the underside of your head, with the rest of your hair loose.
Create a ponytail.
Gather your loose hair, leaving the braid separate, and pull it into a high ponytail. Secure it in place with a snag-free hair tie.
Twist into a bun.
Now, create a bun with your ponytail. Start by twisting your ponytail and wrapping it around itself, then secure it in place with a few bobby pins.
Wrap your braid.
Lift your braid straight up, so that it’s centred, and bring it towards the front of your head. Then wrap the end of your braid around the base of your bun and secure with a bobby pin.
And you’re done! A deceptively simple braided top knotbun that’s perfect for work or play. To seal the look, lightly spray your ‘do with the Toni&Guy Flawless Sleek Creation Hairspray to help protect against frizz and humidity. Added extra: you can mist a shine spray (like the VO5 Smoothly Does It Tame & Shine Spray) over your finished ‘do, too, for further glossiness!
Loved our braided top knot tutorial but what to know how to put a French braid into a top knot? Then check out our upside down French braid tutorial now!