How to Create a Braided Top Knot in 2 Ways

Turn your basic top knot into a super stylish look with braids! 

braided top knot tutorial

Ever since we discovered the back braided hairstyle, we’ve been playing with different iterations of this trendy look. Today, we’re sharing two ways to wear the braided top knot with an upside braided top knot and another version of this look that combines the top knot, braids and the half-up hair trend.

As one of our go-to (and easy!) hair ideas, this look is ideal for helping you to turn a bad hair day into a really good one. After all, many of us pull our hair up into a bun anyway. So why not create an elevated look with some edge? Instead of gathering your hair up into a simple bun to save the day, add a simple French braid at the back to pepper some style into the overall look.

Ready to get in on how you can rock this runway-inspired look? Read on to learn more about how you can whip your hair up into this modern braided updo:

1 Braided Top Knot, 2 Ways

Look 1: Easy Braided Top Knot Tutorial


Refresh your hair.

Give your hair a quick refresh with the help some dry shampoo, like Dove Detox & Purify Dry Shampoo, throughout your roots. Next, comb your hair to both detangle and the spread product throughout your hair.

braided top knot

Add hair serum.

To get a smooth and shiny look, use TRESemmé Keratin Infusing Smoothing SerumDispense a few drops into your hands, then apply to your hair to get rid of frizz and to add shine.

braided top knot apply oil

Create your braid.

Create a section at the middle of the back of your head to create your braid. Flip hair over, then braid your hair from the nape to the center of your crown. Hold your braid and proceed to the next step.

woman creating upside down braid on her hair

Secure your braid.

Secure your braid with a hair elastic, then brush out the ends to remove any tangles before creating your bun.

woman creating ponytail on braided hairstyle

Create a high ponytail.

Gather all of your hair into a high ponytail. Brush the ends again if needed for a smooth and tangle-free finish.

braided top knot create high ponytail

Create your bun and you're done!

Wrap the ends of your hair into a tight bun and secure with some hairpins. To complete your braided top knot hairstyle, spritz your hair with a finishing spray that will lock your look in place. For this style, we love Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Hairspray

woman with braided topknot hairstyle

Look 2: The Braided Top Knot Style


Start clean.

Wash your hair with Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner to create a natural-looking volume before creating your style.

Nikki Phillippi washing hair with Dove Oxygen Moisture line

Apply mousse.

Work a small amount of Nexxus Mousse Plus Volumizing Foam throughout your hair to give it a soft and natural-looking volume.

nikki phillippi applying mousse to hair to create top knot braid style

Add waves using curling wand.

Wrap 1-inch sections of hair around a curling wand to create natural-looking waves. Continue this process throughout your entire hair, then finger-comb to separate your waves to create a fuller look.

nikki phillippi creating waves using a hair wand

Braid your middle section.

Section off your hair and create a braid. You can opt for a Dutch braid or create a French braid if that’s more your style.

nikki phillippi creating braid on middle section of hair

Create your bun.

Wrap the ends of your braid into a bun and pin to secure in place.

nikki phillippi creating bun on hair

Pull braid apart.

Use the pancake method to tug the outer parts of your braid to create a fuller and messier effect.

nikki phillippi creating fuller look on braid

Set with hairspray.

To finish up your braided top knot style, spray hair with TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray for flyaway control and humidity resistance. Now it’s time to show off your new trendy look!

nikki phillippi wearing braided top knot style

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